I've been able to hit a few local thrift stores on a regular basis and saw this headboard a week ago. It was blue and really needed some help so I passed it by. Well, the other night I went to bed thinking about it, (because, after all, it WAS velvet!) I called the next morning to see if it was still there. It was. I walked in, offered half of the asking price, and it was mine. I cleaned it up and it is fabulous!
It was a '70's stripedy blue and beige. I gave it a good scrubbing and sprayed a bleach solution on it. I was hoping to get a silvery shade of french blue grey and it worked perfectly. Above is a part on the back that shows a small portion of the original color. (I always forget to take before pics and I was pretty thorough with the bleach!)
I want to offer it at our next Re-InVintage sale in Sept. but I may have a hard time parting with it! It shines like a diamond!