I am finally done with the daybed I purchased from Craigslist a while back for $70! It was listed as a couch and was hidden deep in a pile of furniture listings on my local Chicagoland Craigslist. Come to think of it, I abandoned the search for a couch altogether. I guess I didn't need one. At the time, I didn't need a daybed. Life is funny that way.
The daybed has caning on the end boards and a very classical shape.
I brought it home in my Toyota Matrix. The guy I bought it from worked for Toyota. He told me how to fold the front passenger seat down. I cannot thank him enough! You would not believe what I can fit into that car!
I wasn't sure what color I wanted it to be, so it sat. I wasn't even sure where I was going to put it! After I moved two bookshelves from the Library and donated the church salvage lecturn to a fledgling church I finally had a place for the daybed!
Original Craigslist photo...It was being used as a bed for a Great Dane! I opted not to keep the top cushion! LOL!
After two coats of Annie Sloan Chateau Grey, light distressing with a damp cloth before the wax. (I didn't want the dust to get in the caning. It worked out very well! No mess at all!) The Chateau Grey was a bit lighter than I wanted, so I applied Dark Wax only to tone it down. No Clear Wax at all.
The Chateau Grey is a grey-green. I love it with the Dark Wax! To make the piece look worn, I layer the Dark Wax, then more paint, then more Dark Wax.
I like to pretend that the furniture in my home originated in an old French Chateau, heated only by a large fireplace, which coated everything with years of soot! When the furniture was waxed, it served to seal in the patina. Perhaps this piece was stolen during the French Revolution? Yes. I make stuff up all the time! LOL! I also laugh at my own jokes all the time! LOL! I laugh alone...a lot! It can be embarrassing at times but I'm getting used to it!
Where was I?
I added bronze ormolu to the front panel.
I also added bronze flame finials to the posts.
The cats kept checking the Library to see if I was done with their bed! Atticus is very pleased with the results! Here he is at 7am, ready to sleep the day away! I hesitated to post this photo because Atticus is overweight. I didn't want anyone to make fun of him! The little angel was literally starving when I found him outside. He had a broken hip and his tail was broken in two places. He is the sweetest little man you will ever meet, a very gentle disposition...and a true gentleman. He loves to eat and I will not take that small pleasure away from him. Translation: please don't call my cat "fat". I'm sensitive!
You can see the original fabric peeking out from under the "upholstery", a garage sale shower curtain! (With apologies to Debra, at Acquired Objects). Debra, I will own some of your beautiful, historic pieces one day! It matched a pillow I made few years back, which is perfect for the "back of the daybed. I also added bolster pillows I bought on Craigslist from a man who bought them in Istanbul! I made the round pillows years ago. I love them but they need more stuffing! You can make fat jokes about my pillows if you like. I don't mind!
The Library is really coming together! I will show more soon! Very soon!
You know I love a good Before and After collage!
The daybed wearing its new Medici Toile. The coral tones complement the green tones of the Chateau Grey.
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