The thing about redoing furniture is that it is dangerous. Furniture kills. Okay so maybe that’s not true, which is why I wasn’t expecting a headboard with a vendetta against me. Usually furniture doesn’t kill, but this one definitely tried.
I had been looking for a bed frame for my guest bed for a very long time. I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg because it was just a spare that wouldn’t see much use anyway, but I wanted to get it off of the ground because as it sat it was just a mattress and a box spring on the floor, not very appealing in my opinion even if it was a good solid set.
So I went on a hunt and I set a very low limit for myself. I actually didn’t think that I would find anything at all for the price that I wanted and it took forever to find just as I suspected. The day that I found it was very exciting and my husband was even kind enough to go and pick it up for me. It turned out that a lady was selling one for $30 and it included a charming little night table. I couldn’t resist. Here are my not so fabulous before pictures of the set.
Just look at all of that wood. Now I know what a lot of people would say. “LEAVE THE WOOD ALONE!!” but I am not of that persuasion. I like to paint. Paint everything I say. And glaze, glaze, glaze! Glaze until it shines!
Then again, maybe this particular headboard was of the ‘don’t mess with the wood’ creed because here is what happened next. I turned my back for one second and the thing attacked me! Seriously, it came crashing down on the back of my leg. And I mean, this thing is solid wood. I would say it probably weighs about eighty tonnes. That’s my expert opinion btw, but let me tell you, it was not pretty.
Ouch. That’s pretty much the entire back of my calf right there. I could barely walk, but I had to soldier on. I had to whip that headboard into shape and teach it to behave. So I attacked it with primer and paint.
I know that some people tell you to sand your wood projects first, but I say that as long as you have a good primer, it’s often not necessary. If you find that you have some very rough wood spots then it is a good idea to sand them smooth, but if you are looking at wood that has already been sealed and is smooth then you can go ahead and prime it no problem. Here is how it looked after paint:
I actually kept the hardware for the little nightstand because it had character. I didn’t like the colour that I chose for this project because it came out more pink than I first thought. You can’t see it in these pictures but it had very strong pink undertones.
At this point, if you want to sand your project to give it a distressed look you can. I distressed all of the edges and around the newel posts. Then I added some glaze which can just be rubbed on with a dry cloth and then wiped off again. It settles into all of the grooves to give it that antique look.
Next I am on a mission to find a different duvet cover, maybe something in teal? But here is the finished product, even if it’s rather begrudgingly since it didn’t actually turn out to be the colour that I had hoped for and it did try to kill me in the process.
Hey, let’s be honest here, I just can’t have a relationship with furniture that is abrasive. It is counter productive to my creative joy.
It is browner than I would have liked but all in all, it was only $30 for both pieces, so I can’t complain. I just love that it will get to see a lot more use. Like I said, wood is timelesss. It can be reworked in so many ways to make it look brand new again.