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Little Girl’s White Princess Bed

Little Girl’s White Princess Bed

Hi guys!  Last week, I posted about several projects I hadn’t had a chance to write about and asked you all which one you’d like to see first.  Well, this little gal won the survey so, as promised… here’s the story behind the little girl’s dream bed.

Sometimes in life you find yourself at the right place at the right time.  That happened to me recently when I stumbled upon this beautiful antique princess bed.


The previous owners were literally packing up and moving the day I found out about it and as luck would have it, I ended up with a pretty good deal.

I was immediately drawn to the beautiful curves and details having never seen anything quite like it before.  It was white when I bought it but it had the worst sprayed finish I had ever seen on a piece of furniture.


I don’t know what they painted it with but it was bumpy, rough and horrible to the touch.  It almost felt like course sand paper.

I sanded and sanded and SANDED to smooth it all down.  I think it was made out of diamonds, well…. ok, not that tough but it was a serious chore to sand down whatever they sprayed on it.  It’s not like I could take a belt sander and go to town because there are way too many curves and detailed wood pieces so I used a combination of my orbital sander, mouse sander and then did everything else by hand.

Speaking of details, one of the trim pieces was missing on the headboard (you can see it in the first picture).  I can’t believe I didn’t notice it when I picked it up ~ ugh… now what?  If it was in a more discrete place, I could  remove the molding on the opposite side but this was a large piece on the headboard. Sad smile

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I could see the outline from the original piece so using wood fill with with my fingers, an old screwdriver and a nut pick, I re-built the missing piece.  After several rounds of fine-tuning, I was it pretty close.  I only have one picture of it during the repair because my fingers will covered in goo, but I basically did it like you would with silly putty or Play dough.

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It’s not perfect by any means, but it will fade away by the time it’s draped with pretty linens, pillows and stuff animals ~ you probably won’t even notice it.

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I painted everything with two coats of crisp coats of American Paint Company’s Navajo White.  I usually go for APC’s Home Plate which is a more creamy antique white, but this bed was screaming for a whiter white.

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I could have use American Paint Company’s Top Coat to finish it, but I chose to use use American Paint Company’s Clear Wax instead.  I buffed it out as soon as I applied the wax using our drill buffing brush which creates the most amazing finish.

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I just wrote a post about why I love American Paint Company’s Waxes and shared some Great Tips for Waxing Painted Furniture.

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for more of my tips on waxing made easy, click HERE.

It sold before I had a chance to get it into the store and will be making it’s way back to it’s new owner this weekend.

A hui hou!!  Shelly

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a hui hou ~ Shelly

  • Cindi Keeton
    Posted at 12:03h, 11 September Reply

    This princess bed is absolutely stunning … seriously, it takes my breath away! You are SO good at what you do. I have a store as well (Ooh La La Décor and More in Litchfield, IL) and I’m always looking for that exact type of bed, but have had no luck! I would give anything to know what you had to pay for it and what you sold it for after all your hard work.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 16:12h, 11 September Reply

      Really? I had never seen a bed like this until I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago and I just thought it was the prettiest bed ever

  • Pauline
    Posted at 06:31h, 12 September Reply

    Hello Shelly! You can’t tell you redid a section of the trim – nice job! I used doll clay to fill in a large “ding” out of the top of a dresser recently. Still need to paint it but the clay air drys smooth and is sandable. I just wedged it in the gap and molded it to the shape and sanded it down. The clay is used to make doll heads and I picked it up at a craft store (think AC Moore) It would be at least less sticky 🙂 This is a beautiful bed! Great find! Take care! — Pauline

    • Shelly
      Posted at 06:37h, 12 September Reply

      Thanks for the tips Pauline!!

  • Debra Van Dyke
    Posted at 07:19h, 12 September Reply

    It is beyond gorgeous!

  • Betsy(@coastal-colors)
    Posted at 08:25h, 12 September Reply

    Shelly, this is so pretty! You’re right- a bed for a princess! It’s stunning with the curves and details. I can see why it sold quickly! You have had some amazing pieces- great finds!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 20:10h, 12 September Reply

      Thanks Betsy!! Yes we do and I better either find a studio or start painting up a storm because before we know it the snow will be here and we’ll have to use the garage for … a garage 😉

  • Bliss
    Posted at 09:23h, 12 September Reply

    What a bed, wowza!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 19:59h, 12 September Reply

      I know right!

  • Gail Crookshank
    Posted at 12:48h, 12 September Reply

    Have you ever used any kind of pearlized finish over your paint or do you know of one to use? I’m looking for a white pearl product to either mix with my paint or add on top of my paint. Hoping you know of something…..

    Beautiful bed, by the way!!

  • Trish Christiansen
    Posted at 12:21h, 13 September Reply

    Hi Shelly, I just finished waxing and buffing my first piece. Then waited (per instructions) to buff with the brush on my drill. The piece feels “Waxy” to the touch. What did I do wrong? Or what should I do? Thanks!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 07:37h, 14 September Reply

      Hi Trish, which wax did you use? It definitely shouldn’t feel waxy, it should smooth and hard to the touch.

      • Trish Christiansen
        Posted at 17:24h, 14 September

        Hi Shelly,
        I used the plain beeswax from your on-line shop. Did I use too much? Maybe I need to buff more. I love your furniture and that white Princess bed was gorgeous!!

        Thanks for your help,

      • Shelly
        Posted at 08:00h, 15 September

        We carry Glaze, several waxes and brush on topcoats but the only two clear waxes we carry are CeCe’s Clear Wax and American Paint Company’s Clear Antiquing Wax. Check your can and let me know which one of these you ordered because you definitely shouldn’t have any sort of waxy feeling with our wax. Here’s the direct link for our American Paint Finishes:!/~/category/id=5414146&offset=0&sort=normal and here’s the link for CeCe Caldwell’s Finishes. I also have videos showing how I wax and buff underneath my Portfolio button:

      • Trish Christiansen
        Posted at 17:10h, 15 September

        Thanks for the reply Shelly!
        I used Ce Ce Caldwell wax and I used a brush to apply. Then I wiped it off. Next step I used the brush on the drill. The piece does have a nice sheen to it. I am wondering if living in a warm, beach city might be the reason I feel the wax in some places. I watched your video and maybe I need to buff it again?? In any event, I do love the chalk paints!


      • Shelly
        Posted at 21:21h, 15 September

        I’m not sure if that would make much of a difference Trish. I paint all the time when it’s hot and humid here and I haven’t experienced that. How long has it been? It’s so hard to tell without being able to feel it myself.

  • Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie Bs too
    Posted at 16:13h, 13 September Reply

    This is awesome! I love it and the new little princess is so lucky!!!

    • Shelly
      Posted at 23:42h, 13 September Reply

      Thanks Suzie!

  • michele@hellolovelyinc
    Posted at 18:17h, 16 September Reply

    ohhhhhhhh it’s dreamy!

    this is my favorite blog party to visit. omg the power of paint and its ability to charm! bravo to you!

    hope you can hop over when you have a chance to read my interview with a hero of mine, rachel ashwell.



    • Shelly
      Posted at 01:52h, 18 September Reply

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Danielle Driscoll (@DDSilverPennies)
    Posted at 08:17h, 21 September Reply

    So beautiful, Shelly. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

    • Shelly
      Posted at 22:48h, 24 September Reply

      You’re Welcome Danielle! Thanks for having me!!

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