The Bronze Effect

For those of you that have been following my headboard series, today you’re in for a delight! Here’s how I took a boring old headboard from dull to artful.

My first instinct was to try out a faux finish, which I normally reserve for wooden frames and set designs. For this headboard, I created an antique feel with a bronze paint by Modern Masters.  I discovered the company, a while back when redoing a credenza with a Baroque finish. They offer a full range of Metallic paints with special activating agents that cause the metallic bits inside the paint to oxidize. For someone working on set, these guys may become your new fave. I tried out the Bronze finish and chose a green patina as it’s complement.  I allowed the patina activator to drizzle in between the crevices of the wood.

Bronze headboard featuring a green patina

I also rubbed in some Pale Gold by Modern Masters to highlight the curves of the frame. I was ecstatic with the end result!

C’est tres Marie Antoinette! N’est-ce pas?

C’est tres Marie Antoinette! N’est-ce pas?

For this project because of the custom size, 79″ inches wide, I recommend wall mounting the headboard for stability. Then, purchase bedding that will compensate on either side for that extra 3 inches.

Ever wonder how to match headboards to sheets and mattresses? Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you ace the bedding!

Bed Size guide Mattress Size Sheet Size Headboard Size
Twin 39 x 75 inches 39 x 75 inches 41-42”
Full 54 x 75 inches 54 x 75 inches 54-56”
Queen 60 x 80 inches 60 x 80 inches 62”
King 76 x 80 inches 76 x 80 inches 78”
California King 72 x 84 inches 72 x 84 inches 74”

If you’d like to start small why not rescue some wooden frames from the flea market? Or better yet, hang onto that left over paint you never know when you might find a little cement sculpture to upcycle with it.

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One Response to The Bronze Effect

  1. Annie May says:

    Love it Hil it looks amazing! Is this what you’ve been working on all week?! And your site looks great:-)

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