Saturday, January 9, 2010

Farmhouse Dilemma

Look at what Hubs discovered
at the flea market!

This fabulous antique full-size walnut foot-board,
has lost its headboard, also pieces of its trim & its finials.
But the carving, oh my,
the carving is in gorgeous condition

So, here's our dilemma!

This is a project that will be for sale when it is finished.
What should we do with this beauty?
Should we make it into a bench or daybed?
A wall hanging, or use as a headboard?
Should this be painted?
Yes? Then what color?
Paint would really make the carving POP!
We aren't afraid to paint an antique,
but then, should we attempt to restore it instead?
Try to find molding to match or have it made?
All possibilities,
but before we make a decision
we are seeking the ideas, thoughts & suggestions
from YOU, the loyal readers of
Continental Calliope and Funky Junk Interiors.

We value your opinions.
So, please, tell us what you think.
Give us your two cents worth or even three!

We are totally open to all suggestions.
We will begin the make-over after hearing from all of you.
We'll be sure to post the big reveal, before it goes up for sale.

We have linked up this important decision to
SNS #12 @ Funky Junk Interiors
Ok, tell us what you think!
We're waiting.


concretenprimroses said...

It looks gorgeous as a head board. but is it at all uncomfy to lean on? Maybe that doesn't matter to most people but I like to sit up and read in bed. If I was thinking of buying it I would worry about that. My antique family heirloom brass bed which I love is in the guest room as its not the greatest for that.
I'm not sure what colors are cool right now, but a spring green seems nice to me! A bench could have the same comfort issues, but a person could try it out and discover that it is in fact ok.

::cottage instincts:: said...


Painted turquoise with a brown glaze. Some pillows in faded florals.

Or red, then black, distressed to show the red beneath with a linen seat cushion and red toile pillows.

Or white, distressed with a white denim cushion and french grain sack pillows.

Then send it to me. :)

Brittany@Superwoman said...

I would LOVE it as a wall hanging. I personally don't have any room for it, but I think it would be great to be painted a pastel (or just white!) then distressed to really bring out those details!

Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

How about a coat rack with some big chunky hooks...or a etched mirror flanking the sides of the center carving. (mimicking the carving)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow, that is one amazing headboard I must say. It appears to be the perfect proportions for one anyway.

It's so hard to finish an item for selling. How does one know what would appeal to another colour wise is my dilemma.

Looking at it, My first thought may be painting it white and lightly glazed afterwards. The white would brighten the piece and the glazing would bring out your details.

For selling, I'd probably lean towards neutral rather than a colour, although the new pops of aquas out there now sure are fun!

Tough call. Nevermind. Just bring it here and your worries would be over, no? :)

Have fun with this one! It's a beauty! If I have another brainstorm, I'll chime in again. I have to think about it more.

Thanks for linking it up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Anonymous said...

It is Amazing! It is shouting"turn me into a Bench"!!! It would be wonderful with iron legs too.

Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

I think it would be an amazing front to a kitchen island. You could make the box shape with some nice old cast iron legs or even some nice turned legs then put this on the side that will show in a kitchen. Very grand. I would paint it white with glaze and distressing and then put a nice wooden top on it. Just my thought it

JD said...

I think it would make a great bench back, but then I am in love with benches. That's my vote, paint it and then sand across the details to really make the details pop. My first thought was white and then sand and glaze but then I started thinking that red would be awesome and unexpected. I vote red and BAM, talk about POP!

Remodelaholic said...

This really is a wonderful piece! I think a neutral would be best. A white that you antique with a glaze to help highlight the carvings etc.

And a simple color would appeal to more people, then if you do it as a bench, they can throw on some pillows in colors to match their specific decor. I just love the idea of a bench.

It is fun to find your blog, just hopping around, and I just became a follower! I would love it if you wanted to check out my blog it is! Good luck with your project!

Shine said...

Hope all is well!!! We miss your fun postings! Shine

Mom2fur said...

Hmmm, even though it is only part of a bed, does it have any value as it stands? I mean, will you lose on it if you refinish or paint it? I have learned from watching Antiques Road Show that you can lose a lot of value on antique furniture if you refinish it.
If you want to go ahead, though, I wouldn't paint it. I'd just shine it up, then I'd build a killer desk around it, with this piece as the front. Donald Trump himself probably couldn't ask for a desk prettier than that!

suzieQ said...

As someone who just found your blog, I too have an opinion. I think the suggestions to use it as the front of a kitchen island or desk are wonderful. I would take extra care of the wood finish and let the skill of the craftsman shine through. Call me old fashioned, but I have sometimes cringed when I have seen beautiful old pieces painted for the sake of painting. It would also work as a headboard, just pile lots of pillows against it, as I do, when I sit up in bed to read.
So, there's my two cents. I do enjoy reading the creative ideas of others; this blogging world keeps us all thinking and doing.

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