I've Gone Oak (aka My New Bed)
I so happy! I was able to find a bed secondhand that I am thrilled with. It's hand-carved, solid oak and king sized. And came with the mattress for a fraction of what the bed would have cost new. Of course, normally, for my favorite cottage style decorating, I wouldn't buy an oak bed. Even one with gorgeous quartersawn carved oak trim such as this one. Especially my master bedroom is already covered in oak (trim, doors, etc.). But I absolutely love this bed. My last bed was an iron reproduction that I loved, but it was a Queen and when we moved we decided to trade up to the long awaited King. I looked at several other iron beds, but though I saw several that I liked, I just never seemed inspired to buy. I do love them, but I really wanted a bed with more presence for our large bedroom. Plus I am just tired of having my pillows fall through the holes in the headboard. I really wanted a wood bed this time. A painted white wood bed. Then I saw Cindy's awesome post on painting furniture, featuring her fabulous bed. I had drooled over her bed plenty, but didn't realize she'd made/painted it herself! A ha! So I decided to hit Craigslist. Five minutes later I had found the ad for this bed. It took my breath away. It was the exact shape I wanted, with all the carved details I was hoping for, the gorgeous raised panels and all real wood. And it even came with the very nice mattress and box springs. Just what I wanted for a painting project. So we rented a U-haul, bought it and brought it home. Now I have only one teeny weeny problem. I can't paint it. Seriously, I just can't. Even though I love painted furniture. But that quartersawn oak in the carved trim? It's just beautiful. Even if I could bring myself to paint it, I think I'd get lynched. So now I have to figure out what to do. I figure I have one of several choices: 1) Leave it wood colored and just make everything else in the room light and bright. 2) Antique it with black/dark so at least it looks like an antique instead of a fairly new bed. 3) Antique it white so it has at least something light/bright on it. 4) Attempt to stain or otherwise overlay some kind of cottagey color onto it (i.e. white pickling or grey or green or something.) I honestly have no idea what to do. Do you all have any suggestions?