Twin Bed: Painted Pink with Handmade Appliques

Before Twin Bed

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 many years ago.


This white finish was one of my earliest refinishing projects. 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 (I'll post that project soon), so I decided to give this bed a face lift and sell it.

Before damage to finish
15 years of wear and tear!


I choose Antoinette Pink chalk paint for my color scheme. Using the chalk paint meant I didn't have to prime the previous paint first.

Applying pink paint
First coat of pink!

The painting part of the project was nice and easy. I alternated painting between the headboard and footboard and painted one while the other dried.

Pink paint
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.

Applying white wax
White wax

Handmade Appliques

At this point I felt the bed still needed a little something extra, so I decided to make an applique using paper clay.

Paper clay and mould
Paperclay and mold

Paperclay doesn't require any baking and it will air dry with little to no shrinkage. I bought some silicone molds to make the furniture appliques with.

First knead the clay a little bit so it's soft and pliable.

Knead the paper clay
Knead the clay

Then start pushing it into the mold.

Push paper clay into mould
Press into mold

Continue pushing the clay into the mold until it is completely filled.

Continue pushing clay into mould
Continue pressing clay into mold

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 the clay level
Smooth out the surface of the clay.

Finally bend the mold to release the applique. I made two of these, plus a few others, and it was easy to release from the mold. However, it must have been beginner's luck, because when I tried it another day I ruined a few. I've found that dusting the mold with corn starch will help prevent sticking.

Bend the mould to release the clay
Release the clay from the mold.

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 Touch

The 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.

Apply spray paint to the bed frame
Attention to details give the project a professional finish


And here's the final bed painted in Antoinette Pink with the handmade appliques. I think it's lovely for a little girl's room.

Twin bed painted in Antoinette Pink and white
AFTER: Antoinette Pink, white wax,
and handmade furniture appliques.

I made two appliques; one for the headboard and the other for the footboard.

Headboard and footboard painted pink

After the appliques were dried thoroughly (about 24 hours), I painted them white and added a coat of clear wax. I affixed them to the bed with E6000 craft glue which dries quickly with a strong bond. I've tugged and pushed on the appliques to test the adhesive and they don't budge.

Handmade furniture applique

I'm happy that I used the white wax to give the pink a little softness.

Bed painted Antoinette Pink ASCP

And here's a shot with the bed frame along with the headboard and footboard.

Headboard footboard and white metal bedframe

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).


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