I am thrilled at how inviting this room has become. I no longer have that ugly futon as a guest bed. I love that this iron bed is from the era of the house and that everything fell into place effortlessly. I really do think this house whispers design choices to me. And I have been unusually successful this year at finding antiques at incredibly low prices. I think the house is behind it. I've also been hearing murmurings that it wants to be called "Ashcroft Cottage" instead of "Ashtree Cottage". Sheesh. Maybe I need more sleep...
Take a look at my antique iron bed:
WHOOP!!!!! It is an authentic iron bed with labels intact. I am in HEAVEN! Oh I said that already. Did I mention it was THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS??? Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Still pinching myself!
Here's how I put this sucker together.
1. Insert head and footboards into side rails, no nuts, bolts or other stuff to worry about.
2. Place spring board over the top and you really need two people to do it unless you want to destroy your floor (and we don't want to talk about the gouges I made in my own poor floor...) I'm sure this spring board was meant to seat securely onto the legs somehow, some way but I couldn't figure it out to save my life. The way I have it sitting, the spring board is a little twisted but I came up with a simple and effective solution. Zip ties and cardboard.
3. Place mattress on spring board. Try bed on for size. Mine was a little saggy so I added a piece of 3/4 plywood that I had been using on the futon frame.
4. Add linens.
5. Begin makeover of bedroom decor...
I had thought I would need to repaint the walls and paint the bedframe but the whole thing actually worked really well with the colours I had going on. Plus the colour of the bed itself is a russet tone, deep reddish purple, that works beautifully with my wall colour and bedding. Bonus!!
I had invested in a new pair of drapes when I was at Ikea this past summer. Those were installed post haste.
Another lucky find was this antique Bentwood bistro chair for $3 at a yard sale down the street from my house. It is stamped "Made in Czechoslovakia" and has an original paper label stuck under the seat as well.
It is the perfect size to use as a quirky side table. I had planned to paint this chair but I had so much trouble removing the shellac coating from the wood stain that I set it aside for later and now I'm glad. It works so well with the colours in the room that I 'm not going to paint it after all.
Then there was the issue of how to minimize the silly window that is up high on the wall and way off-center to boot. I began with the idea of installing shelves but waited until I had spent time and money on that solution before I completely changed my mind and went with a gallery wall instead.
Then I kind of went overboard with the gallery... At least I got rid of all the stuff that had been stacked against the wall in my home office for the last year or so. Please also note the vintage fabric I found at the Thrift Shop & used as a window treatment that is the exact same colours as my Rachel Ashwell quilt!! And the checkerboard that I found at the dump works well don't you think? Don't you just love Command Strips? You can hang anything on a wall nowadays.
Here's what the whole picture looks like:
I found an old rusty cup handle to use on my Ikea console table to make it look a little more vintage. I have a vintage style lamp that I got to use here and the 1970s chandelier I made over last winter works beautifully with the decor.
A remote controlled electric stove and the tallboy dresser complete this space. The tallboy is just the perfect amount of drawer space for a guest and the stove creates a nice ambiance. The Tiffany lamp came from Home Sense and the little wooden parrot from the Pike Market in Seattle.
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