This is how it started out...antique looking, but tired
My friend who owns the bed gave me a picture of what she wanted. I tried and tried, but failed miserably at making it look like the picture from the Horchow catalog. I even deleted the pictures of the first attempt...that's how bad it was.
So I chatted with my friend and we decided to dry brush white/cream...and I failed at that too. Not sure WHAT was going on..I've dry-brushed before, but this looked like my 5 year old painted it. So my friend told me a very high tech trick to help blend the brush strokes.
She told me to water down some white paint and take a plastic bag (like from the grocery store, Target, etc), dip it in the mixture and rub it on until things blend. I was scratching my head over this one...I'd never heard of this trick. But you know what?! It worked wonders. WONDERS! I'm not saying the bed is perfect...but it is soooo much better than my first...and second attempts. After it was blended more, I distressed and glazed with ebony stain.
So, before you fall asleep, here is the finished (I think) bed. The pictures are terrible, but, thank you to MN weather, the bed is inside on tarps.
So, let me have it...be brutally honest! Well, not too brutal, mmm-kay?