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]


Jess LC

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.


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


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


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!


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


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.



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

Elysia Lock

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.


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!


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

Jennae @ Green Your Decor

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 :)