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Mediterranean inspired blue vintage headboard

Another gorgeous vintage blue this time!

I purchased this headboard as part of a full set that looks as if it's been plucked from a princess movie. Click here to see the bold color transformation on the partner nightstands.

The curves and embellishments are grand to the point of being gaudy! I wanted to redress this piece in full whimsy style accenting every single curve and inset with stripes and checks and bold colors and gold!

However.....I am currently sitting on multiple pieces waiting for new homes and I just couldn't paint and wait on this one! You can see all my current pieces for sale here...

So I painted on live video and sort of "crowdsourced" the color palette.....and this is where we landed!! Inspired by these vibrant colors of the Mediterranean...

It's been deemed the "mermaid headboard" due to the colors and the shell motif. I don't necessarily see mermaid.....but I do see grand beauty! I love anything painted in bold jewel tones....and this one reminds me of sapphires and emeralds and gold!

After a good shower with White Lightning.....she was ready to be redressed! I did not prime.

I began by painting the right and left center panels in a highlighted technique using Antebellum Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Mermaid Tail. I used my new favorite French Tip brush by Dixie Belle. If you haven't tried it, you really's a game-changer in the world of highlighting and blending.

I even devoted an entire blog to the French Tip can see that here.

I then covered the entire bed in Antebellum Blue and let dry.

Blue Vintage Headboard

Painting a piece with heavy carvings can be tricky. I shared my method during a live video....and you can check that out here.

Using a different brush......I moved on to layer with Cobalt Blue in random areas.

I then used the Antebellum Blue brush and lightly knocked back the Cobalt Blue by swiping a light dry brushed layer over the top of the wet Cobalt....and let dry.

I then used a third brush lightly dipped in Mermaid Tail and dry brushed over any and all raised details.

And lastly...I used my fingers to apply Eternal Gold decor wax by ReDesign with Prima overall raised carving edges!

I coated the bed in two coats of Dixie Belle Clear Coat in Gloss for a gorgeous sheen!

This blue vintage headboard is just stunning......and is one of those pieces where it is almost impossible to photograph and capture the way the three blues play off of each other. It is "same hue" layering at its best!!!

Blue Vintage Headboard

If you have the pleasure of painting a heavily carved piece of furniture...I hope you will try using different hues of the same color.....its an easy way to add subtle beauty to an already beautiful piece!

More Headboard Inspiration

I have painted SO many headboards over the years! I LOVE seeing so many of them here together! Click on any picture to get a closer look! I have so many favorites but be sure to check out my most popular ones – monochromatic headboard, mermaid headboard, and one of my more recent…. boho gypsy bed and Marilyn pop art bed.

Shop: Blue Vintage Headboard

The products listed here are what I used for this blue vintage headboard project! Dixie Belle Paint company offers amazing products that will make all of your projects successful no matter what your skill level! Just click on any of the products shown below! You can also find my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list here.

Here's how it works...these products are attached to MY NAME. When you purchase by clicking from my blog.....then Dixie Belle offers a kickback to me for referring you! It doesn't cost you any more to use my links....and the support helps me to bring you new projects! So I thank you in advance!!!

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