Friday, 3 June 2011

The Guest Bedroom Furniture Makeover

The guest bedroom doesn't have a lot of furniture - a bed, bedside tables and a bench seat.  In my effort to have the room ready for my sister's visit I decided to give them a freshen up.

The Bedhead

I bought the ensemble when I was 20 years old.  It was my first 'big' bed.  It's still in very good condition so all I've done is purchase one of those comfy, fluffy mattress toppers.

I like a bedhead behind an ensemble.  I think it makes the bed look finished and keeps your head away from the wall.  I don't really like bed foots as they can visually close off a room and I like to sit on the end of the bed and bed foots just seem to get in the way.  A little searching on eBay and for $21 (yes that's right only $21) I found this....


It was a bed head and foot but was missing the side rails.  The ornate carving was missing from the top of the bedhead but there was one on the bed foot and both pieces had lovely carving in the posts.



I was able to gently chisel the top carving off the bed foot and glue it onto the bed head.  Then I gave the bedhead a sand and a coat of paint and it turned out like this ......


My beautiful white bedhead





The Bedside Tables

I've owned the bedside tables since I was a teenager.  My Dad made me a piece of timber that I sat across the two tables to form a desk.  After I finished studying, I used them as bedside tables. 


Terrible Photo taken years ago but you get the idea of how it looked
They were simple pine bedside tables but they had nice decorative moulding and dove-tail joints.  Over time the centre panel of the doors had cracked and opened up.  I removed the the centre insert from the door frame and replaced it with chicken wire.  Gave the whole thing a sand and paint and changed the drawer knobs from brass to crystal.  It took a while and tested my carpentry skills but I'm really happy with them now.





Chicken Wire Insert
I also have a timber bench seat to go in the guest bedroom which I have also painted white.  I'll post some photos of this shortly.

The guest bedroom is really starting to take shape.  Now I need to empty the room to re-paint it.  I don't like painting walls and using the roller.  You really have to be in the mood don't you?  Just waiting for that mood to arrive.....



I am so proud of this project that I am sharing it at these lovely blogs



Feathered Nest Friday

16 comments:

  1. Oh how lovely! I really like the tables in the white and with the chicken wire.

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  2. Coming over from Feathered Nest Friday to say hello! Gorgeous makeovers! i especially love that headboard! xoxo, tracie

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  3. Beautiful work! You had great imagination and perseverance!

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  4. Wow! It looks so much better painted white! I love it!

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  5. I love the bedding, the pretty headboard, and the updated night stand! You've done a great job decorating your room.

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  6. Love how this bed came out, the nightstands look awesome too! So frenchy!!

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  7. Love the night stand! I am doing the same thing with a cabinet I got from my mom.

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  8. Lovely make overs! Love the new head board. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

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  9. That is a great do over, recently converted to the all shades white & shabby and enjoy seeing how others are using the theme

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  10. I love it! So fresh and clean. Love your ideas. I'm your newest follower. :)


    Have a great weekend!
    ~Liz

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  11. Lovely! Love the cane part, so pretty, in the head board(that's American for bed head, which, in America, means the hair do you wake up within the morning!) Great job!

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  12. This is wonderful- what a beautiful bedroom! I love the headboard with the detail you added back to it! Thanks for linking this up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  13. I love the headboard! I saw one very similar to this (but a lighter shade of stain) at a thrift recently and thought about grabbing it, but by the time I got back with my husband's truck someone else had snagged it. :( I'd hoped to do it antique white, similar to yours. Arg! Hopefully I'll come across another, my guest room is desperate for an upgrade.

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  14. You have a great blog full of wonderful ideas

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