Wednesday, April 19, 2017


While I was away recuperating my Mr. AGPMan and I were still able to a FEW makeover projects!   Doing any kind of painting was challenging for me and I worked very, very slow!

Mostly I just pointed and directed and bossed my guy around!
(I sorta love doing that sometimes!)
 Sometime back I purchased several pieces of antique furniture that included two twin beds (headboard and footboard)!  I actually had them for quite awhile before deciding just what to do with them.  I love signage, but I didn't want a bunch of permanent wording underneath the early resin motif (original to the furniture) that spanned the center front area.
As much as I love "signs" I don't want my entire house to be filled up with things someone has to read!
All the pieces I purchased were in rough shape and hailed from the very early 1900's.  So, that made the set at least 100 years old.  Some of the beaded accents were falling off and the original paint finish was coming off in lots and lots of places.
  I started off painting the headboards (one for me and one for my booth!) a tannish taupe color and followed that with black in random places!
 After the tan/black was completely dry I added several coats of white flat paint.  It was applied with a hash-stroke technique where you first paint diagonally one way and then the other way~ sorta like making "X's" before doing vertical and horizontal strokes.
 This painting technique is a bit slower than just painting an entire piece in one direction.

But...what fun would that be!?  
After all the paint was dry I applied dark wax (pretty much any brand will work, but I like Annie Sloan the best!) with a tiny brush into the cracks and crevices, buffing it out as I went.  The dark wax was followed by a coat or two of clear wax.  
A wood shelf was added by my Mr. AGPMan at the bottom edge where the legs used to be.  A large, thick piece of reclaimed wood (love the old original finish) was attached with brackets (from Hobby Lobby) to each side.  Finished it off with a bit of clear wax to the wood to brighten it up before hanging the piece on the wall (heavy-duty brackets were attached to the back).

Because I wanted to use this great old find in our largest bathroom, I added a sign to the top (easily removed) that simply says "Le Bain".  It was made from an old dresser-drawer front.  I love that you can see the original keyhole...
 The "Beauty" sign you see above hangs over the bathroom mirror.  I have plans to replace the mirror with something else...but right now I haven't found anything I really love.
The other cabinet you see is a newer piece purchased a Lowe's.  We desperately needed more storage in this bathroom and I couldn't find a vintage cabinet that worked.  I painted it with flat paint before gently distressing it!
At the frosted privacy window I hung a fabulous vintage has the most beautiful white floral embroidery I've seen in a while.  One edge was turned down for a simple casing and tied up with a piece of tattered cloth and twine.

And there you have it!  Honestly...this was a pretty simple makeover that anyone could do if you can find the right piece!

Hope you loved visiting today.  Sure has been challenging getting my head back into blogging...but I'm going to do it if at all possible.

Big hugs and love to you~


10 comments: said...

So glad you are back...I have missed your sweet, upbeat personality & your creative gifts.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Glad you both could pull this makeover off while still recovering fully.
I'm a bit thrown off with your mention of white floral embroidery as it looks colored in the picture... But it sure is elegant and beautiful with the open work embroidery added as well.
You are always so clever at working with vintage objects in the most surprising way!
Wishing you well and sending you hugs.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
I'm so happy to see that you are creating and blogging again. I love what you have done with the headboard, it looks beyond fantastic! It's always good to see your beautiful creations and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Glad to know that you are also on the mend.


sandys7118 said...

Gorgeous headboard repurpose!

NanaDiana said...

Glad you are getting back into blogging, Rebecca. It does take a while to find your way back when you have been gone for a while.
I love those old pieces you have repurposed. I'm with you- I like bits and pieces of 'writing' but I don't want it all over the house. I just staged a home and I took down at least (no kidding) 20 'saying' pieces. It was overkill and many of them had a religious overtone which is a no-no when you are trying to sell a house on an open market. So, the people packed them away until they get to their new home.
Have a wonderful upcoming weekend. I am so happy to be getting our Rebecca back!!!! xo Diana

Minnie In NYC said...

Dreamy! So wonderful to see your post again and sharing more of your creativity! Best to you each day in your healing! Have a beautiful spring and maybe not too much rain in next couple of days for Oklahoma. Sincerely, Robin in NYC

Rose L said...

Love the use of the vintage tablecloth! Hope you are getting better each day!

Tamara said...

It's so beautiful! I really like all of the details and that tablecloth is gorgeous. I'm so glad you're back... You were missed <3

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Rebecca, just beautiful. The whole room must be really eye catching..Happy Weekend..Judy

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Dearest Rebecca,
I am soooo thrilled to see you are getting back to blogging again!! I have missed you and your upbeat messages and brilliant design ideas! Please continue to heal and know that you are loved by many people all around this wonderful world of ours!!
Much love and many warm hugs, Laura in Ontario

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