I found this dresser just recently at a GoodWill store for $13.50 !
I loved the dresser~just as it was! No cutting up or reinventing this one. Just some paint and waxing this time around–how unusual pour moi!
The bed, I found at one of those St. Vinnie’s ½ price day sales
$10 $5 (oh–about 3 yrs ago. I know-I know~ h-OAR-der).
It needed a lot of repair, and one of the foot board posts was so”iffy,” I just cut them both off and modified the ends to reattach the finials.
Last year I saw this brass branch with birds-thingy for $7.97 in a thrift store. I had an INSTant flash-back to an old ad for Patina Furniture. They were featuring this beaUtiful bed with birds atop each of the four posters. ~It was an inCREDibly expensive bed.
So I bought the tacky brass-bird-thingy with the intentions of making my oWn version of the bed!
-Getting to work now-
I really loved the Revere Pewter and Alabaster White combo -and the paint wAs already out- so I just kept painting. ; D
From the hall tree– to the dresser, to the bed!
And then I waxed EVERYthing to the smOOthest finish! And while I was at it–I even waxed the inside drawer rails because the drawers were just horrible to open and close. Now they just gLIDe!
Yes~my work space is cRAZy out of control at the moment, just don’t look at the background!
Out of all the mayhem came these beautiful pieces!
Now- my bed makeover!
Like I said, I cut off the foot board posts (again, because one was sO bad),
cleaned scoured the whole bed–it was really gross! Then I painted away, sanded, painted, sanded–waxed. Wow did my arms ache from that time off.
I unscrewed 2 of the birds from their branch and quickly figured out a way to attach them to the top of the posts. Double threaded screws. So off I went to the box-store. But guess what—they don’t have anything so small.
The guy said, “I guess you’ll have to scrap your idea, huh?” Silly man. Never under estimate the power of a determined girl!
Okay, plan A—out. Plan B, why don’t I enlarge the hole, and re-thread it to the smallest double threaded screw you have? The guy actually looked surprised, but agreed, THAt would work— .
So we grabbed the double threaded screws, headed over to the isle with the drill bit/re-threading parts -aNd then- he said I would need to buy this $9 hand tool to do the job. “WHY,” I asked–? After he explained why, and we “discussed” it, I said I really thought I could do it without the pricey (probably, 1 time use) tool, but I wOUld buy it for back up.
Maybe WOmen are just better at this stuff—I never had an ounce of trouble using my drill–very sl ow ly, and finished the task in less than 5 minutes. And I retURNed the unopened tool for a refund the next day.
I think my birds look sO cool perched up there!
And here’s the whole bed—
I wanted to float the bed in my small space, so I needed some supports to hold it upright. Bed stores actually sell short little bed rails for display purposes, but they’re expensive. And, honestly, I wasn’t sure someone wouldn’t assume they go with the bed at sale and take them too!
So I grabbed some scraps and made an improvised “collar.” While I was at it, I made a little platform so I could display some pillows in the void. Here are my 2 concoctions—
Hope you like my projects and problem/solution ideas~
Btw—here’s my newly RE-LOADed space. Without an inch to spare in my 5ft deep x 11ft wide space, huh?
PS~ I’m saving the other two birds for a project that will be for ME!
I’m sharing my projects in these linky parties!
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