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Monday, May 12, 2014

A New Look For An Antique Bed

This project has been in the works for awhile.


You might recall that back in January I shared Sweet Guy’s travel themed bedroom. I mentioned that he had outgrown the bed with the lovely antique pine headboard and needed something bigger.


About the same time the Fashionista returned home as we put the condo that she was living in on the market. So we had no room for the guest room bed I had found a few years ago on Craiglist.  It was a lovely frame that had come with a really bad white paint job (drips, streaks and brush strokes) and I had always hoped to remedy that. 

Keep reading to see the entire process and more “AFTER” photos.

We decide to keep the Craiglist bed for Sweet Guy and our first thought was to strip and stain the bed a dark walnut to make it more masculine and work well in his travel themed bedroom.

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Mr. Décor tirelessly worked on the bed each evening after work for over two weeks. It was a slow and tedious job.

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Along the way we discovered that a wide variety of woods had been used to create the bed frame.


There were also a few pieces that were warped from moisture and age that Mr. Décor had to replace. Halfway through the process it became clear that staining was perhaps not in the cards for the bed. It would be better painted.


But as more layers of the paint were taken off the boys decided they liked the ultra distressed look so it was moved in as is to Sweet Guy’s room.


I’m still on the fence as to whether or not it should be painted so I haven’t even waxed the bed.


I still, however, really love its lines.


Here is the link to the bedding that I transformed from things we had on hand as well as a few painted bed options.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family,Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection,Craftberry Bush,Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest,Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love the style of this bed, it is so pretty. Great job on removing all of that paint. Hope you had a super Mother's Day.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It does have such pretty lines to it, Laura! I loved it in the white, too. I have to give you all a lot of credit ~ I probably would have just painted it black and called it done! : )

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love it. For a males room, I think they might be right. It has a worn, broken-in look that Restoration Hardware is putting on a lot of their pieces. xoxo

Vel Criste said...

I love the lines too Laura - no matter what you choose, I'm sure it will turn out perfect for him!

Michal Woodruff said...

This is a lot of work, and I'm loving it. I hope I remember to check back and see it finished. Remind me. :) Hope you are well.

Jennifer Schmitz said...

Wow your bed turned out beautifully! Labor of love! :)

Sarah said...

What a job to remove all the paint. It looks beautiful, Laura, and has great lines.

Karena Albert said...

Mr Decor certainly gets extra Scout points for this one! So interesting though what you find beneath the layers!

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Debbie said...

LOVE it! Refinishing and bringing back the original beauty of a piece is one of my favorite things. Yes, paint can make something lovely, but my favorite is a makeover like this one.

Kelly said...

I am not usually a huge fan of the distressed look, but I really like how this turned out!

Kelly from