Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Painted Jenny Lind bed

My niece Sophie is getting her room together and it is getting VERY close to being done!  My Sister-In-Law asked us to keep an eye out for a twin bed this summer while we were out junking and flea marketing....
 We spied this cute little headboard and footboard on an online auction that we look at each week.  We bought it for $1.07 ---a pretty darn good deal. So we decided to surprise her and give it to her for her birthday... 
So I sanded this down by hand (Sophie---see how much I love you?!?!??!) with 100 grit sand paper and gave it a coat of grey primer.
 She wanted a bright orangey red color and if you've never painted with red paint before it can take alot of coats to really cover well.  So the primer really helps cut down on how much paint you need.
 I used Sherwin Williams "Fireworks" all surface enamel paint in a high gloss.  It's acrylic so it's a water based paint but gives the durability of an oil based.  
 I have to say I was impressed.  It dries really hard and definitely didn't have the tacky feel you typically get with latex.
 Because I didn't want to wait until her real birthday to give it to her, we took it over this evening and surprised her with it. I gotta say I LOVE giving this kind of thing!  It's so much fun when you know it's exactly what someone wants and you can do that for them...
As soon as she saw it she said "that's the color!" so I did good!!!!  I think she was very happy with it....
Happy Birthday Sophie!!!!!

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12 comments:

  1. I love it!!! I have been wanting one of those beds for our little girl, let me know if you find another one! Only three more weeks, and we will meet her;)

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    1. 3 weeks!!!! Are you looking for a twin or a crib? I'm hoping these last weeks go smoothly for you. The end is always the hardest part...

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  2. Thank you soooo much! It's the perfect color. It looks awesome! Im glad to know that you love me enough to hand sand it :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like it Sophie! Just ask your Dad--it's alotta love!!!!!!

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  3. The last comment was from Sophie :)

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  4. looks soo gorgeous!! you are definitely a cool aunt! :)

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  5. a dollar seven? unreal! i love it painted red!

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  6. I saw a photo of this on pinterest one day, but didn't have a chance to pin it, but I really, really loved it! I am so glad I found it again.
    You will never believe this...but I found the SAME headboard/foot board at an auction and I also paid $1 for it!!!! I go to the auctions and only buy the stuff no one is bidding on. This was part of bunch of stuff that got put out on their loading dock because there was no room inside and most people didn't want to go out in the cold to bother. I also picked up a waterfall dresser with mirror for $2!

    My daughter is too small for it now, but I am saving it for to paint when she is ready for her big girl bed. I am hoping she will want a bright color like yours!

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    1. There is good stuff out there that gets overlooked because it needs a little love. We've bought several good things that way ourselves. You can't even get a sandwich for $1!!!!! A good deal on both!

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  7. I LOVE what you did with the bed! I have the exact bed in my attic that was handed down to me. I am creating a room for my grand-daughters and plan to paint the bed for their room and use a turquoise color. Did you paint with a brush or spray it? Lots of detail, I imagine it's tedious to do it with a brush?

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    1. I did brush it-but it wasn't too bad. Sanding it was the tedious part! I was really happy with the Sherwin Williams paint. I didn't sand between coats. You can to get a super smooth finish with the high gloss. But it turned out really glossy even with sanding. Best of luck!

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