Monday, January 10, 2011

[ thrifting score! +inspiration ]

HOW WAS your weekend? Mine was fairly productive - I finally managed to pack up all my Christmas decorations and it feels good to clear things out and simplify around here again.


I did get out thrifting and ended up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore which has become my all-time favourite place to hang out (when I have time to putter). I landed this awesome vintage metal bed for $30 which I plan to put into one of our guest rooms. It's in good shape and is currently in a dark brown finish with a diamond pattern on the center panel.

I've always loved old metal beds and these inspiration pics make me love it even more:


[1,4 coastal living; country living; easy living;
5,6 better homes and gardens; house beautiful]


Now the question is, should I paint it or leave it in its original finish?

lisa




19 comments:

Beach Vintage.com said...

Love all this inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Awesome find..can't wait to see the color you pick!

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

Great score!
(I say paint it, unless the brown is perfect where you'll be using it!)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

great find and an awesome price! Also, the inspiraton photos are lovely. I have a vintage metal bed in my daughter's room that was brown, similar to yours but with that great center panel, we sprayed it silver when we re-did our house into a more modern environment, love it. Can't wait to see how yours looks in it's new home.

Meeling said...

Great find Lisa!
I love your inspiration photos too...I think the green ones are my fave.
You'll have to show us your finished project. :-)
Happy Monday!

Sarah said...

Great score! I have a metal bed frame, too, though it's just from IKEA via Craig's List. It looks passably old, though. I just discovered your blog and am a new follower!

Sarah http://sadiedesigns.blogspot.com

Pinecone said...

I say paint it! Your inspiration choices are gorg...especially love the green in the top photo. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Ashlyn

Privet and Holly said...

Depends on the wall
color. I like the
brown one in the pic
with the blue-striped
bedding....Actually,
I like them all! Great
find, Lisa : )
Happy Monday,
xx Suzanne

Amanda said...

I'm planning to get a metal bed for our guest room too! Just haven't found the right one, yet! :)

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

What a great find! I've had a few metal beds over the years. One is still in my old room at my parents that's been in the family for years and years. It's painted white and has some ornate details. My mom had quite an experience trying to find replacement brass balls for it. (imagine the look she got from the old guy behind the counter when she asked for brass balls!) The other one I got for cheap (though I think you may have beaten my deal) at a flea market. Some previous owner had spray painted it black and gold camouflage!! Needless to say I chose to paint that one too!
Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

Dionne said...

These are great pics, and what a score you made on that beauty!

maureencracknell said...

Oh paint it, I love the aqua shades! I remember when I was 16 my mother had my boyfriend and I take two of these beds to a thrift store for her and I had no idea then what I was doing! I wish I could get them back. Great find Lisa and thanks for the welcome back! :)

sweet european dreams said...

$30 ??!! That's a steal! I don't think that our reStore ever has furniture, but maybe I need to check more often. You are going to have great decor fun with this little steal. -diane

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Great bed! I think paint would be great!

pve design said...

hey, that's my old bed! (from childhood!)
Is there a wee dent in the headboard...I would rock back and forth to rock myself to sleep!
pve

Michelle said...

I love your find! AMAZING! I think it would look stunning either way (if you left it alone or decided to paint it). Hope you post a "after" photo once you've completed the guest room.

Gremlina said...

AHHH! I'm on the hunt for a vintage metal bed--JUST like this. the search continues...

jandjhome said...

I love great thrift store finds! The inspiration pictures are beautiful.

Julie said...

Oh, I totally adore your inspiration photos!!

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