I love the look of lettering on walls and furniture (see my kitchen wallpaper below) but I just don’t have the moolah to spend on such things, so I try to come up with my own quaint techniques.
While I was changing the color of the little bedroom (formerly yellow, now pink) I was ready to update the headboard of this old bed.
The twin to this one is out in the cottage. I have a matched set because my sister and I shared a room when we were very young and had matching beds.
Over the years the finish has worn off in places and the structural members have changed but I still have the matching headboards and footboards. (Why, oh why, can’t I get rid of anything?)
Alas, I don’t have a room where both will fit together so I decided to do them over one at a time and each differently. Here is my initial effort for the pink bedroom.
First I sanded the finish just to rough it up and wiped it down with mineral spirits to remove the dust and any grime I missed.
Then I primed the bed with Kilz (because the can was open from priming the door to the cottage).
The next part was little tricky because I had recived a free pint of Benjamin Moore paint from the seminar I attended here. I wanted “Mourning Dove” by Martha Stewart but the Benjamin Moore dealer would only mix their own color so I picked “Meditation” which was close but not eaxactly what I wanted. I went to work adding some leftover-from-other-projects greens, some white and some dark blue to “Meditation” and came up with a near match to “Mourning Dove”.
The real trick to mixing is to make sure you mix enough for the entire project. Then I gave the bed a couple coats of Jo’s “Mourning Dove” (which looks tan in the photo but is more grey with a very slight green cast) applied mostly with a foam roller.
Finished with “Mourning Dove”.
Then I began to cut the stencil from an old office folder for the wording to be applied to the headboard.
I knew I wanted the lettering in silver and I had two options: satin nickel or silver.
I did a test swatch using each paint with the stencil onto a swatch of “Mourning Dove.” (Note: If you test the stencil before it is fully cut out, use it upside down [meaning wrong side taking the paint] so you don’t obliterate the markings for the rest of the cuts. Guess how I found this out?) Here are the results.
It turned out that in certain light you couldn’t even see the satin nickel because the color tone was so close to the base color (Mourning Dove). I did use Satin Nickel to add a little zing to the knobs.
Finally I had the entire stencil cut (which was a bear).
I taped it to the head of the bed and masked off everthing else with blue painters tape. The tiny pieces inside the letters d, a, o and f were held down with a tiny piece of double-stick tape.
I sprayed silver on the stencil twice and a light dusting of satin nickel.
Here’s the result.
A quick look at the bed in place in the pink bedroom. Remember the satin nickel on the knobs? Full reveal after a few more projects are complete.
and maybe one more shot . . .
Sidebar: I’ll show you the stencil preparation procedure in a future post.
This is a tiny room but very handy when the house is filled with guests. And don’t get attached to the picture on the wall because I forgot I have wall sconce lamps for this room. Decorating, for me, is never a “done deal”. I think I inherited that from my mother. What have you moved around and tweaked lately? Is change good or just constant?