Update : This post in linked to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party.
I think I might be ill. I have completed two projects in a row in less than a week. Too bad there are so many more on my list. I guess 2 are better than none, right? Ok, can I just say that I am obsessed with this bed. I want to be three again and have all things pink and girly and pretty in my room. I LOVE it!
I had a hard time finding just the right fabric, but when I saw this paisley I was done for...I died right there in Hancock Fabrics! And to make the deal even sweeter, it was their 52nd anniversary sale and this was 52% off. Can I get a witness?
And just in case you missed it the first time or have blocked it's hideousness from your memory, this is what it looked like before. Navy blue, hunter green, and burgandy camels and palm trees with gold leafed trim. Ouch...my eyes are burning.When I spotted it on the side of the road, it screamed potential. Although it did have to scream quite loud to drown out all that ugly going on.
Tufted buttons...hello lover!
I guess it would be nice if I stopped drooling over it's deliciousness and gave you a little run down of what I did. First I took the upholstered panel out and painstakingly removed the fabric and 937 staples. If I had not done that, there would have been no where for me staple on my fabric. Serious overkill on the staples. Holy cow, they really wanted those camels to last a lifetime. Anyway, next I took my hand sander to the whole thing to try and degloss the surface. I was hoping that was all I'd have to do, but the gold leaf had other plans in mind. I then had to use the corner of a putty knife and sandpaper to scrape down all the corners, curves, crevices, and tight spots. It was starting to chip away, and I couldn't leave it like that. It would have shown through the paint job. So when I finally finished sanding, it was ready to paint. I spray primed it first with two light coats of Valspar white primer. When that was dry, I used Rustoleum spray paint in a white satin finish. Again, I gave it two light coats.
Now, the upholstering part was super fun....insert extreme sarcasm here! I have upholstered a headboard before. A perfectly square, nice straight cornered headboard...not this curvy swirly crap. Um yeah, not so easy. I wanted to shoot myself in the eye with that staple gun trying to get those curves just right. Note to self...this might be a two person job...consider that for future projects. But it is done and I am happy. End of story. Hopefully I can get it hung up in the girls' room soon....pictures to follow
I bought extra fabric to make some pillows, and I had lots of extra. So I decided to cover some really ugly canvases I had lying around waiting to be cutsied. Not sure if I'll use these as memo boards or just as wall hangings. Either way....me likey. Now if I could just get some pictures of their room when they're not sleeping. I work on my projects during naptime and bedtime, thus the reason for no pictures of the bed in their room yet.... sorry. Gives you something to look forward to, right? Yes, I'm a giver like that.