Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vintage Cane Headboard

A couple of weeks ago, I finished this gorgeous, caned headboard for the same client that I painted these night stands for.  She is creating a French provincial bedroom and she promised to share pictures when it is all put together and decorated.

When she brought in the headboard, it had a greenish-white hue.  It had a strange finish that was dry, brittle and cracking off along the top, concave parts of the headboard.  I used a flat head screwdriver to pick off the paint on the parts that were chipping and then used woodfiller to even it out.  I sanded those areas smooth and then began painting.

This headboard has graceful lines and I love the caning!

I painted the headboard with the fabulous French Linen Chalk Paint. 

I wanted the elegant details to show up but not be too sharp of a contrast, so I dry brushed white over all the graceful lines and raised design on the top.

My client wanted her headboard to be more dramatic than the night stands, which were also painted French Linen, so I decided to try Annie Sloan dark wax in a glaze form.  I mixed the dark wax about 50/50 with unscented mineral spirits to make a thin glaze.  I applied the glaze over the entire headboard, working small sections at a time, and wiping it off as I went.

I had the headboard finished at the shop waiting for my client to pick it up and several customers were extremely disappointed when I told them it was not for sale.  They all told me that it is difficult to find vintage, king headboards.  I guess I know what to look for while I am out hunting for new projects.

I love looking at this headboard!  I guess you can tell that by how many pictures I included.  I think it goes well with the muted-tone, Union Jack table Nancy just finished.  

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Haverford House said...

Oh wow is all I can say! Love the color and the finish you did on this headboard! Beautiful! ~Marcy

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Magnifique. You did a great job.

mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

Looks fantastic. Soft hues in french rooms are fab. Would love it if you shared it over at Furniture Friday

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Really pretty! I don't think I've ever seen a French headboard with caning like that, just wood. Beautiful finish.

pink*cherub*moon said...

This is fabulous! I would love a headboard like this one! You did such a beautiful job, as always! Hugs, Leena

Drama Mama Lori said...

This headboard makes me swoon! Lovely! New follower! ~Lori

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I love this headboard! The color, style and caning looks great together.

shellyandrade said...

I LOVE this color combination! Great job with your transformation!

fiona anderson said...

You do such a great job of everything, it's gorgeous. And I'm also loving the Union Jack table in muted colours

chateau chic said...

The cane headboard is really nicely painted.
Mary Alice

Anonymous said...

Wow! Lucky client, you did a great job, it is so beautiful! - Susan

Janae said...

I am looking for a new headboard, I am jealous this is like exacting the shape and style of what I want.

Rachel said...

The colors look great together. I think the glaze really makes the piece all the more special!

Heaven's Walk said...

Fabulous! It is difficult to find vintage beds like that in king size! Thanks for the tip on using AS wax as a glaze. I never knew you could do that and will definitely give it a try! :)

xoxo laurie

S said...

Beautiful - those neutral tones don't take away from the bed's features and are very restful.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

All your projects are beautiful.I haven't painted much but have a project in my near future, so I'm following you now!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so gorgeous! i love the caning and the french colors you went with!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is gorgeous, and oh so frenchy! thanks for linking up to VIF!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

What a gorgeous cane project, and in such good condition! You truly brought out it's beauty! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)


Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

I can't believe I haven't commented on this before but I love this. Pinned it when youngster it. I'm using this in a post tomorrow if that's ok. Correctly linked back to you.
Cheers Fiona

Aaron Dumas said...

LOVE this piece! I have a question on the glaze. Do you use a brush or a rag to apply the glaze wax? Thank you for your time!

Kristin C said...

LOVE it! Did you use a brush, roller or spray?

thomas said...

This is really pretty cool place I like it because it has everything I want more on this blog soon.

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Jesssica M said...

After researching cane beds for many months, I found one that checks all of the boxes. I wanted to share this with your audience as anyone looking for a french cane bed or headboard should consider this one. The company is The London Factory, here is the link:

Anonymous said...

Awesome job!! Did you do a coat of clear wax before the glaze?

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