Boy, do I ever have an epic story for you today.
Most of you already remember my current project of the boy’s room makeover.
I had actually just landed this free headboard and footboard, so I painted it up, propped it into the room, and was pretty thrilled with the upscale results compared to before!
So as I proceeded to work on the other side of the room, I was struggling a little.
For one, I didn’t love the plastic toy filled bins. So many of you graciously offered advice on what to do with them. So grateful, because quite honestly, I was stumped.
So as I continued to work on the moulding on the other side of the room (it turned out sooooo good!), I took a break and scrolled Facebook one evening and my eyes landed on…
… this antique bed.
My heart did a flip flop! I mean, the rustic wood, the carving, the headboard AND footboard, not to mention one wouldn’t need a box spring nor metal bed frame with this!
As I continued to work on the room, I couldn’t stand it one more second. That bed had to come to MY home. I loved it that much. But I already knew the toy bins were REALLY going to be a problem then. There’s no way plastic bins were getting near this beauty! If I got it that is.
Who cares! Let’s get the bed and I’ll figure it out. (wow, look-it me make a decision so fast!) So I reached out to see if it was still available.
It was. Egads.
I glanced towards the bed I just redid, and that’s when all the pieces fit together like a great puzzle…
The antique bed came with a mattress. And my son needed a bed upgrade anyway… so all my past work I just did plus the bed itself could simply go to his place to make way for my new bed!
We all won that day.
So the next day we went to pick up the dreamy antique bed.
All I can say is, the timing was absolute perfection with the woodwork complete.
But I nearly didn’t post this picture, because, while the bed was absolutely epic and fit perfect and everything else, those toy bins… no no no. Out you go. I don’t care where but just not there. Not with my new-old bed!
I even mused that maybe the entire wall shelving had to come down. Goodness… nothing like reworking an entirely new plan on the fly here.
But hey, anything for THE BED.
But then the unexpected happened…
Once those crazy plastic bins were removed, I could immediately see it…
I ran downstairs and brought up a bunch of rustic baskets and crates that I had in storage (truly, they were doing absolutely nothing), and started to place them on the wood shelving.
The drama of those baskets, shelving and wood headboard against that black wall is magical, isn’t it?
And once the wall was filled…
Seriously. I mean… SERIOUSLY.
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So this bed… it’s positively dreamy! The antique wood is showing its age.. just the way I love it. And the acorn and leafe carvings just reinforce the authenticity of this beautiful antique piece.
It will never ever see a drop of paint by me. It is PERFECT.
When I first made the bed, I thought… the grey bedding will do for now until I land something else I love. And this still could change.
But honestly? The more I played…
What’s not to love here?
The greys and blacks make this masculine and even cool down all the warm wood. The baskets bring in the feminine. It’s such a dramatic and beautiful mix of both. It’s a bedroom fit for anyone.
Plus, it’s so. very. me.
But best of all?
I get to stare at this all day long from the other side of the room where I’ll be (hopefully) sewing.
And my friends, it’s a spectacular view.
As for the storage, I’m going to find the right sized smaller containers to hide inside the baskets to store things in this round. Covered bins just makes for such easier cleaning where open shelving is concerned.
So some of the keepsake toys will stay… but LOTS of it is overdue for new kids to play with.
Shelving is from Ikea called Gorm
Grey bedding / pillows and blankets / lights / faux fur – from Ikea
Buffalo Plaid bedding – from Superstore in BC, Canada approx a year ago
From ‘Welcome home teen son…’ to…
“Her style is finally showing…”
It sure pays to keep your eyes open. Because your heart will indeed guide you every step of the way if you listen.
What do you think of the ‘new look?’
You can read the entire ‘guest’ bedroom series HERE
See where else I’ve used this Ikea Gorm shelving HERE
47 thoughts on “A dramatic antique bed upgrade that changed everything.”
Ya done good!
Omg, it’s fanastic! Those baskets are perfection! The wooden headboard against those shelfs with that black paint is amazing! I’d like to see the 360 of the whole room!
Thanks Deb! I nearly included the rest of the room in this post but removed it… it ruined the bed moment! haha
I’ll definitely show you around next instalment so you can see where it’s currently at.
And I agree. The black wall went from just black to WOW with this new bed. The wood positively pops!
Wow!! What a difference! The new bed is just gorgeous and makes the room. Beautiful choice.
I have a few antique beds. Just gave my grand daughter the one that was mine at 5 years old. And the baskets! Baskets are my thing (much to the dismay of my husband).
Wow! Two drastically different looks. I love the wood and wicker, though. Plastic tubs, as far as I’m concerned, never do a room justice. Both beds are beautiful. Great job!
Haha, agree! The plastic bins served an amazing purpose when my kiddo was an infant. He’s now 19 so these bins have been around for a long time! It was time for a change… and to let go of some contents for certain!
Downsizing and learning the empty nesting route is not for the faint of heart…
You were inspired !
Have you thought , probably have… but anyway ?, of making “covers” to fit in the baskets? I made some out of cardboard covered with batting and quilting.
Love the room ! And especially love that bed !!!
Thanks Marion! Yes, I’ve been attempting to dream up a DIY basket cover of sorts… something super washable would be soooo ideal… thanks for your ideas! I’ll consider them!
Wow, it looks great, Donna! It totally pays to hoard stuff, I tell myself every single day!
Oh Donna, it is just lovely! Congratulations!
I love the new look! It’s amazing how introducing one new piece into a room can suddenly pull everything together. Looks like a good place for a nap after a hard day sewing!
If you ever get tired of it..ship it my way. GORGEOUS
The bed is BEAUTIFUL…..what a score! And yes, the room is now more YOU. I love the addition of the baskets on the shelving as well. I think the bed could look perfect under the window as well, going the other direction. Either way….I love the new look!
Thanks Toni! I did think of that, however the headboard would be higher than the window so I decided against it. Plus the view from the bed would then be closet doors… I’m hoping to make the other side of the room view-worthy! 😀
Bring back the natural bins! Well, that’s what I would do anyhow! Maybe trim some of them in back ribbon….but that’s just me!
When I landed on the first photo my initial thought was “those plastic bins have got to go!” so when you said that later in the post I had to laugh.
This all came together so beautifully. That bed couldn’t be more perfect and you will have a great time sewing in this room.
Ahhhhhh ~ much better. Love it.
I am blown away. You just keep on getting and doing better and better! What a difference! Yes now the black wall shines in importance,like it was just waiting for the “ right” pieces to make it pop! ????
Went from Meh to YEAH!!! Great job! Isn’t it wonderful to be able to shop from your own home? Thank you for not painting the wood. It would be just tragic. Such beautiful details and all the natural tones play off of each other. Simply marvelous.
I just love it !!! I thought it look great after you added the black head board & foot board, but now. WOW !!!!!
Love seeing all your creative Funky Junk. Keep it comin.
That bed was a serendipitous find!
I love it. Absolutely hope no one will ever paint it. Have fun sewing!
Lovely bed. So beautifully done. Also love the baskets. Such a lovely grown up room. Fit for special guests.
Your redo on this room is stunning…PERFECT! I love wood, baskets and great bedding. You nailed it! I enjoy getting your blog through my email, what a treat to get all the inspiration!
Thanks for your posts…and keep doing what you do!
Thank-you Logan! You certainly brought a smile to my face with your kind words!
I’m so glad my ramblings and DIY efforts continue to inspire! I admit, deciding to finish a room to completion this round has awakened the DIY enthusiasm… it’s been a super rewarding challenge accomplishing so many new things like mouldings and electrical switches. I’ll cover that soon too!
Once again Donna, you Amaze!!!! Awesome bed.
My heart does a flip-flop too! That bed is just – beyond words gorgeous!! And look at the condition it’s in. Oh, my! I want to move into that room. Love everything about this.
Thanks Gail! The bed is beyond sturdy, which thrilled me to no end! This is my first ‘real bed’ that doesn’t require a boxspring nor metal frame and I admit I’m now giving my own bedroom the stink-eye in comparison. haha
I’m thinking the challenge to make my own king sized bed frame is in the future…
Absolutely love this headboard & footboard! I loved the previous one as well though. The baskets are such a great touch too. You have such a great “eye”. I don’t usually do this in a comment, but do you think the little sprig of greenery peeking out on the right side of the bead is calling for some companionship? Just a bit of greenery on a couple of shelves or some coming from the baskets would give some softness and some additional texture. Just a thought…great job!!
Thanks Sharon! Yes! I did think of that too however I didn’t have anything large enough on hand to work. It appears I only collect small faux plants! haha
Once more of the room is complete, I’m sure there will be some added life here and there! Thanks for your suggestion!
Fantastic! And I love that you used the word “dreamy”.
Oh My GOODNESS!!!!!! All I can say is, “Can I pick up that whole bedroom and put it in MY home???” It’s SOoooooo beautiful!!!! 🙂
Donna – that bed is more than wonderful. What a great piece to create a room around – and then to have it work so well with what you already had. OMG just perfection (yep I do like that bed) 😀
Now that you took out all those plastic bins, the bed really shines. It is a bed fit for the perfect guest! The room looks so transformed now Donna. Lucky find!
Oh My! You did Good!!!!!
I absolutely love the new “old” bed and the wall of shelves filled with baskets! The room is gorgeous! Amazing style mix of masculinity and femininity and just plain good bones!
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. The baskets, as well as the lovely antique bed, are definitely an upgrade. It makes it more feminine, without being fussy. Love it. Well done.
And I love that you weren’t tied to what you had just put so much work into, but were willing to change, midstream. Good for you.
Um, ya nailed, it, girl.
Wow – well done. Whew. OK, I need to log off now and look for antiques again.
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Love that bed and the bedding looks great. Everything looks great. 2 thumbs up!!!
Magic and it’s you! Love it!
That is gorgeous!! I want to move in!
The bed is perfection…the different woods…such warmth. And you nailed the texture of the baskets with the wood beautifully! I’m glad you listened when the bed spoke to you?
Seriously!!! This bed is gorgeous and yes, changing out those baskets was a great call! The room looks beautiful and now you can put the toys in storage LOL!
I am so jealous at your gorgeous find! It is a perfect addition to the room. The baskets are a perfect addition.
Ooooo la la, I just love it! You were so right to go with the baskets, somehow it just works. Don’t we just LOVE it when we get that “clarity” moment and the pieces all just fall in place! I am so indecisive that I cherish those moments. You done good, sista, enjoy!