Boring Headboard to Silver Stunner

6 Materials
8 Hours
A queen bed frame with classical lines but dated wood and wicker gets a silver makeover fit for a royal. New Year's inspired my silver side...
First gather all the materials needed
1. Clean Slate by Amy Howard
2. Home made white chalk paint
3. Annie Sloan Paloma
4. Rustoleum Hammered Silver
5. Modern Masters Warm Silver and copper paints
6. Black and Decker Orbital Saw
7. 240 Grit Sand Paper

I cleaned the frame with Amy Howard's clean slate and a lint free rag.

Prep, Paint & Preserve!
Apply base coat to clean frame

I mixed some oops paint (paint from the hardware store that was rejected by a buyer and on sale at a deep discount) add plaster of paris and water (you can google a recipe- soooo easy). Because the wood is so slick you need to build up a structure for subsequent layers of paint to adhere to. You can use any white chalk paint though.

Apply paint in a cross hatch fashion to all over the wooded frame, then let dry. Then apply more base coat in a random fashion, try your initials over and over again. This gives visual interest for subsequent layers.
Apply metalic washes to side boards & frame
After applying the base coat to side boards and all of the frame, you want to apply the warm silver paint as a wash in circular motions. Washes are typically 1 part paint to 1 part water. Let dry. Apply cooper paint in the same manner. Finally, create a grey wash with equal parts water and equal parts Annie Sloan Paloma paint and apply to wooded frame.
The wicker part took many layers of base paint; it was thirsty! You want to make sure the paint is thick in order to seal all the wicker. I spray painted the wicker inset with the Rust-Oleum hammered silver paint for ease and bling.
Light faraway sprays of copper give depth
You can see how the silver paint really gave the inset the wow factor. The inset reminds me of a steel plate but is glamorous when paired with the classic frame.
Distressing helps the piece to act its age.
I used the orbital sander with a 240 grit sand paper to distress the frame. You could use a palm sander. After distressing, you can see the white, metal and wash give this piece a unified and old world look.
Don't forget to do both sides of a foot board
In order to give some dimension to the large insets, you may wish to spray some copper colored paint lightly and far away. Be brave - you can always cover up any too concentrated parts with silver or with a palmona wash if it gets on the frame.
"After" and Ready for the New Year!
Since this is a low traffic surface and the inset was spray painted, I did not protect this piece as I normally would with polycrylic or wax.

This picture was taken at night. I was surprised how well the cool silver got along with the yellow walls. It looks cozy doesn't it? Proof it is worthy of Royalty. The bed is being modeled by Lady Godiva who is resting comfortably after her big day!

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  • Christy Reddish Christy Reddish on Jan 14, 2018
    Faux metal : need to make thin, flat fake metal strips to mimick metal railing. Maybe an eighth of an inch thick and one inch wide. Any suggestions?


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