UPDATING A VINTAGE BED FRAME

 
 
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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MRS P's GUEST ROOM



 
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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BETTY BLUE BED

 
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 - white queen bedframe

 
 
Distressing a paint finish successfully is an art. It isn't simply loading up a palm sander and attacking.
 
 
A light edge distressing is extremely attractive look and shows all the detail of your piece.
The more detailed the more it stands out in a crowd!
 
 
First lets talk sand paper ...

 
I hand sand all my distressing,
NO ELECTRIC SANDERS HERE!!!

 
I fold my paper over twice as shown in the photos.

 
To get into recessed areas I curve my paper as seen below.

 
Another trick is to highlight flaws.

 
When you come across something unusual in the finish like a knot or dent make it more noticeable.
See below how I've sanded a little extra around the dent.


Distressing is meant to simulate age. Imagine the wear and tear furniture goes through in 50 years. Kids sitting rubbing their feet over the same rung of a chair as they grow up, or
Mom wiping down the cabinet doors during each week of house cleaning. The paint starts to wear
in the same areas over time.

 
I hope this will help you with your distressing projects and gives you some great ideas.
 
 
 
 


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SUPPORTING YOUR BED

 
 
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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