Monday, July 3, 2017

Restoring Iron Beds

   Iron beds complement almost any bedroom's decor, whether a main suite or a guest room. Beds can be found at antique stores, flea markets, or vintage shows, but be selective when choosing a bed. Make sure the bed has side rails that fit properly, and that the overall structure of the bed is sturdy. Check for excessive rust, and measure to be sure that the bed will fit with a common single or double mattress.  Three quarter sized beds will require a special ordered mattress that may be more expensive.

If you are looking for a distressed or shabby chic look, merely remove any peeling paint and give the bed a thorough overall cleaning with a mild soap and water mixture.  Use water sparingly and dry the metal as you go...rinse and dry each section immediately after washing.

Sometimes restoring an antique detracts from its value, but if the bed has heavy rust or significant dents, you may need to make repairs to the bed.  A professional restorer can help with sandblasting or restructuring the bed.  Some beds can also be converted to hold a queen mattress.

If you wish to paint the bed a pretty, fresh color, make sure there are no loose chips on the bed, then paint it with chalk paint or a spray paint made for metal.  To protect the surface of your iron bed, whether painted or chippy, carefully apply a small amount of beeswax polish, buffing with a clean cotton rag as you go.  You can remove excess wax with a dry rag.

Add soft, pretty sheets and a fluffy duvet, then pile on the pillows.  Your bed is now ready for sweet dreams!

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