YELLOW FRENCH COUNTRY BED FRAME - painting an antique




Is your style French Country, more specifically vibrant yellows paired with blues? Does sunshine yellow make you smile like it does for me? If so this project maybe  for you.  




Here is a close up shot of the distressing I did on this bed
frame. It's so French Country just like blue and yellow toile fabric.



BACKGROUND
Here are some before pictures of this project. The frame had
been painted in a color very similar to AS Provence blue. We
 don't know as it was found this way. Unfortunately it was a
 very bad paint job with dried runs and sideways drips all
 over and now it was chipping really bad. I had to remove as
 much of the loose paint as possible before I could think
 about moving forward with a new color for a makeover.



COLOR CHOICE
The plan was to use the blue and have it show through when 
the top color was distressed. White was considered but the
 final choice was going to be a vintage yellow. I started with
 AS Arles but it was too orange. So I custom mixed a vibrant
 yellow using AS Original and a strong acrylic yellow paint
 color and sprayed the frame outside.

MORE ON SPRAY PAINTING HERE:



DISTRESSING
The next step was to meticulously distress (many hour of 
hand sanding) all the imperfections from the original layer
of paint to create an aged and smoother finish.

DISTRESSING TIPS HERE: https://bit.ly/2XSBnXR

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JOB EXECUTION
Painting a bed frame with this much wood turnings is not for
 the faint of heart. It takes a lot of time and dedications to get
 the job executed well. That is probably why the last paint job
 was so bad. I did the project in stages, letting the paint cure
before distressing and finally waxing.


BUFFED TO SHINE
I used AS clear wax. When buffing pieces like this you get to
 take a nice fluffy rag and wrap it around each turning and
 pull back and forth creating the most amazing shine.
The shine comes from the heat of the friction melting the
 wax. Buffing wax is not about applying a lot of pressure

HOW I USE AS CLEAR WAX: https://bit.ly/2JRNKPg






You can always follow along on INSTAGRAM @4_the_love_of_wood
where you get sneak peaks of what I am up to.




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