Painting & Decoupage On A Headboard
Let's upcycle a headboard from boring to farmhouse fabulous! Today, we're painting with Dixie Belle and applying a decoupage from Bubblegum Yum Artisan paper!
Mud - in White
Chameleon Wax in Apricot and Cactus
Gilding Wax in Gold
I picked up this little cutie from a local buy sell group. I knew it would be the perfect flat surface for a Bubblegum Yum print!
To start my projects, I always clean with White Lighting. This cleaner is in a powder form that you can disperse into water.
After cleaning, I removed the old applique from the headboard, these are usually held on with small finishing nails.
In removing the detail, there was a rough surface. No problemo! I patched it up using Dixie Belle Mud. Mud comes in three colors, since I the plan is to paint the bed - the color of Mud doesn't matter, because when it dries you can sand it back to flat to paint over.
I decided on Slick Stick as a primer. This bed had a shiny surface, like a melamine plastic feel. Slick Stick is used to provide a gripping surface for your paint. I use this product on any type of metal or plastic to prepare for paint.
The artisan print fits perfectly on the bed frame. I planned the cuts and measured the paper. I cut each section to the inset size of the frame.
I worked on each of the sections, adhering the print to the bed with wallpaper paste.
To apply the decoupage, I used a plastic rolling tool, smoothing out any air bubbles as I went. These prints can be applied with Clear Coat or paste. I like the thickness of the paste, it helps me smooth the paper.
Now that the print has dried I wanted to blend the paint to the paper so it disappears, creating a seamless look. Using the print as my source, I used multiple colors - including Haint Blue, Peony, Mint Julep, Soft Pink, and Savannah Mist - to work my magic. I was careful to blend the edges. Using my Best Dang Brush allows me to make a cloudy paint blend, meaning the print becomes one with the bed! All that's left is to protect my work. For this, I waited until the paint was dry and then sealed with Clear Coat in Satin.
Time to add some punches of glamour to this farmhouse bedframe. I used some Gilding Wax in Gold as well as Chameleon Wax in Apricot and Cactus to add shine to the edges. Gilding wax is oil-based, and is best to be applied at the end, after the top coat.
Are you ready for the reveal?
This bed is now fit for a Boho farmhouse bedroom! The color in the print is so bright and cheerful. Thanks to Dixie Belle Paint & Bubblegum Yum Prints!
Thanks for joining me on this fun painting journey!
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