Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Roadkill Rescue Rehab Refab!

Update : This post in linked to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party.

I think I might be ill. I have completed two projects in a row in less than a week. Too bad there are so many more on my list. I guess 2 are better than none, right? Ok, can I just say that I am obsessed with this bed. I want to be three again and have all things pink and girly and pretty in my room. I LOVE it!



I had a hard time finding just the right fabric, but when I saw this paisley I was done for...I died right there in Hancock Fabrics! And to make the deal even sweeter, it was their 52nd anniversary sale and this was 52% off. Can I get a witness?



And just in case you missed it the first time or have blocked it's hideousness from your memory, this is what it looked like before. Navy blue, hunter green, and burgandy camels and palm trees with gold leafed trim. Ouch...my eyes are burning.When I spotted it on the side of the road, it screamed potential. Although it did have to scream quite loud to drown out all that ugly going on.



Tufted buttons...hello lover!





I guess it would be nice if I stopped drooling over it's deliciousness and gave you a little run down of what I did. First I took the upholstered panel out and painstakingly removed the fabric and 937 staples. If I had not done that, there would have been no where for me staple on my fabric. Serious overkill on the staples. Holy cow, they really wanted those camels to last a lifetime. Anyway, next I took my hand sander to the whole thing to try and degloss the surface. I was hoping that was all I'd have to do, but the gold leaf had other plans in mind. I then had to use the corner of a putty knife and sandpaper to scrape down all the corners, curves, crevices, and tight spots. It was starting to chip away, and I couldn't leave it like that. It would have shown through the paint job. So when I finally finished sanding, it was ready to paint. I spray primed it first with two light coats of Valspar white primer. When that was dry, I used Rustoleum spray paint in a white satin finish. Again, I gave it two light coats.



Now, the upholstering part was super fun....insert extreme sarcasm here! I have upholstered a headboard before. A perfectly square, nice straight cornered headboard...not this curvy swirly crap. Um yeah, not so easy. I wanted to shoot myself in the eye with that staple gun trying to get those curves just right. Note to self...this might be a two person job...consider that for future projects. But it is done and I am happy. End of story. Hopefully I can get it hung up in the girls' room soon....pictures to follow


I bought extra fabric to make some pillows, and I had lots of extra. So I decided to cover some really ugly canvases I had lying around waiting to be cutsied. Not sure if I'll use these as memo boards or just as wall hangings. Either way....me likey. Now if I could just get some pictures of their room when they're not sleeping. I work on my projects during naptime and bedtime, thus the reason for no pictures of the bed in their room yet.... sorry. Gives you something to look forward to, right? Yes, I'm a giver like that.



72 comments:

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh, Amanda, it's GORGEOUS. Looks like a pro did it! :)
Lovin' the paisley here.

Nancy said...

The garabage people will be sending you a thank you for rescuing that thing so they wouldn't have to touch it! ;-) It looks great now, and that fabric is soooo sweet! Great job!

Nancy

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

It looks awesome!

Sunny said...

Oh, I love it! Wish we had a Hancocks here! Love that place too.

Jenglamgirl said...

way TO GO, I LURRRV love it! PATTERN and all!

Jess said...

It's even more fabulous than I imagined! I want to be three now too! The fabric is perfect for a girl of any age. It will grow with them for sure. Your girls are so lucky. I could go on and on all day.....I can't wait to see it in their room!!!
P.S.
Is it possible to be in love with fabric? 'cause I think I am.

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Gorgeous! Love that fabric!Delish! You have a very good imagination if you saw possibility in that thing...and you were right!
~Nancy

CHER said...

I am so glad I am not the only one falling in love with objects!!! Have a blessed day!!!!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I love that fabric! It looks brand, spankin new!

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Amazing job!

southerninspiration said...

Oh that fabric!!! It IS to die for.......I am loving the way this looks! You have a GREAT eye! I am so impressed.

Suzanne

mommynoodles said...

Super Cute!! And WOW, 52% off,that is 2% more than off half!! See 2 cents or 2% always makes a difference!! lol Well,sure glad you did'nt shoot yourself in the eye, b/c you might not see right to keep blogging for us! Hee-hee! You could monogram your cute canvas now.Anyhoo,all your hard work payed off!
Natalie,

slinkycat said...

Oh wow, absolutely gorgeous! Very inspirational :) x

Jenn said...

Amazing! It' really is 10,000 time better looking.

Now, my question is: how did you upholster it so the staples don't show?

Sarah@VintageChic said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! It turned out great! I was wondering how hard it would be to cover the curvy-ness.

Amanda said...

Wow, gorgeous, what a fabulous job! You are so talented and patient (taking out all those staples). So beautiful!

saraiwithani said...

You go girl!! This looks amazing! If my husband wouldn't move to the couch, I'd use that fabric in our bedroom!! Beautiful job!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

So, so, soooooo cute! Can't wait to see it all put together! Great job!

Chris said...

That fabric is adorable!!! It turned out just perfect! You're one talented lady!

Cindy Harvey said...

Fabulous! And I love your wit :o) Perhaps we are twins separated at birth?

Helen Joy said...

what a special, whimsical piece for a little girl! You did a great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That fabric is great and so perfect for a girl's bedroom, Amanda! I love it! You did a lot of work to get to this completed picture, but you can be real proud of your hard work ~ it really looks fantastic.

kimmcl said...

Omigosh! That is absolutely beautiful. Might even call it, "Perfectly Beautiful"! Kim

Amanda said...

Love it. You better hope the previous owners don't read your blog. They might come and try to repo it.

Leanne said...

I've been waiting to see this transformation. It's incredible! I love the fabric with the wood trim and the buttons are perfect. Thanks for sharing your project. I'm having a giveaway this week. Stop by and enter if you get the chance.

Kristina P. said...

Amanda, you are amazing! I LOVE that fabric. Great job!

Love the Decor! said...

Very lovely
Much improved!!

jenjen said...

It turned out so well Amanda! I love it. You are such a lucky girl to have found it by the side of the road. I still can't get over that!

XOXXO
Jen

Lee Laurie said...

It turned out beautiful Amanda! I can't wait to see it in the room! I like the canvas idea too! The fabric is so sweet!

Beth said...

Very sweet. I wish I could make my whole house pink.
To get around the corners, this is an excellent product. Very inexpensive also!
http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love how this turned out...looks sooooo good...like the fabric on the old canvas...I have done that and have been very happy with it. Have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Linda

Becca Abel said...

it looks so much better than i imagined. next time you need a lovely assistant, just give me a call, i'll be over in a jiffy. helping you're creativeness satisfies me from having to make a bunch of useless crap (which i feel like i have been doing.)

Caroline said...

Absolutely beautiful! Great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Shut UP! I can't even begin to tell you how much you rock. ;) So proud of you!!! Great work!! You could do another one and sell it at one of your boutiques. :)

Small House said...

Wow...what a difference it made. My kids are in need of a serious bedroom re-do.
Have a good day.

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Whoo, wooo! Love it!

Enchantresses Three said...

I think I am in love with your headboard!!! Seriously, it looks fabulous!!! You continue to amaze me!
Hugs,
Sariah

Gwen said...

You did it! It looks grand and I really heart that fabric.

Angie said...

You should be so proud because it is beautiful! You found the perfect fabric for it!

Infarrantly Creative said...

OMG I am in love. I saw you had posted and I held my breath hoping for a reveal. You did not disappoint. I love it. It is gorgeous...curves and all. Amazing fabric. I LOVES IT! You did an amazing job Amanda you should be so proud...kickin Roadkill Rescue...coming from the RR girl herself!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Sweet day! I love that fabric too~

Queen Bee said...

Good job!!! Luv the fabric and the name of yoiur post!
Missy

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

You are a stinken' rock star!! I'm sooo blown away chicka. It looks so amazing. I'd so love to see the faces of the previous owners if they could only see that headboard now!

Nicole said...

I love that fabric! It really did turn out great.

Jenglamgirl said...

"WOW" your popular, but then again your work is beautiful.

K- so I totally cannot remember where i GOT MY HAT... I have had it for like 4 years so it could of been target, ross, I don't know. Its old, but one of my fav. hats! I have like 12! ;)

Centsational Girl said...

Love love love it. Bravo girlfriend. Can't wait to see it in your girl's room. Fabulous !

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Love it!! The fabric is beautiful, and what a deal! Sorry that it was harder than you expected. I hate it when that happens.

Embellished Bayou said...

Fab.U.Lous!! That is the perfect girly fabric!

Richella said...

It looks WONDERFUL!!! Just wonderful! Aren't you so glad you did it? I'm PROUD of you, girl!

Woohoo for roadkill!

Richella said...

It looks WONDERFUL!!! Just wonderful! Aren't you so glad you did it? I'm PROUD of you, girl!

Woohoo for roadkill!

Teresa said...

Absolutely FAB.U.LOUS!!

Becca Abel said...

Oh my goodness! You ordered a cricut?! I'm excited for you! I already have ideas of things I want to cut out and create, would you allow that?

I, too, am obsessing over my new blog layout, i want to like make everyone I know look at it. But I'm trying to stay humble about it :P it kind of just happened though. I was playing around and it came together nicely, i was surprised.

what are these washer necklaces you speak of. I shall call you later and find out.

Pam Walter said...

Fantastic! The fabric is lovely and your work is beautiful. www.satisfiedsole.com

Stacey said...

That is absoultely perfect, Amanda! Great job! I love the fabric choice too! You are awesome, girl!

kari and kijsa said...

Love the transformation! You are truly a domestic genius!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh my gosh....you are hysterical! I laughed out loud when I saw your blog title and had to zip right over. I'm so glad I did. What a FABULOUS job you've done on your roadkill. LOVE it....

Blessings,
Spencer

Amy Jo said...

Amazing transformation! I'm so impressed and the result. I hope your girls love it as much as we all do!

Amber said...

I love that fabric! It looks like you did a great job turning that ugly thing into something cute and girly. Thanks for showing us!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

A.MAN.DA. That is SOOOO beautiful!!! I'm putting this on my FB page, yes I am.

6p00d83480510269e2 said...

You totally rocked that redo! I LOVE it! Wish I had a girl. Maybe my husband will let me make an uber girly room for us.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Amanda ~ Just stopping back in to let you know I did a post on upholstered headboards and mentioned you!

Southern Queen Bee said...

SIMPLY, I LOVE IT !!!!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That is gorgeous. I even zoomed in on the photos and it looks PERFECT! Will you please post how you upholstered it so that all the edges turn out so lovely! Beautiful!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Great job. Nice color choices. I adore all of your projects! Stan

Angela said...

Wow, what a talented gal you are ! I love paisley also and am drooling over the fabric and so so impressed with your "tufted buttons". :)

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Simply gorgeous! Feels good to get it done, huh?

Stacey said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!! And the fabric IS TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!
You ROCK!!!!

tjhjjcoogan said...

Awesome!

sissie said...

That headboard is absolutely charming. Yo did a fantastic job.
Good thing you saw it's potential.
You Go Girl!

Lisa said...

Wow! That is gorgeous!!!!! Love that fabric and you did an AMAZING job on that project.

Love visiting your blog, you are so talented!

Girly Stuff said...

It turned out great!

Jen R. said...

It looks gorg! What a difference!

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