Headboard Makeover with Shabby Paints!

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I started to work on my guest bedroom and started with the headboard makeover.  I am excited about this, because I finally get to have a guest bedroom.  

Headboard Makeover for the Guest Bedroom-

I have researched the different types of chalk-based paints and I came across this new company called Shabby Paints.  This company is less than a year old and the best thing about the products is their products are completely non-toxic.  hypoallergenic, and 100% VOC-free.

Headboard beforeI found a complete 5 piece bedroom set on Craigslist.  Once I saw the set and the price, I knew this was the set for my guest bedroom.  Here is the headboard before painting.   The furniture is solid wood and is in really great shape.  Oh course, Mr. DD asks why do you have to paint completely fine wood furniture.  My response is, because this is what I do!

Painting a Headboard

I love all the details in the headboard.  I can’t wait to finish the other pieces so I can show you how pretty the furniture is or will be!  Now, let me share more about the paint and what I used to complete my headboard makeover.  

applying Shabby paints for a Headboard Makeover

I started with 2 coats of Alamo white.  This paint is very thick and needs watered down.  I used a 5 to 1 ratio, 5 parts paint to 1 part water.  This is a positive thing about this paint, if you are watering the Shabby Paint down, you are getting more paint than a quart.  I applied  Lillian Grey(light grey) and Garfield Grey for the accents on the headboard.   I distressed a few areas on the head-board and then used the Silver Shimmer glaze over the white sections of the headboard.  

Headboard Makeover with Shabby Paints

A few tips to keep in mind when working with Shabby Paints.  You must water down the paints as well as with the shimmer glazes.  You must also use a wet brush when applying the glazes and the Vax.  Speaking of Vax, you need to hope over and read about this revolutionary protective finish, combing the style of wax with the durability of varnish.  

Headboard Makeover for the Guest Bedroom-






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32 Responses to Headboard Makeover with Shabby Paints!

  1. Great job on the headboard – I think I’d like to start with Garfield Grey and then work my way through the rest of the collection!

  2. Ugh! Such a tough question on the color! I suppose “All of them” isn’t a valid answer! I’m stuck between the semi-neutral Vanilla Bear, and the Peacock or Jewel. But I’d take any of them!!!

    – Brooke –

  3. I love this paint and would want to win Pit Bull Pink!!! BTW. I love the singer Pit Bull!!! Both are hot hot!!!!!

  4. Thank you for your article and inspiration on this! I have a bedroom set in my garage that is waiting for a chalk paint redo that I’m going to use as storage in my craft room! So serene is my color choice!

  5. So many colors…so hard to choose! Worn white seems like the best way to start with a new paint. Thanks for the chance to win and give this new paint a try. The shimmer glaze is very intriguing!

  6. I absolutely love your headboard. In fact, I was out looking over the weekend for a headboard to paint. I found a door that someone was putting out for trash! That’ll have to do! I would love to win the paint so I can use it on my new headboard!!

    Thank YOU!
    Mary T.

  7. What a beautiful headboard. I love the colors that you chose. The detailing on it is spectacular. I laughed when I read what you husband said about painting wood because mine tells me that all the time. It’s so funny!

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