Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Craigslist Daybed Makeover

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.  



I am participating in Shades of Amber, Quite Simply, Beautiful Things
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesdays
Miss Mustard Seed, Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home, Show and Tell Friday


  1. beautiful before and after! I love that you can see past how things look presently and what they can be. You did just right. Great piece!

  2. Simply awesome, Andie! Love the color, and the ormolu.

  3. It is gorgeous! I had been searching our local Craigslist for a similar daybed but to no avail.
    I am so inspired by all of your pieces that you have beautified with chalk paint. I've been working on a
    couple of cabinets this past week, painting the insides with a mixture of Provence and Old White,
    and am including them in my next post.

    Andie, I love your vision and sense of style, and you have made such a beautiful home!!!
    I knew you were my kinda girl when I saw your tall angels in your living room photos!
    That's something I would do if I could get ahold of some, and if my husband didn't care (that's a lost cause,
    he'd never 'get' it!!!) But then, I can decorate my studio any way I please.....

    Your kitty looks perfectly content on the 'new' daybed : )

    ~ Violet

  4. I think it did come out of a French Chateau! Gorgeous! xx Sharon

  5. Andie, you are amazing, I wish you were my neighbour! Colette xx

  6. Atticus has obviously approved of your makeover... it looks fabulous and by the look on the fur baby face I can tell it's mighty comfy too!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. Andie this daybed is so perfectly you! I love the all the paint and wax. You just rock that Chicagoland Craigslist. :o)

  8. So great! I just love all of yourwonderful pieces!

  9. Congratulations Andie!!! The daybed looks gorgeous!!

  10. You again LOL - now I'm going to be dreaming of this too!

  11. Soooooo.....
    I'm looking at the finished daybed, then looking at the craigslist picture.....
    The finials were different.....hummmmmm.....
    So i wondered.....HOW SHE DO THAT????
    Were those lamp finials that you used?
    The change in proportion and scale is mind blowing, how something so small can have such a large impact.....

  12. That library and everything in it is SMOKIN' HOT!!!! Atticus is one lucky kitty!

  13. ....Toyota Matrix.....I cannot stop laughing. What a lovely spot for Atticus to nap.
    I love love love what you've done for kitty.

  14. The daybed is gorgeous, love what you've done, the whole room is gorgeous. What a great find. Jeannie

  15. I love your library and the daybed looks terrific! Thanks for mentioning your discovery of Goodwill auctions- I am excited to check it out.


  16. Ancient looking and gorgeous.
    I have experienced a lull in my urge to paint recently, but your posts (and the pictures of course) are whipping up the waves again.
    Where did you find that beautiful heraldic sign on the window ledge by the way? It´s wonderful.
    // Sarah

  17. Wow Us Wednesdays"? You wow me every time l visit!

    Love the day bed -- & all your incredible projects.

    Have you ever thought that you are rescuing unloved pieces of furniture, bringing them into your home & family, lavishing them with love & affection, & giving them a new life -- the same way you rescue, love & save all your beloved animals?

    And Atticus is perfection, as are each and every one of your precious rescued creatures!

    In admiration,
    Em x

  18. I just can't get over what you can do with some paint and wax! I am looking around my house like a vulture circling its prey;) I am so inspired by your blog and your creativity. The neat thing is, as you know, creativity is a beautiful energy that morhp's into all sorts of shapes...I am sure there are sprinklings of your fairy dust all over this planet:)

  19. Definitely WOW material, Andie. I'm amazed at all you get done! Love the color and the added details. ~ Sarah

  20. GORGEOUS!! That's one of my favorite colors, especially when the dark wax is applied! Your newest follower:)

  21. all your pieces are beautiful and you Atticus adds a nice touch to the surrounding artwork. Love Em x's comment,so true.
    Love your "Art" eye

  22. just have to say...your library shot is exquisite! What a great shot and certainly magazine worthy!

  23. The daybed is exquisite, and so is Atticus!! Beautiful fur baby...and I absolutely love your beautiful home. What an inspiration!

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