Friday, May 22, 2009

Hello New Bed.....

It's here !!!

Ladies, say Hello to my new bed....

Sorry about the bad quality of the pictures on these first two pictures. First the lighting was too bright with the sun coming in the window in the early afternoon and the picture looks a little fuzzy, then the pictures I took later came out dark. Oh well, at least you get the idea of what my new bed looks like.

I love it already and I haven't even had a chance to sleep in it yet. I am so looking forward to crawling into my new bed tonight and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my back will like having a firm mattress to and that I won't wake up with a sore back in the morning.

I prettied up the bed with a new pale pink bedskirt and some pretty pink sheets with a small rose print from the Rachel Ashwell "Simply Shabby Chic" line at Target.

Topping those off is a gorgeous for real Shabby Chic duvet cover. I purchased the Shabby Chic duvet cover years ago but was never able to use it as it was too small for my king size waterbed. Up until today, I've been storing it and the duvet in my closet. I am so happy that I am finally able to use it. It's still shorter than I would like on the sides and on the end as it barely comes down to the level of the box spring and I wish it was about 2 or 3 inches longer on each side, but I can live with it and I just love how pretty it looks on the bed.

One idea I had to better hide the areas where the mattress and box spring meet is to add another layer to the bedding. I think what I will do is look for some king size white sheets (hopefully with some ruffled edges) that are longer and wider than the duvet cover so that they will come down farther on the sides and on the end of the bed and I will layer them between the regular sheets on the bed and the duvet cover so there is more of a three tiered look to the bedding. I've seen it done in magazines and I think it should work.

Now that I have a much smaller bed, I have quite a bit more open space in the room. On the left side of the bed where before I had maybe a foot and a half of space between the side of the bed and the wall, I now have much more space to move around and I was even able to fit in a sofa side table that I found last fall in an antique shop to use as a second night stand and I also put a chair along that wall. Remember seeing this chair before? I found this cute chair for $5 in an antique shop this past winter and I showed it in one of my older posts. It was in my office being used for extra seating if I had visitors, but I moved it upstairs as I thought it would fit in perfectly with the Shabby Chic look I have created for my bedroom.

The only "ugly" parts of this room now are my old dresser and nightstand which are still the dark wood. My dream is to someday switch them out for some white or cream colored pieces to lighten up the look of the room even more. I have some ideas on what I can find to use for a nightstand and I will be keeping my eyes out for it when I am in the antique and thrift shops, but the dresser is going to be a little harder to replace.

I'll let you know in a few days if the new bed is making my back feel better and if it's easier for me to get up in the morning and start moving around without my back feeling like it could go out on me at any minute.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. I'm just going to be hanging out at home for the most part, probably admiring my new bed all weekend, but will be over at my Mom's tomorrow for a picnic. More than likely, I will also end up at one or two different antique shops or thrift shops over the long weekend where maybe I will find just that right piece of furniture to use for a new nightstand... :-)

18 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, it looks great!! Love your shabby chic bedding. My dd and I saw a great dresser this past weekend at an antique fair. It was painted a very pale green, and if we had had the room, I would have brought it home :-) Just keep looking, you will find something to add to your "new" bedroom.
Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

Beautiful new bed and bedding.
You could always paint your current dresser, a cream or white and give it a distressed look.

It would look great while you find the perfect dresser!

Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy your time off.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow.. that is beautiful! love your bed and the bedding set too! no more back ache after this, hopefully.. :-)

have a great weekend!

debi @ life in my studio said...

Hello beautiful bed...love it! Your bedding is also beautiful! Love the pillows.
Your dresser looks very much like ours...we bought it in the 80's new, and it was driving me crazy with the dark wood. So my husband painted it white and distressed it. It's now one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

Melinda said...

Hi Kim...
LOVE the new bed!! And the bedding is beautiful..I could doze off in seconds there! So cute and comfy looking!!

Hope you are having a nice weekend! See you for tea on Tuesday! I just bought a new cup which is beautiful and cant wait to show you!!

Hugs from your Blogland friend..
Melinda

Katie said...

Happy Pink Saturday Kim! LOVE the bed. It is gorgeous. I'm with the other gals, that dresser would be fabulous painted white!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Your new bed and linens look lovely! Perhaps layering a large tablecloth (lace?) would also work to give you the extra length you want under the comforter.

What about painting your dark wood pieces? It's a great way to give old pieces a fresh, new look. It truly is amazing what a quart of paint can do! I've painted about 15 pieces of furniture in the last 2 years. Eventually, I will be showing them all in upcoming posts on my new blog but I did feature a makeover of a French Provincial chest and nightstand on my 5/17/09 post.

Lady Pamela said...

Hi Kim,
You have such a pretty blog. I enjoyed reading about your bedroom redo. I love the pretty new bed. You are doing a great job.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

I your new bed is so pretty. I like how the footboard curves so you can tuck the covers in at the end. Like the idea that Shari had of layering using a large tablecloth, I'm going to keep that idea in mind! I sure hope this helps your back! Have a good weekend.
Valerie

Elyse said...

hi shabby kim,

your bedding and bed look awesome. i have just the Rx for your little nightstand: PAINT! you can do it. it's fun.

xo

Sandi said...

Hi Kim,
I agree...paint your dark pieces of wood! That way you don't have much $$$ in your makeover and it would be gorgeous!!
Blessings~

Pearl said...

I really love your bed, so beautiful. It really is true if you have a bad back or your matteress gives you a bad back, a firm mattrest is the key. It takes about 2 weeks to get used to it. But one day you will realize you don't have a back ache in the mornings waking up. Have a restful sleep

Kris said...

Lovely new bed and the bedding is so shabby and pretty. I hope the new mattress does help your back.
Isn't it nice to have the extra room to move around and DECORATE with even more shabby finds.

Kris

lani said...

There is nothing ugly about the room you have filled it with your love.....nice blog i think i may share some tea cups on tuesday if I find the right linky dinky thinky .....lani

Holly said...

Very, pretty, Kim! Your duvet cover is very much like my (shower curtain) chair throw. Maybe it is the same? Love your room. Mine really needs help! ♥

PS I can't imagine sleeping in the same bed for so many years!

Stephenie said...

Love your new bed and the bedding is just soooooo beautiful...Love the roses...
STephenie

~Moondust Marita~ said...

Your room is gorgeous! I have a duvet cover from the earlier shabby chic line and I still love it too! I was happy to see that you held onto it.
I saw a post a few weeks ago where this lady had a dresser almost exactly like yours and she painted it cream and it was amazing! I don't remember who it was (as there are so many beautiful blogs out there) but I did save the picture she had of before and after because I thought it was so pretty.
If you would like to see the picture you can email me and I would be happy to send it to you.

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