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Iron Bed Refinishing Copper Tone Wash

We have had many customers with Craftsman style homes come to us for iron beds. Ever since we became aware of the Craftsman Period and what furnishings and finishes were appropriate, we’ve been trying to come up with earth tone finishes to make our iron beds blend better with their surroundings. Particularly the redwood earth…

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Craftsman Iron Beds

The American Craftsman Style, or the American Arts and Crafts Movement, is an American domestic architectural, interior design, landscape design, applied arts, and decorative arts style and lifestyle philosophy that began in the last years of the 19th century. As a comprehensive design and art movement it remained popular into the 1930s. However, in decorative…

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Victorian Iron Beds

The Victorian Era is a name for the period from 1837 to 1901, the length of the rule of Britain’s Queen Victoria. American Victorianism was an offshoot of this period and lifestyle that occurred in the United States, chiefly in heavily populated regions such as New England and the Deep South. The name was derived…

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Deco Iron Beds

Although iron beds were made throughout the 1800’s, way before the Deco period of 1920 thru the 1930’s, there were  beds being manufactured in the early to mid 1800’s that had a definite Art Deco look to them. I have to believe whoever designed these “before their time”  beds , was definitely marching to a…

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Casper The Friendly Ghost’s Iron Bed

Although over the years I’ve been buying and selling iron beds to the entertainment community, none have a fonder memory than the scrolled black twin size iron bed I did for the movie “Casper”. It was a memorable one because it was the first time my first daughter, then 6 yrs old, realized what I…

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Raise That Antique Iron Headboard

Nearly 50% of all the iron beds we sell , we end up raising the headboard. Why? Because with todays pillow top mattresses and large Euro Shams, that most people have, if the headboard wasn’t raised……it would be hidden behind all those pillows etc. The majority of all the interior designers I deal with have…

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Iron Bed Refinishing Fabric Material Matching

One of the more popular things interior designers like to do when selecting a finish for their clients iron bed, is to match the materials that are going to be on the bed. Most of the antique iron beds I’ve done for the Ralph Lauren Co. over the years have been around specific material swatches…

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Iron Bed Refinishing Dark Rusty Crackle

This finish came about as a result of a customer seeing an bed in our store that happened to have this exact look……..except it was on a very thin gauge  bed that had been left outside for many years. The bed had seen better days and the white paint that had  been it’s original finish,…

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Refinishing Bono Sand Finish

The Bono Sand finish is one of the more popular finishes we offer on our iron beds. It’s a lighter finish that goes beautifully with “off white” walls or adobe sand finishes. Most of the  beds I sold to designers and people in the Santa Fe area have all been refinished in this southwestern style…