Seahorse Coastal Headboard With Saltwash

I am so excited to share this refinished headboard I created for my daughter's bedroom. It was my first time using Saltwash which is an additive you mix with paint. It is so cool! It really creates a time worn, beachy look.
I started with an old French Provincial headboard that my Dad gave me. It needed a little work, but had beautiful lines and detailing.
I mixed the appropriate amount of Saltwash to white chalk paint and applied the paint in a thick amount on the entire headboard. You want it to have peaks and texture. You can see in the first picture below how cool this process is. After about 15 minutes you smooth out the peaks to your liking. I let it dry overnight and then painted it a beautiful aqua blue using white chalk paint for the inset. The Seahorse is actually a stencil used with plaster filler to get a raised, fossil like appearance! I will definitely use this technique again.
Here it is all set up in my daughter's room. She loves it even more than I do! I just finished four other seahorse projects on my blog if you are a seahorse fan like we are! For a step by step tutorial on how I created this headboard please visit my blog below.

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  • Kathy
    on Jul 16, 2017

    love the headboard! I was just about to purchase a $500 bed in this same color (which I would STILL have to put together). I think now I will just find a headboard to attach to the frame and take it away myself. Savings? about $400.
  • Lyn
    on Jun 8, 2019

    LOVE this!! And your styling of the bed and the cute lamp!!!!! Now I know what to do with my string of star fish!!!

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