Tuesday, 12 January 2010

sleeping beauty

Our King & Queen of France bed (as I like to call it!) has finally had it's makeover. We bought this bed on a whim on ebay a couple of years ago and it sailed it's way to Ireland from France (not very easily I might add, but that's another story!). I thought the wood part was off white but when I saw it for real I realised it was a very rich creamy colour. So, it just had to go. Well, not that easily, as first of all we had to get through the guilt of slapping crown white eggshell on top of 70 year old french crackle paint, yikes! Anyhow, we got over it and just did it and are so pleased with the result. No regrets, phew! No doubt some people will quake in their beds at the thought, but she's ours for life and we have to sleep in it. And what a sleeping beauty she is...

painstakingly applying masking tape as close to the edge of the fabric as possible and cleaning any dust and dirt from between the grooves of the wood.

we protected the velvet fabric with lots of pages torn from magazines (it actually looks quite funky like this don't you think?!)

we used a fine artists brush for hard to get to areas. yay, peeling the masking tape away, job done!

And here she is....

P.S. The wall paper is by Cath Kidston. It makes me die every time I see it, I love it & had to fight hard against Mart's 'Transformers' option! Thankfully the old lady one won!

P.P.S. By the way, we didn't brave doing any of our wallpapering ourselves but have the number of the fantastic guy who did - we would definitely highly recommend him as he did an amazing job so let me know if you need the contact.


6 comments:

M said...

ooh - more pics! more pics! and i have to agree the magazine pages made the bed look very funky.

sarah said...

yeah, can you put up a photo up of the whole thing? i would love to see the curved end of it! and i totally thought at first that you had recovered it with mad fabric! and i thought it looked pretty good too!!

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Ciara said...

This is divine! I am green with envy. And of course you did such an amazing job of it!

Gorgeous!

Miss B said...

i love your style!! i am looking for something like this for our bedroom!! you did well to paint it! gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Lorna said...

Gorgeous - how luxurious and divine.

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