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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sweet Headboard Before and After


I found this adorable headboard on one of  my recent trips to Goodwill and grabbed it right away. The finish was in rough shape but I loved the curves and routed edges. I envisioned it painted off white and distressed and knew, when finished, it would be a really beautiful piece for a little girls room.

Once I got it home and started looking at the center of the headboard, I realized how pretty the grain of the wood was. The grain angles out in both directions from the center, something I haven't seen very often.  I was torn, to paint or not to paint? As much as I like painted furniture I couldn't bring myself to cover up that beautiful wood in the center. So, I sanded the middle and stained it with two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut and topped that with two coats of wipe on Minwax satin poly.

The rest of the piece is painted off white, distressed and topped with a paste wax finish.
  The white really frames the beauty of the wood now!  I love the mix of paint and wood tones together to highlight a piece that has a beautiful wood grain.
I am wishing I had a little girl at home who could dream under this pretty headboard. My little girl is all grown up now so it will be finding a new home. At least I'll have pictures!

I am joining Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
Mustard Seed Creations Furniture Feature Friday


  1. It turned out great! I love the white mixed with the wood.

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous!



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