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    August 12, 2010 by Brandy Vencel
    Remember this? And then this? Well, if I have learned anything it is that furniture restoration takes about a month longer than you expect, especially if you are silly enough to do it during the summer. Did you know paint doesn’t perform well in the heat? Another lesson learned.

    Well, after over a month, and many tens of hours of work…after getting up early to paint before breakfast (because before breakfast is prime painting weather) for many, many days…I am proud to announce that this (which I bought for forty dollars on Craig’s List, thankyouverymuch):

    went through a stage where it looked like this:

    and now looks like this!

    I am happy to be all done!

    The only problem is that projects like this breed other projects, do they not? For instance, there is a big gap–the mattresses do not actually fill the entire space. I saw a magazine article where they filled the space with planter boxes for the children to use to keep books and clocks and such. If they don’t come in white, I’ll end up painting them.

    And then there is the ceiling fan: black and brown. It never bothered me back when their bed was brown, too, but now it sticks out and screams at me. Can a fan be painted? Could I paint the black metal silver and buy white blades? I really don’t want to buy a fan, but it would look nicer if it matched.


    A mother’s work is never done.

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  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts August 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm


    I only decorate rooms inside of my house. However, if you would like to move in, I will buy you an ugly $10 bed and make it pretty.

    And bake you a cake for your birthday. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Gracie August 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Wow!!! So, can you bake me a cake AND redecorate my room for my birthday? πŸ™‚ Love the bunk!!!!!

  • Reply Rebecca August 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I was going to say the same thing about the fan that Kimbrah said. I used to watch some home show (can’t remember which one now) where they did that in several episodes.

    The bunks look great. Good job!

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts August 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    So spray paint wouldn’t throw off the balance of the fan? That was what I was wondering…

  • Reply Kimbrah August 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    You can totally paint the ceiling fan, even the blades. For the metal part you need to get appliance spray paint in the color you want. For the blades you just need regular white spray paint. It should be really simple.

    Good job on the beds! I feel inspired. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mystie August 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Very pretty!

    If you figure out the ceiling fan thing, let me know. While nursing the baby, I have been staring at the ugly ceiling fan in our bedroom wondering also if the pieces can be spray painted. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Go quickly and tell August 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Very Nice!

    That elbow grease really paid off

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