I never really showed off the finished hand painted guest bed, so I thought it was high time.
To recap, this is the bed I used as inspiration. I found it in a magazine about ten years ago and always loved it.
I knew the chances of finding a bed like that were pretty slim, so I looked for one with a shape that could work and I planned to paint it myself. I found this bed at an antique store for $100. The high headboard and curved footboard were about as good as I was going to get, I think. It was beat up and the finished was crackled, probably from being stored in an attic, barn or garage, but that worked to my advantage when it came to creating an authentically antique-looking finish.
I painted it in MMS Milk Paint French Enamel.
I then painted some borders in MMSMP Apron Strings and chalked out the designs.
…and hand painted them.
The rest of the hand painting was done in Linen and Mustard Seed Yellow. It made me so happy that my milk paint colors were so perfect for this project!
The painting looked a little too new, so I distressed with a fine sanding sponge…
…and applied Antiquing Wax to bring out the texture and imperfections of the original finish. It also acts as the topcoat to protect the painted surface.
I am still planning to make a duvet over out of this discontinued fabric I bought from a reader, but I haven’t gotten around to it, yet.
I’m also leaving the curtains as fabric lengths that are just clipped in place. It means I have to deal with frayed threads and I’m always tucking the raw edges under, but I don’t want to hem them, since we’re hoping to sell our home. I’ll hem the curtains in the next house.
I also never hung the vintage chandelier I bought for the room, again, keeping it for the next house. Just imagine with me, how amazing it will look above that bed once the crystals are on!
I grew up in Germany, so the style of this bed really speaks to me. It’s like a little piece of Bavaria in my guest room.