Mermaid Headboard

by | Aug 12, 2018

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I am not kidding when I tell you that I have painted this headboard many times over!!!  Anytime I am lucky enough to find it listed on a local sales page….I grab it!  It offers a huge dramatic finish….no matter what direction I take the design.  I can honestly say….this is the most fun I have EVER had with this headboard!!!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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My client specifically asked for a “mermaid” headboard….queen size….and TALL!  She also asked that I use the aqua color on it….as it is going in her beach house….and this color is carried throughout the home.  So I began by color blending the three shades you see below….(top/middle/bottom….all blended into each other).

((I have painted this same piece of furniture 100x, you can see this same headboard painted in a neutral whimsical style here.))

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Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I then drew out my mermaid design….and painted her entire shape in white.  I decided at the last minute that I wanted a deeper base for the bed…..so I added the navy bottom….and blended it into the color above it.  I then sprayed the entire painted surface with water….allowing the paint to naturally drip and run.  It was exactly the look I was after…..wet and salt-washed!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I continued to build and layer my mermaid…..adding colors and depth as I went.  You can see the progression of her coming to life in the four photos below.

I LOVE her so much!!!!  I really do!!!!

I wanted her hair to steal the show….and I think I accomplished that!  I used the scrolls on the bed itself as inspiration for her curly hair!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I did not give her a face for two reasons.  ONE…..I am awful at painting faces…LOL!  Just being honest!  TWO….I wanted her to remain sort of mysterious!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I photographed her in my breakfast room….and was mesmerized at the way the sunlight coming in the window just gave her life!  And those drips!!!  What a perfect opportunity to use the organic look of the water technique!!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I am really pleased at a detail that most people will probably just overlook!  So let me bring it to your attention….LOL!  I literally crammed white paint up into the crack where the flat headboard meets the gold trim.  I just loaded my brush with a big glob….and crammed it up into that space…and then sprayed it with water and let it run.  I love that it looks like its been sprayed with salt water splash for years!!!  That is the exact look I was after!

Whimsical Painted Mermaid Headboard by Tracey's Fancy
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I know I say it way too much….but I really mean it!  I am so so so thankful for my clients!!!  They allow me to paint freely….and they trust my brain to create something unique for just for them!  I hope this mermaid brings a smile to the face of everyone that enters that beach house!!  She sure made me smile while I was bringing her to life!

Thank ya’ll for joining me here today!!!!

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Here are the exact colors I used.  They are top-quality mineral paints from Dixie Belle Paint Company These are all affiliate links of which I could make a small commission, so thank you, thank you! You can also find the Modern Masters metallic paints and more of my favorite products and tools in my Amazon influencer list here