Friday, May 6, 2016

Painting The New Guest Bed

I found this twin size antique bed recently and considered putting it into the guest house with its mahogany finish as is. But a vision of white just would not leave my head. (Surprise, surprise! haha!) 

Mr. Cottage has gravitated to this shady spot out back for the painting tasks. Bless that man!

Doesn't everyone paint outside under the junipers? There was a drop cloth involved of course. But I remembered to document the process too far along in the game for that. Here the head and foot boards are leaning to finish drying.

This was also an experiment for me to practise shooting with my camera phone. Something very new to me. The pics here are a mix between my tiny Olympus point and shoot and my camera phone. I have just joined Instagram to keep up with the slew of talent that has migrated there. ( So far it is much more fun to visit than to post. 

Once again we are using a basic primer/finish paint from Behr rather than a trendy chalk paint. My idea about that stems from authentic old paint like what you find on the antique piece above. You can always tell natural aging of the finish versus a faux one. It's just my preference. And it's my experience that dings and scrapes don't take long to happen naturally!

I found this piece beautiful to begin with. It only needed a bit of sprucing up to the wood finish. But white paint shows off so much more of the wonderful details like these from the headboard shown here and in the previous photos.

The rest of these shots are of the even more decorative foot board.

Here is a teaser of how it looks in the new space. . . . (taken with my camera phone).  See how those details capture the light? Gives me the shivers! I also love the look of that old plastered adobe wall around the window. (White was definitely the way to go.)

The End.

 (Haha! Couldn't resist that.)

Happy Friday! Hope it's a great weekend for you!



Kay said...

Jacqueline, it's absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Yes, white really makes the details even more stunning! And in that room and on those floor---just BEAUTIFUL!!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

How beautiful! I agree... white does make all that yummy detail pop.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh my goodness; white was soo the way to go!!!! It is gorgeous Jacqueline ~~~
I have used the Chalk paints, but agree the Behr was a premium choice for these beautiful pieces.Thanks for sharing this loveliness and for the ' peek' of things to come : ) Have a great weekend! Karen

20 North Ora said...

Gorgeous!! I'm sure the details show up so much more in white than the original wood. I just painted an old bed in a dark red and LOVE it.

Have a great week end.


Jeanie said...

It's a beautiful piece, Jacqueline, and you did a wonderful job with it. I used chalk paint last year for a desk -- it's OK. But in a way, I wish I'd used regular paint and who knows -- someday may do it over again. I love this -- it'll be terrific when you set it up and I hope you share it!

Consider It All Joy said...

Very pretty, Jacqueline, it will be a gorgeous addition to the completed room. Blessings for a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, Cindy xo

Sarah said...

It's gorgeous! I agree that the white brings out the beautiful details. Yummy!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I love the details on this bed- the white paint is a perfect look for it. Your guests aren't going to want to leave :-)

Junkchiccottage said...

Good Morning Jacqueline,
Ohhhhhhh swooning. It looks beautiful. Your guests will never want to leave that pretty bed.
You know me and white so I just love what you did with this piece. The details are stunning.
Happy Mom's Day.

Georgina Malcolm said...

What fun! Sadly we have no junipers so I use the dining room table if possible. Sometimes with multi black plastic rubbish bags taped all over it. Works quite well. But... not large enough t paint a bed!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J,
One word... DREAMY!! oh and those plank floors... ahhhh dreamy too :-)

Pura Vida said...

I just love it

Rose L said...

Lovely pieces! I have never seen a dresser with that design at the bottom before! Love it!

Victorian1885 said...

Good choice on painting them...they look beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a gorgeous bed, Jacqueline! I want to be your first guest who sleeps in it, haha. It's been so cool and rainy here, I think I could force myself to come to NM!!! : - )

I just bought some greyish brown glaze and have been painting a ton lately - and I wish to heaven I'd have known about this stuff sooner. I used to mix up my own and it was good but not great and not easy - this has been a huge deal for me. You may wish to check it out and consider adding it to gently subtly age your newly painted bed, it will make the details pop even more and it is sooooo nice.


Curtains in My Tree said...

Love the bed and white paint haah

Monika Bourderioux said...

Lovely piece!!! Hugs. Monika

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Oh my... you do find the best vintage pieces Jacqueline. That bed is divine and I'm so glad you decided to paint it. The details are just so lovely and I can't wait to see it revealed when you have finished the room.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend sweetie. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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