10.08.2008

Project help and some pretty pumpkins

Hello Friends in Blogland...I need some help. See this beautiful old wrought iron bed? I inherited it from my sister-in-law. Thing is, it is sorely in need of a little love. I want to refinish it for the Princess' room, but I need a little help. Has anyone ever refinished a wrought iron bed like this?

Here are some closeups of some of the details. So pretty.

You can't tell very well in these photos, but the footboard is curved. I. love. it.
I actually really love the look of the old chippy paint, but I'm just sure it's chock full of lead. Can't have that in a house with little ones, so I've got to find a way to remove the old paint. I've tried sanding it by hand, but it didn't come off very well. Can I use a palm sander? Please help.


And finally, because Jen at Sanctuary Arts is throwing a pretty pumpkin party...some of you may remember this basket from my porch...
Well, I fall-ified it. The kiddos and I bought a bunch of sugar pumpkins last week, and I just put three of them in the basket. They looked lonely, but I wasn't sure what to add. Then today I was driving down the street and saw some lovely hydrangea bushes. I pulled over and gathered up a few. I adore the neutral colors of the hydrangeas against the orange of the pumpkins. So pretty. Very autumny. (at least until the next rain fall).





Happy Autumn~

36 comments:

Betsy said...

Love the pumpkins. I know that you start by scrubbin with a wire brush. That gets a lot of the rust off and then might make sanding easier. Not sure though.

Ms. Tee said...

I read about re-doing iron beds a while back. I think that sandblasting is the easiest & inexpensive (the article said, I'm not sure, though!)
I love the hydrangeas with the pumpkins. Just beautiful!

Scott, Valerie and Kendall Bug said...

Make a trip to Lowes, they make a product that is like a liquid sander that you apply with a paint brush and the paint washes/wipes off. I used it on an old wrought iron table and chairs. I do not remember the products name...sorry...

Sunny Ellis said...

You are probably going to want to go with a chemical paint remover or a heat remover. Sanding releases the lead dust into the air and you don't want to breath it either.

The sand blasting idea might work well. An auto body shop would have a sand blaster or a bead blaster for large parts. Theirs would also have proper ventilation.

Mandi said...

Oh, I love the way you fall-ified your basket!!!

Carrie said...

The basket is beautiful. I don't really know anything about the bed to help sorry. But its going to be great when you finish it.

Traci said...

Yep, I agree with the others....sandblast would be the fastest way. I wonder if you can rent one....hmmmmm

Julie said...

Ohh I love the hydrangeas with the pumpkins! I'm not sure about the bed but when you find something that works let me know I have one that looks about like that and its still in mil's basement good luck1
julie

duchess said...

Sorry, I'm no help with the bed.
The flowers & pumpkins are beautiful, though.

Mrs. M said...

i've painted several wrought iron pieces but never had to strip them completely. i second the wire brush! It's good for hard to reach places.

pumpkins and hydrangeas...who would have thought?

Blissfully Enamored said...

i have just, in the last couple of months, started to really like hydrangeas! i think they lok perfect along with your pumpkins!!!

Laurel MacD said...

I've been playing around with pumpkins in my window box and nothing has looked right - I love the flowers.

Darlene said...

Your pumpkins in the window box look so beautiful with the hydrangeas!!

I can't help you at all with the bed but you don't want to expose yourself to the lead paint either, by breathing the air particles. Just be careful whatever you end up doing.

Joanna said...

The pumpkins and hydrandgeas look great!

Sorry no advice for the bed.

Cristin said...

ditto on the pumpkin/hydrangea combo...very nice...

Is your heart set on bring the bed indoors? I think they look great with climbing vines and flowers outdoors!

cakescraps said...

Try scrubbing the headboard/footboard with a wire brush, that should get most of the paint off. Then go back with sand paper.

Amber said...

The dried hydrangeas look lovely nestled up against the pumpkins! Thanks for sharing. How lucky are you to have dried hydrangeas on the bush that you can stop by and cut! ;) Oh the benefits of not living in the city!

Jen r. said...

Love your pumpkins! Thanks for joining the party...
Check it for lead with a lead check kit.. I know home depot has it. Use a wire brush just to knock off the loose bits, don't sand (if it's lead) and then either spray it down or sue a wet rag to get off the dust. Once dry, Use a Rust inhibiting primer for rust, it will stop the rusting and then spray paint it with a metal paint of choice... :)

Victoria said...

The bed is beautiful! I've never refinished anything like that but my first thought was that you need to wear a mask when using a wire brush or sanding.

The pumpkins look great with the hydrangeas!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I'm totally clueless as to how to refinish the bed, but when you figure it out could you post about it? Thanks! Lovin' the pumpkins! I'm going to show my mum-in-law your photos bc she just loves all things hydrangeas.

Kathleen said...

Have you considered taking it to a place that paints cars (like a powder coating shop)? They could probably sand blast it and then paint it with a high quality, durable paint. From what I hear it's not too expensive either. Plus you don't have to deal with the mess (and dust particles in your lungs) of trying to sand it yourself.

Amy said...

My parents inherited an old iron outdoor serving cart. My mom took it and had it sandblasted....looks brand new!!!!

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

Love the headboard... I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Love that bed. Have no idea how to refinish it.

Blessings,

Sher

Holly said...

Wend, Possibly steele wool...when I used that old dirty screen for the sculpture in school my teacher suggested steele wool. Maybe your bed frame is too heavy duty for that. If you do try, wear gloves. ;) I ended up getting a tetanis (spelling?) shot! Not one of my brightest moments.

Laura said...

Love the headboard! My husband is a welder - he said that you can either take it to be sandblasted or he mentioned a paste that you paint on with a paintbrush, let sit to dissolve the paint/rust, then wipe off & you're done. He unfortunately can't remember the name of the paste right now, but I can send it to you when he's done with his senior moment!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

I love the bed (though I am of no help to your problem) and can't wait to see the finished product. You will share, won't you???

Love the hydrangeas!!!!

Holly said...

My daughter has a very similar bed in her bedroom, but my parents got it out of a friend's trash heap when I was a child, so I don't know how they refinished it. They probably were not concerned about lead paint, though.
Love the hydrangeas!

Cher said...

I'm with Amy. Have it sandblasted. Friends own a headstone business and they sometimes sandblast people's stuff. The bed is so wonderful, it would be worth the trouble.

Love your pumpkin photos!

The Texas Woman

Kelly said...

Love the potential in that bed frame. I haven't redone a bed frame, but I have redone wrought iron patio furniture in equally flaking-paint and rusty condition. I used a wire brush to get the old paint and rust off. I did a combination of a hand wire brush and a drill attachment wire brush. It worked well. Then I primed and painted.

Be sure to show after pictures!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I have never refinished one like this, but I will tell you that I have an old wrought iron bed that has been painted white. I LOVE it. It looks so pretty! So, whatever you do, I am sure it will be spectacular. I will also go and visit your sister today. :)
Carrie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Great pumpkins! Find someone who can safely sandblast the bed. It gets into the nooks and crannies.

Please visit my blog. I am on post #98 so you know what that means!

Alecia said...

Take the bed to your local auto body shop and ask for an estimate on sandblasting it. My mom did the same thing on an iron headboard and it turned out great.

Dana D said...

I had a similar bed growing up. It was my grandmother's, and in bad condition, too! My grandma took it to an autobody paint shop that some of our friends ran. They sand blasted it and painted it white. It is a queen size. It cost a little over $100 to do about 20 years ago. It's still in great condition, because the sand blasting completely removed the rust, and cleaned the bed down to the original iron. Now, if only I could convince my boys that they needed my 'girly' childhood bed! I'd love to still be using it in my home! What a lucky daughter you have- she'll have years of enjoyment with that beautiful bed!

Shannon said...

I did our guest bed (which was iron) and it really wasnt that bad. Just took a couple of days. Sand sand sand and then sand some more. Spray with Kilz primer and the spray paint. Obviously the hardest part is sanding. LOVE your bed!

Nostalgic Dreams said...

My great grandmother left me one similar to this and I began by sanding off the rusty parts with a wire brush then finished off the caked on areas with naval jelly. Let it set then you might have to use a little elbow grease but it will come off eventually. Afterwards prime with a rust prevention primer (I used Rustoleum) and then paint to your heart's content and use Brasso to shine up the brass parts. It turned out wonderfully. Alas I do not still have mine as one of our 16 military moves did the bed in (crate was dropped and it was never the same) but I loved re-doing it. I wish you luck. ~Elizabeth