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Old Brass Headboard Makeover

I have been on the lookout for a headboard for a few years now. When I saw this ugly brass headboard on a local selling site, I passed over it at first:

Not much to look at, is it? When I saw it pop up again, I offered the lady $10 and she accepted. It's not what I had been hoping for, but since my husband now wants to build a headboard, this will be a good place holder while I wait. Because we all know how long it takes when your handy husband says he wants to build something. Can I get an amen?

I started by lightly sanding everything, then spraying it with a layer of primer.

Then it got a few coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I had never used the metallic spray paint before and I was super impressed. Look how pretty it is:

Now I get what all the hype is over this product. Those sparkly flecks make the whole project feel legit. No one would ever guess that this headboard was a $10 junker. With it's new coat of paint, this thing is gorgeous!

Now my husband can take his sweet time making a custom headboard, because I could live with this one for years. Which we all know is exactly how long it will take him to make a different headboard anyway.

Jennifer V.
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  1. I love it!!!!! You're so creative! It looks gorgeous.

    1. You are too sweet! I am tickled with how it turned out.

  2. It does look awesome! I am laughing about your comments about your husband getting to his project... he sounds like me!

    1. Thanks, Danielle. I can't give him too hard of a time, because I do the same thing too! You should see the pile of half-finished projects in my craft room. EEK!

  3. What kind of primer did you use?

  4. What a shame! You turned a lovely brass headboard into an ugly old-iron look that harkens back to the 1920s and '30s. You can find ugly old iron headboards for almost nothing. Don't pick up brass pieces if you don't like brass!

    1. I'm sorry you didn't like how the headboard turned out. This particular bed was in bad shape... the brass was splotchy and scratched and if I hadn't rescued it, it probably would have just ended up in the dump. I am happy that I could rescue a piece of furniture and make it something that I love.

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    1. Thanks! I took 2 brass headboards from my parents. Can't wait to give this a try!

  6. Hi there,
    I am working on this exact project. I have a question regarding the way that you would have fastened the frame to the headboard. I do not have the original bed screws/ bolts, is there a certain way you recommend attaching?

    1. I didn't attach mine to our bed frame. It just sat behind the bed against the wall. Sorry I can't be more helpful!


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