Painted Headboard

I’ve shared quite a few painting projects here, but I tried a new paint on this one. I thought I’d walk you through the “ugly” steps of painting. You don’t have to have a paint booth, and you certainly don’t have to have a fancy spray gun (although, they are nice to have).

how to paint furniture

The love of my life has become difficult to find and is essentially not being made anymore. Because of that, I thought it was time to try a new paint. I went with Benjamin Moore (of course) Aura’s Black Beauty in matte finish. Because the room had a rustic feel, I didn’t want a stark black. I wanted more of a smokey version, and this color was spot on.

Okay. So, I sanded this one. Not using my ol’ “go to” paint, I wasn’t sure if I could get away without it. So I sanded—lightly.

prepping for paint

I had purchased a new orbital sander, and I was a little giddy to try it out. One word–Power. This boy is a work horse! Love it.

Dewalt sander

If you’re like me, you wonder, “How much did she sand?” That much. I actually took more off of the edges than I needed to. It’s my work horse’s fault.

sanding furniture

I used a primer I had on hand already. It’s called Aqua Lock. I wasn’t overly in love with the texture, but it did cover well. (Ignore the garage. It was in full pallet wall mode, so there was wood everywhere!)

how to prime furniture

And this is where I started to panic. The first coat was literally purple! Gah! I calmed myself and proceeded with a couple more coats.

how to paint furniture

I’m showing these next couple of pictures because I still get some inquiries about roller marks being left in the paint. This is what it looks like right after I applied a coat. It’ll look patchy, so don’t worry.

Benjamin Moore paint

The left side of this pictures shows where the paint has started to dry, and you can see where I was applying another coat toward the right. No roller marks. Paint with decreasing pressure as you roll.

painting a headboard

Oh yeah. Here’s my paint booth. I used my white wall and front door as my drop cloth. And the best part? My husband didn’t say a word about it. He knows me and puts up with me.

DIY painting

After all was said and done, it turned out like this. Some detail shots for ya…

black headboard

painted headboard

Overall review? It wasn’t the smoothest texture of all the items I’ve painted, but the paneling in the bed was quite a pain to work around. The Aura paint is pretty pricey…so pricey that I don’t know if it’s worth it just yet.

For those of you still waiting to dive into the world of painting? Go for it! Don’t let all the tools, products, and terms intimidate you. You won’t regret it.


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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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