This weekend I picked up this fun Chinese Chippendale headboard.  The lines are amazing, but the paint on the rattan is in need of some attention.  So, I thought to myself, why not try to refinish this myself?  Usually I try to suggest ideas on how things could look refinished, but this project was just calling to me.  Maybe it’s just a way to procrastinate the housework that needs to be done…

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Before

Here is a photo of the headboard “before”.  Uneven paint.  Needs some ooomph.

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Closeup

With some sanding and Zinsser’s Cover Stain….

Headboard Makeover Materials 1

We get this:

Rattan Chippendale Headboard Primer

I know, you can’t really tell that anything changed in these photos… but it does look better with the primer!  I swear!

Sooooo…. My question to you is: what color?

I haven’t bought a color yet.  I was thinking white or black.  But maybe another color would be more fun.  What do you think?

If all goes well, it will be available in the Pursuing Vintage SHOP.  So pick a color you’d want!

(By the way – the headboard measures 59″ across.  So, I think its a queen size… unless you want a little extra room room on the sides, then it’s a full size.)


6 replies
  1. KMR
    KMR says:

    What a fun project! I think glossy black would be beautiful. If you’re feeling adventurous, how about a shade of green?

    • Kristen
      Kristen says:

      Oohhh! I like that idea! I will definitely “Feature” it when it’s for sale — probably won’t be ready for a few weeks yet. Thanks for reading!

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