This headboard makeover using the Alice in Wonderland transfer is a quaint one! I am nearing the end of this large French Provincial set I bought last month. If you missed the dresser, night stand or trunk makeovers, you can catch up on those posts.
Since twin headboards are most common in kids rooms, I decided this was finally my chance to use this Belles and Whistles transfer.
Here are the supplies I used.
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Here is the Dixie Belle Alice transfer that comes in four sheets. You can see there are lots of choices of characters and other graphics. I’m not particularly a fan of the book, but I am partial to rabbits, so I chose the large bunny on the bottom in the middle.
Knowing that I wanted to use this Alice in Wonderland furniture transfer in the center framed area of the headboard, I chose my main color Blueberry. To me, the name Blueberry is a little off because it’s actually a beautiful periwinkle. On a side note, this is the color I chose for my bridesmaids dresses, so it’s a favorite of mine!
After cleaning and rinsing the headboard well, I painted 2 coats. On the second coat, I pulled in some Drop Cloth on the center area and blended it with the Blueberry.
The blending provides a little more interest, and draws your eye into that highlighted area. Once it was dry, I centered and burnished on the bunny.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not usually the biggest fan of stripes on furniture. I see it everywhere on hand painted furniture, but I don’t always love it.
But for some reason, I had a vision for stripes on the top piece of this headboard. I considered black and white, or Blueberry and white, but I thought those were too bold.
I looked for a color closer to Blueberry, and ended up choosing Savannah Mist. I LOVE how these stripes turned out! They are more subtle, but they add such a cute detail.
To paint the stripes, I used 1 inch blue painters tape. I started taping in the middle, and worked my way out to the edges going back and forth to make sure everything stayed even. I used a piece of tape as a spacer, so I’d know where to place the next piece of tape.
With a small artist brush loaded with a small amount of paint, I brushed on 1 coat of Savannah Mist. Then I pulled the tape off immediately. I could have done a better job of pushing the tape down into the grooves, so I did a little touch up to fix those issues.
To complete this piece, I gave a very light sanding to make the surface buttery smooth. Then I brushed on 2 coats of Satin clear coat.
This makeover is a great example of how updating an outdated piece of furniture with paint (and other embellishments) makes it perfectly customized for your home. Alice may not be your speed, but with all the paint and product choices out there, I guarantee something fits your aesthetic.
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