Friday, March 14, 2014

Putting my money where my mouth is

Since I have been working on my blog, seriously, for the past three weeks I had a chance to look through all of my posts. For the most part, my pictures are horrible and I really didn't have much to say in any of them! And I think more importantly, I never followed through with a lot of them, so I left everyone hanging! I was so disappointed in them, for sure, but it also shows how much I have grown in the blog world. Just reading other blogs has helped me see the light. The blogs that I follow are beautiful, their pictures are gorgeous and they have something to say and they have a large following. I strive to be that good, that's why I've been working so hard lately.

My blog boasts about decorating on a budget, and I certainly do, but really I have never revealed where and how I acquired most of my furnishings, how much they cost me to purchase, or what I had to do to restore them.

So here goes and I will start by talking about beds, since my last post was about beds, antique and vintage.

The rope bed that I was referring to in our guest bedroom was a flea market find, I had always wanted an antique rope bed and when I found this sorry looking one I knew I had to have it. It was a mess really, but I knew I could fix it. The feet were dry rotted completely off, the whole bed was dry, and it was filthy. I couldn't even see that underneath the dirt it was still sporting it's original paint color, although it was almost completely chipped away.

The bed was $60.00 "as is" and I took it. I brought it home and cleaned it really, really good and that's when I discovered the beautiful mustard paint that had covered it's whole body at one point. I was pretty excited about that, so I knew then that this bed would not get painted.

The first thing I did was go to the store to buy some new feet

My husband sawed off the legs, you can see in this photo where he sawed them off. Then we just screwed the feet on. Simple fix.
After I cleaned the bed up I brushed on 2 coats of water-based poly so I could preserve the color and give that dry bed something to drink. The whole thing just came alive when I applied the poly!

My husband then had to make the side rails longer by adding two lenghts of 4x4's about 6 inches long. We glued them really well and then screwed them into the existing rails.

I had planned on covering it with a bed skirt so it didn't matter what it looked like.

I also stained the feet to "match" the finish and you can hardly tell that this bed had problems.

The beds was $60.00
feet were approx. $28.00 for 4
and we had 4x4's in the garage

Total cost for this Restored Treasure= $88.00
and just a little elbow grease!

I love this bed, I have always loved the style of antique rope beds and how high they sit up. This really was an easy fix and so worth it. 

In the coming days I will give you a rundown of all of my guest bedroom furniture, as well as my other rooms and what I did to Restore these Treasures.

I want to put my money where my mouth is!

So, let me know what you think!


  1. Anonymous7:39:00 PM

    The bed is gorgeous. I just started following your blog and it has become one of my favorites. Thanks, Cathy

  2. Oh thank you! I have been blogging for awhile but am now taking it more seriously......I love blogging so you just made it worth while!

  3. Anonymous8:23:00 PM

    Hi Rhonda, I'm with you, a newbie, just hit a year recently and I too strive to be that good someday! I like your bed and the room looks very comfy. I appreciate you visiting my blog, I'm following you. Looking forward to reading your post


  4. Thank you Cindy, your home reminds me of my home town in Iowa, I love it:)


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