How to Paint a Headboard

Hey y’all, Tracey from Tracey’s Fancy here!

Another gorgeous vintage headboard…in blue this time!

I purchased this headboard as part of a full set that looks as if it’s been plucked from a princess movie.

I painted on live video and sort of “crowdsourced” the color palette…..and this is where we landed!! Inspired by these vibrant colors of the Mediterranean…

I love anything painted in bold jewel tones….and this one reminds me of sapphires and emeralds and gold!

How To:

After a good shower with White Lightning…..she was ready to be redressed!  I did not prime.

I began by painting the right and left center panels in a highlighted technique using Antebellum BlueCobalt Blue, and Mermaid Tail.  I used my new favorite French Tip brush by Dixie Belle. If you haven’t tried it, you really should….it’s a game-changer in the world of highlighting and blending.

I even devoted an entire blog to the French Tip brush…you can see that here.

I then covered the entire bed in Antebellum Blue and let dry.

Using a different brush……I moved on to layer with Cobalt Blue in random areas.

I then used the Antebellum Blue brush and lightly knocked back the Cobalt Blue by swiping a light dry brushed layer over the top of the wet Cobalt….and let dry.

I then used a third brush lightly dipped in Mermaid Tail and dry brushed over any and all raised details.

Check out my Facebook live of this piece!

I coated the bed in two coats of Dixie Belle Clear Coat in Gloss for a gorgeous sheen!

This blue vintage headboard is just stunning……and is one of those pieces where it is almost impossible to photograph and capture the way the three blues play off of each other.  It is “same hue” layering at its best!!!

For more information on this painted piece, head to Tracey’s Fancy here!

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