Painted Headboard

by Chris on February 5, 2012

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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modern jane February 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

It looks professionally done! Wow… such a great smokey black.

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle February 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

Looks fantastic – a perfect black for that headboard. I read your other post about your “go to” paint, and was wondering if you ever tried Ben Moore’s Advance paint. It’s FANTASTIC, and might be another option for furniture pieces.

Julie @ PushingTwigs February 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

I LOVE IT. I actually want to do something similar to me and hubby’s headboard. Have you ever tried the Behr Paint + Primer? I love it…great stuff. It has become my “go to” paint now…haha.

Love the bedroom – especially the wood plank wall…very creative!

Kim @Tiaras and Bowties February 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

It turned out beautifully! What a difference a can of paint makes! Hope you can eventually find a new favorite that feels right for you!

Jill Flory February 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

Looks good. Love how that color turned out!

Kim {ShopKim on Etsy} February 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

I think it looks amazing! I love how the dark color looks against the wall. Good work!

Lorrie February 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

It looks great, and I love the colour.

Dana February 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I absolutely love the finish! I can’t believe how smooth it looks, I guess i need better paint!

Tori February 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’m glad you paint inside too. :)

Susan Baugh February 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Chris, the BM 363 has been replaced by Ben Moore’s P25. It’s a self-priming latex low luster finish and works exactly the same way 363 did. It’s my go-to paint for furniture. Gorgeous finish.

Jane @ February 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

love the transformation! It’s amazing how paint can really spruce up an already good piece of furniture and just give it that extra ‘oomph’! :)

cassie {hi sugarplum} February 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love that black! My front interiors doors are black. Like black black. Too black. I think this smokey hue is just what they need. Why don’t you bring over your leftovers and help a girl out!!??

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