Twin Bed: Painted Pink with Handmade Appliques
This twin bed comes from my personal collection. Sounds fancy, but in fact I bought it at a yard sale about 10 or 15 years ago. The original finish was brown and I painted it white for one of my daughters.
BeforeThis white finish was one of my earliest refinishing projects, also known as I didn't really have any idea what I was doing. And it's received a lot of wear and tear over the years. I've been in the market for a new bed to use in my guest room / office (I'll post that project soon), so I decided to give this bed a face lift. Hopefully my skill level at refinishing furniture has improved over the years!
|15 years of wear and tear!|
I decided to give the bed a new look with pink! I choose Antoinette Pink by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Using the chalk paint meant I didn't have to prime the previous paint first.
|First coat of pink!|
The painting part of the project was nice and easy. First I painted one side of the headboard and then set that aside to dry. Next I painted one side of the footboard. Then back to the headboard for the other side and then the same again for the footboard. The bed seemed a little too plain to me, so at first I decided to distress the pink paint to reveal some of the white. I didn't get a photo of that, but I didn't like the look on this piece, so I applied another coat of Antoinette Pink to cover up the distressing.
Instead of distressing I decided to apply white wax to soften the pink color and give it a little dimension. The effect is subtle but it did the trick.
At this point I felt the bed still needed a little something extra. I was recently told about paper clay from someone on Hometalk, so I decided to give it a try to make a furniture applique. The brand Prima was recommended, but it was on back order, so I got the Creative brand instead. I'll compare it to the Prima brand once my order arrives.
|Paperclay and mould|
Paperclay doesn't require any baking and it will air dry with little to no shrinkage. It's actually supposed to be very good to use for building models and sculptures, so I will give that a try one of these days. But in the meantime, I bought some silicone moulds to make furniture appliques. The paperclay itself dries quickly so you don't want to dilly dally while using it.
First knead the clay a little bit so it's soft and pliable.
|Knead the clay|
Then start pushing it into the mould.
|Press into mould|
Continue pushing the clay into the mould until it is completely filled.
|Continue pressing clay into mould|
Smooth off the surface of the clay so that it is as level as possible. I used a metal spatula to smooth it out and then just used my fingers to continue smoothing it.
|Smooth out the surface of the clay.|
Finally bend the mould to release the applique. I made two of these, plus a few others, and it was easy to release from the mould. However, it must have been beginner's luck, because when I tried it another day I ruined a few. But practice makes perfect, so don't give up!
|Release the clay from the mould.|
As I mentioned before, the paperclay dries quickly, so seal the unused clay as airtight as possible. I used my Seal-a-meal to seal my clay. I cut the food bag open when I work on a new project, and then just re-seal the same bag again. So far it has kept the clay as good as new with no drying out.
|Seal unused clay as airtight as possible|
Finishing TouchThe last part of this project is the metal bed frame. It had a brown finish and just didn't coordinate well with the rest of the bed. Actually you really don't see it once the mattress is on the bed and if you add a pretty dust ruffle, but sometimes the finishing touches really make a project complete. I applied 2 coats of white spray paint (Rustoleum Prime + Paint). Be sure to wear old closed-toe shoes while spray painting! I wore an old pair of flip flops and my toes were covered in white spray paint!
|Attention to details give the project a professional finish|
AfterAnd here's the final bed painted in Antoinette Pink with the handmade appliques. I think it's lovely for a little girl's room.
|AFTER: Antoinette Pink, white wax, |
and handmade furniture appliques.
I made two appliques; one for the headboard and the other for the footboard.
I'm happy that I used the white wax to give the pink a little softness.
And here's a shot with the bed frame along with the headboard and footboard.
I've included a supply list below with some affiliate links in case you're interested in any of the products I used for this project. Thanks for stopping by!
Below is a list of supplies I used for this project (affiliate links on some; these are products that I actually purchased).