It took me awhile to work up the courage to do this project. For some reason, I have absolutely no problem spray painting a piece of furniture that I buy on Craigslist, or at the thrift shop, or from a yard sale, but I freeze up when it’s time to redo a piece that’s been in my family for years. I wonder why? If it takes a coat of paint for me to love a piece more–and it’s not a valuable antique–then why not just go for it? After all, paint is cheap, and I can always change it up again down the road!
This twin-sized iron headboard was mine when I was a girl, so it is NOT an antique–it’s just a little bit old (like me)! It’s been in my daughter’s room since she moved out of her crib, and here’s what it looked like BEFORE:
The creamy white was perfectly fine when my daughter’s room was pink and green (sigh), but now that she’s embracing a different color scheme, the headboard didn’t work. I figured that instead of tucking it away in the attic for my grandkids–this could be decades away, mind you–that I’d just paint it a jarring shade of watermelon pink. Here’s the AFTER (put on your sunglasses!):
At first, I taped off the marble medallion and left it unpainted, but it just looked wrong. I wound up painting it and the decorative brass balls. Honestly, my daughter loves it and that’s the most important thing.
We played around with the pillows on her bed a bit. Here’s another shot:
I never thought of aqua blue and hot watermelon pink as a color combination, but leave it to my daughter! The whole room reveal should be coming up next week…we’re just putting the finishing touches on it. You can read about her new table HERE…
…And her new tray HERE.
While the color palette and design choices aren’t what I would have picked, it’s not my room, after all, and I like that she’s fearless about using bright and happy colors. She may only be nine, but she sure knows what she likes!
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