Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shabby Chic White Bed

When we first moved in, we didn't own a bed. We knew we wanted a King size bed so our kiddos could crawl in with us and it wouldn't be too cramped. We are also very tall peeps, I'm 5'7" and my husband is 6'1" tall, so it really made sense to go with the longest bed possible.  I found this headboard and footboard on craiglist for a mere $15.  Talk about a steal. The lady had apparently upgraded her bed.  When I arrived at the time in my Honda Civic, she knew I would need some help getting it home, so she actually followed me in her pick up truck and dropped it off for me. Southern Hospitality at it's finest!   The bed came in a Cherry wood color with a metal plate on the side that reads "Kincaid Furniture Inc. The General William Lenoir Bed No. 62157 Limited Edition." Wowzers, it has a number! Normally I wouldn't paint something with a limited edition plate on it, but when I paid $15 for it and didn't like the color I didn't mind so much. I'm more into liking what I have than living with something just because it's worth more if I leave it alone. Besides I'm not going to sell it anyway (at least not until we move!)  

Here is the bed all finished with Restoration Hardware bedding.

This design is at the foot of the bed. I quite like it.

I made this little white fabric piece from 10 yards of fabric I bought on ebay. I put a hook in the ceiling to attach it and tied it to the posts. The little pink chandelier was from Home Goods.

Here is a BEFORE shot of the bed. If you're wondering how I painted it, it's my usual furniture painting technique. Clean with TSP, Sand it with 120 grit sand paper, wipe down, prime with oil based primer and a brush, apply two coats of Interior Latex paint, and then apply three coats of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. I like to sand between each coat of paint with a 220 grit sand paper to rough it up just a little to let the paint adhere properly.

Hope you enjoyed this little bed makeover. Stay tuned for pics of how it looks now.

And have a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Gobble Gobble


Sarni said...

Love the carved bed posts!

Ashley said...
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Bono said...

It's such nice personal story with beautiful photo collection of white beds. I really felt great to have your article. I got also queen size bad and you would be happy to know that I always prefer white bedroom furniture for my place. I believe that White has been traditionally known as the color of peace and in fact, in modern era, white is shining in the furniture world. So it can really make for a great choice in terms of your home furnishings. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article with beautiful components.

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