Asked on Jun 03, 2014

Ideas on ugly headboard

by Linda
I have this outdated oak finish headboard in my guest room. It does have some nice details and curvy insets. My initial idea was to use chalk paint in a gray color with black glaze & make padded inserts out of drop cloth. My bedding is muted lavender/gray with eggplant colored flowers. Would love any other ideas!! Thanks
Guest room bed
  10 answers
  • T Vaughn T Vaughn on Jun 03, 2014
    Your idea sounds like a good one. Try the chalk paint and black glaze all over first , before you do the padded inserts, just in case you like it with out the padded inserts. I can't wait to see your results. I also can't wait to see some ideas from other people, I need ideas also, I've been without a headboard for my bed for years, and it really needs one.
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jun 03, 2014
    Please post photos when you finish, so we can be inspired to do something with our old pieces:)
  • Lavende Lavende on Jun 03, 2014
    I like the shape of the headboard...almost a celtic feel to it. I'd restain it an espresso color, which would match your bedspread and bring it right into the style you see in all the pricy shops right now!
    • Linda Linda on Jun 03, 2014
      Interesting, I hadn't thought about that. Don't know how it would take a stain. Will definitely experiment with that. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • Cathy Cathy on Jun 04, 2014
    I'd spray paint it using Rust-oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. As a previous commenter noted - it will go well with your bedspread - and will save you the time and effort associated with stripping and staining it.
  • Linda Linda on Jun 04, 2014
    Love that color, have used it in many things!! Thanks!
  • Michele Eures Michele Eures on Jun 05, 2014
    I think the colors you chose will give a very serene feeling to the bed. Exactly what you want for guests who are away from their own home and might be a little anxious. I wouldn't use any dark colors on it.
  • Linda Linda on Jun 05, 2014
    Thank you, that's pretty much what I was going for!
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Nov 25, 2014
    Show us what you did, photos, please!
  • Nancy Gallin Nancy Gallin on Mar 26, 2015
    Not knowing what the rest of the room looks like i would suggest to you .. painting the bed white & the walls of the room the same color as the dark color of the bedspread.Add cute white side tables & white lamps w/ shades in white & same dark color bold stripe pattern. A lot of work but a cozy retreat
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 20, 2022

    Sorry can't see the pictures of Headboard - only Cover.