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Monday, November 23, 2009

*Subtitle: How I Thankfully Managed to Not Turn my Building's Rooftop Patio Pink

A few months ago I wrote a story on different ways to hunt for secondhand decor finds with a few local experts, which turned me on to the powers of Craigslist. (Not that I hadn't ever used Craigslist before, but I've always found it to be lots and lots of hard-to-search junk, with just a few small treasures.) I also was turned on to the powers of the headboard as a design focus, and put my two new interests together to locate an old-timey brass headboard from a nice guy in Northeast for $40. Score!

It sat, upside-down, in my (very small) hallway for months and months, while I attempted to figure out how exactly I would find the space to spraypaint it, since I -- and just about everyone I know -- live in a small apartment with nonexistent yardage. When Sunday arrived, clear and fairly windless, I decided I'd take my chances and attempt the task in a (very hidden) corner of my roof deck.

Several coats of primer, followed by a healthy spray down of hot pink paint, followed my an emergency trip to Home Depot for more hot pink paint, followed by some rampant googling when I decided I might've inhaled too much spray paint for my own good, and ... voila! I now have a glossy hot pink metal headboard. I love it, although incorporating such a statement piece really changes the dynamic of the bedroom decor, and now I feel like I have to rearrange everything else to give the room more balance. Sigh.

Commander Robot offered his seal of approval... although based on his glassy expression, I suspect he's been sniffing some of the paint fumes...

17 comments :

Kwil said...

It looks great! The kitty's expression made me laugh :)

Deacon said...

Love it! I trust you to redecorate the rest in true Spinach style.

jennine said...

best kitty photo of the day!

Christina said...

Pink is my favorite color and I kind of want one, too!

dbteo said...

love the stuffed toy. lol

Francesca said...

your pillow ensemble is awesome!

xoxo,
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The Sequin Cat said...

Your cat is lovely!

Adventures of a Sequin Cat

Cookie Cutter said...

I'm in love with metal bedframes. And you have yours in pink too! It's hot!

Michelle G said...

love your kitty

Artistic AYA said...

The headboard reminds me of an old radiator or stairwell. I'd have so much fun designing a room with this find.

Kelly said...

Oh I have done this before! Yours worked out so much better, I didn't check the forecast and it got super windy in the middle of spray painting, oops! I really enjoy reading your blog by the way - it cracks me up in a good way!

Rowena said...

Good job!

Monica said...

Love the headboard & the array of pillows:)

Sarah Dobbs said...

I LOVE the headboard. I don't really know much about DIY, but some how I am always picking something up and just going for it! Tomorrow I am painting a bedroom... shouldn't be too hard right?

Jihan S. said...

Nice bed decor! Your cat is such a cutie.

kristen said...

I love this! You've just given me an idea to paint my vintage white iron frame a stricking red!

Paige said...

i know this is the oldest post ever, but i want to spray paint a metal headboard and i remembered this post from way back (so random)...my question is - how did you do both sides? did you do one side, let it dry and flip? or did you lean the headboard up against something?? if possible, i'd love some pointers...thanks!