A Bed for a Boy

We recently passed another milestone at the Pear Tree House. The sweet little toddler bed my son moved into when his sister required the crib was recently retired, and replaced with an even bigger “big boy bed” with a full, twin-sized mattress.

It was, I must admit, a bitter-sweet moment as at this age “out with the old and in with the new” means our four-year-old is moving another step away from babyhood and toward being his own person.

The bed was a hand-me-down from his uncle, and needed a little tweeking, to make it his own. So I exercised my newly acquired refinishing skillz to update the headboard and help it tie in with the vintage-meets-boyish look of Oliver’s room.

I forgot to get an official “Before” shot of the headboard, but here I am working on it.

I used a premium super eggshell black called “Kitty Kitty” (8253) from Cloverdale and then used a pair of scissors to scrape the all the edges to reveal a glimpse of the wood below.

I kept the roughing up much more simple on this project, versus this one and this one, where I used sandpaper to distress the wood all over.

Of course, if I know my boy, it will be a lot more distressed before he’s finished with it. Fortunately, it should just serve to enhance the look. At least that’s what I’ll tell myself…

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. I love this technique…very folk art and primitive styling. Very nice job, and I love the upcycling!

  2. Sweet dreams, young Oliver Pear Tree!

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