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Painting a Vintage Iron Bed Blue

Some of my favorite jobs are the custom pieces I do for clients. Usually, custom means something in color, and I'm so happy they wanted to go with a bright pop for this iron bed!

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I painted this bed for their young daughter, and apparently this was also the childhood bed of her mother, so it's a true family heirloom.

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The delicate floral details and curves of the iron were already gorgeous, they just needed some sprucing up.  The bed wasn't in terrible condition, but a good bit of it was rusty and needed some attention.

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Iron beds can actually look really beautiful in their original, usually white and distressed condition, but having exposed rust really just isn't practical or safe to have around a little girl. 

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I also love the idea of taking something vintage and timeless and pairing it with a more modern color. This blue was a custom combination using Annie Sloan chalk paint and just a bit of acrylic to achieve that extra pop of blue. The color was actually inspired by one of the girl's stuffed animals [inspiration can come from really anywhere!].

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After a good sanding, several coats of paint and wax, I'm really pleased with the way this piece turned out.  I can't wait to see what the bed looks like once it's all set up and ready to get years of use from one happy little girl!

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