March 27, 2012

Vintage Bed Re - Do

It's been several weeks since my last post and I've been anxious to finish my project and post it. It's been a rough ride, being that I've been in and out of doctors. One thing gets fixed and another breaks down. What is this? Third age is no joke, it's true that it's not for sissies.

We truck right along and do the best we can, don't we? Well, I had to do something about my vintage thrift store bed and I can finally post some inspiration for anyone that's willing to stop by and see it. If you're reading this, that's you! Welcome!

Since I like the country french look, I decided to re-furbish the bed with that look. At first I was undecided whether to change the design of the vintage bed. Finally, I decided since I'm the one using it, why not have what I really like? So faux french bed it is! I had completed my vanity project and decided to use the same painting method on the bed. I sanded the whole thing down, limed the head and foot boards, painted the edges with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, then dry brushed them lightly with an indigo blue stain.

I usually have a vision in my head of what I already like, but sometimes I use inspiration. These are from my Pinterest board of Bedrooms and Good Ideas.
The curved sides are the same as on my bed.
Love the ticking cushion...
I liked the appliques on this one
This is also lovely  
I like this wall color for the back wall...a pale blue will also work for just one wall.
I'd like throw pillows, curtains and bench seat in this Blueberry color.
This was my original color, I love this shade of blue, but it's time for change.
Maybe I'll use this shade for the accents, instead of the blueberry.
Dry brushed applique inspiration
I have this exact same canopy stashed in my linen closet. Time to re-use it!
Love this Ralph Lauren look with the lace tablecloth with checks and toile valances.
On my project list, to make a shelf something like this! 
I like this shade of blue for wall also. The chair fabric is lovely for my settee. Oh my! So many choices!
Blue french ticking for extra cushions and curtain lining. I'll fold the side edge of curtain over to show contrasting sides.

Well, that's what I've been working on, among all the other living one has to do. Enjoying every minute! Pain and all! What else can I do?

Anyway, this is what I came up with. My version of a calm retreat.......

The white embroidered bed cover is an antique I bought in a flea market in Paris, France. The lace spread is a thrift store find, the quilt and shams are a Homegoods bargain as are the nightstands. The nightstands were re-painted with Painter's Touch Flat White spray Paint. the lamps and wooden curtain rods (not shown) were spray painted from white to silver.
This is what the bed looked like before. The bench will be on another post.
See post on Limed Vintage Vanity Table 
Appliques from Lowe's and Home Depot, also Online
Limed bed inspiration for paint.
Liming creates a milky greyish look that I like . I didn't sand after applying stain, just paste waxed.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Louis Blue, lightened with white pickling stain.
Used for distressing.
Dry brush with Indigo blue stain.

The curved head and foot boards make it easier to convert to a french look bed.

The Homegoods nightstands are similar to one another but had different shades of white. I spray painted them with Painter's Touch Spray Paint in flat white. I also changed the knobs to have them look the same. The lamps were originally white and I spray painted silver, as well as the wooden curtain rod (not shown).
As I am still tweaking the appliques on the bed and the room in general, I only have pictures of the work done on the bed. The bench, curtains, cushions, etc., will be on other posts. I will post them as I can.

Whew! The projects I outlined on my sidebar are completed! What a relief! I still have the chandelier, bathroom (I have tons of stuff stashed away for the bathroom!), kitchen cabinets, shelves and the other side of the bedroom, which will be a small lounging area. I also will paint the room. I'm working on a wall hanging using left over appliques. I have something special I want to do to one of the walls! So much to do between my conditions! Can't wait! Stay connected!

Adios! Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of the month.........Diddie


  1. You did a fabulous job of combining different elements from your inspiration rooms to create a very romantic, restful, retreat with a French flair. I'm honored that you took the time to share at Show & Tell in the midst of your doctor visits. I pray for restored health. If I lived near you, I'd be hurrying over to visit, help, whatever you needed. Please keep me posted.
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  2. My goodness but you are one busy lady! I'm tired just reading your blog. Just what is Third Age? Is it something I could catch! Have really enjoyed your blog I will be back. Warm hugs, Esther

  3. You sure have been a very busy lady. Well it sure has been worth it because your bedroom is gorgeous. Love the blue and all the elements you incorporated. It looks so pretty, restful and calming. Mission accomplished! Hope you are feeling well soon. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  4. What a beautiful job you did, lots of work but it paid off. Thanks for stopping by and would love for you to share this post on Simple & Sweet Fridays, and yes you can "Pin It", the Garden Tea Cart. Nice meeting you. I'm a New Follower.


  5. Really lovely job on your bedroom so far!!! Love the lighter look too...a real plus to that gorgeous bed. It's so hard to decide to paint wood furniture, but some of it just BEGS to get painted!!
    So sweet of you to come to my party and share your hard work!!
    Blessings, Doni

  6. Your bed looks beautiful--as do all your inspirations!

  7. Gorgeous, Diddie! You did a great job on creating a French bedroom! Love the painting techniques you used on this project. And your linens are absolutely beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. Looks so elegant!
    Thanks for sharing this on Mauvin' Monday!

  9. So lovely and relaxing. I hope you are enjoying your new look every night!

  10. So pretty! Thank you for linking up to Home Sweet Home!

  11. Gorgeous beds! Love that it's got that old world charm to it. Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

  12. Your room is s gorgeous! Love the bedding and even your nightstands suddenly look French! Found you on Cheri's blog hop, and am your newest follower, will you follow me back?

  13. I really love those vintage beds. Seventh photo is I love the most. :)

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  14. Qué bonito es todo! pásate por mi blog si quieres un premio dulce, besos

  15. Great design. How long did the project take?
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