Friday, August 10, 2012

An Antique Bed, Furniture Facelifts and a Blog Hop Party!

I've pretty much have always loved those old beds with curved footboards...aren't they so pretty!  I found this antique bed about a month ago when a few of us Raleigh thrifters got together for "I Love Thrifting Day".  I had a blast and found some great things, including this bed that I picked out for my pre-teen daughter's room...

Well, after bringing it home, she decided it wasn't her style (basically anything I like, she doesn't!)...aaah, the teenage years are not going to be fun!  Since the weather wasn't quite as sweltering this week, I finally pulled it out and painted it up...   
Since I wasn't limited to the color scheme for my daughter's room because I'm painting for resale, I chose one of my favorite colors (Martha Stewart's Spring Melt).  Let's see... I've painted it here and here now!  It's just such a versatile shade and can look pale blue, pale green, or pale grey...depending on the light.  It's just a soothing color, especially for a bedroom.  I mixed it up with calcium carbonate for that homemade chalk paint finish and used ASCP Pure White on the details, sanded down and added a clear wax finish.  Hopefully, it will go to a good home soon :)
On to an exciting announcement!  As I mentioned here, I'm thrilled to be working with a wonderful group of bloggers to bring together the first ever Southern Bloggers Conference!  I had hoped to go to Haven a few months back, but life had other plans for me that weekend.  I wanted so badly to meet some of the awesome, inspiring, incredible women behind all the great blogs I read, but now I'll have that chance again in two short months!  Besides meeting some fellow bloggers, learning how to organize and grow a blog and learn some great fall decorating tips, I have the opportunity to share some the furniture painting techniques that I've learned over the last several years...
I'm fairly new to blogging, but have been painting and re-finishing furniture for antique shows, shops, and my home for quite a few years now.  I'm also going to have some help teaching how to turn those furniture projects into a work of art from those super-talented parents I keep talkin' about!    
   

And the attendees of the Southern Blogger's Conference are in for a real treat because Annie Omar from Maison Blanche Paint Company will be there to introduce her beautiful new line of chalk-based paint, "La Craie", as well tips she’s learned through her years as a decorative painter and faux finisher.  My friend, Amy, wrote up a great interview with Annie here. Head on over and check it out...I can't wait to meet her!

So here's where I need your help...I have a many ideas/tricks/techniques that I'd love to share with all of you, but if you are going to the conference (or would like to go to one like it) what kind of furniture/painting tips would you like to learn about?...
The nuances of milk paint?...
Glazing?...
Stripping old finishes, staining, painting with latex, veneer and furniture repair...The topics could be endless!  What would you like to learn about?

 If you are planning on coming to the conference (or even thinking about coming to the conference), let us all know!  Just write a post on your own blog about it and let us know what you're most excited about, what you're hoping to learn and most importantly what you're hoping to take away from the conference.

Then, link up your blog post below or on one the following blogs so we can all get to know you.  It will appear on all of our blogs as well as The Southern Bloggers Conference blog.

Participating blogs are:
Barb of The Everyday Home
Amy of Atta Girl Says
Shirley of Housepitality Designs
Cindy of Living on the Bliss
Kristen of Sophia's Decor
Suzy of Worthing Court

When you link up, make sure to include your name, the name of your blog, and to link up to your specific post about the Southern Bloggers Conference. (If you don't have a blog, link up your Facebook or Twitter and make sure to show some love for the Southern Bloggers Conference.)

And...for incentive... the awesome Ann of On Sutton Place is donating this lovely pillow to be given away to one of the participants of the blog hop (of course none of the planning members will be eligible to win).
{20 x 20 Herb Script Pillow Cover, Natural Ivory and Brown Homespun Check Back from Sutton Place Designs on Etsy}
The blog hop linky will be open all the way through Friday, Oct. 12th. The winner will be announced at the conference on Saturday, Oct. 13th and you must be present to win.
The below button or a link back to the blog hop needs to be within your post. We'd really appreciate it if you'd display our button on your sidebar too, though it isn't required.  Go on...link up and have fun!

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29 comments:

Suzy said...

I'm really looking forward to your session the conference, Kristen!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that bed is just beautiful! i love that color!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's a beautiful bed, Kristen! It's too bad your daughter didn't want it. You've got to do the "it doesn't matter to me either way" attitude once they hit that age! : )

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful bed, I love the color. I'm on the hunt for an antique bed for my daughter's transformation to a big girl room. What size is this ???
oooh I hope I will be able to make the conference, but my daughter's birthday is so close to it. I have to wait and see.

sally beresford said...

I agree with your conclusions and looking forward to your coming updates. Thanks for sharing

sallyberesford

Atta Girl Amy said...

OK Kristen, I also want to know what size this bed is. I would love a queen-sized bed like this for my guest room. If this is a queen, let's talk. Otherwise, will you keep your eyes out for one for me during your thrifting? Between us, we should be able to find one, huh?

Atta Girl Any
www.attagirlsays.com

Susan S. said...

Gorgeous bed and great paint job! I just found your blog and LOVE it! I haven't been blogging too much lately OR checking in on blogs (that dang Pinterest keeps dragging me away)...LOL. I'm going to add myself as your newest follower and make a point to check in. Happy Summer Ya'll from Houston!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

oh, that bed is fabulous, beautiful paint job! Have a great time at the conference!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Gorgeous bed Kristen...Looking forward to your demonstration!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Can I say all of the above to your questions about paint techniques I need to learn? I can paint a mean wall but furniture still eludes me ...

I'm all booked and ready to go and can't wait to meet you in person in October!

:)

Linda
www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

... and your painted pieces are simple stunning!

:)

me again ...

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

The bed is just gorgeous and I love that color. Sorry your daughter didn't like it, oh teens :)

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

The paint job is beautiful on this gorgeous bed...I just pinned it!
Feel free to grab a "featured" button if you like!
♥Linsey

suzyq said...

I could not let that bed go - even if I tried I wouldn't be able to physically remove myself from it lol
It's beyond gorgeous!
Hugs,
Suzan

Carol J. Gumm said...

Everyone is looking for sweet dream and the above bed with sweet dream is really beautiful. I am missing its more picture but can feel its elegance. I am thinking to get some white beds for my new apartment and hope to get sweet dream as shown above.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

The funny thing about your daughter not likng the bed...just give her a few years and she will be asking you, if it's still around somewhere (like maybe in the basement...just waiting for her). My 22 year daughter, now loves my style and taste in decorating, but during middle school and early high school years, all bets were off. Believe me, she will come around, and next thing you know, she will want to hang out with you:) Oh...almost forgot...the makeover is stunning!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Storywood Designs said...

I'm hopping over from the POWW party - love the painted bed! You chose a beautiful color and the curves are stunning... it makes me wish I had a little girl to decorate a room for! I think we met last fall at the flea market with Miss Mustard Seed and I'm excited to hear about a Raleigh area blog conference - I'll have to check it out!

andrea@townandprairie said...

I have been searching high and low for a curved headboard and footboard for my daughter and can't find them anywhere! You were lucky to score one! Someday we'll find our princess bed!

Heaven's Walk said...

LUV LUV LUV that bed! It's just gorgeous!! I'm sure that you won't have any problems selling it soon! If I lived closer, I'd be snapping it up! lol!

xoxo laurie

Ruth S. Macotela said...

Wow! The bed came out so pretty. You really did a great work. I just can't stop seeing it.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

So pretty!! I lived in Raleigh 10 years ago :) I am hosting a giveaway to win a 50 dollar giveaway to the store HomeGoods. Would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. It will be nice to connect with you. Have a great week!!

Lisa said...

The bed is show-stopping GORGEOUS! I have to wonder if your daughter is now seriously regretting not getting it! I love it :)

Sherry said...

Your skills with furniture are awesome! Thank you for joining me at HSH!
Sherry

Jenny S said...

I LOVE the dresser with the oval mirror in your entryway? That piece is beautiful! And it was so wonderful to meet you too the other day at the shop! I have sent mom your blog and we are excited to figure out where we can put you at the shop!
Jenny from SuzAnna's Antiques
(theredbulletinboard is my personal blog!)

arrielle_p said...

It's so gorgeous! You did a great job on painting. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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Need A Latte Mom said...

new follower!
Looking forward to meeting you at the confernce.

Heather Stockton said...

I would totally take that bed. I love it!!! Can't wait to meet you at the conference this weekend. It's my first conference and I'm thrilled to be going.

jessica stripe said...

How fantastic! I have been a huge fan of antique and reproduction furniture for many years and genuinely have never even thought to have a go myself! You have definitely inspired me to do more with furniture!

Deepu Sahoo said...

Beautiful furniture and lovely color.. I like it

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