Saturday, May 13, 2017

Painting My Headboard

I am trying to catch up on a bunch of emails and questions.  I get asked all the time about my headboard and where I got it.  I have been trying to answer each one individually, but when I tell them it was a thrifted find and I painted it, then the next question is how did I paint it.  I have shared this tutorial several times in the past, but since I have had so many ask about it since seeing it in our new house, I think it is time to share it again.  So here is my post from 2012.

Painting My Headboard 

I think this proves you can take an ugly duckling and turn it into a swan.

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

 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. (Yes, just a red marker from my desk)

 After that, another coat of walnut stain to tone down the red and to give the raw distressed wood a walnut color.  The stain also gave it a soft sheen so I didn't add any other top dressing.

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 - -(This was my old house)

and is fabulous in my new house too.

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  1. It turned out fabulous. Great job! I had to add it to my AWESOME HEADBOARDS board on Pinterest

  2. You did a great job and I love it, Marty. I wish I had the nerve to whip out the paint like this!!

    Jaen x

  3. Marty, I've always admired that headboard. You were so smart to look at that great bargain and know that you could make a beauty out of it! You did a wonderful job--you inspire me to get out my paint and get cracking on a couple of things around here. :)