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Painted French Provincial bed frame

Lately I have been so busy with my fiber arts, lots of knitting and crochet,  it is about time for a fun  furniture re-do.  More than 2 years ago I purchased two Drexel French Provincial twin beds.   With the original finish almost gone, I decided to paint them.  One of the beds I re finished two years ago with home made chalk paint in a grey or taupe shade (very similar to ASCP in french linen), you can find the blog post here.   I decided to paint this bed in a soft shade of mauve pink and at Sherwin Williams I found my match:  “delightful” is a light mauve and  perfect for this project.

sherwin Williams Delightful

As always I first clean the furniture thoroughly and I give it a good sanding.   One coat of Zinsser primer,  sanding, and two coats of SW delightful.   Do not forget to sand in between the coats of paint,  you will see the difference if you don’t do this step.    Here is a before picture:


I liked the floral carving on the bed headboard  and decided to use candle wax on the image before priming.  By doing this I created a slight color contrast.  The bed was only lightly distressed and last but not least I gave it two coats of polyurethane for endurance.   What do you think of the transformation?

Drexel french provincial   DSC01484_zps1bd5f75d[1]

This bed had not only a head- and footboard but also the sides:



The customer I sold it to was re-creating her childhood bedroom.  This bed ended up in the right place!



As you can see, the flower carving is still visible.



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  1. Mooi Hetty, vooral wat je de ‘flower carving’ noemt vind ik erg geslaagd.

  2. Oh how pretty Hetty! I love the shape and the floral detail – so pretty and girly! And how fun that your client is re-creating her childhood room … for herself or a child, grandchild???

    • Thanks Sharon! What a neat idea, right, to re-create your childhood bedroom. I should ask her for a picture after it is done.

  3. Oh I love this!

  4. Prachtige kleur, was je dat taupe een beetje zat?

    • Hartelijk dank voor je blog comment! Nou, ik had twee bedjes, de taupe heb ik nog steeds.

  5. Hetty, this is lovely! Excellent color choice, and the carved flowers are just perfect. You did an excellent job. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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