Thursday, 29 May 2014

Changing beds....

I bought this king size, ex Barker and Stonehouse, mahogany bed frame from a local secondhand warehouse the other day.

It has had a bit of a hard life I think, judging by the scratches and broken bed stretchers.

( Just don't think about it's previous "occupants" not go there.)

Thoroughly cleaned with a toothbrush and de-greaser...Then on with the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint to lighten the heavy, masculine look.

Two coats on the headboard...the broken stretchers glued, clamped and screwed for stability.

Clear wax polish and a fine sand for a distressed finish, then into the bedroom for its final position.

The Victorian, Scotch pine chest of drawers with a secret drawer at the top has been painted in Farrow and Ball Blue Gray, as has the Hungarian "knockdown " wardrobe. 
"Knockdown" because the top, bottom, sides, back and doors all come to pieces... Perfect for getting up narrow cottage staircases! So clever....

Just awaiting a nice, comfy mattress now...then on with the French linen sheets, snuggly feather and down duvet and the bargain goose down pillows from TK Maxx...bliss....

Julie x


  1. It looks beautiful now, do post a picture of it when it's all made up. xxx

  2. I'm one of these people who needs "oodles" of sleep and there's nowhere better than sleeping in a beautiful, freshly spruced up sleigh bed!! X

  3. What a transformation! It looks great. I love the little knock-down wardrobe.

  4. Just fabulous, when are you offering a weekend try out.. we are more than willing to put it all to the test, don't want you getting a bad back xxxx
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  5. Why? Lots of carefree owners... love in every bong... that's what you call vintage in my book. Many happy hours. Money just can't buy that sort of provenance.


  6. Thats going to be stunning- I am always on the look out for a sleigh I am very envious! xx

  7. Sentimentality makes me hang treasure our Edwardian bed (not unlike yours) which was Mr n's before we got together. Trouble is - he'd had it for quite a while before me and yes, I have asked!

  8. Oooh Julie it is gorgeous. Such a wonderful transformation with a bit of tlc. Love your knockdown wardrobe and drawers, that is such a lovely room. I only possess one linen sheet and just use it on the top! always on the lookout for another one. Jaynex

  9. That bed turned out lovely! I like all the bedroom furniture, very pretty.

  10. Getting your nest all ready for winter Julie? Great job, it looks fab. I love your other furniture too. You have great taste. Love Linda xx