Wednesday, November 7, 2012

before and after :: navy blue vintage bed

I'm not always sure whether something falls into the "vintage" category or the "antique" category.  This one's a toss up.  Either way, it's cute. 
It's headed for a little boy's bedroom where it will look great regardless.


We opted for a matte finish which feels more masculine than gloss.  It also hides more imperfections and looks better for longer because scratches don't show up as readily as they can with glossy paints.  



Old wood has a tendency to dry out over time and absorbs paint more readily than newer furniture.  This bed was no exception which made me extra glad we chose matte.

It was covered in a multiple coats of paint and took a couple rounds of Citristrip to remove it all.
It made quite the mess.  Fortunately I had a cutie little side kick to stick it out with me.  


The color is Old Navy by Benjamin Moore.


31 comments:

  1. It turned out awesome! I'm on the hunt for a vintage/antique bed for our little guy as it won't be long before he's out of a crib. I love matte paint too, we used it on our kitchen cabinets for the same reasons you stated!

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  2. This color is gorgeous! What a lovely bed frame.

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  3. Really love the color and the finish!

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  4. I recently purchased a vintage bedd, headboard and footboard, no sides. Waht do you plan to use for sides?

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    1. This one has side rails, I just didn't put them in the picture. My daughters' vintage beds do not - they came with metal frames which can be covered with a bed skirt. I would think you'd be able to find the metal slats somewhere…

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  5. LOVe the name Old Navy. Color looks awesome!

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  6. That's beautiful and a gorgeous finish. Very cute little helper you have, too!

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  7. Hi Natty, your furniture is beautiful and I love seeing your behind-the-scenes tips. ? for you: Do you always strip painted pieces before painting over them again?

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    1. No, if it's a factory finish, I'll leave it and just rough it up with sandpaper. If it's been painted after the fact, I take it off.

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    2. Great- thanks for answering my ? I also have a small stay-at-home-mom business of painting furniture and refreshing vintage finds here in upstate New York. I read your blog daily for inspiration, to learn from you, and because you just seem like a super sweet person. Thanks for letting us into your life and your business, and don't you go stopping girl- your stuff is Too Good!

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  8. fantastic job! Love the matte finish. Did you have to seal it?

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  9. Love it! I'm feeling the Navy vibe lately, too!

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  10. Seriously, I love your projects.

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  11. I did a double take when I saw the picutre of this bed frame. It's almost identical to the bed I had growing up and used until I got married. My younger sister uses it now. I recall my parents buying it at a garage sale, stripping it, and refinishing it when I was very young. I was never able to figure out who the maker was. Were there any markings on this frame? Just curious to know where it came from.

    Thanks for sharing...your blog is beautiful!

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    1. I bought it from an elderly woman for $35 who said her daughters had slept in it (it looked like she had grandkids, maybe great-grandkids at this point). It had two coats of paint on it from what I could tell (Natalie would know though!) and no other markings. It is definitely a boy bed now!

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  12. LOVE that shade of blue. And along with the matte finish it looks amazing!

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  13. i have a similar bed except the finials are "pineapple" style. It was mahogany approx 1950.... my mom painted them white in the 60's with an "antique" glaze. Did you have to strip first due to the paint being bad or ?? I thought painting over paint just required a little sanding and primer first.

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    1. I generally strip when the paint is bad or when it has been painted multiple times.

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  14. I love this. My boy's bunk beds are navy blue and I have to say it's pretty perfect for a boy's bedroom.

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  15. The bed looks so much better now than it's previous pink/cream identity. Thanks so much Natalie! It makes me teary eyed thinking about the grown up boy who will be sitting on that bed someday. I will have to send you a pic of (my still little) Asher on his "new" bed.

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  16. i love the new vibe this color has given the bed! very nautical and dreamy.

    hope you'll have a moment to stop by, and i'm hosting a giveaway as well today:
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    peace to you.

    michele

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  17. Good idea that you opted for matte finish on your bed frame. Perhaps you would want to consider using a leather bed?

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  18. Can you share what type of paint you used to achieve the matte look? Thanks.

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    1. Sure! BM's oil based Satin Impervo.

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