YOU-Nique Sleigh Bed

July 26th, 2012 in member junk     
GypsyBarn Jasmin Marisett, contributor
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The finished view of the right side
When our eyes met! Puppy dog eyes right there! Cant you see them???  Awwwwwww, like a sad puppy at a pound begging to be adopted! OF COURSE YOU CAN COME HOME WITH ME!!!!Her stamping says 1903 William Gray and Sons Carriages. Chattham Ontario. 
Here she is before - look at that wood rot. I didnt need a single tool to remove those boards, they crumbled to dust each time I moved her, so I just tugged gently and they all fell apart..... ohhh my heart strings.
Next step - save what was left! I chose Elmers Wood Rot Stabilizer to coat the remaining naked wood. Then used a wood conditioner over that and let it sink in for a few days with multiple coats. She needed it!
I tried as much as possbile to re-use the old nails that were pulled out of the boards from the barn we tore down. Also used the boards from the 200 year old barn to replace the base of the sleigh that had rotted away.
She threw me a little attitude by eating my hammer, but we had a little chat and she had a 2 day time out, and then, completely co-operative! Lesson learned!
After replacing the rotted base boards with some good boards from a 200 year old barn I helped tear down, I used my belt sander and smoothed the edges so no splinters would appear in anyones clothing as they climbed on and off the sleigh.
A dear friends mumma was called in to help! AS much as I love DIY projects, sewing is not my thing. It requires sitting still for a long period of time .. ummm, no can do buckeroo! She wrapped a 6 piece of foam in a vintage piece of cotton first, then hand sewed the entire piece! This fabric had the antique look and the modern feel I really wanted to complete this part! It took a few hours to pick the fabric and I called in a few eyes to help. We brought some painted boards from the piece to the fabric store and layed them on giant rolls to try and get the *feeeeeel* for it. This won!
We chose to use Minwaxes Polyshade. Satin Black. The wood conditioner  brought the red out and  back to life. The original pink was just a sun faded red,  covered in dust and dirt, and once the conditioner hit, her colour just  POPPED! The black satin was rubbed on by hand and a lot removed. You  have to work SO QUICK on this part, it dries very fast and you can get  stuck with pure black if your hands decide to take a nap!
Last but no least - the Before and After shot merged together to see the final view.  Just realized, I forgot to put the strips of felt on the runners to make sure she doesnt scratch any wood floors.....
The finished view of the right side

The finished view of the right side


Labour of Love indeed! I don't want to let her go. But I know there is another one out there calling my name! It was a lot of fun and of course we all had a lot of laughs in her creation! She ate my dang hammer! You should have seen it when I sat down and had a chat with her. I'm sure I gained the Crazy Lady trophy right then and there! 1903 William Gray and Sons Carriages from Chattham Ontario, saved and now waiting for a loving home!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Gypsy Barns You-Nique Cutter Sleign Bed
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Comments (13)

brewswane writes: Everything you do is great but this one is truly AWESOME! Posted: 10:27 pm on October 2nd
anahera writes: Brilliant! Now you have an heirloom piece!
Posted: 3:23 pm on September 7th
MalloryKnox writes: wow! i literally gasped! this is such a beautiful bed!! Posted: 6:10 am on August 9th
GypsyBarn writes: HAHA JIM! I didn't post the picture in which I had posed on it with the dog just sitting there in front all lazy attached to some *reigns* and me yelling MUSH!!!!
Posted: 5:40 am on August 2nd
chicvintagetreasures writes: What an amazing restoration! It is a beauty now. You did a fantastic job and the fabric choice was perfect. Enjoy! Posted: 10:57 am on July 31st
JunkArchitect writes: For a Crazy Lady you sure created a magnificent piece...!

Jim
Posted: 10:16 am on July 31st
GypsyBarn writes: Thank you everyone! I absolutely adore her! It's not as huge as it seems in this picture. About the same size as a large love seat or small couch. But beyond comfy none the less! Posted: 4:09 am on July 30th
MakinItHappen writes: Perfect!!! Posted: 10:25 am on July 28th
gadgetsponge writes: Nothing like a good fight to make the reward that much better! Fantastic overhaul. That should "slide" into a new home in NO time. Posted: 5:52 pm on July 27th
georgiamoon writes: A-MAZ-ING...need I say more!
Georgia Posted: 12:04 pm on July 27th
annebell writes: That is just amazing! I'm so jealous~I'd love something like that on my porch. You had great vision there. :) Posted: 10:43 am on July 27th
Quilteysew writes: Lovely! Just lovely! Posted: 9:14 am on July 27th
JetaimeJunk writes: Particularly brilliant! Posted: 5:08 pm on July 26th
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