Thursday, June 28, 2018

How To Create An Old World Aged Painting Technique

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. I do remember reading about this before. It really turned out fantastic, Marty...and looks very high end! Great job- xo Diana

  2. KELLY VILLANUEVAJune 27, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Marty , I want to thank you sooooooo much for your beautiful blog. I have been reading your blog for several years . I like how you show us ,how to take an item and make it look so high end for very little money. Thank you for taking time to write an amazing blog. God's Blessings. Kelly

  3. Oh wow what a fabulous makeover! I am so glad you saw the potential, it is stunning! Pinning!

  4. This was a great re love of this piece. It does look so beautiful and high end. Marty you have such a great vision.

  5. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me at on thursday morning to see your feature! All hosts choose their own features from the comments left on their blog so be sure to return to my blog to see your feature. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

  6. I love what you did with this head board. You too were featured on my Thursday Favorite Things. Marilyn and I always seem to be on the same page.