Thursday, November 5, 2015

Painting My Headboard

I am trying to catch up on a bunch of emails and questions, so I thought maybe doing a series of "How To's" would be the best way to answer everyone.

I got a lot of questions about my headboard and where I got it when we had the Summer Home Tour and Fall Home Tour.

It was a fabulous thrifted find that I painted and distressed.

  I shared my tutorial a couple of years ago but it is worth repeating.  I think it shows how you can turn an ugly duckling into a swan.

This was the before. 
 I found it at Hotel Liquidators.  I like the upholstery, black and gold in a classic pattern.  It is a gorgeous high quality fabric textured viny.

 The wood however was really orange and super ugly.

The price convinced me that I could paint it and make it fantastic.

                       Since it was 103 outside, I painted it in the house.

                 A light sanding to scuff it up, then a coat of flat black paint.

 After that dried I started distressing a little -
                                     baby steps, just a little at a time.


                                               A little more distressing.

 Next I wiped on a coat of minwax walnut stain.  It gave it a little shine and character to the black.

              It really needed more distressing, so this time I just went for it.

I wanted some more character to the color, so I took a red marker and put a few streaks in here and there. 

 After that, another coat of walnut stain to tone down the red and to give the raw distressed wood a walnut color.

As you move around the room and the light hits it in different ways you can see the red as a great subtle undertone.  This ties it in perfectly with the red in the mahogany dresser and nightstand.  You can see those makeovers here and here.

 It looks like it was painted several different colors over time and well worn.  

It is definitely the focal point of the bedroom - -

and works beautifully with any color scheme.

If you missed all the questions about my Kitchen - I answered those here.  
All Those Pillows - Where Do I Keep Them here.
More Furniture Makeover Tips and Tutorials here.

You can still link up to Inspire Me.  So much to see so check a few things out.

To see more of my home decor, DIY, lifestyle and other posts, I'd love to have you follow me on any of the following.

 photo facebook_zpsjidlprdx.png  photo twitter_zps2tkztdwt.png  photo pinterest_zpsrqc2e9tb.png  photo instagram_zpshgvokoye.png  photo rss_zpskxkhosrf.png  photo google_zpsq4r5lcgg.png  photo bloglovin_zpszdewbww1.png  photo email_zpsecoee34x.png

Enter your email address:


  1. Oh, I love your headboard, Marty. Your idea of using a Magic Marker is brilliant. It added the perfect patina. Have a good week.

  2. Beautiful! You'd never know it's partly vinyl. Great makeover!

  3. Beautiful! You'd never know it's partly vinyl. Great makeover!

  4. Your headboard is spectacular! You are one busy lady! I need your energy!

  5. great job marty! your new headboard looks fabulous. enjoy it. xo- maryjo

  6. I adore your headboard! Wow. What a great makeover you did!

  7. Marty, this is a wonderful transformation. Great job!

  8. It looks great. I always wondered about your headboard. Very informative post!

  9. Love the headboard. Great job, Marty!

  10. I so love your headboard and yes, definitely the gorgeous focal point of the room!!!

  11. It's beautiful, Marty! What a find! And, your bedskirt is perfect for the headboard. Love your style!

  12. Perfection, turned our just gorgeous!

  13. Love the variation in the color of your headboard Marty, looks so professionally done! And I can't believe that Head board was thrifted?!!!!! You should win for the most awesome find! Wouldn't it be fun to have a Link Party of your most amazing thrift store score?!

  14. You did a great job, Marty! Gave it some personality.

  15. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It link party!

  16. Your headboard looks fabulous Marty! You did such a great job on it.

  17. Marty you did an amazing job on that headboard. Truly beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST.