Marcela Pena
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Warning! If You Hate Painted Wood, Don´t Read On...


Many people get angry or upset when wooden antiques are painted. I perfectly understand their point. But I also understand those who have had these dark pieces for a long time at home and want to have them upcycled... and Ithis is exactly what I try to do...
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
This beautiful set of head/footboard and nightstands of a different style will completely transformed! Look at the outcome first:
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
I intended to unify all the set through a colour with great personality. An besides wanted to put the focus of attraction in the centre of the headboard.
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
To do this, I looked for an interesting image on the web, copied it on paper the size I needed...
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
and cut the shape in hardboard (yes, hardboard! so that it would have some relief after painting.
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
Started adding appliques of flowers of different kinds: epoxy, wood...
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
and used raised stencil technique for the leaves.
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
In this case I didn´t use plaster, but a mixture I got at the craft store that seems like granite
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
Painted everything green
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
added gems, sequins, etc to decorate flowers.
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
Golden dimensional paint around leaves
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
and golden wax to give some shade to the image.
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
There it is: headboard finished!
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
Now it was time to work on nightstands. I had to consider them carefully, because the pieces for the bed would be quite shocking in colour and shine, I couldn´t do the same with the nightstands, it would be an excess. But at the same time I needed to make them match
warning if you hate painted wood don t read on , how to, painted furniture
So I painted them completely in the same green, but sanded thouroughly until I liked the effect.
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  • Beth Hall Holman
    on Oct 18, 2016

    Omg I just love this headboard. It is beautiful. I've been painting some furniture pieces almost the same color. I'm kind of lost. You glued things down then painted over them? I am so afraid of messing projects up. I so want to do this to my bed. I love it. Help!!!!!

    • Marcela Pena
      on Oct 18, 2016

      Well, it was mixed work: I glued wooden shapes and then painted all together. After painting I glued other things, beads, etc. But you can do it as you feel more comfortable, you could always paint the whole headboard, paint shapes separately and then glue.

  • Sandy
    on Apr 10, 2018

    This might be a little off from your painted job which is just gorgeous by the way, BUT I have a cedar chest with a lot of knots how would you paint over the knots so they are so noticeable? Thanks ....Florida/USA

    • Sandy
      on Apr 11, 2018

      Sorry bandaged finger....I want to cover the knots, sanding now, and the cedar chest smells so bad from cigarettes...I need to COVER THE KNOTS before I paint the real color...how do you suggest that I cover the knots before I paint it.

  • Polly
    on Apr 29, 2019

    What type of gray paint did you use for the tall piece of furniture. Did you include instructions for this project

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  • Ani30733019
    on Apr 4, 2018

    Just beutiful! I´ll try to do something similar!

  • Janice
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Absolutely stunning! It is beyond beautiful!!! I have my grandparents bedroom suite and I would love to do something similar, especially with the headboard. So inspiring, thanks you for sharing!!

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