my friends just moved back from Panama after a 6 month missionary trip with their entire family. they’re the most precious girls you’ve ever met.
and sadly for me, at ages 10 and 13, they’re both already taller than i am.
how cute are these girls?
so i set out to make them some shutter headboards to match their beachy, super chic personalities.
2 craigslist white shutters that i painted out with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
i didn’t want both to match perfectly, but since they’ll be in the same room, i wanted them to match enough.
i sanded the first shutter with a belt sander. it was the first time using the sander and it nearly took off down the driveway without me! thankfully i had my goggles and mask on!
then, using a cheapo 1″ sponge brush, i applied some dark wood stain and wiped off. since there was still a bit of sheen left from the original shutter paint that the sander didn’t remove, there were spots where the stain didn’t take. perfect.
then i dry brushed with a dark blue flat wall paint that i had left over from an old project. again, i did this because i wanted to achieve a rich, layered look.
if you’re going for a barn look, this actually is a pretty cool look. but my pals wanted a shabby chic look, and i felt this was too hard of a look for these pretty girls.
you can see where the stain and paint are creating the warm and deep layers that i was hoping to get!
here’s the Duck Egg wash. 1 part Antique White, 2 parts Duck Egg, 1 part water. i also made a 1 part Antique White + 1 part water wash.
i liberally brushed the Duck Egg wash on the shutter frame, and used an Antique White wash on the shutters.
for the second shutter, i skipped the sanding, wood stain, and dark blue dry brushing. i wanted this piece to be lighter and softer, while still having the same color schemes.
i was interested to see if the layering technique made a big difference.
and i think it did. the colors are definitely in the same family, but the looks are different enough to not be too matchy-matchy.
the front shutter in the picture is softer, while the back shutter is more layered.
i can’t wait to show these to the girls and see it in their rooms.
have a great week!
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