A week ago Monday evening Mr. Q and I were chilling out watching Jaws. Did you know that Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry? They deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Some people consider it one of the greatest movies of all time.
I think it’s the whole ‘summer at the beach’ vibe of the movie that really appeals to me. It’s certainly not the incredibly hokey looking shark.
The beach scene with Chief Brody looking tense as he scans the water for shark fins while everyone else is laughing, playing and simply enjoying the day is one of my favorites. I bet we can all relate to feeling like the one person who is responsible, who can’t just sit back and have fun but has to make sure that everyone else is safe. Or is it just me?
Or maybe it’s just simply all of the 70’s details that really speak to me. The can of Tab that someone is drinking, the floppy hats, all of those people totally unconcerned about skin cancer and the sound of Olivia Newton John singing “I Honestly Love You” on the radio in the background. Ahhhh, those were the days.
Whatever it is, Mr. Q and I tend to watch Jaws every summer. That fact really has very little to do with today’s blog post except that while we were watching the movie I got an email from one of my readers, Monique, who was offering me a free bed frame and mirror. Not only were they free, but she was willing to swing by with them if I wasn’t busy.
I figured watching Jaws didn’t really constitute being busy, so I said sure!
Monique and her husband pulled in the driveway right as Richard Dreyfus was being lowered into the sea in the shark cage. So we hit the pause button and went out to see what I was getting myself into.
Fortunately it was nothing nearly as scary as shark infested waters.
In fact, I was a little speechless as Monique started hauling this amazing bed out of her vehicle.
Granted, at that point in time the headboard was actually in two pieces. The top half had come unglued from the bottom half. But I knew my handyman Ken would make quick work of using fresh glue and dowel pins to put them back together again. As it turned out, he was so quick about it that it was already done before I could get around to the ‘before’ picture. So technically this isn’t a true ‘before’ photo, it’s more of an ‘in between’ shot, post-repairs.
I’m guessing that there are a few of you who are looking at that photo and thinking ‘oh no, she’s not going to paint that bed!’ Yes, it had beautiful veneer. Yes, I think it’s probably burled walnut. But the finish was not in good shape and there are a few bits of trim here and there that are missing. This bed could have been stripped and refinished, but that would have been a fair amount of work due to all of the carved detail.
Plus, the reality is that this bed will most likely sell much more quickly painted than it would refinished (I hope, fingers crossed). Dark reddish stained pieces are just not popular right now.
Bottom line, I paint furniture, so this one got painted. It’s not life and death, there aren’t any giant man-eating sharks involved, it’s just paint. Down the road when painted furniture is back out, and stained furniture is back in, someone can strip this bed and it will still be gorgeous.
But in the meantime, I’ve painted the bed black using two coats of Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded to distress the details and then finished it with Fusion’s Black Wax. I have to tell you guys, Fusion wax is my favorite. I think it’s the creamiest and easiest to apply of all the waxes I’ve tried. I apply the wax with a brush, remove the excess with a cloth (or in this case, an old pair of black yoga pants cut into rags) and then wait an hour or two and buff slightly to bring out just a little sheen. I use a cut up flannel shirt for the buffing.
The carved details on this bed are simply beautiful.
I think a distressed paint job helps make those details more noticeable.
I threw in a few vintage suitcases along with Collette, the dress form, for the photos.
Collette is wearing some lovely vintage jewelry for the occasion.
By the way, the bed does include side rails and slats. It didn’t come with slats, but I happened to have some on hand and nnK cut them to size for me.
Personally I love the look of a black bed against a white wall … in my case preferably a white ship lap wall like in my own bedroom.
Check out my pinterest board devoted to ‘a pop of black‘ for more inspiration on using black pieces in your home.
For those of you who are local, this bed is for sale. Be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details!