I've had this ornate piece of wood work for a few months just waiting for bed season.
And bed season is going strong with this line up so far ...

Next up is an antique oak double bed I purchased for our spare bedroom years ago.
Well the spare bedroom turned into my work space so it never saw the light of day until now. 

If you start with good solid bones it's a fairly simple and easy process to update a bed frame.

The first thing I did was paint the solid steel frame with a flat oil based spray.
The steel gets rusty over time so sealing it with an oil is best.
The second thing I did was to make cross slats so a mattress is all that is needed.
This frame has no lip to hold the slats in place so I cut scraps to glue to the underside of each board
so they stay tight in place between the rails. All the boards I used were from other furniture pieces,
all recycled!!
I made the headboard taller by screwing a second headboard onto the back.
Who would have thunk???
Don't forget a little extra on the footboard, but think about if your footboard is going to be covered
up with another piece of furniture such as a bench, table, or dresser. It would be a waste to spent too
much time and decoration on an area that won't be seen.

Here you can see the before and after. She is painted in a soft distressed white and perfect for a small space with amazing storage area underneath and only needing a mattress.


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It was time to create the next room in the Great Adventures of Mrs. P, her guest bedroom.
For those who are not familiar with Mrs. P yet, she is a fictional character Carrie and I have
created to offer a personality behind the room displays we create in The Passionate Home.
I'll offer links to the other rooms we have created at the end of this article.
While we were making up the bed with this beautiful new turquoise coverlet we learned that
Mrs. P's eldest daughter is coming to stay for several months and is not so fond of the color.
But we know a lot of you really love the color and would really like to have it
in your bedroom. So Mrs. P has offered the Turquoise Queen Coverlet and 2 matching
pillow shams for a give away to one of the local shoppers of The Passionate Home.

All you have to do is walk into The Passionate Home located at 20506 Fraser Hwy Langley BC
and asked to be entered into the drawer for
Mrs. P's bedding, no purchase necessary but you will have to answer a thought provoking question.
Such as ... would you like to see bedding available in the store?

Since we created the guest room in turquoise it's going to fall on Mrs. P to
redecorate for her daughter's upcoming visit in the shades of pink she so likes.
We are hopeful she will work with the toile curtains we fashioned with some Annie Sloan fabric.

Didn't know Annie did paint and fabric too?
When you stop in to enter for the bedding check out some of her fabrics available at the store.

I was quite shocked when I realized this birdcage was also a hanging lamp,
where does Mrs. P find these wonderfully unique things?

So far this summer Mrs. P's gardening area was featured:
and her white bedroom:
We hope you all enjoy watching The Passionate Home transform each time we get together
to create these beautiful rooms to share with you.

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The Betty Blue Bed Frame

Here is her before and after ...
She was one of those discarded mid-century single beds we all see.
I added some decorative drawer fronts I had,
and lifted her spirits with some ornate chair backs and some legs. 

She is painted in a very soft blue and highlighted with antique white accents.


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SECRETS TO DISTRESSING WITH SANDPAPER - shabby chic chalk painted bed

Distressing a paint finish
successfully is an art. It
isn't simply loading up a
palm sander and attacking.

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Here are some tips on installing cross supports for your bed.
This frame is built for a box spring and mattress, if you wanted to use it without a box spring
you would need a center support to the floor and twice as many cross supports i.e.. 16
These side rails never had any supports for cross slats so I added them. 

You do remember George demolishing the pretty dresser  a while back? ... with a vehicle?
Well here is a perfect time to show you how some of that wood is being reused.

These metal brackets are perfect for making beds with. I was only able to find three sets this year
 which means I can only make three beds at this time. They are from old water bed rails.
You need 4 per bed, one for each corner.
You screw them to the side rails with nice strong metal screws and on the post you add
Pan or Truss screws so the bracket can slide up and off. This makes your rails install quick and easy.
This type of screw is meant to use on metal because the back is flat and will sit tight against it.
These cross slats are old Ikea slats that I have made stronger by combining 2 together.
I screw a short one on the bottom middle of each full length board as seen below.

All of my beds are built during the summer months. I collected and stored random parts all
year long waiting to repurpose them and make them into something fabulous.

This bed is built with different parts I got at different times and put together.
The color of the bed is a bit tricky to see in this light. There is 3 layers, a white base, with
a very strong turquoise blue next and a soft sky blue on top. It is heavily distressed throughout.

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Q & A

I've been wanting to write a weekly post to share some of the long winded answers I type out in email that answer some of the questions I receive. Here are 3 Q&A about paint and one regarding humidity and furniture ..... 
Hi Kristy (and George)
I love your blog.  Thank you so much for all your work and ideas - and sharing your techniques.  very much appreciated. I am curious about paint.  I have never used chalk paint.  I cannot get it where I live (remote rural - shipping costs would be out of this world).  I think? it is probably a lot like primer though as primer is kind of chalky, so I am wondering what the difference is between actual chalk paint and primer?  Can I use one rather the other? L
Hey L
When I first heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I thought the same way you are now thinking. Primer is kind of chalky and I was using it to achieve all my decorative paint finishes, so what is the big deal? I was close minded about this Chalk Paint wave sweeping the American DIY community 2 years ago. I had followers asking me what I thought of it, other bloggers asking if I had tried it yet, so it was my job to test it out. I was already friends with the ladies at The Passionate Home and when their FB page read that they had just got the ASCP in, I drove down and bought it that afternoon. I looked Miss Carrie (the shop owner) square in the face and said “I’m going to try it and I’m going to tell the truth about it” That same afternoon I used it and I was changed forever. For years I used conventional paint products to create vintage paint finishes but now with ASCP it was fun. I have described many different technics through my blog articles but the reality of the paint is … try it, you’ll never be the same. I know shipping can be an issue but at least reach out to find out what the shipping is. And one last note, the final finish on a piece painted in ASCP by me is not chalky to the touch, it is silky smooth!
Next Question from another L ....
Hello, Great blogspot--thanks for all your great articles. I noticed something about Chalk Paint and it seems like you can use it on pretty much any surface? I have a brand new desk, cheap from Target, that is dark brown and I would like to paint it white or cream. Do you think Chalk Paint would work on a brand new surface? Do you know of any stores around Cloverdale, BC that might sell it?
Thank you, L
Hey L
Chalk paint will certainly work on a new surface and it is available at:
The Passionate Home
20506 Fraser Hwy
Langley BC
604 532 5931
The ladies at the store can address any questions you have in person and are always happy to help.
Next Question ....

Hi Kristy
I wonder if I can ask you what your opinion is on the different brands of chalk paint?
I have always used Annie Sloan, but have discovered Maison blanche, and CeCe Caldwell as well....
have you used them? any opinions you can share? thanks for any advice you can offer!
all the best,

Hey T
I promote you using what works best for you and your situation.
I have used CECE and find it doesn’t go as far as ASCP and is not as smooth to apply.
I have not used Maison Blanche.
These are all new companies in the wake of ASCP success.
For me I prefer ASCP simply because it has proven the test of time being developed over 23 years ago. Any kinks have been worked out, the company understands their product, and they stand behind it. Here in Canada we have a few different paint companies trying to compete in the market developing their own versions and it would seem because in their haste product spokes ppl are not fully educated on how their paint performs. As these products are being used by customers I am receiving increased numbers of questions and pleas as to why they don’t work like ASCP.
Plz just educate yourself and understand all the products are different and will behave in different ways. As you well know I prefer the building process and painting is the last step to that, so I need it to be simple and straight forward. If you wish to experiment as a painter, get out there and try some of these different paints.

Final Question ....

Hi Kristy! 

I managed to snap up a huge buffet, but we are having some incredibly wet weather in So. Ontario. I am without air-conditioning or humidity control and the doors and drawers are swelling and sticking - is there anything I should do? I really really can't afford a dehumidifier (may not be one available anywhere in town anyhow). How much should I worry? Should I rob a bank? Best wishes, G
Hey G,

As long as there is no direct water damage the swelling will come back down when it dries. Most damage occurs when drawers and doors are swelled and stuck and we humans force them open. Let it dry on its own after the weather changes. Keep an eye on it though. Even buckled surfaces usually flatted out again.

Thank you to everyone who stops in to comment and send your emails.




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Another beautiful summer weekend gone, but enjoyed immensely.
I finished a few projects and started many more over the last few days.
Summer days are so darn long I can work for hours.
One of the finished items is this Seaside bookshelf.
I painted it in a beachy aqua then in a vintage white. I also added the sea shell motif to the base.
George helped me with photos for an upcoming spray tutorial on these next chairs.
He is great at some things but not so great behind the camera so far.
We are going to work together to teach this old dog some new tricks and maybe you'll start
to see George's photography featured here.
I bought six of these solid maple chairs and painted them aqua.
While painting I started to get some really great cracking in the finish on each of the chairs.
Crackling usually happens when there is some oil on the surface under the paint.
Not so much the paint won't stick but trace amounts, enough for it to reach with.
In this case most of it is on the upper back rest, front and back.
This oil is probably from hands grabbing and moving the chairs over the course of the last 40 years.
I do prefer to go over my projects with soapy water before painting but sometimes think ahead about
 the finish you want, the older it is the more likely you can expect some paint reaction on the surface. 


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