King Bed Re-Style


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“Personally, I love the idea of refinishing, or re-purposing furniture. If you own a nice piece of furniture and get tired of it, you should always consider doing something with it before purchasing new furniture. Refinishing or reupholstering old furniture makes it as good as (if not better) than something new.”

I received a call from someone about refinishing a bed. She and her husband (Lynne and Pete) had been shopping for a new one, and found a possible candidate in a color that they loved. It was made by Kincaid, and the finish was called parchment. She wasn’t sure that she really wanted to replace the bed she had purchased years earlier and wanted to consider her options. I thought I could help by looking at both beds…

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I went to the store where they had seen it, and it was built in more of a country style. I really liked the finish, so I decided to take a look at the price… not cheap, but the bed was pretty good quality so the price was fair. The price of refinishing her existing bed would be close to the price of the new bed, so I had to see if their bed would be worth refinishing.

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When I saw their bed, it was disassembled. A good thing. I was able to look at the posts and the construction of the entire bed, and it was a massive poster bed that was very good quality. The post and carvings were real wood with absolutely no resin attachments. Most highly decorative carved beds will have posts and finials made of resin that is cast to look like wood. This bed was worthy to be restyled, and we agreed it would be worth the expense. The carvings would really stand out with the parchment finish.

Here We Go:

When I picked it up, I realized how massive the bed really is. The headboard probably weighs 100 pounds. The posts alone are an easy 25 pounds each, which makes the entire bed over 300 pounds with the rails. Moving this behemoth would be the biggest challenge when refinishing it. Here are the steps:

The bed is so large that it took up most of my garage

The bed is so large that it took up most of my garage

Here is a close up of the original finish

Here is a close up of the original finish. Pretty standard. Not very distinctive since many furniture manufacturers use a similar finish.

After the prepping, I whitewash the entire bed with a light grey customer lacquer

After the prepping, I whitewash the entire bed with a light grey custom mixed lacquer. I originally sprayed it lightly so the grain could show through, but decided to make it opaque later on. Things sometimes evolve on special projects.

After spraying the base coat, the bed kind of looks like it is made of plastic! Never fear, I am about to start glazing the surface.

Above: Before glaze. After spraying the base coat, the bed kind of looks like it is made of plastic! Never fear, I am about to start glazing the surface which will dramatically enrich it’s look.

This is what it looks like after mixing some grey and walnut glaze, and then brushing it on and wiping it off

Above: After the glaze. This is what it looks like after mixing some grey and walnut glaze, and then brushing it on and wiping it off with a rag. The glaze stays in the crevices. Huge difference here. Not only does it highlight the carving, but it really tones down the white surface and allows the wood’s grain to show.

This is a post with the base coat and glaze. Next, I will begin to distress the surface

This is a post with the base coat and glaze. I have lightly sanded the edges to highlight the lines. Next, I will begin to distress the surface.

Here it is with another layer of distress

Here it is with another layer of distress. I will add another layer of flyspecking in a translucent grey.

Finally complete

Finally complete. Notice the light streaking and the flyspecking to add character.

Time to compare the end result

Time to compare the end result. Pretty close. Different bed, same flavor. The best thing… no one else will have a bed like this. It is truly unique.

Overall, I would say that this was a huge success. This color blends very well with the interior. Adjacent to the bed is a master bath that has a white tile floor with grey veining. It ties in perfectly. Lynne will put another covering on the bed to add a splash of color. They have impeccable taste, and I’m sure the room will look great.

The best part of this job was meeting the Smith family. They were great to work with, and so easy to please. When delivering the bed, they had their visiting grandsons help me take it in the house- so it was a breeze. Things could not have gone better.

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2 thoughts on “King Bed Re-Style

  1. You did a really good job in refinishing this bed. A lot of wood furniture today isn’t made entirely of wood. If it is, it’ll be very expensive and hard to find. Your end product looks better than most manufacturer’s work!

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