If you ever come across furniture made by Sligh Furniture Company buy it. The quality is excellent. The details are stunning. Such was the case with these matching twin beds.
UPDATE: I apologize in advance for the poor quality of these photos. These were taken in my early years of refinishing and photographing furniture – before I understood how to lighten and brighten the photos. Regardless, I think you’ll still be able to see how beautiful this set was and the amazing transformation.
These beds were part of the 11-piece bedroom set I picked up at an estate sale.
These dressers, mirrors, and bedside tables from the set sold right away. You can see in this post how I painted them using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. The end result was beautiful; but the process to get there was a little challenging. Let me explain why…
I opted for Chalk Paint on that project because of the detail work and the polyurethane finish on the dressers. I knew sanding in all the crevices was going to be virtually impossible and since you don’t need to sand prior to applying ASCP because it adheres to any surface, it should have made my job easier.
The Chalk Paint did, in fact, adhere very well; but it didn’t stop the color bleed-through that came later. Annie Sloan recommends applying a clear Shellac to cover stains and stop bleed-through. I didn’t have any in stock at the time, so I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. This Tough Coat worked really well. It was like applying a liquid plastic to the surface and stopped the bleed-through really well as long as I applied it to every area. If I missed a spot, I had to re-apply and then re-paint. It ended up being very time-consuming.
I opted to go a different route with the two twin beds. BIN primer is a shellac primer. Its consistency is like a watered-down primer, making it very easy to apply in all of the detailed crevices. The fact that it was white and not clear, made it easy to not miss any spots. Just one coat of the BIN primer stopped any bleed-through. I applied a second just to be sure.
From there, two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance semi-gloss white were applied. I really like this paint. As long as you lay the furniture piece flat and apply it to the horizontal surface it levels itself out very well so you’re left with a very smooth surface. In addition, it hardens so no topcoat is needed – saving that additional step. Four coats later (2 primer & 2 paint) and I was was left with a stunning vintage set.
Sligh Furniture Company was established in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1880.
Can you believe this detail? You just can’t find that in today’s modern furniture!
The footboards are my favorite…
This small table was also part of the set. It was more valuable keeping it with the set than sold separately, so I paired it with the beds.
This set is sold but I’ll be finishing up the remaining pieces in the set this weekend. They include the vanity, mirror, stool, and side chair.
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