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Shabby Chic Projects: The Vintage Headboard

January 23, 2014

Vintage Headboard

Everything ages. Man, animal and inanimate objects are all powerless against the corroding power of days passing by. Generally, as something becomes old, people start disregarding it even if there was time when they couldn’t live without it. Now, there’s nothing wrong with upgrading to the newer versions of things, but are people nowadays too quick to disregard something as ‘useless’ just because it has seen through a few decades?

Before we continue, it must be clarified that we here at URATEX support the advancement of technology through our innovative products such as polyurethane foam, acoustic foam, hospital mattresses, and so on. We simply want to show that we also have a heart for all things vintage.

The Shabby Chic is a style of interior designing that focuses on making the old look fabulous. In this art, every single furniture for furnishing is chosen because of their ‘aged’ attribute or appearance. One item need not necessarily be really old in nature, but it has to look like it is. In this post, we are going to take a step inside a shabby chic project: The Vintage Headboard.

Headboards are very important pieces of furniture inside a bedroom as they are very easily spotted. So if you’re intention is to create a vintage style headboard that will awe your guests and artsy online penpals, shabby chic is the way to go!

DIY Headboard

Make it look vintage

To start off you’ll need a headboard, or pieces of wooden boards that will make one. You’ll also need a concept of the outcome you want. Make sure that you have all the necessary materials and tools required to bring your idea to life. Tools will vary depending on your concept, but items that are essential for the process are a few sheets of sandpaper, two different shades of white paint, one pure and the other grey. If the furniture you have still has hinges, handles, knobs or anything else attached, it would be best to remove them.

Next, using the sandpaper on hand, scrape off the paint and varnish from the furniture you are working on. Remember to not overdo the scraping, which should be followed by painting. To give the piece of furniture you’re working on the shabby feel, use a combination of white and grey. First, use a primer paint on the furniture. Then, apply the paint, making sure to allow enough time for each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat.

After the paint has dried, it’s time to bring out the sandpaper once again, applying the standard 180-grit to smoothen the raised edges on your project item. Rub only in one direction to attain the proper appearance. Finally, add a coat of varnish to bring shine to your furniture.

This is generally how you create the Shabby Chic style vintage headboard. A lot of it will depend on your craftiness, ‘artsiness’ and resourcefulness. It takes a lot of practice before you can even start thinking of creating a masterpiece. The technique is to have an eye for detail and a patience for process.

It’s actually extremely fun to transform a piece of furniture such as your bed’s headboard into a vintage work of art. It’s a very relaxing hobby that brings out the creativity in you, allowing you to see your work of art inside your very own bedroom.