Thursday, September 15, 2011

Changing a bed with paint

I had a client that wanted to redo her daughters bedroom with a pair of twin beds. Although this was for a college age young lady, she wanted to retain some of the childhood feel for her daughter while reworking the room into a second guest room. I looked all over for a nice pair of beds, but what I wanted didn't fit the bill of what she wanted until I found these on (wait for it...) ebay!

We needed to use a pair of beds that didn't have a big footboard, as there wasn't a lot of room at the end of the beds. I thought the shape of these would lend themselves to a pretty cottage effect if painted. When looking at a bed, make sure to take into account the height of the headboard, as the boxspring and mattress will take up a good 14 to 24 inches (depending on their indivigual thickness) and could cover the headboard's decorative detailing, leaving you with just a small part of the headboard showing. Since my client liked the idea of a painted bed, I wanted to find a pair with a really pretty sillouette.
I felt the carved accents and cutout detail would translate well in a painted bed.

I had a lot of fun accenting the details in a lighter paint color to add a little visual interest to the look.  

Here's the bed made up and placed in the room.

With both beds set up against a pretty floral wallpaper I chose to go with the old fashioned fabrics I used for the bedskirts and pillows, the room took on a cozy charm (if I do say so myself).


Even when girls go off to college, sometimes the Mom has to hold on to their Teddys.
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Shannon@ Cozy Home Scenes said...

Betsy, that room is fabulous, pure and simple! I like your style of decorating. The beds in the room are really gorgeous especially painted. I love everything about the room. That is the kind of room I wanted as a teenager but somehow it didn't look like this one when my Mom was the "decorator". ---------Shannon

Anonymous said...

The cutest cottage guest room evah!!

Blessing to you,
Amy Jo

Twice Nice said...

Wow, what fabulous lines and details on those beds! They look amazing painted and all dressed up in the room. Deb

Connie @ Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Very pretty! I'm a fan of taking "old" furniture and making it look new again with paint. So easy; so economical! Beautiful room.

Amy Chalmers said...

Another great room! I love it! The beds looked amazing after the paint job, but the wallpaper and the bedskirts make it even more so. What a pretty room.

Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs said...

Just beautiful! I love the bedding. Everything looks so warm and inviting. I LOVE redesigning furniture. Its amazing what some paint can do!

Susanne said...

I've been toying with the idea of switching the full bed for 2 twins in my college aged daughters room as well. I just love rooms with 2 twins and your client's turned out lovely! Wondering, what are the paint colors you used?
Thanks, Susanne.

Cassie Bustamante said...

oh betsy those beds are oh so pretty!!! i love the color and shape! they are SO sweet!

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