Friday, May 4, 2012

Four Poster Bed: Cherry Finish Meets Shabby Chic

 I promised you guys the Four Poster Bed Post today, and well at 4:30 this afternoon, I didn't have the throw pillows done, the sanding (distressing) quite finished on the last post, or the rag wreath made that I wanted to hang in my old window for the photo shoot.  But at 5:20, I was snappin' pictures!  Woo hoo.  The stuff you can get done when Hubby gets home to keep the little hoodlums entertained!



Let's check out the rather embarrassing BEFORE of our master bedroom, shall we?  Yeah, totally not cool, Kammy.  I always put it off though because really, I figured, who sees it but us?

So many things wrong with this BEFORE.  For one, my friend Maran pointed out, the height of the dresser just does not work next to the height of the bed.  You're so right Maran.  But it made a nice big nightstand while it was there!  (Check out it's awesome aqua paint job HERE.)  The bed was so stinkin' tall, at 4'10" I almost needed a step stool to heave myself into bed.  And while I was pregnant?  Yes, I did need one.  We got rid of the box spring mattress and Tim cut a peice of plywood to take it's place.  Now the bed doesn't seem to engulf the whole corner of this room.  Phew.  The blah boring bedspread with zero pillows... yeah I was so done with that.  Anything else?  Yeah plenty, but let's get to the positive!

After priming it with Zinnser Bull's Eye paint, I mixed up my own chalk paint by pouring  some Valspar Ultra White Semi Gloss into an ice cream bucket and dumping in a heap of Plaster of Paris.  I have it at least two coats.  It dries very quickly and is ready for sanding soon after.  I went through a LOT of 100 grit sandpaper distressing all of the nooks and crannies of this bed.  The paint dries so hard that it takes some muscle to sand it off.
There she is, slaving away.  Think I should drop a few pennies in her piggy bank?





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35 comments:

  1. Very pretty, Kammy! Love the duvet and the scarf you made for the bottom of the bed. Love the lamp ~ I'll watch for how you did the shade. Great color on the little side tables, too.

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  2. How beautiful! I love it all! Definitely love the tables better than the dresser!

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  3. This looks amazing,Kammy!! I love all the white! It will be fun to change up the springy look come fall and winter too. Just beautiful!!!!!

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  4. Kammy.... I love it! So, where'd you get the duvet from? Must. Have. :) That bed is spectacular! And did you see the dresser that I got that is so similar to yours from an auction in Waverly? I walked in and I'm like... Its Kammy's dresser! I have to have this! LOL! ;)

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  5. Wow! Love it!!! Great job!

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  6. Very nice! Here is my Sundae Scoop link: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-tuesday-cottontail-cape.html

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  7. Beautiful!! Such a difference a little chalk paint can make!!!!
    :)


    The Crafty Woman
    www.thecraftiestofwomen.blogspot.com

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  8. Tell your cute little assistant that she did a great job on sanding those bedposts! The bed turned out fabulous! you should be so proud!
    Tami

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  9. Hi Kammy!
    It looks great! I love the colors and how light and airy everything looks now!! You must have spent hours working on it. Good job! -xoxo Anja (cocalores.blogspot.com)

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  10. That looks great! Paint makes such a huge difference!! I would love for you to share this (and any other house projects) at my "May House Par-tay" at www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  11. Such a great transformation!! I love how bright and fresh your room looks. Wonderful job!

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  12. This looks soooo good! Great job!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  13. This bed looks so pretty! Such a nice job! Liz

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  14. So gorgeous! You did a great job! LOVE the bed now. What a change. And I'm actually in love with your bedding...

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  15. Fantastic job! I adore the bedding. I can't believe that you got the darling scarf on clearance. Don't you love it when that happens?! Great job all around!
    Have a happy tuesday!

    ♥Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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  16. wow-that looks great! i love the pop of color at the end of the bed with that blanket.

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  17. WOW! the bed is gorgeous, but everything is so pretty! i love the colors popping against the white!

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  18. What a beautiful bed!! You did such a great job. I have a cherry finish bed, too, and I go back and forth about painting it. You have me leaning towards the PAINT IT NOW!!! side! :)

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  19. It looks so fresh and up to date. Lovely job!

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  20. Gorgeous! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3188 Thanks!

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  21. It looks so fresh! I love the bright colours on your bed scarf!

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  22. Great job! What a beautiful difference. What wax do you use over the chalk paint? Please give me a less expensive alternative to Ann Sloan because my budget is tight. Thanks.
    Cashel1916@yahoo.com

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  23. WOW! It turned out so beautiful! I would love for you to share on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-stalking-thursday-40.html

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  24. I love it! I wish people around here would throw out great stuff like that. They only throw out trash :( you did a great job it's beautiful.

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  25. Years ago when I was in my 20's (long time ago) I remember redoing stuff that belonged to my granny and fusing about her painting good pieces....now as I am older I see the value of painting things. I still try to stay away from painting antiques but paint can bring on a new life. This turned out really good and I love that look.

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  26. So pretty! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  27. Where did you get the pillows and duvet cover they are beautiful

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  28. You did an amazing job on this. The transformation is really wonderful. I so love the white colors because they brighten up the room and create a very refreshing and relaxing ambience. The pop of colors from those pillows and bed cover are also fantastic. Thank you for sharing. I am certain that several readers will also be inspired by this as I am.

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  29. ..ITS LOVELY !!! wonderful job, Kammy. I have this EXACT same bed, and before wew even bought it, I told " the guy"...Dont ger used to that finish on it...its NOT staying...!" lol. I told him it would be painted and " shelby-fied". as soon as time permits !

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  30. Great job, Kammy! I am getting ready to do the same to my husband's parent's four poster rice bed. We just completed our house build, we were the contractors, so I am going to use an antique white for the bed to match the vanity in that room's bath. Would you paint all of bedroom set same or different? There are two night stands, and armoir used in this room. I use the dresser in one of the other rooms, so won't be painting it now. Also, going to chalk paint our queen anne dining room table, apron and legs only, and then chairs in different color, after I change the cushions. Any personal advice on this painting will be appreciated. I have painted walls before and some small diy recently in large mirror, and chandelier. They turned out great!

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  31. Great job, Kammy! I am about to attempt same type project on rice four poster in antique white. Thanks for the inspiration! Sue

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