Yes, you read that right! I was in the market for a new-old bed because getting up off the mattress on the floor was getting old fast.
On a last minute dash to buy ingredients for a veggie soup, I popped into Aldi and there it was — right across from the pet food. So, there I stood, with my kale and cauliflower contemplating the real possibility that I was going to buy a bed… from a supermarket.
I decided to sleep on it.
Five days later it was in my shed. On day six it was semi-assembled and ready for staining. I wanted it dark but NOT black. I played with Dixie Belle stains in Espresso and Walnut.
After mixing and blending and testing I tried Jolie Paint in black, Noir, as a wash. Well whaddya know? I DID want black.
Staining with Paint: I stain with paint more often than with stain. It opens up so many more shades to choose from. The method I use is simple:
- mix up a 50:50 mix of paint to water
- mist the surface
- apply with any brush at all
- wipe away until you have the depth of colour you like
Experimenting with layers of paint wash stain
I LOVE how this stain is looking.
The dark stain look I was hoping for!
Aahh spindles, what can I say. There’s no simple way to paint-wash sixteen spindles. It’s a lot of surface area, but when I thought to myself that half the surface will spend its life facing a wall, I didn’t stress so much.
I always give a quick, fine-grit sanding over chalk paint to make the surface smoother for waxing.
Jolie Finishing Waxes come in clear, black, brown and white
Spindles paint-washed and ready for black wax sealer
The chalk paint wash will dry quite “chalky” but the black wax gives it its richness and depth as well as sealing it. I applied the black wax with a natural bristle wax brush and wiped it away with a clean, lint free cloth.
Top piece getting black wax seal; bottom piece black paint-washed and black waxed
I sealed the whole thing, moved it in, and I love it!
Bedroom before and after
All the best with YOUR next painting project!
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