When you find solid wood furniture that’s made to last centuries and is the perfect size and shape for your home today, you figure out a way to make it work. That’s exactly what happened with this girl’s lavender bedroom set. I knew it would be perfect for a home with a little girl or two.
The set may have come wth a few imperfections from years of use (aka love), and a few cobwebs from being stored away in the back corner of a garage, but you look right past it all and only see the quality and shape of the wood. And you know you’ve found a set worth saving.
Remember when I introduced these beds to you in THIS post and how they looked “before”? Oh, yes, that’s a bit of dust from being stored away.
But, if you wore a pair of jeans working in the yard, would you throw them away? Absolutely not! You would wash them and wear them again and again because you know that denim material is made to withstand years of wear and tear.
That’s exactly how you have to look at well-made antique furniture. No matter how worn it looks, it will withstand a good washing and years more of use (aka love).
This set belonged to a new friend of mine, Kristine. It’s been in her family for 70+ years. She and and her daughter used the set which was passed down from her Mom who also used it as a child.
I actually have no idea how old Kristine’s mom is, but I’m guessing at least in her 70’s so I’m also guessing it’s acceptable to refer to this set as an antique. I think you’ll agree when you see the half-moon dove-tail on the cabinet drawers that go with the set.
Not knowing if the yellow and green paint was original to the bed or is a more recent makeover, I just barely ran some sandpaper over it. Not to loosen and remove the paint; only to loosen the dust.
Next, I washed the set down with TSP. TSP is a very strong chemical that removes any old dirt, oil, and wax from spray polish. Once dry, the set was then ready for primer. It’s important to prime a set like this to ensure any paint will adhere.
Once the primer was able to set for a full 24 hours, I mixed up a quart of this lavender paint using some white Valspar Cabinet Enamel, a tablespoon of red latex, and a tablespoon of blue latex. The cabinet enamel ensured that surface that hardened quickly and would be durable.
To achieve a softer, princess look though, I watered down some off-white latex paint and wiped it on with a clean, white rag, letting it settle in all of the grooves. The result was a soft, cloudy lavender finish. Perfect for a little princess.
In addition to the headboards & footboards, the set has a petite cabinet with drawers on casters and a small side table. My apology for the less-than-vibrant indoor photos of the rest of this bedroom set. I can assure you though the finish is the same as on the headboards.
I haven’t yet purchased any new handles for the drawers, but the good news is that the hole spread is a standard 3-inch center-to-center that’s readily available. I think either THESE ivory French style handles on Amazon or THESE white French style handles from D. Lawless Hardware online would be perfect. Both at excellent prices.
This princess-like bedroom set is now ready for the next 70 years of it’s life in a new home, with a new family who treasures such pieces like my friend has.
This lavender girl’s bedroom set is now available in Entri Ways’ online Shop.
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