The guest room just upstaged our sad, untouched bedroom by a landslide.
This headboard, by the way? We’ve had it for years! Scott spotted it in the alley behind our former condo building while walking Jack. He ran inside, yelled inaudible words of excitement until I followed him downstairs, and minutes later, we were hauling that alley find to our basement – knowing it would have a proper home someday!
(On a side note, some of the best scavenging in this city happens in the alleys on trash night. On the opposite end, it’s a fun game to set something out and place bets on how long it’ll take before someone else scoops it up. You give a little, you take a little!)
We loved that it was so ornate (I believe we said, it’s so ugly, it’s pretty again!), and it was in great structural shape with no dents or divots. We also loved that it was not real wood (faux-wood? A laminate of sorts?), giving us the freedom to paint it without the guilt that can come along with mindlessly painting a solid piece. Plus, it needed a pick-me-up. We wanted to go bold!
For this project, Wagner Spray Tech reached out and asked if we’d like to give one of their new paint sprayers a try, for which we were grateful and totally on board. We already own the Power Painter Plus (which is truly a power house!), so we talked with the Wagner Team about the intricacy of our current project. They suggested we experiment with the Flexio 590, as there are more controls and better flexibility with detailed work.
After prepping the garage, we gathered our (few) additional supplies: no-rinse TSP, latex gloves, a bucket of warm water for TSP dilution + a rag, and exterior Clark+Kensington satin enamel in Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!. We had just half a gallon leftover from our porch swing project, so we crossed our fingers and hoped it would be enough. (Spoiler, it totally was.)
We mixed a small amount of TSP with the warm water (following the label exactly, approximately 1:4) and wiped over the entire headboard. The TSP not only acts as a deglosser, but it helps to pull out any unknown oils that may have settled into the faux-wood.
Once it was dry, we could move on to the best part – spraying!
Immediately, we noticed that the Flexio 590 was much different than our Power Painter Plus in volume alone; in other words, we didn’t feel as though we were waking our neighbor’s children with this one! (A huge, huge plus!)
There were controls to tweak the entire experience, which while awesome, admittedly took us two tries to learn what worked best for us – everything from wide vs. narrow spray, amount of material and power of air flow! In the end, we learned that for our smaller project with high detail, a minimal paint flow and higher air speed did us good. And although we did have a panicked splatter moment due to too-low air control combined with a too-much material setting, a few adjustments had us feeling more at ease. (And the few speckles that occurred during our learning curve dried completely smooth and even – perhaps a testament to the paint as well.)
In total, two coats of paint did the job, and we still have a quarter gallon of our paint left! Color us impressed. (Another side note: I always wrap the nozzle with a plastic baggie between coats to prevent any chance of dry out between coats.) We allowed everything to dry in our garage overnight, and the next day, we brought it into the guest room and bolted it to our simple metal bed frame:
We threw on our adorable guest room bedding (seriously, this room is kicking our room’s ass), and I swear Scott squealed. (Okay, me too.) It perfectly mimics the opposing wall’s paper, and the black tones down the overt girliness – it’s a win-win combo, we think! Also, Nein! Nein! Nein! is officially our favorite black.
Above, you can see that the headboard detail comes down to almost the top of the mattress, so we’re toying with the idea of raising the whole headboard a good six inches or so. We didn’t take into account our box spring when we first installed it, and once I pile on the pillows, well, we don’t want those details getting buried.
This might be our favorite dumpster dive to date. Anyone want to share the story of theirs? (And openly admit to your dumpster diving prowess?)