To recap from yesterday’s post, I’m painting Leah’s headboard, that I picked up used off of Kijiji for $15. I’m painting it white to match the IKEA Hemnes white dresser that is also in her bedroom. I’ve never painted a piece of furniture before, so this is completely new for me! Here is what the headboard looked like before I started:
And here is what the headboard looked like after I posted last night after three coats of paint: (Coat #2 was kind of just a light brushing of the curves, so I’m not sure it counts as a full coat):
I managed to do one more coat of paint last night for a total of 4 coats (really 3 full coats). I wasn’t all that happy with the finish of it. You can see that it’s anything but smooth, which isn’t exactly what I’m going for:
So I laid it flat on the floor to prevent gravity from working against me, and did a coat only using a paint brush. (Jason helped with half again so that’s his arm… he really seems to like the paint brushing parts!)
It was starting to look a lot better after the 5th coat (as it should, because that’s a lot of paint!). I’m not sure if it’s normal to have to do so many coats, but that’s how many it has taken me. I could probably keep painting to even out the finish, but I think I’m going to leave it at this for now:
So, that was five coats of paint! And now, what I have been waiting for since I bought this $15 headboard back in December! Here’s a quick reminder of what it looked like before I started:
And now that we’ve fixed it all up and made it look new again, here is what it looks like now:
I love it! I think it goes with Leah’s room perfectly! I still have to make some pillows for Leah’s bed. It’s looking pretty bare, but at least this is a big step forward! I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of it next to the IKEA dresser that I was trying match the paint to, but from across the room, it seems to match perfectly! And something about the white, makes the tutu bedskirt I made pop too!
It wasn’t the most perfect painting job, but I don’t think anyone will inspect it closely enough to notice. I think I have to practice painting a few more things to get it to look exactly how I want it.
It’s a slow process, but I’m getting Leah’s bedroom put together one little project at a time. So this is another project to check off my list! Phew!