before & after: lucky’s headboard

d*s reader lucky’s beautiful grey bedroom really drew me to this simple before & after. everyone knows the power of a coat of white paint (though i’m feeling darker colors more myself these days) and against a gorgeous dark grey wall? as the welcome sign to brooklyn says, “fuhgeddaboudit“. thanks for sharing, lucky! click here to see larger versions of lucky’s photos.

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[ps: click here to read sarah’s guest blog post on stationery this morning]


  1. katrin says:

    love it, expect of the “love”-pillow

  2. Jess LC says:

    Amazing! I love the crisp white details against the charcoal wall. And the all white linens definitely take the traditional style and modernize it quite a bit.

  3. mandy says:

    So much better!!

  4. Jody says:

    fabulous and very inspiring!

  5. janelle says:

    Never ceases to amaze me what a little paint can do. The headboard looks great!

  6. stacy says:

    beautiful! Did you hand stitch your pillow cases or buy them that way?

  7. Sabrina says:

    This is so beautiful! It is truly amazing what coats of white paint will do. And that charcoal wall? Stunning. Great inspiration!

  8. Jo says:

    what a change a little colour will make! i am always amazed! i need to do that with my old pieces, i am just a little lazy!

  9. Marlene says:

    A simple fix for a great result!

  10. So simple!! And beautiful!

  11. MsUnreliable says:

    This looks so beautiful against the grey wall, but the red/pink and white cushions totally make the space!

  12. Jo says:

    Looks like a totally different headboard. Fabulous. The colors are awesome and the pillowcases are just the right amount of pop.

  13. Stacey says:

    Beautiful! Where are the pillows from??

  14. What a charming transformation.

  15. KC says:

    What’s the exact paint color of the charoal wall and from where?

  16. Wow, absolutely stunning! Love it against the charcoal wall.

  17. Amanda says:

    I too would like to know the color of the wall and brand of paint!

  18. mandy says:

    perfect – looks beautiful!

  19. donna says:

    Seriously, where did you find that?! It’s so Anthro. Love.

  20. lucky says:

    hi guys – thanks for the comments!

    the headboard i got off CL for $40. primed and painted w/ painters touch spray paint. wall color is evening hush by behr. those throw pillows are vday dishtowels from walmart i sewed up for the holiday last week, and if u check out my slideshow i trimmed the sheets w/ “i love you” ribbon. normally it’s white sheets w/ black piping.


  21. Shashi says:

    It’s amazing. Nice job.

  22. kk says:

    See this is a case where tacky 70’s furniture looks GREAT with a paint job.

  23. Janel says:

    Wow… A gray wall… Interesting!

  24. Elysia Lock says:

    I totally noticed the “i love you” ribbon and came back just to comment on that great little touch. Nice work! I love what you’ve done with your bedroom.

  25. nicole says:

    love it love it love it! so simple, yet so beautiful.

  26. Kimby says:

    Who knew? I see these headboards at thrift stores all the time. Your transformation of this eyesore is too wonderful!! I also love ;o) the dishtowel pillows and the ribbon trim on the linens…WOW!

  27. rhaya says:

    Love it! A great shape regardless, but it looks especially stunning against the grey wall.

  28. Kate says:

    Would you somehow attach the headboard to the bed frame, or leave it freestanding?

  29. If I saw this headboard at a yard sale or on Craigslist, I probably would have completely overlooked it, but a simple coat of white paint made it absolutely beautiful! And against the deep gray walls? I’m so envious right now :)

  30. crazy what just a coat of paint can do


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