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Do you ever think that a project is going to be way easier than it actually turned out to be? Well my friends that was the case with this chalk painted headboard. I lost count of how many times I almost quit trying and just threw my hands up in frustration. Nothing seemed to be working in my favor. Well…I’m not a quitter!
It rained for five straight days in a row. Painting a headboard requires a large space to work in and I don’t have that kind of room in the house. One day I thought there was finally a break in the weather. I dragged the headboard, drop cloths, paint and all of my supplies outside. Just as I dipped by brush into the paint can I felt drops of rain hit my skin. Hurriedly, I scooped everything up and brought it all back into the house. My neighbors must think I’m a crazy person, because on this particular day I repeated this scene twice!
Honey Bee felt so sorry for me that he created a space for me in our garage that was just big enough to paint this headboard! YAY!
If you follow 2 Bees on Instagram then you got to see a sneak peek of what I am up to – a guest bedroom makeover. Last Saturday Honey Bee and I cleared everything out of the room and he painted all of the walls with new colors…stay tuned for updates!
This full-sized headboard has been part of the bedroom for 10 years now. The bed is queen sized so I created a French cleat to hang the headboard on the wall since it is too small to attach to the bed frame.
Now that we live in the house full-time the room is ready for a change and that means the headboard needs an update too.
I want more of a casual and comfortable feel with a bit of cottage style. Chalk paint is a perfect paint for the finish I wanted. Think of Huck Finn painting Aunt Becky’s fence posts – except I didn’t have any friends to trick into painting for me 🙂 Pure White was my paint color choice.
My Technique for a Cottage Style Finish:
- Slightly wet angled paint brush. This is my favorite brush to use.
- Haphazard paint strokes in a cross-hatch fashion.
- Leave paint thicker in some areas, lighter in others. Let paint dry completely.
- Using 220 grit sandpaper, lightly sand wood where there would be normal wear and tear over time.
- Remove all dust.
- Add a coat of clear paste wax like This one.
- Buff very well with a lint free cloth.
I want the headboard to look vintage – as if it has many layers of paint and weathered over time.
These aren’t the bed linens that I will be using in the room. Actually, I haven’t found them yet. I’m getting a bit panicked as I’ve been searching for awhile and I haven’t found what I’m looking for.
I have a vision in my head of how I want this room to come together – I just need to be patient.
In the meantime I am playing with other elements of the room that I will share with you bit-by-bit.
Currently I’m working on an oversized decorative bed pillow. I’ll let you know how it turns out!