I hope that all of you are surviving the pandemic. We had my sister and niece over for a game night on Saturday. We did our best to practice safe socializing. First off, I thoroughly cleaned the house including using sanitizing wipes on all of the door knobs and handles. Next, I used individual plates and small bowls for the game night snacks so that no one was sharing from one bowl. My niece refrained from tasting my Jose’ Cuervo Cherry Limeade Margarita (although normally she would have). No hugs were exchanged, and my sister and niece stayed on their side of table and we stayed on ours.
Naturally we played Pandemic.
We’ve been playing this game since before it was trendy. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a co-operative game, which means that everyone works together for a common goal. In this case, saving the world from diseases. Either we all win or we all lose. Each player takes on a role such as Quarantine Specialist, Medic or Researcher and has specific skills to use in trying to defeat four diseases before they multiply uncontrollably.
Sadly, we aren’t that good at the game. We lost every single time on Saturday. I hope that’s not a sign.
Earlier on Saturday, I worked on a bed that I brought home from a garage sale last summer.
It was a freebie. I had considered having Ken make it into another bench but the foot board is too short for that to work. So, it stays a bed.
I started by sanding it down, cleaning it with TSP substitute and then painting it with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy.
Once dry, I sanded to distress and then waxed the foot board with clear wax. I held off on waxing the headboard so that I could add a transfer.
Always remember, don’t try to apply a transfer over freshly applied wax. You’ll end up with a sticky mess as the friction from rubbing the transfer heats up the wax. You can wait until the wax cures (about 30 days), but that’s not terribly practical. I prefer waiting to wax over the entire piece after the transfer is added.
Next I pulled out re.design with prima’s Cosmic Roses transfer.
The full transfer was a bit too tall for the headboard, so I decided to just use the floral bunches in the two opposite corners. I’ll save the middle cluster of flowers for another project.
I simply trimmed around them before removing the backing paper.
I also changed the placement of some additional segments, like the Spring Flowers above.
Always keep in mind that you don’t have to use these transfers exactly as they come out of the tube. You can get creative with trimming and re-arranging them to customize them for your piece.
Unfortunately this bed did not come with its side rails. I have two pair of spare side rails in my carriage house (left over from beds that became benches), and sadly neither one of them fit the existing slots on the bed.
I’m going to try and sell it without the rails first, but if that doesn’t fly I’ll order a set of bolt-on rails from Amazon (like this one which is only $34). I know some people will only purchase an item that is ready to go, while others are OK with having to add the rails themselves. I’ll just have to see how that goes.
By the way, remember the bookshelf I shared last week? Wouldn’t it be a great companion piece for this bed? The Antebellum Blue on the bookcase works beautifully with the blues in the Cosmic Roses. Plus, both pieces have a touch of gold.
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and to re.design with prima for providing the transfer for this project.
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