I just bought an old ugly brass headboard off of Craigslist
and have dreams of painting it. I searched the
internet & found your " Buh-Bye Brass Headboard - You've Been
De-Blinged" post! Absolutely wonderful!
Anyways, question....do you have to sand it at all before hand? I found
numerous posts that suggested it... but dread the thought. I hope not!
Hi there C.!
Hmm, hehe, how to give you the bad news....I did sand my headboard. But all you have to do is just scruff it up a little to give the paint something to adhere to. You don't have to sand the brass down to bare metal. Not at all. Just "scrub" it with some sanding paper like you were scrubbing a pot or a bathtub. Then you can clean it off and spray it with canned primer. After the primer is dry (I would wait a day just to make sure it has set up and cured), you can then paint. Spray paint is the easiest and leaves a nice smooth coat though you can certainly brush the paint on. I used a satin finish, I believe.
I hope this helps - let me know how it turns out...I love to see photos!