My little girl is getting bigger and needs a new bed. The decor also needs to be updated to that for a toddler’s room. She is still in her crib/toddler bed. With all the stuffed animals she has in her bed, I’m not sure how she even sleeps!
I had bought a headboard at an estate sale for $5 about a year ago with her in mind when she got older. It definitely needed some TLC. This is what the bed looked like before.
My first thought was to recover the headboard with fabric. I had made some curtains for her room which were inspired by some pink Outfitters ruffle curtains. I found some fabric at Fabric.com that I thought would look good with them.
The only problem with it was that the pink looks a little brighter than her curtains. I found a stencil of an anchor at Hobby Lobby recently and decided I would try to paint it first. It wouldn’t cost me that much to at least give it a try. If it worked, it would be a lot cheaper and less hassle than recovering it with fabric. The fabric that was on the headboard was stiff already so I wasn’t worried about the paint making it any stiffer.
I mixed some white chalk paint up using this recipe. I let the girls help me by letting them “paint” water on the headboard. The water helped the paint soak into the fabric. I did multiple thin coats, letting it dry in between each coat. I then painted it until I got a bright white. This picture is just after 1 thin coat.
After the white paint had dried, I took some chalk and drew a grid pattern on the headboard. I mixed up some pink chalk paint and stenciled the anchor pattern in every other square.
I love how it turned out and plan on make a navy and white duvet cover to go with it. I’m not a big fan of using a lot of pink so I’m going to paint her dresser a green color. I think when it all comes together, it will look great!