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Painted and lightly distressed French Provincial bed frame

Most of the time I purchase my furniture from Craigslist,  but I do have a few thrift stores I check out  regularly.   A couple of weeks ago I stopped by one of my favorite stores and just as I was about to leave I saw all the way in the back a very nice head board.  I asked for the price,   which was super CHEAP  reasonable,  and before she could change her mind I loaded up.  What I found was not One but Two complete bed frames,  Drexel French Provincial style,   yes, it did needed some work (wood filler) but nothing serious.  They were just dirty and needed a good sanding and cleaning.  Here is the before picture:  (already cute, right?)  Pardon the stuff around it…


It was hard to decide in what color to paint them.  So many choices, basically every shade would look good.  My first choice was pale (French) blue but since I am keeping these beds I opted for a more neutral color so I can play with colorful bedding.

This time I made my own chalk paint (1/2 cup plaster of paris mixed with 1/2 cup warm water and 1 cup latex paint).  A little thin, maybe I did not measure correctly but I just added a bit more paint.  Color is a mix of some pale grey,  beige, white etc.  Just mixed some of my sample paints together.  I would say it is a lighter version of Annie Sloan French Linen.

I lightly sanded the entire frame and wiped off the dust with a soft cloth.  Secondly I made my TSP mixture and cleaned the bed thoroughly.    The first coat  was actually ASCP French Linen (I love my layering of colors) and after that I gave the frame two coats of my own chalk paint.  Here is the bed after one coat:


I am going through my beige/taupe phase maybe that is why I totally love this neutral!  After the second coat I lightly distressed the bed and gave the raised flowers a rubbing of silver wax (rub-n-buff).  I finished it off with some Annie Sloan Light wax.  The frame is smooth and gorgeous and it will look great in my guest bedroom.


To add a bit color to this post, I will show you a picture of a beautiful tree in my front yard.  It is fall in Virginia!


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  1. it’s so pretty! i love those details and the new finish is so much classier! 🙂

  2. Thanks a bunch Cassie, I appreciate your compliment!

  3. It is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly. Hope to see you back again this week.

  4. Oh what a gorgeous bed Hetty! That could be the start of a gorgeous room!

    • Thank you very much Sharon! Your chalk paint recipe works well, thanks!

  5. You took that bed from looking mass produced to handmade heirloom. it looks great!

    • Thanks Leslie, ik was great fun to refresh this bed with some new paint!

  6. This is an absolutely stunning piece. If it hasn’t sold yet, I am sure it will very shortly. Great work, thank you so much for sharing! -K

    • Thanks a lot for your kind words Karen! No, I am unable to let go of her…

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