Annie Sloan French Linen and Pure White Painted Headboard

With the headboard in the master bedroom in place, we turned our attention to the headboard in the third bedroom.  I may have told you guys this before but the entire house had to be taken down to the studs.  Everything from the floors to the ceilings and everything in between had to be replaced.  What started out as a reasonable budget for cosmetic changes ballooned over time due to contractor mistakes and a basic misunderstanding of how much damage previous occupants created.  But that’s another story all together.

As you can imagine, this left little monies for decorating.  We’ve had to get very creative with our choices.  We’ve spent a year scouring thrift stores, charity shops, old barns and warehouses for furniture and accessories.  We’ve repurposed as many items as possible giving most of the pieces new life with paint or stain.  This headboard is a perfect example.  This bedroom set used to be in my room at my parents primary residence.  It was dark and really modern but my Mom made it work in my room.  She had previously purchased the set at a really good price back when they first moved into their current home and found they needed to fill multiple bedrooms with furniture at one time.

In an effort to save money, we decided to bring pieces of the bedroom set to Loblolly Manor.  The headboard was slated for the third bedroom and my parents decided to use the dresser in their bedroom.  Again, there was nothing wrong with the headboard.  The espresso stain was just too dark for my Mom’s taste in the new space.


At first we thought ok, let’s just paint it Pure White. It seemed easy enough but after one coat


and then three more, I knew we were in trouble. I don’t know if it was the weather, the paint or the headboard but this thing gave me a fit.


After the fourth coat, my Mom and I stood in the doorway of the bedroom. We looked at each other.  “This is awful. It needs something but I don’t know what.” I finally said.  I talked her into highlighting the architectural pieces at the top with a custom mix of French Linen and Old White.


I watered down the mix so it would be easier to see the Pure White coming through the gray once we gave the headboard a good sanding. Thankfully, she loved the contrast immediately.


We still have to hang the curtains in this room and put up a few pictures but it’s really coming together.  Here’s a sneak peek at the direction we’re headed in this bedroom.

Annie Sloan French Linen and Pure White Painted Headboard

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – it’s funny sometimes how things don’t go exactly as we had them planned in our heads, but make them work in the end. You saved the day by highlighting the outer trim in a darker color. Dare we say it is even better than if the entire headboard were just white. Great job sweet friend…love the bedding too!

    1. You ladies always know how to make a girl feel good, thank you both so much. I think the all white was just too bland with the wall color so I’m glad we were able to work it out in the end. The french linen really made a big difference. Hugs, Coco

  2. Wow, the addition of the French Linen really changed the look! Love it and the bed linens are gorgeous!

    1. Aww, thanks, girl! I think the white was just too bland for us but we’re both excited now that it looks like an architectural piece. Having such a tight budget is really forcing us to get creative with furniture makeovers.

  3. Wow! What a good call to accent the top with those colors. It looks great and I love the bedding you’ve chosen. Can’t wait to see the whole reveal!!

    1. I appreciate that so much Angie! Oh, man, this dresser gave me a fit. We just kept staring at it saying, “there’s gotta be something else we can do!” I’m so glad we stuck with it and didn’t give up because we’re both really excited about it now. We only have three more rooms left to go so I’m hoping we can do a full reveal soon. Hugs, CoCo

  4. HI Coco. the head board turned out beautiful and I love the two colors and the way you washed or distressed it. The bedding is fabulous too….you know I love roses. xo Lisa

    1. Lisa, every time I see a rose especially a beautiful cabbage rose I think of you. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, we’re slowly getting there and it’s really exciting. Hugs, Coco

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