Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cottage Headboard Reveal

I know I know, I've been such a tease about my headboard. So without further ado, here she is! A full or queen size headboard perfect for a cottage or beach house!

I've already shown you hundreds of times, but she started out like this.
Pretty, but there were discolorations in the stain and pock marks all over the place. I thought about refinishing the wood, but I realized that the work involved wouldn't justify the overall cost and worth of the headboard. And in my opinion, this style won't sell well unless it's given a new look. 

So after filling the pits in the wood with Minwax wood putty, I lightly sanded the headboard all over. Here were the ingredients used to get the below look:
  • 2 coats of cheap white Wal-mart paint (ColorPlace brand) all over
  • 2 coats of my free Sherwin Williams Uncertain Grey sample paint on the details
  • 2 coats of Behr Creamy White on the rest
  • 1 test coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain on the middle section

Argh! Barf! The glaze came out horrible. I tried rubbing off as much as I could, but it was still much too brown and way too streaky. I was not happy. Here's a close-up of what anger looks like.

Back to the white paint again! I painted 1 coat of the Creamy White over the glaze and hoped that it would be enough to cover it up. It wasn't, but it actually worked out in my favor. The glaze was now just right! 

I added a good amount of water to my Dark Walnut stain to achieve a similar look on the rest of the headboard, and ended up with happy results. The glaze is darker on the grey details because I wanted it to complement the patina on the circular brass details on the side.

And finally finally, she is done.

I think she'll look so lovely in a room full of white and grey. So glad she's done!

And I keep talking it up, but I've got an awesome 100 Followers giveaway I'm working on for Thursday! I haven't reached the number yet, but I don't really care anymore. Hopefully some of you will follow me once the giveaway is available!

UPDATE: For those of you who are dropping by from a party, the giveaway is officially open! I would love if you entered here


Linking to:
Domestically Speaking
PhotobucketTransformation Thursday
Stuff and Nonsensevif187
Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Love it!

    I've had similar problems with using stain as a glaze. I've found that a rag dampened with paint thinner/mineral spirits works well to remove stain where you've applied it too liberally :)

  2. Sorry it was so much work and fusteration, but boy did she turn out pretty. Really really pretty!! I'm going to mention your blog on my facebook page and lets see if we can get you those 100 followers! :)

  3. That turned out fantastic, I love the two toned color. Great rebound on the glazing spoof!

  4. Great job, Emily! (Love your comment on, "This is what anger looks like" haha!)

    I really like the grey color against the white. Beautiful!

  5. Emily, the headboard looks great it's too bad I don't have a cottage it would be the perfect spot for it. You will reach 100 followers soon :) looking forward to the giveaway.

  6. Love the two tone. Hope you will share at our showoff party on Sundays at http://decoratinginsanity.com

  7. Hi there! I'm stopping by from Primitive and Proper... Your headboard is just lovely!! I poked around your blog and you have lots of very nice stuff. I've done my part to help you reach 100! Almost there!!! Have a super day.
    Woodley Cottage Finds & Designs

  8. Adorable and glad that when you see something isn't quite what you want, you repaint/adjust to make her just the way you'd like.

    I'll follow you- your blog is sweet!

    Visiting from Domestically-Speaking Power Of Paint Linky Party this week,
    Suzanne in IL

  9. i love the color combo on this- it looks awesome! it really makes the details show, and the shape of the center area!

  10. I like the finish! SO GREAT!! WTG ;)

  11. Hey I love your blog. I always love to find and redo! Please come by my blog as I have announced a new giveaway and a fun swap for the summer.

  12. Wow that looks incredible great job. I found you through the shabby chic cottage linky party and I just gotta check out your blog some more. Come and say hi and please follow back :)

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  13. turned out great! love the colors, thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra