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 flashback to an old ad for Patina Furniture. They were featuring this beaUtiful bed with birds atop each of the four posters. ~And 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 painted the dresser a Revere Pewter and Alabaster White combo and LUV’d it!
–and since the paint wAs already out– I just kept painting. ; D
Yes, from the hall tree, to the dresser, to the bed!
And then I waxed EVERYthing to the smOOthest finish! 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 after 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 big-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 could 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 just for back up.
Maybe WOmen are just better at this stuff—I never had an ounce of trouble using my drill–very s l ow l y, 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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