Our Aunt Katie and Uncle Jim have helped Cathy and I out countless times throughout our lives. This time, we want to give back to them by painting a beautiful antique bed they have. The money we make off the sale of this piece will go back to them as a small token of our appreciation for all their love and support.
We started painting this bed as a paint demonstration at the West Michigan’s Women’s Expo at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI earlier this spring. The bed is solid walnut and mahogany and I loved the dark stained finish on it. We started with American Paint Company’s Rushmore. I wanted this color to peek through after I applied the 2nd color of Navajo White.
Then the bed sat for months while we took care of the daily tasks that kept creeping into our days and weeks and months. Finally, I was able to get to it. I was SO excited that day to bust out a paint brush; you have no idea!!
Navajo White being applied over Rushmore
This bed has the most amazing hand carved wood appliques!
I had so much fun watching the colors come through as I continued to wet distress all the beautiful hand carved features!
Hand Carved Details on the Headboard
I think it’s cool that so much intricate work went into the design of this so many years ago. I can even imagine how they carved all this without all the tools we have now.
I dropped it off to Not So Shabby where it’s awaiting its new owner
If you want to create this finish, you’ll need:
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A hui hou ~ Shelly