Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tale of the 100 year old bed

This weekend we bought a bed for Talia from Craigslist. For months I've searched for "twin bed" and didn't like anything that was in our price range. I wanted something slightly girly and a style and quality that would work until she leaves for college (gasp!). When I saw this bed it just spoke to me. It's not the most beautiful bed I've ever seen, but it has a history, nice detail, and no plywood or plastic...oh, and tons of potential. The seller said it was in his mother's attic for 30 years, and before that it was handed down for many generations. This totally appealed to me, especially since the majority of the mass-produced furniture in our home came in a box that needed assembly. So, here is a picture of the bed as we bought it, beckoning for some tlc and sprucing up for my little girl's fairy inspired light purple room. Not sure if we'll paint it or varnish it, but it's kind of exciting to have a fun project and to think about the possibilities. Stay tuned...


  1. How sweet! It has such potential! You can get great ideas from and I just saw a before/after of a similarly shaped headboard and it turned out amazing. Can't remember which site though. I'll see if I can find it and I'll send it to you.

  2. Here's the link to the bed before/after that I saw last week. Have fun coming up with ideas!

  3. I love it also! I bet it would look fabulous either varnished - bringing out the wood - or even painted a similar color to the desk you just bought her.