Friday, October 2, 2009

In Progress

It often seems that, because of the wonders of blogland, everyone gets projects done in a timely way and those projects magically look fantastic. I can sometimes feel a little low, wondering why that same magic doesn't happen at my house. Why can't I completely redecorate a room in a day, or a week, or even a month?
Take my guest room for example (a.k.a. daughter's abandoned room that she and her hubby come to stay in when they're in town). I started that project last December, added to it in February, and completely ignored it until this week. Why did I start working on it again? The changing of the weather of course! I've wanted to paint the headboard and footboard. I had to spray paint it before the weather gets any colder.
I gave you a sneak peek of it earlier. It was only a peek because it wasn't the overall look that I had in mind.
The bed was originally our master bed. It came from the PB outlet. I loved the style, more than the color. But (***pay attention to this next line***) changing the color intimidated me. Yes, you read that correctly! I liked the finish but not the color. I was afraid if I changed the color that I couldn't achieve the same aged look. But I finally I got brave enough, reminded myself that "it's just paint" and took the plunge!
I sprayed it a beautiful Aqua. It will look so pretty against the grayish walls and topped with the chocolate brown comforter. Yes, aqua was a bold, but beautiful color choice.Now on to the part that I feared. Aging and distressing has proved to be challenging. I started the usual way, a little sanding and a little scraping. But the primer white was coming through. No problem. A little staining will fix that, right? As well as add to the age.The stain went on a little blotchy and didn't cover the primer white spots.
What was the solution? Well, I remembered from my days of refinishing furniture that a rub of very fine steel wool helps to even out almost any stained finish. And, fortunately it worked marvelously!
As to the primer white age spots, I took a clue from the original PB finish. I took out my brown acrylic craft paint and my teeny tipped paint brush and painted on those little worn marks! Yep! If it's good enough for the PB people, it's good enough for me!As for the final reveal of it's new make-over, you'll have to wait patiently along with me for it to dry completely. I wouldn't want to have to start this process all over again. It might take another ten months!

19 comments:

the undomesticated wife said...

Great headboard!

I never seem to get projects done. I have a gazillion that are in various stages of being done. Bleh.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's me too, Joy! I usually spend my time tending to the out-of-doors stuff rather than the inside stuff during the summer. Now I'm doing little projects here and there but am eager to get them done just to take some pictures and get them posted! I think it's going to look great all done and put together. Can't wait to see your after pictures!

Janene said...

It seems that I always start one thing and then hop to another before I even finish the first one. The only thing that I have finished in my life is child birth...and I did that six times! So I did accomplish something! LOL
That headboard is going to look amazing! I am looking forward to seeing it complete with the brown comforter!
Have a great weekend!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

It's gonna be gorgeous. I can just tell. Can't wait for the big reveal!

Jennifer said...

I have just been thinking that same thing. All of these blogs that people link to with their projects... that happens every week! That is a whole lot of projects being done... I need to get movin'! ;) This project is looking great!

Gwen said...

Joy, the speed at which people in blogland finish things baffles me too. I try not to let it get me down, but it still does sometimes.

I love your new bed and will remember that trick with the steel wool. You get a big high five for going bold and nailing it!

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

eee, I know what you mean about the weather thing, I have a slew of projects that need to get zipped off either NOW or next MAY/JUNE !!! aauuuugh D: D: D:

I get the feeling from a lot of my friends that they feel like I'm always zipping out projects and they're like 'how do you do all that' and I'm always jokingly like 'Infertility helps' cos good grief I don't know how I'd do anything if I had all the babies I wanted lol. But then again you have people who work AND have four or more kids AND pump out crafts six times faster than I do AND they're fantabulous. I am just in awe.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE that headboard! I'm most curious to see the finished result, but by golly... you had something so incredible to work with!

If I could only make that... mumble thinking plotting...

Funky Junk Donna

Karyn said...

I can't wait to see the reveal! You can make anything look great :)

bj said...

I am laughing because I am in the same state with OUR guest room...I had a vision and plan in mind and it is NOT coming together like it is supposed to!!! Pulling my hair out...
Good good luck on YOUR room!!
xo bj

Audrey said...

Me too! Me too! So many projects, overshadowed by so many other things to do! Thanks for sharing, Joy...the headboard looks gorgeous!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I have some projects that have been sitting around unfinished for years, so don't fret. Love the headboard and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Darlene said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. These pictures look wonderful!

Jessica said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

We are taking the plunge today and attempting to create an upholstered headboard for our lonely king size bed that we skimped and only bought the frame.

How am I ever going to choose the fabric???

Andrea said...

Looking forward to the finished product!! The distressing part scares me too, maybe that's why I haven't tried yet! Trying to work up the nerve!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Thamar said...

Here a note from the Netherlands, just to say i love your blog. Wonderful pictures.
Have a nice weekend
Thamar

Gayle said...

Can't wait to see the headboard all finished and the bed all dressed. One question - what is PB? I'm not familiar with that - maybe particle board?

Wendy said...

I know what you mean. It seems like so many people have a new finished project posted every 2 days. It takes me at least a week to finish one!

I really like the aqua!

Victoria said...

Oh no...my husband isn't going to like you very much! I have that EXACT same bed and haven't thought about painting it until now.... :) Hmmmmmm...........

Can't wait to see the final product!

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