I found a great headboard at the salvation army for $10 and knew it needed to come home with me. I had been wanting to try a layered paint technique and make my own colored wax. This was just the piece for the job.
I have no before pictures, but here it is! Weathered and beachy and really transformed. I started by painting the entire piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Paris Gray”. I then mixed two parts “French Linen” with one part water and did a wash overtop of the Paris Gray. You want your wash to be fairly thin! I applied it a few strokes at a time and then wiped off the excess with a cotton cloth. The idea was to age the piece and enhance the Paris Gray by layering a hint of French Linen ontop.
Once I achieved the look I wanted, I painted the center of the headboard with Chalk Paint in “Graphite”. This is now an adorable message center!
Here’s where I had some fun! I mixed two parts Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Old White” with one part Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Essentially making white wax. I applied this in all the cracks and details of the headboard, highlighting all it’s character. I love how it really softened the grays and made the piece even more weathered! I sanded it here and there to add a touch of distressing. I just love a little distressing!
Lastly I hung three simple hooks in an oil rubbed bronze finish on the front. This transformed my ordinary headboard into a charming coat rack that welcomes your guests in! This piece was really fun to create! What can you find to repurpose in your home?