Bed: Paint or Sell?

ttoddJune 10, 2012

While DD's room is in a holding pattern, I have been trying to decide if I should paint or sell my bed. It is sooooo tall.

It is just so visually obtrusive in the room and I have been paring down even more heading towards a more shabby chic less is more approach w/ mostly white and softer colors. I'm going bare walls (I moved the art into the DR) keeping current white wall color (thinking old MS Mercury Glass ceiling) and my gold lamp bases (I've since put white shades on them). I think less 'visual clutter' will make the room feel less small. Our MBR is super small and our bed is a King.

I have a really cool double door Georgian style pediment in the attic that I bought ages ago thinking that I could use it as a low profile headboard someday and and then go sans footboard.

Or I could spray my current bed high gloss white but then I would still be stuck w/ the foot board. It's bowed and takes up an additional 6" of precious space and is another eye obstacle. When I bought this bed (this is going to sound crazy to normal non-decor folk) I liked the style but I thought that it would be perfect to hang Christmas Wreath's and garlands on LOL! The footboard is part of the frame so I need it to hold my bed up.

Or I could sell my bed for about $250/300 on Craigslist, put the money towards the new sofa fund and for a song jerry-rig that pediment that I have into a headboard and pick up a frame for $15 on CL and figure out a different place to put a Christmas wreath.

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I think you are answering your own question. The style no longer fits with your aesthetic, it's a lot of look for the size of your room, and you really want something else.

You are finished with this bed. So sell it.

Miss Mother

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:59AM
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You could spray the headboard, lose the footboard and just use a regular bedframe. However, if you just don't like your bed anymore it sounds like a great alternative plan!

I love your bed btw!!!


    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:12AM
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While I like the bed, and it would look good painted, I think it takes up too much visual space in your room.
I agree with Miss Mother!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:27AM
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It's a gorgeous bed, but I agree it is very large for the room. We have a white iron headboard only because I feel footboard crowd the small BR. It was hard to find one that was not too tall.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:39AM
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Thank you for giving me the oomph to do what I thought was probably best!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:45AM
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In this case, Mother knows best.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:57PM
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And buy or create a bed that really works with the size of the room .....

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 3:12PM
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Well, SOMEONE has to disagree! I also love your bed, and bought an antique one on CL just yesterday that is a bit less ornate. If you're sticking with a king bed, won't the solid oak pediment, no matter how low, form a solid 'wall' at the head of the bed? If you were to paint this one, either in the wall or ceiling color, I think it would disappear.

Do you ever open the window at the head of the bed for a cool breeze? I have my bed in front of two window just for that reason, and it's an open metal design that lets me peek out at the river before I get up. How tall would the pediment head board end up being?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 4:23PM
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That open work bed in front of that window would drive me crazy...
For me the oak sounds much better...but for a different reason than you are thinking of. I would be sure a boogie man would come into that window at night!!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:01PM
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my3dogs - The pediment is one of those molded ones so it's not wood. I have to paint it white. I've also switched to smaller scale lower antique pine bedside tables swapped from the LR.

I would figure out how to mount it so that it is only a few inches higher than my pillows, ultimately about 6" above the window sill over all.

I do open the window at the head of the bed occasionally but I don't get too much of a breeze anyways since the curtains are closed at night. Living in town and all w/ noise and the like. I keep our other 2 windows open for a cross breeze and leave the window in the alcove Commando. No nekkid bodies there and it's just a bright white area w/ 1 huge gold mirror and the purple and green stained glass window. No fancy views for me except the patio view which is on my side of the bed.

There are many things that I like about an open metal bed, the most being that I had something to hold onto for leverage when I was 18 months pregnant w/ each child and needed to roll over. I'm pretty sure I head the gestation time of a whale w/ the last one.

Can't wait for a view like yours someday! I also like my bed in front of the window. I'm like a kid in the Winter. If they are calling for snow overnight I keep the curtain open just a hair so that I can hurry up and see the snowfall.

BTW - my fabric came today for DD's room and it's beautiful! DH even commented on it when I pulled it out of the envelope!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:02PM
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Oh and yes, the window is a total PIA to open w/ that headboard! I'm totally trained to only ever open a window by the handles at the bottom - NEVER lift from the top of the frame or you might be grounded for life! Ooops - sorry that was a flashback from my childhood. Oh yeah, and DH will look at me crazy if I open from the top.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:10PM
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I'm SO glad your fabric came! I'm still waiting for mine. Are you going to make a pillow with it?

I use my headboard to lever myself when I'm trying to get out from under a dog who doesn't want to move away from his 'mum'. It does come in handy that way!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:20PM
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It's such a beautiful bed.... is there any chance of rearranging the room? I have an iron bed but the design of yours is just lovely. I'd have a hard time parting with it.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:12PM
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I love your bed...the openness of it. Could you buy a bed frame and use the foot part as your headboard? Mother did that on a wooden bed she had and it worked perfectly. I wouldn't paint your bed...I would paint the nightstands white and get clear glass lamps with white shades.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 9:32PM
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I think your bed is super pretty...but yes...a little bit large for the room as some have already mentioned...

Cool idea about using the footboard as a headboard if possible, or rearranging your room? I also wouldn't paint it white...I like it the way it is if you decide to keep it.

I have to ask where your shams and coverlet are from? I'm the crazy lady over-posting about bedding lately!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 9:56PM
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I was also thinking about using the footboard as the headboard, but once you put the pillows in place, I think you won't see much of a headboard at all - you might as well just put the bed on a frame.

I was thinking about the idea of slipcovers for the headboard in a textural white or pale grey fabric that would give you the presence of the headboard, but essentially visually blend into the room.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:22PM
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Sorry if it is repetitive, I purposely answer before I read other's responses.

!. I am not crazy about footboards, esp so in small rooms. Whatever you choose id def lose the footboard.

IMHO, if you need to put a bed in front of a window, the bed should be a simple and solid mass. The scrollwork is not well served by having the window behind it. The headboard should be solid.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:43PM
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Sorry, meant to write slipcovers for the headboard AND footboard.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:47PM
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Ajc9 - all of the quilts, shams and duvet are from TJ Maxx or Marshall's. Usually the only place I ever buy bedding. The bedskirt is Martha Stewart from Macy's which I would never recommend to anyone in a million years! Color fade began as soon as I put it on the bed. Putting on and taking off any bedskirt is a real pain let alone one on a bed w/ a king memory foam matttress. By the time I got around to wash it, it had faded from Aqua to nearly white. It still makes me want to spit when I think about it!

Well I could tell DH was not really on the bed bandwagon. Pitched the suggetsion and he said "I really like our bed, but whatever you want to do will be fine w/ me. I'll be happy either way." Why do I bother? LOL!

It has been suggested to me in the past to slip it. I really didn't want to break out my sewing machine but I'm really liking the suggestions of slipping it as well as getting a new frame (looking at one on CL for $15) and using the footboard as a headboard. I've thought about slipping it a few times but I would still have had the height and then it would end up blocking a window. The only 2 places for my bed are in front of the window.

Washability is of utmost concern to me so I think I may try checking out dropcloths. SHoot - if I can draw a straight line and sew a straight line, how hard can it be?!

I just bought this bedding:

Source: via Tiffani on Pinterest

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 5:52AM
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No advice, but I had to smile about you watching for snow. I'm the same way! Kids at heart, huh? :)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:15AM
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It's a beautiful bed but I'm with you on the taking up space issue. I do like the idea of using the footboard at the head w/a frame only. The style works well in your room and I'm a sucker for iron beds! You could sell the headboard only on CL.

I just sold my DS's relatively new Wesley Allen full iron bed and replaced it with a queen bed w/frame only for now. With DS at college, the room is now used primarily as a guestroom. The queen size is more useful for visitors but a footboard will take up too much space in the smaller room. I'll eventually find an iron headboard to use with the frame.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 2:35PM
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It sounds as though you've already decided to move on from this bed-- but I would be inclined to paint it-- BUT-- I'd not go the high gloss white route. I had a custom finish done on my I will say right up front, it wasn't exactly what I had in mind but it is unique and soft and it doesn't really command the focus of the room (I had wanted that--but I have a large room). Unfortunately, I don't have great photos of it and none with it's current bedding (Arianne organic from PB). One of the cool things about it though is that it looks great with many of the quilts from TJ Maxx.. so when I have a wild hair to change something up, I can just swap out a quilt.

The finish is in acrylic paints which they added in layers-- there are a few shades of green, browns ivory and pink.

I currently have the duvet/shams below on it but I may switch back to an ivory linen duvet for summer:

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 6:57PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I wish I lived near you. I would save you the craiglist energy and get that bed in a heartbeat. I have been wanting an iron bed JUST LIKE THAT for a long time.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:48PM
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Hey Bumblebeez,
I don't live too far from Foxes and I vacation in South Carolina, where I think you live?, so maybe I can be the middle man. I'll swing by and pick up the bed then drop it off for you.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:21PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Oh, hhireno, thank you!! You are a sweetheart!
But I just went back to read the details and it is a king. :-( I need a queen.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:12PM
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