Boys Painted Upholstery Headboard

This is yet another project where I am embarrassed at how long it took me to complete and
 it is such a relief to finally get it done!

I bought this upholstered headboard off of Craigslist a couple of years ago for $20.00.
Since I got it for my teenage son's room the pink stripes were not going to work.
I wanted to reupholster it using this really cool vintage burlap sack I found, but my son was very against the idea.
He thought the burlap would be itchy.
I decided he was probably right and burlap can be a bit stinky too.
Sadly I then just kept forgetting to get around to reupholstering the piece.

Finally this winter I was determined to do something about. that. headboard.
I went to the fabric store, but none of the fabrics really spoke to me.
Then I got the bright idea to paint the piece! A lot quicker and easier than reupholstering!
I used a fabric painting medium and two bottles of acrylic paint and just followed
 the instructions on the bottle.
After the paint dried I lightly sanded it and then used furniture wax, finally I buffed the piece and it is nice and smooth!

The last step was adding nail head trim. 
This is a real pain in the butt, but it looks great!

Now my sweet boy has the manly headboard he deserves!
He is quite a bit taller than me now which is really disconcerting!

Next is finishing up artwork for above his bed!

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  1. Beautiful headboard. I love the simplicity of the bedding as well.
    Good work!

  2. I would have never thought to paint it.... you are a genius. And I can't even express how disconcerting the thought that my boys will one day be taller than me. I'm going to go cry in the corner now.

  3. That's pretty amazing! Who would have ever thought that would work so well. Great job!

  4. I would never have thought to paint it! Such a brilliant idea and the nailhead trim is the perfect finishing touch! I remember how weird it was when my first born son grew taller than me and now my "baby" has surpassed me in height too. He's almost 5' 11" and he's only 15! They literally grow up fast! :)

  5. I love how you painted the headboard. Let me know ho comfortable it is. I'm thinking about covering a large chair. I love the look of it. Jo

  6. Lisa, that is so smart! I wouldn't have ever occurred to me to do that! Looks awesome!

  7. I love how your sons bed is styled. The painted headboard looks great. I always forget about using paint for fabric. The nailhead trim really adds some interest. It was worth the extra work.

  8. This is awesome, really thought outside of the box on this one!! How did you know to use furniture polish as the final step? And what does that do? I simply love this!! :)

    Jane x

  9. Awesome Lisa. Love this re love. Great job.

  10. Painting upholstery scares me... but a headboard seems safe enough. Looks great - quite the upgrade. Love!