How To Paint Furniture: Vintage French Bed Before and After

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Today I have a quick before and after for you. Family life and responsibilities are calling! Thank you for stopping in today.











 This look was created with a custom mix of Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint in Antionette and Coco and then accented

with Old White. Clear and then dark wax went over the entire bed.

I admit, the dark wax made me a bit nervous, and

it turned out a bit more rustic than I had envisioned, BUT

I still love it and feel that it fits the over the top girly style.










I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I can totally picture it in a girl’s room with

a crisp white ruffly comforter and a sparkly chandelier!

Or maybe a model with a horse and wearing a beautiful dress???

Anyone else see that??? Lol!

Ok, seriously, I know my girls were giving me the eye which

pretty much equals approval in my mind). ;-)

Definitely vintage, rustic, girly, and glam all in one.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Anneke from This, That and Life


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  1. and a quick comment for you- SWOON!

  2. Anneke, what a beautiful job and love your color combination!! Your certainly know how to inspire!!


    • Oh, THANK YOU so much Shirley! That really means a lot to me!!! I have seen your work and you do such great work yourself. :-)

  3. just a superb makeover and paint job. i love it all. and the bed is a gorgeous shape. well done.
    my girl would love this!
    fiona xx

    • Thanks so much Fiona! It really was a beautiful piece to work with. I have one more, but the top decal is broken, so we’ll see what I can do with it. I also got the 7 and 5 year old girl approvals! :-)

  4. Anneke this is such a wonderful bed for a little girl. Great job!!!!

  5. Wow, this turned out gorgeous! You did an amazing job with it. I have a bed that reminds me of yours that I purchased from a set designer for a ridiculously low price (like $350 or something – at least that’s low out here in Los Angeles!). I was told by the photographer that it was used as one of the beds for the Waterford bedding campaign several years back. It’s a mahogany colored wood (not solid) and is very ornately carved like the detail on your bed, and I’ve been wondering what it would look like painted with chalk paint, distressed and waxed, and now I know! I’ve been too chicken to paint it, and it’s sitting in an extra bedroom unused which is sad because it’s so pretty. Your project has inspired me to bust out the chalk paint!

  6. Coming from a house with all boys – I can totally picture this in a little girl’s room with white ruffles and shabby chic goodness. It is beautiful.

  7. Just love it! Working with the dark wax is a little scary I think too but this turned out beautiful~

  8. What a fabulous bed – and what wonderful work you did. I love it. I really really love it. So beautiful.

  9. the transformation is sooooo lovely. as charming as your name.

    so happy to find you and invite you to follow me too.



  10. Beautiful finish! You really brought out the details.

  11. WOW… I love this bed and the finish you gave it… Unusual!
    I actually have these colours (except for coco which I can substitute for another one) and I have a bed that I painted white but need to be “upgraded”… I was in a hurry when I painted it.
    Anyway, I will be following you!

    • Thank you SO much Claudine! It was definitely different mixing those colors ~ it kind of felt like a happy accident. :-D Thanks for following along ~ I very much value your comments!

  12. Gorgeous!!! Where did you find this beauty?!

  13. Rose Claytor says:

    Anneke , Please tell me where I can find the chalk paint. I love your work and would love to try it.

  14. Hi Anneke, this piece is truly fantastic! I have only just recently started to experiment with chalk paint and was wondering if you could tell me more on how to recreate this look. For instance did you mix the paint in equal parts ? Many thanks for posting this. You are an inspiration!

    • Thank you so much Julie! Using chalk paint has a small learning curve, but it’s so fun when you start mixing colors. This would be equal parts. And measuring is super important so if you run out of your “mix”, there’s no guessing how to get the same color again!

  15. Mary Jo says:

    I’m currently painting an antique child’s chair for my granddaughters nursery. I started with a very light pink chalk paint, very similar to yours and have been debating using dark wax. It is scary…but now I see how beautiful it can be. Thanks for having the courage to try this. Don’t know that I would have if I hadn’t seen your beautiful work!

    • Thank you Mary Jo! I’d love to know how it turns out. Dark wax can be scary at first ~ try it out on a tester board of some kind first just so you can practice a bit. You can always go full strength with the dark or mix a ratio with the clear wax and practicing is a great way to learn which you prefer. Best of luck! :-)

  16. Hello anneke…I wanna call you Monnica..Coz I love this the way,,,your feelings,thinking everything amazes me…You stated that you love to mix old style with new style…It’s really good thinking…you are really innovative and creative too…I really like the french bed that you shared here…because I think there is nothing heart and soul than antique style…thank you very much

  17. Stumbled here via Pinterest. This is just stunningly beautiful! Wonderful job!

  18. JuLee Reeves says:

    Just bought Antoinette and Coco because those two were the colors I gravitated towards when standing in front of the display with so many gorgeous colors. So I did a search and found this page and the bed you did. Really lovely. Did you put the Coco on first and then the pink Antoinette and then wipe some away to reveal Coco? I can see a new addiction coming on with this chalk paint.
    Love your blog – glad I found you.

    • Thank you so much JuLee! Glad to have you here. :-) I premixed the two colors together on this bed transformation. Have fun with it!

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