Refinishing Your Antique Bed…Where To Start

If you bought your antique iron bed earlier than 1977, you can count on on it having been painted with lead based paint.  Back in the 1800 s, when these beauties were being made,  lead based paint was being used on all furniture and pretty much all iron beds of that period.  Lead was added to paint to help the speed…

Refined Elegance and The Antique Iron Bed

It’s unfortunate that a number of people have the opinion that metal beds can only go into a Victorian or elaborately fanciful setting. That school of thought couldn’t be  farther from the truth. Any antique iron bed can be adapted to the setting by it’s surroundings and the way the owner chooses to dress it.…

To Refinish or Not To Refinish…..That is The Question.

What is it that should decide if an antique should or shouldn’t be refinished? One answer…….. You ! It really should come down to your own particular taste and the setting the piece is going into. Other identifying factors should involve, first and foremost the structural integrity of your piece and if it might need to…

An Antique Iron Beds Best Friend…..Sandblasting

I’ve lost track of the countless times a prospective customer has said to me, after I’ve showed them the custom antique faux’ finishes we specialize in, ” oh…. I’d only want an iron bed in it’s original condition”. First of all it automatically lets me know what little this person really knows about the restoration…

Determining Gender by Refinishing

The popular opinion about an iron beds adaptability and gender usually is thought to be determined by the beautiful curves or feminine design. Although that can certainly catch the eye and help you feel a bed will look better in a feminine room as oppose to a bachelors pad. It’s certainly not the only thing…

Iron Bed Finishing……

The absolute most important thing after finally finding a great old iron bed you’re happy with, is to select a custom antique faux’ finish that is really going to bring your  bed to life. One of the more attractive elements to owning an antique  bed is their flexibility in being able to be painted and…

Refinishing Your Iron Bed In Sandblasted Pewter

Occasionally I’ll get a person who loves antique iron beds, but doesn’t want an antique   finish. There are many people that want a new modern clean look, almost industrial in nature. As I’ve mentioned many times, the beauty of a metal bed is in the castings the foundry designed back in the 1800’s and…

Iron Bed Refinishing: Finish #1 Black Smyth

The photo you’re looking at is our most popular  finish…….our Black Smyth. Why is it called that and how did it come about? Read on…….. One day I was in the store cataloging and arranging a new shipment or iron beds that I had just gotten in. It actually had some of the prettiest beds…

Refinishing: Finish #2 Two Tone Crackle

Iron beds were not just painted white back in the 1800’s.  That is what most peoples concept of a bed is……..white. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most  beds had a variation of colors or accented castings. Many beds of the day were painted with two colors. Generally the  perimeter was painted in a…