One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Sleigh Bed

Want your bed to make a bold statement? Try adding your own personal style with a little paint and some craft glue. These three creative projects use easy-to-find materials and simple, artistic touches to take an unfinished bed from boring to beautiful.


One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Bright and Mod

This one's for all you glamour girls out there.

Gather the Goods
• 1 gallon latex or oil-based primer
• 1 gallon high-gloss paint (bright white shown here)
• 1 quart high-gloss paint for panels (bubblegum pink shown)
• Painter's tape
• 2-inch-wide angled paintbrush

First, prime the raw wood; let dry completely. Apply two coats of paint (let dry between coats). Use painter's tape to outline headboard and footboard panels. Paint panels a contrasting color.



One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Soft and Natural

Instead of hanging botanical prints on the wall, showcase them where you rest best.

Gather the Goods
• 1 gallon latex or oil-based primer
• 1 gallon satin paint (muted green shown here)
• 1 quart satin paint for panels (white shown)
• Painter's tape
• 6 botanical prints
• 2-inch-wide angled paintbrush
• 1 bottle school or craft glue
• Water
• 3-inch-wide sponge brush
• Small dish, such as a ramekin


One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Soft and Natural How-To

First, prime and paint the bed as desired, and let dry overnight. Find six botanical prints in an art book; color-copy the images to keep the original prints intact, and enlarge or reduce to fit the raised portion of each panel. (Note: If an illustration's copyright has expired, you may copy the image. Consult the U.S. Copyright Office to determine if a work is copyrighted.) We tore the images' edges so they had an imperfect finish.

Stir together equal parts glue and water in a dish. (The mixture should have egg-yolk consistency.) Use a sponge brush to coat both sides of each print; carefully apply the prints to the panels.

 


One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Adventurous and Sporty

Indulge your wanderlust by covering a bed with maps of your favorite places, or any paper souvenirs.

Gather the Goods
• 1 gallon latex primer
• 1-gallon bucket
• 3 bottles school or craft glue
• Water
• 3-inch-wide sponge brush

Prime the bed, and let dry completely. Then, combine equal parts craft glue and water in a large bucket and submerge each map in the bucket. This can get messy, so use a drop cloth or do the project outside.


One Sleigh Bed
Jason Wallis

Adventurous and Sporty How-To

Press each map firmly onto the primed bed, and use either your hands or a sponge brush to smooth out bubbles and wrinkles. We recommend overlapping the maps for a collage effect.

Spread some of the extra glue mixture over the edges and smaller grooves of the bed to ensure that pieces adhere. If the bed looks like it's covered with a white film, don't worry -- it'll dry clear.

Let your decoupaged bed dry for a full day before inserting the box springs and mattress. We don't recommend sealing with shellac or polyurethane; both can yellow over time.

SOURCES:
Wall paint: Northern Air (#1676) by Benjamin Moore, (800) 672-4686. Pinwheel Quilt: Garnet Hill, (800) 870-3513. Sheets and pillowcases: Kanoko by Designers Guild through Three Sheets, (205) 871-2337. Khaki pillow: Utility Canvas from Seibels, (800) 879-3558. Blanket: Simple Stripe (#054) in Cornflower Blue by Brahms Mount Textiles, (800) 545-9347. White Euro sham: Rombo by SDH through Three Sheets, (205) 871-2337.



 


Printed From:
http://www.myhomeideas.com/specials/bedrooms/sleigh-bed-3-ways