Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Little Girl's Big Girl Bed

I'm on a roll lately! No, I have not found miraculous extra hours in my days, these projects have all been sitting in various stages of progress for months and I've just recently put the finishing touches on them. Which means lots of posts for you guys!

I found this headboard at a local thrift store (LAST SUMMER?!) and immediately fell in love with the shape. I wasn't so much in love with the cheapy, thin, green and white micro-check fabric. By the way, Little One was just barely over a year old and we weren't moving her into a big girl bed anytime soon but I knew I had to get this or I would regret it. It sat in the garage for a while waiting for it's destiny! And here we are on the verge of her 2nd birthday and I am so glad I was the "crazy one" who bought her big girl bed a year in advance. When you like something, you like it, am I right?

Compared to those chairs, the staples on this one were sooo easy. The foam underneath was in great shape so I just put a layer of quilt batting over the foam and put this nice new romantic girly fabric on it.

Ralph Lauren Saratoga Toile....yummy
Calico Corners is having a 20% off all fabric sale until the 26th....just so you know....

There was quite the drama with this fabric. Ordered it in Sept. didn't open the package till January after I got the bed frame painted and glazed. Upon opening, realized there were blue pen marks all over my 3 yards of fabric! Had to reorder only to learn the fabric was on backorder for a month. A lesson in patience I tell you! But it was worth the wait because I really do love the choice.

Why, yes. Yes that IS double welt cording I made and glued on m'self!

I am convinced Centsational Girl and I live parallel lives because on more than one occasion I have come to an impasse or question on some project and I need only wait one or two days and her next post has to do with the very thing I am stuck on. It's a bit freaky....

In this case, her post on double welt cording was so timely as I had visited a sewing store the previous week looking for a special sewing foot to make double welting and was so disappointed to learn that there was no such thing? Thanks to CG I was able to move forward.

Will be showing off the whole big girl room makeover soon....I am loving the room so much I may just start hanging out in there instead of my room!

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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

take my breath away! i wish i had abed like that when i was a princess. i mean little girl. that is so pretty!

Sommer said...

Oh gosh that is heavenly! Cassie hit the nail with take my breath away. I think I'm drooling!
I've been searching for something like this for my youngest daughter but no such luck yet. YET. I would be delighted to have to link this up to my VIP party this friday. www.designergarden.blogspot.com


Tammy @ Type A said...

where do you find these pieces, share this one at my party too if you want! the more the merrier!

Emily@LovelyBeasts said...

Love it! I would do the same thing if I saw it (and my daughter's not even a year old yet). Amazing job! Now I want to upholster a head board.

And thanks for leaving me the tip on where to go at Round Top. I'm making my husband take me on the last day as a birthday present. Woo-hoo! Crossing my fingers for great finds and deals.

leah mari said...

oh wow this is stunning!! i wish you had a tutorial on the paint hehe i adore it

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

Beautiful find and wonderful transformation! I am redoing my daughter's room and am so torn about which way to go when it comes to beds. There are so many cute options. I love yours and I am sure she does too!

Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for sharing this at my party! i just can't get over how talented you are and how fabulous your pieces look. i love this bed! simply gorgeous.

Allison Shops said...

Beautiful! Classic shape, love the paint and fabric. Nice! Dropping by from Furniture Feature Friday.


laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

love this project. new follower now!



alison said...

gorgeous makeover for a lovely headboard...great foresight there...i would love for you to link this to my fridays unfolded party @ http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/03/fridays-unfolded-10.html


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Judy said...

I am in love with that headboard. The fabric is GORGEOUS!! I plan on stopping by Calico Corners later today because of the sale. I am your latest follower (I can't wait to see the room revealed). I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

leah mari said...

would you be willing to share with us the paints you used? :)

Lori said...

You all are so sweet and encouraging! thank you!
Leah Mari - I am no Miss Mustard Seed, I tell ya. It's all trial and error for me. I used an ivory oops paint from Home Depot first, then a very light gray (Behr Clay Beige) dry brushed on top of that, then used a general brown paint as a glaze in the cracks which I wiped off, and used Minwax finishing paste for a slight sheen and protector. I'm sorry if that's not very detailed. Miss Mustard Seed and Perfectly Imperfect are much better at explaining these steps than me! :)

Judy said...

Conastoga is the name of the company that made the cabinet fronts. Thank you so much for your kind comments. If you get a chance stop back and link up your gorgeous headboard to my blog party.

Judy said...

I am so glad you stopped back and linked up to my party. Hope to see you again next week.

Jodie said...

Beautiful transformation! Love the fabric! I'm your newest follower, I would love for you to stop by sometime!

Warm Wishes,


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh my goodness another absolutely gorgeous piece!! I love how this turned out! The fabric is perfect for it~ well done! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Dearest Home said...

I love this! And I love your blog! I am a new follower ... can't wait to see more! :)

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

So creative! Love this post...thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)


Judy said...

I featured your gorgeous headboard at my party. Please stop by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is so gorgeous! Great job!

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