My home is an explosion of colour. There's colour everywhere. And frankly, I love it.
Except my bedroom. It's my nemesis room. I never get it quite right.
So when I told this to a fabulously-gorgeous-wonderfully-kind-and-immensely-talented friend as I admired her stunning and peaceful bedroom in her perfectly-styled vintage home, she told me something in many ways I already knew, but needed to hear. (You know that way that only friends have?)
She said keep it calm, keep it neutral, add your pops of colour. I'm simplifying here, but it resonated. Because my home is a riot of delicious colour, I kept trying to carry that into the bedroom...and it never took.
This brings me to our beautiful metal headboard that I still love after all these years. It's been stashed in a shed for awhile but the chat with my friend had me dragging it out over the weekend.
Here's what happened next....
The first-coat-ugly-stage can send people in an outright panic. It looks like it's never going to work...
Spraying the bed with Chalk Paint is another option, but I'm a sucker for a hand-painted finish. I found that switching to a round paint brush left fewer drag marks in the paint and I used an artist brush to get into all the tricky curves and turns.
Because the base is metal (and it was only left overnight to dry) I assumed I'd need to be very gentle when sanding back but I had to put some muscle into it. I went from a 220-grade sandpaper, to 150 which I then used to wet-sand.
Once I was happy with the finish, I waxed it and some brushstrokes become a bit more prominent with waxing. If you prefer not to have brushstrokes and want a more solid finish, I recommend primering with a grey tone and a light sand between coats before waxing.
Here's the end result...I kinda love it.