11 March 2013

Trash to Treasure

I found this headboard on the curb!  Can you believe someone was throwing it away!  On my drive home I thought only of all the colors I could paint it, so many possibilities.  I remembered that i had a sample of  Silverado by Olympic in the garage.  It's a beautiful greyed lavender.   I was so excited, that as soon as I got home, I tested the color.
 
full size headboard



Silverado was the perfect color but before I could start to paint it needed to be cleaned.  I took it out in the drive way and hosed it down with water.  I then used Windex an a green scrubby to to get off the grime.  Then I hosed it down again.  Once it was dry, it was time to mix up some chalk paint.  I had great success using my homemade chalk paint recipe on my Vintage and Modern table.  I couldn't wait to use it again.

How to Make Chalk Paint:
2 cups paint
5 TBS of Plaster of Paris
2 TBS of water

I used a baby formula can to mix and store the paint.  It worked great!
uses for formula can, formula can, paint storage

My plan is to distress this piece.  I started by painting one coat of Silverado to the whole headboard.  Then after the first coat was dry I painted the edges and areas where I wanted the white to show through.  When the white paint was dry I used a Q-tip to apply Vaseline over the white paint. This will make the paint come off easily when it’s time to distress.  Then I painted a second coat of Silverado to the whole headboard.

 Vaseline, how to distress furniture, Silverado by Olympic,  chalk painted headboard

After the second coat was dry, I used a sanding block to sand the areas I painted white.  The distressing revealed both white and brown paint adding a rustic charm.

Vaseline, how to distress furniture, Silverado by Olympic,  chalk painted headboard

I dusted the headboard with a cloth.  Then I applied 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic to seal and protect the paint.  Follow the instructions on the can.

Minwax Ploycrylic

Put 'em together and what do you got?  Bippity, Boppity, Boo!

how to distress furniture, Silverado by Olympic, chalk painted headboard
This headboard is available for purchase, to see more click here.

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52 comments:

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    1. This is so cute...sure you want to sell it?

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    2. I don't have room for a full size headboard.

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  2. Callie
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award today 3.13.2013 ~ you can get the details on my blog :)
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  3. Came out great. I have a few pieces that I need to do this to.

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  4. Very cute! My parents had this bedroom set while I was growing up. I think it looks so much better Lavendar. Way to be creative. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

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  5. SO cute!! Thanks for linking up at the Link Up!

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  6. I love the color, it really does give it a whole new life. :)

    Thanks for linking up on F-it Friday!

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    1. A whole new life is definitely what it needed.

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  7. Great headboard, Callie! Can't believe what some people put at the curb. If nothing else you'd think they would donate it. Although, I don't mind finding these things myself. I found two great little dressers that people just threw out and made them over {one for my house and one for my daughter}.

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    1. I can't believe it either. Sometimes I think they just get tired of looking at it. I would love to see them.

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  8. Very cute! I'm a new follower stopping by from Like Totally! Tuesdays.
    Melanie
    http://violetsbuds.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love it! Can't believe you found it on a curb!
    I'm your newest follower:)
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  10. Beautiful job Callie! I'm always amazed at what people are throwing away. They have no vision. lol I'd love for you to share at Transformed Tuesday. We have so much fun sharing our projects. http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com/2013/03/transformed-tuesday-30-features.html I'm a new follower.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  11. It looks perfect with the white peeking through!

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  12. Aren't curbside finds the best?! I like the Spring-y transformation. Thanks so much for sharing at the Rock 'N Share! Blessings, D

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  13. Oh my word! That's beautiful. I guess I need to start driving around looking for things to turn into treasures. :)

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    1. I was out visiting a friend from church and there it was! I couldn't believe it. Thanks for visiting.

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  14. I love this headboard! Thought of my granddaughter immediately.....woul love to have you stop by at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com
    Your newest follower, NeeCee

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  15. That's fantastic! I love side of the road finds. Visiting from Southern Lovely.

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  16. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #67!

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  17. Okay, the baby formula can idea is BRILLIANT! I am mad that I just threw one away!!!

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    1. Thank you. I have thrown too many away too. I'm glad I have a use for them now.

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  18. This is gorgeous---awesome work! I'm featuring you tonight on this week's Homemaking linkup. Feel free to take a "featured" button from the bottom of my sidebar.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Sarah

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  19. This is great - I love it! I chose this as a feature for my link party this week. Please grab an "I've Been Featured" button from my link parties page. Thanks for joining!!

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  20. You did a great job on this headboard! I love it when things that are no longer wanted can be given a new life. Thanks so much for including it in my link party. Its been featured and I hope you’ll stop by to get and “I was featured” button. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/03/friday-link-party-10.html

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