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.