Updated: Nov 22, 2021
How to paint your bed to look like the Anthropologie bed from a magazine! For our bedroom makeover we knew we wanted a boho vibe full of color and texture, and for our master bed it just had to be special and unique- like us! Our walls are going to be painted this Dixie Belle Paint Company dusty pink called Tea Rose and our adjacent walls will be a custom rich and bold teal made from Antebellum Blue and Palmetto. There was some texture from the original paint finish so this will be an old world finish, full of depth and dimension!
The end result gave us exactly the dream bed we had wanted, without the large price tag...
Supplies you will need for this project:
-White Lightning Cleaner - https://dixiebellepaint.com/white-lightning-cleaner/?aff=258
-Silk All-In-One Paint in Hampton Olive - https://dixiebellepaint.com/hampton-olive-silk-paint/?aff=258
-Chalk Mineral Paint in Limeade - https://dixiebellepaint.com/limeade-chalk-paint/?aff=258
-Chalk Mineral Paint in Holy Guacamole - https://dixiebellepaint.com/holy-guacamole-chalk-paint/?aff=258
-Chalk Mineral Paint in Tree Frog Green - https://dixiebellepaint.com/tree-frog-green-chalk-paint/?aff=258
-Large Round Synthetic Brush - https://dixiebellepaint.com/dbp-synthetic-brushes/?aff=258
-Wide Flat Synthetic Brush "Scarlet" - https://dixiebellepaint.com/scarlet-brush/?aff=258
To Create Age or Grunge:
-Best Dang Wax Black - https://dixiebellepaint.com/individual-4-oz-best-dang-wax/?aff=258
-Natural Wax Brush "La Petite" - https://dixiebellepaint.com/la-petite-brush/?aff=258
For The Added Mouldings:
-(2) Woodubend "Hinges" Applique X1002 - https://dixiebellepaint.com/applique-x1002/?aff=258
-Titebond Wood Glue - https://dixiebellepaint.com/titebond-wood-glue/?aff=258
For DIY Finials:
-Clear Coat Satin - https://dixiebellepaint.com/satin-clear-coat/?aff=258
-Flat Synthetic Brush "Mini" - https://dixiebellepaint.com/dbp-synthetic-brushes/?aff=258
Our Wall Color:
This is we started at, I guess I was going for a chalkboard look like 10 years ago! ...
To get started, I prepped by cleaning with White Lightning and then rinsed super well with vinegar water. (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water).
*Yep that's paint coming off after washing... clearly a stellar paint job I did way back then!
I chose Dixie Belle's Silk All-In-One Mineral paint in Hampton Olive, because it has a built in primer and I didn't want the original black chalk paint bleeding through. I applied one quick coat of the Hampton Olive and let it dry an hour or so, before I started in with the color Limeade. Using a dry synthetic round brush, I dry-brushed all the lines and creases, then shot it with my heat gun so I could move on to my next step without blending the colors together.
Ok, I so I knew I wanted more of a bright olive color, and to me the Hampton Olive looked pretty brown, so I decided to and some Holy Guacamole! I grabbed my favorite brush, the synthetic wide Scarlet, and began layering the avocado green color. (use a light pressure when going over the limeade so as to not completely cover it)
Now back to our Holy Guacamole, on the Scarlet brush to layer just a tad bit more over those grassy green areas. I didn’t want them to blend, not at this point anyway, and since I like texture, I went in all different directions with my paint brush. (This cross-hatching method is great because you don’t have to worry about brush strokes, you just embrace them!)
Be careful not to use too much paint, so you still get some of the Limeade/Tree Frog Green to pop through! I used a tad bit of water because my paint was drying on me quicker than normal due to the heat in the room, so if you find it starting to pull go ahead and mist lightly. I deposit most of the color on the main areas and then dry brush and feather out over the other colors that I'm wanting to pop through still.
If you cover up too much of your color underneath, just grab a shop towel, wet with water, and distress your top layer back rubbing with light pressure. This quick weathering method is called wet distressing!