Create a paint effect on your pallet headboard in four easy steps

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Francois Oberholster

You will need

  • paintbrush

  • 40- to 60-grit sandpaper

  • Dulux sample pots in colours of your choice

  • metallic paint (we used Fired Earth Liquid Metal)

  • sponge

  • clear Dulux Woodgard Timbavarnish or Dulux Trade Glaze Coat

Here’s how...

1 Stir your sample paint well and apply one colour to one of the wooden planks.

Tip If the paint is too thick and unmanageable, try thinning it with one part water to one part paint.

2 Once the wood is covered in a layer of paint, use a damp sponge to spread the paint evenly over the surface – make sure it gets into all the grooves. Squeeze out your sponge so that it’s relatively dry then rub the wood to pick up any excess paint. You can create areas of thicker and thinner paint for a contrast in tone. 

3 Repeat the process above with each wooden plank, using contrasting colours on each one. Allow the paint to dry completely, then sand sections to reveal the wood grain beneath.

4 Paint a straight vertical line through the middle of the blue-painted plank, using the metallic paint. Then continue to paint over one half of the blue-painted plank, right to the end of the headboard. Apply one coat if you want a slightly metallic sheen with the blue showing through. Otherwise, allow it to dry and apply more coats until you achieve the desired effect. Repeat this process with metallic paint on another wooden plank.

To finish When you’re done painting, coat the paint with clear Dulux Woodgard Timbavarnish or Dulux Trade Glaze Coat. The latter can be thinned with water to the desired sheen level – the more water you add, the more matt the finish. Allow it to dry, then step back and admire the finished product!  

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