Make A Space Themed Headboard

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Make a boring old headboard an exciting glow in the dark feature for a space-themed kid’s room!

Resene upcycling for good with Sarah Herring

Get creative and upcycle an old bedhead with space-themed shapes. Sarah had fun with freehand shapes and placements, but you might prefer to map out a pattern or create your own design. Try adding planets, rockets finished in Resene FX Metallic or other space shapes!

You will need:

Step by step instructions

Resene Space Themed Headboard

Step 1:

The first step with upcycling second hand items is to always clean and check for any damage or parts that need repairs. Sand thoroughly to prepare it for painting and wipe clean.

Resene Space Themed Headboard

Step 2:

Prime using one coat of Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat using a testpot brush and allow to dry. You could use a paint roller if you prefer.

Make a space themed headboard

Step 3:

Mask out full and crescent moon shapes.

Make a space themed headboard

Step 4:

Paint the moon shapes – for the maximum glow effect Resene White is recommended although you can use any white. Once the white paint is dry, apply three coats of Resene FX Nightlight paint over the top so the moons will glow in the dark, allowing time for each coat to dry before applying the next. Such a cool paint effect!

Resene Space Themed Headboard

Step 5:

Paint freehand stars and constellations in the remaining space using small detail brushes and paint in your choice of colours. Sarah used Resene Onahau and Resene Yes Please. Sarah also added some small stars using more of the Resene Rice Cake and Resene FX Nightlight paints. When dry, carefully remove the masking tape.

Make a space themed headboard

Step 6:

The final effect is a fun galaxy headboard that looks great day or night, and space-mad kids will love being able to sleep amongst the stars in their own bedroom.

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