Monday, June 18, 2012

Twice Owned Tuesday and a Guest Post

 Welcome to my 




Welcome back!  Can you believe that this is my 99th party??  WOW!  Time flies!

First, I want to thank you for all your sweet comments from last week about my baby Andrew!  We are doing great and I am still trying to heal.  The kids love him and he is already growing so much!

Second, I have an awesome guest post for you today!  It is a great transformation for our Twice Owned Tuesday Party!

Everyone, meet Alli, from Raising Daisies!!

Hi everyone! I'm Alli and I am so happy to be guest blogging here today at House of Grace! I am a stay at home mommy to two precious girls, 4 dogs, and one cool cat.  I left my successful marketing career to pursue a more family friendly career in Education.  I blog at Raising Daisies to share our tirades, trials, and triumphs while we raise our children in a healthy, happy home in the country.  

When we found out we were going to have a new baby, my mind immediately went to our three year old.  It was time for her to move from the nursery to a "big girl room".  I began searching for inspiration and, not surprisingly, found it in a Pottery Barn catalog.  And we all know that trying to make a room look like a Pottery Barn catalog can get pretty pricey.

As luck would have it, my mother-in-law told us about an antique bed buried in her garage that had belonged to Aunt Alice.  Aunt Alice was a beloved part of my husband's family (and our youngest daughter's namesake).  I have heard stories of love and laughter for years.  It seemed so fitting that, four generations later, this could be our daughter's bed.

The only problem was the bed looked like this...

How was I going to get it to look like this?

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After extensive research I found out there is an easy way and a hard way to paint old furniture.  Of course, I chose the easy way and prayed it would work. 

First, I gave the bed a good cleaning with a strong all purpose cleaner. 

Then I lightly sanded all the pieces with a medium grit sandpaper just to rough up the surface a bit so the paint will adhere better.  This is the difference between the "easy way" and the "hard way".  Some will say that you have to remove all of the old stain from the wood which takes a LOT more sanding.  With all the details on this bed, that kind of sanding would have taken a year, so I decided to take try the "easy way". 

Next, I gave the pieces one last good wipe down to remove all the sanding debris and gave it a good coat of primer.  (sorry, I don't have pictures of this step. My husband took over before I got them).

Because this was a child's bed and will see a lot of years of wear and tear, our handy paint guy (ask Sherwin Williams!) suggested we go with a glossy oil paint.  Once dry, oil paint is hard as a rock, easy to clean, and can take a beating much better than acrylic. 

Because of all the detail in the bed, we decided to invest in a paint sprayer rather than try to brush paint.  Boy, we are so glad we did. The painting was a breeze and the finish is super smooth.

After the bed was painted, we allowed it to dry and cure for a week to ensure a nice hard, durable surface and viola!

This bed...

is now this bed!

Not too shabby if I say so myself! Now our "big girl" has her own "big girl room" that she loves.  Her favorite part of her room is her bed. 

I can see Aunt Alice smiling down from above. 

It was great being here today. Stop by and see us at or follow us on Facebook

Thanks Alli!

I just love that sweet little bed, don't you?

Now, on to our Queens!

Blue Star Antiques made this chalkboard.

Thrifty Inspirations re-did this dresser!

Buttons, Birds and BS re-did this table.

Juniper and Roses re-did this cute little desk.

Tiffany and Company re-did this dresser!

The House at Bluebird Lane re-did her whole bathroom.

Decorating Insanity re-did this table!

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Thanks and have a great day!!


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