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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