Painted Headboard

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I’m still painting things…

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I found this amazing headboard at a flea market last summer.  It was love at first sight.  Seriously, my heart skipped a beat.

I love old furniture, but I do get a little creeped out by used fabric pieces.  The velvet upholstery was in perfect condition, but I didn’t know where this headboard had been.  And, I was asking MY GUESTS to lay their heads next to a used fabric headboard.  So, I decided to seal all that scary stuff in with paint.

I painted the frame of the headboard in Annie Sloan Paris Gray chalk paint.  To see more about how to use chalk paint, click HERE.

I also painted the upholstery with Annie Sloan Paint, but I used Pure White and clear Annie Sloan soft wax.

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 The first step is to water down the paint for the fabric.  I did a 1:1 ratio – 1 part paint to 1 part water.  (I did clean the upholstery before I painted it by washing it down with Mr. Clean.  I’m not sure how much that did, but at least I tried.)

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 After you have your watered down paint ready, start painting!

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 I’ve done an upholstered fabric chair (to see more about that project, click HERE), but this velvet was new to me.  It really SOAKS up the paint.  I painted layer after layer after layer…

Finally, I got tired on the last layer and used chalk paint without it watered down.  My goal was to not have the green color shine through, and I probably did close to 4-5 coats of paint.  I used most of my can of paint to complete this project. (?!)

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Once I had (finally) completed the painting portion, I let it dry.  Drying takes a while since you soak the upholstery in the process.  I had to wait a full 24 hours before I began the next step.

I lightly sanded the paint before I waxed.  

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 After I sanded, there was chalk paint dust everywhere.  I used a hand vac to sweep it up before I began waxing.

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 I added two layers of wax, and then I took my lint free cloth (an old tshirt) and rubbed in/buffed the wax.

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 I let the wax set a couple days, and then I set the headboard up in my guest room.

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 I’ll share more of my guest room later this week!  Stay tuned!

sincerely, sara d.

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