You want a fancy French daybed? Well, lets make one!

Victoria Kirton
by Victoria Kirton
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One of the greatest things about having a crazy imagination and living as the only grown up in a house is being able to do anything I want. It is true. Our house is like a scratch book of an artist who may or may not be just a bit crazy but we love it. One of my obsessions is French daybeds. Who doesn't love them? I have been wanting one for so long but why must they be so expensive? I guess I could save up money and buy myself one...oh you know in about ten years but where is the fun in that? So I decided to make myself one. It all started with my fifty dollars green French bed frame.
The moment I saw this bed, I knew it had so much potentials. I have been obsessing over these bendable Efex appliques for awhile now and this project was perfect for them. I added the appliques with contact cement and painted the frame in a mix of Chalk Paint® in Old White and Paris Grey. I think I imagined myself waking up every morning with a crown and a glass of champagne? A girl can dream, right? So my little green bed frame became all fancy and turned into this beauty. I think Iggy Azalea was thinking about this bed when she wrote Fancy.
I wish our love story ended there but it didn't. I was told it was a queen size bed frame but in truth, it was a full size. I real tears. So I am keeping the headboard for my bed because I just love it so much. I decided to turn the foot board into a French daybed. For months now I have been taking an upholstery class with the most amazing teacher. The man can do anything. He said he will help me build anything if I promise him I won't paint any antique furniture. Hmmm...we will see about that. So the two of us started working away. Here is our beauty in every step of her make over. Get ready for lots of pictures.
Ok, I may have cried again when we cut the foot board in half.
Ok, I may have cried again when we cut the foot board in half.
This part has so many possibilities...from the shape to size. We decided to keep it smaller than 60 inches to make my life easier when I upholster it.
The construction part done. Next is upholstery.
I chose a gray velvet fabric for its durability and its ability to hide lots of dirty little hand and paw prints.
I got two separate cushions and wrap them with a layer of Dacron batting and sew a cushion cover. Are you ready for the final reveal????
I got two separate cushions and wrap them with a layer of Dacron batting and sew a cushion cover. Are you ready for the final reveal????
I am in seriously in love. The details make this piece extra special. It is so amazing to have a vision in my head then to make it happen. It truly is the best feeling in the whole wide world. This nine foot tall oil painting seems like it was always meant to be with this daybed, don't you think?
Someone recently asked me what makes a house a home. Isn't a home where we collect things that define us? A place that shows who we are as people and where we have been? Where we surround ourselves with love? A home is a novel that keeps on writing and a story is only as interesting as people who live it. I like to think that our home tells a story that is pretty epic...and when you walk in, you might wonder to yourself...yeah those chicks...they got some interesting stories to tell.
Victoria Kirton
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  • Penny Taylor Penny Taylor on Apr 14, 2018

    This is a wonderful piece and a great makeover. Now, where did you get the LARGE painting? Love the daybed with it, like Cynthia said, it looks like they were made to go together.

  • Laura Gribble Laura Gribble on May 28, 2018

    Why the two open squares in the back piece? Did you add padding in those??

  • Barb Charms Barb Charms on Jul 23, 2018

    Love it!!!! WANT, NO NEED IT!!!!

    Where did you find the headboard? I just redid my sons room into my craftroom/office/guestroom and have 2 pieces that are curvy and French like(?) But I think ur daybed is gorgeous and so unique. Great job

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  • Heje Heje on Oct 09, 2018

    The details on the bedframe highlighted with the gold brought it to glory. The upholstery looks professional. It all comes together to a great looking piece. Thanks for the inspiration to add to future projects.

  • Tracie Clark Tracie Clark on Oct 28, 2018

    This is the coolest thing u have seen on any of the diy sites; and i peruse them at every opportunity. Congrats, beautiful work. Now to find one i can do! Again kudos!!