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 for one of my daughters.


This 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!

Before damage to finish
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.

Applying pink paint
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.

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. 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.

Paper clay and mould
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 paper clay
Knead the clay

Then start pushing it into the mould.

Push paper clay into mould
Press into mould

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

Continue pushing clay into mould
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 the clay level
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!

Bend the mould to release the clay
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 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 (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!

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 on some; these are products that I actually purchased).


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