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Monday, May 21, 2012

Painted Headboard



When I saw my headboard in the warehouse, I was hoping the wood was a little darker, however it really wasn't.Sometimes in a darker warehouse and with really high flourescent lights, it is hard t tell just exactly what the color of something is. It was a kind of weird cherry color and I really like a dark walnut color, so it definitely needed to be painted.





Since it is around l03 degrees today, painting outside is totally out of the question.  I set up a paint station in the guest bedroom.  Just a drop cloth and a coffee can to hold the headboard up.  Works for me.  This is after one coat of black flat.  I am using Valspar Signature with primer.


I chose flat so I could distress a little bit and then polish with finishing wax for just a touch of sheen.  Even without the distressing, I like the black better.  I think this is going to be perfect, or at least I hope.

This shows some really mild distresssing.  I may have to do a little more, but baby steps.




 After I did the distressing, I took a small rag and covered everything with Minwax Walnut Stain so it shows off the distressing better.  I still think I may do a little more.  After the stain dries we will see.  The final step will be to go over the entire piece with fine steel wool again and then give it a coat of Finishing Wax.


Now that the stain is dry, you really can't hardly see any of the distressing, it definitely needs a little more.


 I think this is perfect.  Still not a ton, but it looks amazing.  Now I just need to get it up.










Ok, when this first new piece of the  room is up, I will feel like we are really going to start to see a new room come together.  Don't you love seeing things freshened up a bit and brought into the next century.  Seems like this room hasn't been updated in years.  Can't wait to find all the new pieces.  Thanks for all of your help and suggestions for the room.  I have decided not to paint the antique washstands, I am going to buy some new furniture pieces.  Can't wait to start looking. Time for a whole new room.  Fun, fun, fun!!!!


41 comments:

  1. So far so good, Marty. The bed looks great painted black and distressed. I'm glad you decided not to paint the antique pieces. Stay cool!------ Shannon

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  2. That was much better, great job.

    Hugs
    Elna

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  3. OMGosh Marty!!The headboard looks fabulous! I LOVE LOVE it. Can't wait to see the the rest of your room. You did an awesome job of distressing it...just the right amount.

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  4. Marty - The headboard looks wonderful. Can't wait to see what you do next in the room. You where brave to paint inside - I am messy painter. (but it is fun!!)

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  5. It looks great with the black, Marty! I'm sure you will find night stands that will go great with your new look; maybe even something already black.

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  6. Feel free to drop that off at my house! What a find, and you really made it gorgeous.

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  7. Your headboard is beautiful and I love the darker paint. Glad you're going to buy new tables. Your new headboard has a "frenchy" feel to me with those beautiful curves. I remember a french chair and coffee table in your living room so I think you probably like this country french style. You may want to consider this look for your bedroom when you buy new tables. That would certainly be pretty with that cute little settee.

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  8. Marty it came out great. In fact I think the color now is better than the original choice given the inside colors of the head board.

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  9. I love the darker color! Hugs and wishes for a happy week ahead

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  10. OMG Marty,
    This turned out wonderfully! I love the color you picked, the vision you have, your Master is going to be wonderful!
    Although I have to say it's already wonderful in my book, but we always like to change things up a bit!
    103 already? Yikes! Stay cool dear friend,
    Big Hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. The darker color is great. I love this headboard the wood is beautiful.

    Cynthia

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  12. Am loving this headboard....great job....very classy indeed!!!So glad you are not painting those wash stands...you can get a good price for those as they are in great shape and in demand with the country and cottage folks. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!!! hugs...cleo

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  13. Marty-- thats magnificent~! love it.. oh this room is going to be over the moon Beautiful..

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  14. Oh I'm glad you aren't going to paint them! You are on a roll and I know you are headed in the right direction! The fabric looks great with the new trim color! I love what you came up with! Thumbs up!!

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    Have an awesome week.

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    (Sweden)

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  16. Looks great Marty, for some reason I did not realize that the center of the
    headboard was the fabric you showed, and I read the whole thing too! lol
    Anyway, now I get it!! It really is gonna look very nice, and great idea
    about getting the new chest type cabinets. What fun!!

    Good shopping blessings to you hon,
    Nellie

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  17. Marty,

    It looks fabulous!! I knew you would make the best decision. You have such a keen eye for style. Never doubted you for a moment! I'll be watching to see what all you do! Hope you find exactly what you want for your room.

    Have a great week.

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  18. You really had a vision for how this headboard would look. When you were describing what you wanted to do I just couldn't see it. I think this is lovely. Great addition to your MB.

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  19. i love the richer, deeper color Marty! Nicely done!

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  20. That was a wonderful find and I love the light distressing.

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  21. Looking great. I can't wait to see the rest of the room. Nice job painting and not getting any on the upholstery!!

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  22. I love the darker, I usually do love dark swood. Can't wait to see the room finished!

    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  23. Marty - the headboard looks great!! You did such a good job distressing it!
    Stacy

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  24. Hi Marty...

    Ohhh...I sooo love your new headboard! And...I love the darker finish that you have given it..it's perfect, my friend! I can hardly wait to see your new headboard in place! Beautiful fabric on the headboard too!

    How exciting...a master bedroom redo! Yes..yes...keep us posted!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  25. Marty - the black is just what this already beautiful headboard needed! Great job! Your master is going to be stunning. Jane

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  26. Great job Marty!! That headboard looks fabulous!!

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  27. Oh my goodness, Marty. The headboard is waaaaayyyyy more elegant and expensive looking after you refinished it. Bravo!!!!!

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  28. Wow! That really turned out beautifully! My husband is so against painting furniture that I haven't done much of it. If I knew it would turn out as well as yours, I might try it! I can't wait to see the finished room.

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  29. Lovely, Marty! The paint made a huge difference! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  30. Gosh, Marty! I can hardly believe how much that darker color and your distressing "classed-up" your fabulous bargain headboard. Great job...can't wait to see what else you do to redecorate your bedroom.

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  31. Wow - it looks fabulous, Marty! I'm amazed at how much more upper-scale the headboard looks now. I loved the lines as soon as I saw it and knew it was going to be gorgeous. Looking forward to watching you pull the entire room together! And yes - fun, fun, fun!

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  32. Wow, I LOVE it painted, Marty! You did a fabulous job and knew just what this beautiful piece needed to make it pop! I can't wait to see more.

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  33. Hi Marty! You're fast and this looks beautiful! You did just the right amount of distressing. What a nice headboard.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. It looks great, Marty. How did you manage not to get any paint on the fabric while you were doing the wood?

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  35. Looks like a totally different piece of furniture, the black is perfect. great job Marty!!!!

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  36. I am loving the bed painted black. I bet your antique pieces unpainted would look great with it now with the contrast and now that you have painted the bed it looks kinda antiquey too! You may want to consider putting them in the room before you buy something new to see if you like them. It really looks great!

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  37. Love all you have done. Sounds like fun ahead.

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  38. It looks beautiful! Great idea to darken it up some.

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  39. Marty,
    Oh, I love what you've done to the headboard, dear friend!!! This room is going to be gorgeous! I can't tell you enough ways how much I appreciate you taking us along on it's transformation. Happy hunting for new furniture!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  40. Oh, yes, I love what you did with it. Can not wait to see it all dressed up. Thanks for sharing, liz

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