cottage bed update

by | Apr 6, 2017 | Furniture Makeovers | 23 comments

 I finished the twin cottage bed today and I had so much fun styling it to shoot.

Let me back up, though.

We painted it in two coats of a custom mix of Kitchen Scale and Boxwood from the MMS Milk Paint line.  After the second coat, the milk paint started chipping in certain places.  It pulled up the pale pink paint as well, exposing the wood underneath.  I don’t think I could’ve planned it better!  Milk paint is always full of happy accidents.  (Well, most of the time!)

Since some of the paint was so loose, we vacuumed it off and then distressed with 120 grit sand paper.  I mostly hit the chipping areas and lightly distressed the edges.

Because it was chippy, we finished it off with a coat of Tough Coat, which is a great sealer.

I made a quick Facebook live post, showing how I brush it on and talking through some of the benefits of using Tough Coat on a project like this…

Jeff was hanging out in the studio for a few hours today, so he helped me assemble the bed.  I used a twin mattress I already had (it’s always been in a full, waterproof cover) and a new, folding 4″ boxspring I bought off of Amazon.  
Jeff and Sebastian had to test it out.  


I bought a new padded, waterproof mattress cover for it, so we put that on and then added the antique bedding.  I’ll show the full reveal soon, but here is a sneak peek…

Until next time…


  1. Dorothy Oyler

    Marian, you are godsent! A few days ago I bought a sweet vintage bedframe and looked up your blog archives for a low profile platform that you recommended. I was concerned about the assembly, because the base was basically a pallet. Yet today you post this new source, which requires no assembly. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Your bed looks so sweet and serene.

  2. Lori

    The bed is beautiful, what’s even more beautiful and touching is the photo of your husband lovin on Sebastian!

    • Kim

      Yes, that is a lovely photograph indeed.

  3. Karen

    I love the bed and it’s beautiful styling with doggy and husband but wondering about those sweet pictures hung on the wall beside the bed too! Can’t wait for the rest of your reveal !!! Happiest of belated birthday wishes Marian xox !

  4. Sue

    The bed looks so pretty now but nothing can top the picture of Jeff and Sebastian. And just when I am ready to repurpose my chenille bedspead I am inspired by your picture to tuck it in and top it with a quilt – endless inspiration from your blog!

  5. Maureen

    Oh my gosh I LOVE IT!!!! Love love love it!! You’re a genius. I was just painting something in kitchen scale the other day and used bonding agent. And then several big sections flaked off just on one side. Oh milk paint. Never a dull moment.

  6. Mimi

    So beautiful! Both the bed and you!

  7. liz

    Sebastian thought bubble “why isn’t this my forever bed?”

  8. FIL

    Jeff is following a family tradition. Early grey hair.

  9. Jane B

    Love it!! Everything is perfect, including the pup on the bed.

  10. Mary Ann

    Beautiful soft soothing colors !!
    Great job again!!

  11. Jan Aiken Ross

    Love the bed, the color, the photo of your “man” and your dog, and your long hair! God bless you in your next venture as you wait on the Lord to take you where He wants you to serve.

  12. Jackie B

    Everything about today’s post is serene and lovely! Just what I needed, a breath of fresh air!

  13. Rebecca Szarawarski

    Soooooo pretty! It’s given me the motivation to take the antique bed frame out that I started to paint last summer but lost of the vision for… mission complete the bed frame is on! 🙂

  14. Cheryl

    I loveeeee it!!

  15. Denice Hicks

    The bed is GORGEOUS!! What a lovely finish. I’m jealous of whoever ends up buying that little beauty!

  16. Kathy

    beautiful bed, Love Love the quilt

  17. Susan

    The bed is absolutely lovely and the quilt is perfect with it! Hopefully the buyer will keep them together.

  18. MARY

    Soft Lovely Colors – and the quilt is the cherry on top that sets it all off. Looks so soothing one would love to just dive right in for a nap or a good night’s sleep!! WELL DONE!!

    • Farmmom Karen

      I agree the quilt is the cherry on top of a very beautiful bed. Wonderful job!!! As usual.

  19. Jennifer Hesse

    So cute! Good luck at Lucketts this year it sounds so exciting at the new venue. No more flooded parking lot wading. The new venue looks at lot like the Country Living Fair sites I’ve been to in Atlanta and Nashville. Jennifer Taylorsville, KY

  20. Joan

    Dear Marian!
    The twin cottage bed is REALLY BEAUTIFUL, I love the color!
    And also, what a beautiful photo of your hubby Jeff and Sebastian, you captured a perfect moment!
    What you did with the bed is so pretty and springlike fresh!!!! Also,
    thanks for the reminder of the tough coat sealer! will keep all that info in mind for sure, you make everything so much easier for us by showing us and sharing so much…THANKYOUUUUUU!
    ps. you look so pretty in the video too!
    Have a great weekend ! <3
    (I'll be busy painting robin eggs, and barns and cows, oh and making pierced lanterns! whew lolllll,…I LOVE watching to see what you're painting all the time! ! ! Your portraits are really beautiful, they remind me of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books a bit/maybe the artist then used the same medium!
    Keep on with it all, you're so good at everything! )

  21. Karen

    That color though!


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