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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Bed, New Bed

When we were preparing for the arrival of my in-laws from India last May, before my daughters wedding, I moved my two younger boys upstairs to the bonus room. We needed the room for Thomas' parents and so I took the opportunity to clean out the room.
After I  disinfeceted  cleaned it, I decided the boys were not coming back. The room was just too small for the two of them and I though it would make a perfect guest room..
We are working on their room and it is very close to being done!
Anyway after Alyssa got married, I started on the room. It was therapeutic for me. I stayed really busy last summer for that very reason.
We needed a bed for the room and I dreamed of a lovely antique bed like this one.
I do not know the source, but this bed is gorgeous!

I searched high and low and finally found one this past fall that I loved. I got it from Craig's List and it was very reasonable!

I did not strip it I had it sanded, by ....

Jacob, he's a big help to his hair-brained momma!

Anyway, I was inspired by this post.
 I have done lots of faux finishes before, first on my walls in the 90's. Now I use paint and glaze to create rock walls, brick, tile, marble...etc.. for sets for a local theatre company.
I have some aqua paint and some grey paint so I decided to give it a try on the bed. I wanted a French feel, but was a little nervous about painting it like that....
but you know my mantra......
It's only paint!

I followed Miss Mustard Seed's advice and painted the first coat of aqua on the wood.

I love how it picked up the detail of the carvings...
I almost stopped here...but

I dry brushed the pale grey over the entire thing.
(I am painting in the boys (almost) finished room!)
look at that detail!

After this step, I continued with Miss Mustard Seeds directions and sanded the entire bed,
hitting the edges and raised areas, all the way to the wood in a few areas.
This helped soften some of the hard lines from the prior stages.

I tested 3 glaze mixtures for the bed.
white glaze
brown glaze and
silver glaze
I liked the white glaze the best. The silver was too subtle, the brown was tooooo yellow.
the white was just right!
One part paint ( white) one part glaze and about 2 parts water. ( I like my glaze really thin).
You can make a wash with just water and paint, but adding a glaze mixture gives you more time to blend.

Mix it well with your wet brush ( not dripping- just damp)

Wipe the brush off with a damp paper towel and then apply. Keep a damp paper towel to carefully blend areas, the colors will blend and the two other colors will show.

The two panels on the end are glazed and the one on the end is not.


Look at those legs!

It is lovely, but you will have to wait to see it put together.
I have a dilemma...

I brought it down and put it in the guest room but the color of the bed does not go with the color that I painted the walls.
The walls are a beautiful shade of aqua. I have a pristine white dresser in there but the bed, it disappears....gotta figure this out!
Should I paint the bed again or the walls????

My hubby seems to think I should paint the WALLS..
I just might!
Remember, it's only paint!
and a day working :-(

I may have to show you a picture and let you give your opinion!


  1. The aqua was a pretty color choice. Too bad it disappears into the wall! Dropping by from Met Monday.


  2. That is fabulous I am always wanting to paint something .

    I like your color choice very much and want to see it completed


  3. What a gorgeous bed. Your guest room is going to be spectacular. I totally agree, paint the walls not the is PERFECT :)


  4. Cant wait to see it all together! Love the color you used!

  5. I love this bed. Definitely paint the walls. The bed is gorgeous! What a great job!

  6. What an awesome find! Can't wait to see it put all together. Great job!

  7. Love the aqua color and what a great job you did on the transformation!
    It looks fantastic!!


  8. love the detail on the bed. beautiful color choice

  9. What an incredible find! I really have been looking at Craig'slist lately, so far not found something at all that great. Stopping by from Coastal Charm, xoxo tami

  10. Wow, this looks fantastic! All the colors come together so perfectly~ Sue

  11. Outstanding makeover...she is really looking GOOD!


  12. What a great bed. It is so similar to the one you wanted. I can't believe it was a CL find- how lucky! Looks great.

  13. Theresa - What a fabulous bed! I love what you have done - the faux finish is gorgeous. Fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. It is a beautiful bed and I love the finish! Great job.

  15. I am so happy I stopped by...this looks fabulous!!

  16. Love Love that bed. Thanks for Sharing.


  17. Wow, awesome job on the headboard, and great tutorial! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  18. It looks fantastic, way to go!!


  19. Hi Theresa, I love your headboard! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it this week on my "Top 10 Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a great weekend! Mary :O)


I read and enjoy each of your comments, thanks for taking the time to share!