I follow your blog and love your design esthetic. You are amazing!!
How about a little free advice?
Attached is a picture of a headboard that I purchased to have painted,
a picture (closeup detail and nightstand) that shows my existing furniture that I’d like to have the headboard blend with,
and a picture of a “painted headboard” that is just an idea.
The new headboard has some details that I think are fabulous and “match” well with my existing furniture. I’m just not sure how to make everything fit together and look like they fit and still be FAB!!Idea…help?Angela
First I would start by lifting the headboard by adding legs or planning to mount it on the wall with a french cleat. We wouldn't want all that gorgeous detail hidden behind pillows.
Legs French cleat
Then I would fill in the bottom space with another piece
of wood. This is where the pillows can rest against.
The scrolling detail of these headboard's are
commonly made of extruded foam, so you can't sand
them, you can't stain them but you can paint them.
I've painted them before,
it is easiest to take it outside and spray them.
If you want to match your other furniture more.
Rather then using a white or cream color,
Varathane has a spray stain & poly in-one
which I have used. The cabernet color seen below.
Your dry time would be several days if not a week to
ensure a good bond and finish. I vote for a cream color for more drama.
A beach mat could be used to make panels for the
This would mimic the textured feel of the
inspiration photo below.
Then the matting could be stained a rich dark
walnut to tie into the other furniture in the room.
Alternatively a fabric could be used here too.
A faux nailhead trim could be glued around the inset
panels to further mimic the existing furniture's metal features.