How to Paint an Iron Headboard

What You'll Need
Old newspapers
Dish Soap
Fine grained sandpaper
Spray primer
Spray paint

There are many reasons to want to paint an iron headboard. Painting iron is an excellent way to protect it from rust. In addition to this, painting your headboard allows you to customize your bed to match the rest of your room, which can be a great way to add your own personal touch. Whatever your reason, painting a headboard is quite simple. You can do it very efficiently if you follow these steps.

Step 1: Sanding the Headboard

To get the paint to stick to your headboard as effectively as possible, you will need to rough it up slightly. The best way to do this is with fine grained sandpaper.

Before you begin, remove the headboard from your bed and take it outside. Set it up on some newspapers to protect the ground from paint.

Use your fine grained sandpaper on all exposed surfaces of your iron headboard. If your iron headboard is unpainted, you do not have to sand very hard or for very long. However, if if it painted, you should sand long enough to remove as much of the previous paint as possible.

Step 2: Cleaning the Headboard

Next, you must remove any dirt, dust, or other particles from your headboard. If you fail to do this, you risk a weaker coat of paint that can be damaged more easily.

First, fill a bucket with water and add a small amount of dish soap. Mix the two together. Soak your sponge in the soapy water, and apply it to your iron headboard. Once you have gone over the entire thing, use a towel to dry the headboard off.

Step 3: Priming the Headboard

Now that your headboard is rough, clean and dry, you are ready to prime it. Get out your spray primer and shake it thoroughly. Once you have done this, you can begin to apply it to your headboard. Move your can of spray primer slowly and evenly over your headboard. Keep it 18 to 24 inches away from its target, and try not to hold it directly above the spot you are painting. Be sure you do not apply too much primer. It is much better to apply too little, then add a second coat.

Be sure to read the instructions on your spray primer, as it may have unusual features that you should be aware of.

Once the primer dries, you can apply additional coats. At the absolute minimum, you will need to turn the headboard over and cover all of  the spots you missed. However, it is likely that one light coat of primer will not be enough.

Step 4: Painting the Headboard

Once your final coat of primer has dried, you can paint your iron headboard. Use the same techniques you used to prime the headboard to paint it with a coat of spray paint. Once it dries, if you are satisfied with the color, you are done. However, you may want a brighter color, and if this is the case you need to add another coat.