DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij

DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
The whole idea of of this little tutorial is to show what some paint can do to an old object. Painting this bed and giving it a new look was done with the use of Chalk Paint®, a product by Annie Sloane. Like I said in another DIY post, I got exited about using her products when I stumbled upon a video by Annie Sloan about painting with chalk paint.
The video is called ‘The paint, the person – Chalk Paint®‘. Why Annie Sloan? Well she developed Chalk Paint® [eco-friendly] and waxes that are so fantastic to work with and can be used without sanding down or pre-treatment of the object.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
Like I said, the paint is so great and therefore easy to work with, that it’s just fun to look for new objects to give a make-over after you finished one.  The Chalk Paint® is so much different than any other paint. It’s different in the way and the time it takes to dry, the structure, the surface, the look and the way you can paint.

How to give a Vintage Bed a second chance

The first object I tried to paint was a Coffee Table. And now I took this very old vintage bed for a paint job. The bed was in bad condition, so I had to saw some bad pieces out of the boards. The ornamented piece on the headboard needed some fixing too. After painting the bed I just sanded down the painted layer at special spots to get a nice used effect. If your object has a light colour you could use a dark colour Chalk Paint® first to cover it with a second lighter colour. That way you can sand down the top colour and get the same result.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Gilbert de Rooij

The project comes down to painting 2 layers, sanding down, waxing, wiping away too much wax and polish the piece the next day for a nice shine.
That’s it. Hope this will give you that little push to Do It Yourself! Let me know.
Just take a look in the next section at the tutorial and photos and you may find yourself painting your own old furniture.

What you’ll need:

  • Chalk Paint®
  • Soft Wax and a brush or cloth to apply
  • A brush – use a synthetic bristle brush, small for the inside corners and a not too small one so it’s easier to apply, but not too big so you can still handle it.
  • Fine sandpaper – 120 grade is good
  • Cloth or sponge to bring on the wax
  • Cloth to rub in and remove too much wax
  • Jig saw
  • Hand drill
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
1. These are the attributes to use. Some brushes, sandpaper, Chalk Paint®, Soft Wax® and a cloth or sponge.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
2. To remove the bad pieces in the boards, take a drill to make a hole in one corner.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
3. Then take a jig saw and place it in the hole and start to saw the pieces.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
4. This is how it looks like after doing three sides with the jig saw.
DIY: Give a Vintage Bed a Second Chance by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
5. Next start on the paint job. Nice thing is that you don’t have to sand or prepare the wood for painting. Just apply the Chalk Paint®
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6. After you’ve applied two layers of paint, It’s time to use the wax. I used a sponge instead of a cloth. Notice the color difference after applying the wax. The paint gets a darker and ritcher color.
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7. And this is the finished product.

Photos © Gilbert de Rooij
You’re done and hopefully you’re satisfied with the result.
Please share your result and/or findings with me.
Have fun!

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