Thursday, May 19, 2016

And Why Not?

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Hello lovelies! I'm back again with something a little bit different for you...OK, maybe something a lot different! I know what you might be thinking. "Why did she put octopus tentacles on a headboard?" Well, the answer to that my friends is why not? :) The idea for this actually came from a few different things like the fact that I live on an island on the west coast of Canada and the paint colour I used is one of the new 2016 Spring/Summer limited edition colours from Country Chic Paint called Sea Storm (All in One Decor Paint). Put those together with the desire to add a little trendy design element to a rather plain headboard and there you go! It was also inspired by THIS octopus dresser that I painted last year.

Onto what the before looked like:

Now I'm thinking that this was someones Pinterest project gone severely wrong! It had 2 shades of white, 2 shades of pink underneath, one cream colour and 2 shades of green spray paint, one of which was glossy and made the "lace" look like alligator scales in the light! Scary, I know!

I originally purchased this headboard second hand as a project piece for my own room and 2 years later, it still looked like this (sadly, I did use it this way but kept my bedroom door closed so as not to scare away any guests). I have many project pieces in my house and I unfortunately always get my personal projects pushed to the back burner in favour of other projects, but thankfully, none so as "interesting" as this! :) Anyway, I purchased a cast iron headboard for myself the other day so it was imperative that this headboard get its makeover now so it can go to another home.

I started out by filling in some of the larger blemishes on the headboard, sanding and then washing it all down. I decided to try my hand at some of the All in One Decor paints this time and I think that I'm in love! As I mentioned earlier that this is called Sea Storm and it covered over the 4+ layers of spray paints in one solid coat of paint and then some spot touch ups! I was so impressed at the coverage! I then added my tentacle design in Vanilla Frosting (Chalk Style) and gave it a final sanding before I put the finishing touches on it.

With the Country Chic All in One Decor paints, you don't need to put a top coat on them, however I love how you can age a piece with the Antiquing Wax so I put both Natural Wax on and the Antiquing Wax. I used both waxes because I wanted to tone down then intensity of the Antiquing Wax to preserve the beautiful colour of the Sea Storm paint. I then buffed this up to a very soft sheen and it's now ready add a little whimsy to someones coastal decor themed room :)

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  1. This is SO unique and beautiful! I love it. Thanks for sharing with us at The DIY Collective!

  2. What a fun headboard! My kids would have loved a bed like this when they were little gremlins. Thanks so much for sharing, Cynthia

  3. You know, I was just thinking a couple days ago how your octopus dresser was one of the most amazing, striking, unique furniture restoration projects I've ever seen. Still on my list of favorites, so it's incredibly fun to see this! Well done, as always!!! So tastefully done and creative all at the same time. :)

  4. Do you hand draw these? I see you do a lot of great designs on dressers and such (and the octopus dresser is what brought me here). I'm not at all confident in my drawing skills and would love a stencil, if it's available. Or, barring that, is it ok if I follow your design?

  5. This is awesome! I LOVE it so much. Very inspiring artwork

  6. Oh my gosh I LOVE this!! This would be a show-stealer in any bedroom! It would actually be so fun to decorate a bedroom around this bed!

  7. This is seriously amazing! You did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!

  8. This is so cool and unique. I love it! ... Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!


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