Romantic Headboard Makeover

This Bassett Furniture king-size headboard was given to me by a friend.  A few people told me they couldn’t see any way to beautify it, so I took that as my challenge ;).  Hopefully, you agree that the makeover did it a world of good!

king headboard before

The reason I saw potential in it was the details – the floral mouldings, the fluting, the spindles.  I’ll tell you all about how I accentuated those features later.

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Blended Base Coat

First, I cleaned the headboard well, and then I blended a base coat of Hurricane Gray, Manatee Gray and Driftwood.  I kept the Hurricane (darkest color) mostly to the outside, the Driftwood (lightest color) to the inside and the Manatee in the middle. 

I have plenty of blog posts with details about blending techniques, but as a quick overview I use a brush for each color.  While the paint is wet, I use a good amount of water misted on the surface and a clean neutral brush to blend the transitions from one color to another.  These 3 colors blend pretty easily together.

headboard left side
king headboard right angle

I painted 2 blended coats this way, letting the first coat dry before moving on to the second coat.

Dans La Vie Décor Transfer

This particular décor transfer is more transparent than most, so just be aware of that as you’re choosing your base color.  I used it over black once, and it wasn’t nearly as vibrant as I would have liked.

The whole transfer is sized to fit a tall dresser.  I cut it up, and used less than half of it for this piece.  After peeling the white paper backing off, I put it in place and rubbed it on the surface using the little wood stick provided with the transfer. 

I love the way the pink flowers and black words look against the gray.  They add that romantic feminine touch that brings this piece into the modern day.

headboard right side

Metallic Touches

Then it was time to highlight the details I mentioned earlier, and what better way to do that than blinging them out?  I chose Moonshine Metallics in Steel Magnolia because it’s my favorite.  Using a small artist brush, I tapped it on around the edges, on the fluting, the flowers and the spindles.

To protect the finish and give it a little sheen, I brushed on 2 coats of Clear Coat in Satin. 

headboard center detail
king headboard front view

If you’re a beginner painter or hesitant to get started, a headboard is the perfect small project to start with.  It’s manageable, and you can do as much or as little embellishment as you want.  Some ideas in addition to transfers and metallic are stenciling, raised stenciling, decoupage, appliques or crackle.

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19 thoughts on “Romantic Headboard Makeover”

  1. It came out gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Michelle!

  2. Your headboard came out so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up with us on our Embracing Home and Family link up party!


    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Cherelle!

  3. WOW! What an amazing transformation. You truly had the vision and made bleh into a beautiful work of art! Well done.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Michele!

  4. Debra Oliver says:

    Hi Shannon, this transformation is beyond gorgeous, and makes this truly look like an heirloom piece. Such a great job, I’m featuring this post on All About Home this evening.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thank you Debra! A few simple techniques and voila! Love the power of paint.

  5. O says:

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s the same headboard! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned!

    1. Shannon says:

      Great compliment, Kathleen! Thanks so much!

  6. So pretty and romantic. A great look to update an old headboard. I am happy to feature this on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thank you Linda! Appreciate the feature!

  7. So well done. Pinned to my painted furniture board. Please pop by Funtastic Friday Link Party and add your post

  8. Wow! That looks amazing! Absolutely love the color and the transfers are just perfect for the look. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Denise, so glad you were inspired! xo, Shannon

  9. Barbara Warner says:

    Beautiful! What an “upgrade” on a faded battered heaadboard. You’ve given it a new life – which may last another 50 yrs!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thank you, Barbara! I hope it’s enjoyed that long! xo Shannon

  10. It came out so nice!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Donna!

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