Mama Tweedle- Painting a Wicker Headboard

June 07, 2012

After purchasing this old wicker headboard at a charity shop, I brought it home and washed it with mild soap and water. It cost $50 but the wicker was in good condition.

Using a soft paintbrush, my husband painted it with semi-gloss latex paint. Spray paint would not have worked as well. The brush bristles got into all the cracks and covered up the white bits. After letting it dry for 24 hours, I gave it a second coat and let it dry for another 24 hours. I wasn't too fussy about the back side since it wouldn't show. We used about one quart of paint for a cost of $20.

My husband then attached the headboard to the wall with wood screws. He placed washers between the wicker and the screw heads to give the wicker more stability. He found three studs in the wall (the solid boards that hold up the drywall) 16 inches apart. He screwed the headboard into three separate studs, below the level of the bed so the screws wouldn't show.

He then attached the legs of the headboard to the metal bed frame with screws.


 Tweedle Tip: Make sure you never want to move this bed, or else be prepared to patch holes in the drywall!


1 comment:

  1. Great job - I love the new headboard. I've been sleeping without one for years, but I'm on a search for a dainty tufted one!


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