Drexel “Touraine” French Provincial Bed
SCORE!!!! Ok… sorry to be so excited, but when I got this bed I was SO very excited! Ok…so what if I had to drive 45 miles away, in rush hour morning traffic, to a semi sketchy area….whatever.. I got the bed! I was originally thinking of fixing it up for my youngest but I changed my mind… HEY! I’m allowed… I have another bed I picked up for her a while back that I like better, well maybe not “better” but I think it is a better fit for her… Anyway, this is a full (or double) sized Drexel piece from their “Touraine” line… it is a French Provincial line that I think is just beautiful. Sorry…I only took one before picture.. and we had already fixed some spots and I had put a little paint on it.. see I told you I was excited!!! One of the legs on the footboard was a little loose so my hubby and I removed it, sanded off the old glue and reattached it using Gorilla Glue. We used a strap clamp (that is made for frames) to pull it tight and ensure it stayed snug while the glue dried. There were a few nicks that needed some wood filler and some rough spots that needed smoothing, but other than that it was in great shape! After the glue and filler dried we lightly sanded the rough spots and cleaned it with TSP to get it ready for some chalk paint! We decided to paint the frame in Old Ochre and the headboard in Provence…. at this point though I lost helper number one (hubby) to a round of golf! What! Golf over painting… how could he?! But I forced recruited helper number two, my middle daughter, to help me with the painting…. let me tell you she was THRILLEDto help.. (if you are not “hearing” the sarcasm I’m sorry, it’s hard for me to convey it through writing, I’ll work on it!) After the painting was done (two coats) I “retired” my helper (much to her dismay) and worked on the distressing part of the bed… I think it’s difficult for two people to distress a piece because you never seem to distress the same way… Distressing chalk paint is SO messy, but super easy and fast! I then applied a coat of wax, let it set, came back later and buffed it with a combination of 0000 steel wool and a final rub down with a soft cloth.
Here she is… I wanted to put a mattress in it and take a nap under the birch tree…
A shot of some of the detail on the headboard…
Look at her AWESOME legs (or leg)!!
I’m in LOVE with this bed! Great legs.. you know I have a thing for legs! If I was keeping it I would put my daughter’s initials in the center, but since I’m selling it that would not make sense ! Let me know what you think….but I hope you like her!!! On to the next project…
Parties I’m linking up to:
Between Naps on the Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Vintage Wanna Bee, Coastal Charm, Primitive and Proper, Savvy Southern Style, Domestically Speaking, Restore Interiors, My Romantic Home, Miss Mustard Seed, French Country Cottage, Chic on a Shoestring, Classy Clutter, Funky Junk Interiors
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Posted on April 16, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged Drexel bed, Drexel Touraine bed, French Provincial painted bed, Old Ochre chalk paint, Painted bed, Painted French bed, provence chalk paint. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.