The bed was made using theÂ Reclaimed wood plans in queen size. Â When I went to the lumber yard I asked for the cheapest wood they had. The total cost for the wood was $35!! Â Amazing! Â I like getting my wood from a lumber yard because I find it much easier than a big store. Â I just go in and tell them what Iâ€™m making and give them my wood list. Â They can give you advice and help you choose the best wood for your project. Â Then you pay and drive around back and they pick the boards and load it up in the car. No hauling wood through a huge store with toddlers!
I thought I wanted the headboard white so I painted it. Then I hated it but wasnâ€™t really sure why so I just left that room alone for a few months and ignored it. Then one day I found a really old trunk at Goodwill for $20 and decided to use that for inspiration for the room and distress the headboard.
So I used citistrip and stripped a few layers of paint off the newly painted headboard. I also had to put up with much teasing from my husband that I was redoing a piece of furniture that I had just painted. I didnâ€™t take all the paint off because I thought a little paint left would give it a cool distressed look. Â Then I made the same vinegar/steel wool mixture I used on theÂ farmhouse deskÂ in his room. Â You make the mix by putting a few steel wool pads in a mason jar and then covering the pads with vinegar. Â Then leave the jar in the garage for a few days so the steel wool can dissolve a little into the vinegar.
I brewed 8 bags of tea and wiped it onto the headboard with a washcloth and let it dry overnight.
Then I applied the vinegar/steel wool mix with a paintbrush. I did two applications of it and then rinsed the residue off with a clean wash cloth and clear water. I did it on the lawn because I think this stuff will stain other stuff.
I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. Love that stuff. It is about $30 a can but it goes super far. So far I have used it on a desk, 2 headboards and a bookshelf and I still have about 1/3 of the can left.
Love how there is still paint left so glad I didnâ€™t strip it all off. I think it gives it a cool texture.
Now I just need some pillows and accessories. Would you put anything else above the bed? I canâ€™t quite decide.
Have you ever painted something and regretted it soon after?