March 16, 2012

This bed is for the birds!





Oh my goodness!! I've had a huge love/hate feeling towards this innocent bed for the last few months! There wasn't a lot wrong with the bed besides a few scrapes that needed a little extra sanding. The problem was with me and my indecisive personality. I had issues with the pretty footboard in contrast with the very plain headboard. They were so different! I couldn't just paint this bed white and let the details do the talking because the headboard needed something special. It was a blank canvas and I just couldn't settle on any one idea....because I had SO many! In the end I went with birds similar to a desk and chair I painted last Fall. I used a Tiffany Blue for the base color of the bed which is out of the ordinary for our family. We have two girls and blue has just never been a dominate color in our house....usually we are focused on pink and purple!

After I prepped and painted the bed I used the same gray paint from my desk and chair project to paint these sweet birds. I waited a day....which is REALLY hard....to let the paint fully dry and then I set to work sanding all the crisp lines to soften the appearance of the bed. The last step was a couple of good coats of Minwax paste wax to protect the paint and give it a very soft glow.
















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31 comments:

  1. That is so pretty. I can totally relate to being indecisive... hence why one daughter has her quilt, and I haven't even started on the other quilt, ugh>>> Visiting from Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple.
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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  2. Looks beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Mauvin' Monday!

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  3. THis is adorable!!! I love it! I totally have a "bird" thing...my husband thinks I am a bird addict!
    Catherine
    tbc-tobecontinued.blogspot.com

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  4. I love what you did to that bed! It looks gorgeous :)

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  5. Awesome! Great job! I love painting furniture! It's my new hobby! You're invited to link it up at my place for Wild Wednesday tomorrow!
    Melody

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  6. I can relate to the plain canvas and being overwhelmed by it, but you did a lovely job! I too like birds! It looks very Spring like! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime. :)

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  7. Thank you Ladies!! I really appreciate all the kind words :)

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  8. Great colour - fantastic makeover!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is so nice! I am so afraid to paint wood. You've given me courage!

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    1. Paint it up!! I love beautiful wood, but I needed more color in my life :)

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  10. How cute. I just did a stool for my kids today with a bird motif. Found you over at domestically speaking and am your newest follower. Looking forward to what else you got.
    xo...mONICa

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    1. I've got several more projects lined up!! Thanks for following!

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  11. Gorgeous and I LOVE the birds - such a special touch. Visiting from the Trendy Treehouse party - Great job!!

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

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  12. Indecisive is my middle name!! I LOVE how the bed turned out!! The blue is perfect! And the birds are oh so cute!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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  13. Very cute. The bird painting turned out very nice.


    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @ http://cookcraftcrocheting.blogspot.com/

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  14. Stopping by from Take A Look Tuesday! http://queenofsavings.com

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  15. super tweety-sweety !

    Love that bluebird bed !

    Happy Springtime !

    -KAT- in Loveland Ohio

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  16. The bed turned out very cute! Love the birds too! I found you at my daughter's site, Trendy Treehouse. Just became your newest follower and would love to have you visit me at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com
    Have a great evening, NeeCee

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  17. This is beautiful! Can I ask why you choose to use wax on your projects rather than a polycrylic or polyurethane? I've never used wax before, so I want to know if I should try it sometime. :)

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  18. So cute. The birds add an earthy feel to the project

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  19. Love the birds, what a perfect touch!

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  20. This is precious! Love it!
    Beautiful piece - very nice! I would love for you to stop by and link this up to my party! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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    1. I linked up and am a follower now! I have a friend whose little girl is named Emma Grace also!!!

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  21. love it I have seen beds used for flower beds but must say I have never seen one so cute come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  22. Very pretty! Love the birds. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  23. Just beautiful!
    Thanks for coming by to link up...I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  24. Love what you've done with this bed-I'm a bird crazy lady!!Following from MMS- stop on by for a visit!

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  25. That is simply beautiful! I love the colours. Tash from www.littleladybird.com.au

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  26. Great Transformation. Looks like you made the right decision. Im now following you, so please come visit me and hopefully you'll decide to follow back at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com. THANKS. 8-)

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  27. Hi, I am so delighted that I found your blog. This bed is incredibly charming. Your newest follower, Connie :) Please pay me a visit (you may decide to follow me too) I sure would like that. We have a lot in common. Have a glorious day!

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