Well you get to see her all fancied up and gussied out, but what you rarely get to peep is the process behind the madness preceding the final phase of installation.
On the Hunt
Start with an existing piece of furniture
I found this 4-poster bed (above) on OC Craigslist for $150 and promptly negotiated her down to $100. *NOTE: NEVER ever accept the first price listed. Buyers (on CL) expect you to talk them down since this forum is priced so low, so DON’T disappoint!* Although the existing wood grain/stain was quite gorgeous, it didn’t go with the Hollywood Regency redesign I was going for when planning the renovation.
Enter my go-to design tools for refinishing wood furniture: Sand block | Clear lacquer | Black lacquer | Work gloves
Start by sanding the entire thing down. Since this bed had so many curves and trim, I opted to sand her down by hand since machines tend to like flat surfaces. Once she’s completely sanded down, wipe down dust and particles with a clean cloth. Proceed to spray paint/ lacquer the parts you want to cover.
I removed the 4 posts for ease of painting. You see all those little trim parts surrounding the posts and head/footboard? I wish I took images of the process but they got gilded y’all. Gleaming gold to add a bit of glamour to an already high-fashion home piece. I then took the headboard and footboard to my factory upholsterers to add a bit of fabric and padding. I am NOT an upholsterer by any means so I find it best to leave this part to the pros.
Next…I needed matching nightstands but couldn’t find a suitable pair anywhere since the above bed was custom designed to suit my new space. I shopped my local HomeGoods and found this pair of small scale stands at $59.99 apiece. But black + black = BORING!!!
So I suped them up using the same formula for the bed…
Using a fabric adhesive, I sprayed the backs of the upholstery fabric and carefully applied it to the drawer face inset. Remember to cut a hole for the new knob!
I know! What a crazy transformation right? How’d I do it?
By upcycling a mix of Craigslist “trash” and store-bought items into the fabulous treasures you see right before you.
All it takes is a little creativity, a big concept, and PATIENCE hunnies! Much to HGTV’s dismay, these things don’t happen overnight ya know??!! What do you think of the process??? Is upcycling worth all the trouble and man power???