Friday, 20 July 2012

Sleigh Bed Gypsy Barn style!

The most YOU-Nique Sleigh Bed we could think of!

Well, here goes Blog attempt #2!

This beauty was discovered at an Estate Sale we just happened to stumble across.
There were quite a few sleighs there, in excellent condition, however, at the very end sat this little girl giving me the puppy dog eyes.

This particular one was from William Gray and Sons Carriage Company
circa 1903 - Chattham Ontario

Yup. She was looking pretty beat up.

Here is a nice shot of the boards that used to be the inner base.
Complete Rot.

The boards just crumbled away if you looked at them wrong ...
I tore the entire thing apart right down to the bare minimum that I could handle for a
repurposing project.

I then replaced them with some barn boards from a demolition we helped with.
Might as well try and keep the aged woods somewhat similar.

 I added some Elmers Wood Rot Stabilizer and some wood conditioner to the frame underneath the boards.
 Multiple layers of treatments left to soak it in for a few days.

Then, I tried the best I could to re-use some nails from the beams and boards we salvaged from this old barn that we were fortunate enough to pick from before it was flattened.

The sleigh threw me a little attitude and decided to eat my hammer.

After the boards were all replaced and everything was treated
I called in my dear friends Mother.

She likes to sew.
I do not.

It requires my having to sit still for along period of time, and well, that doesn't happen.

She was cussin' me to make sure I didn't get her face in any of the photos haha

So here's a little compilation.
Sorry Judy, it made the cut!
You look fabulous!

She did the entire process by hand. I love it! I think it adds to the integrity of it all.
It took quite some time to choose this fabric. I think it was the right choice.
It still holds the antique look but it is ohhhhhhh so soft!

After all was said and done, I used Min Waxes PolyShades -Black Satin
and as fast I could, rubbed it on and wiped it right back off.
It really pulled that dull sunfaded pink back to red and really made it pop!

Here my dear friends are the after shots!

Lexy and I decided that it needed to be put to the comfort test! So we took a minute to enjoy it. My darling Hubby grabbed the camera and started shooting..... then I hear him say - " I'm assuming you want me to make sure the camera is angled enough so no double chins are showing?" THAT is why he is MINE! HA!!!

The final before and after

On to the next creation!

EDIT - AUGUST 2 - 2012

WOW! What an honour! The lounger was chosen by Minwax for the project of the month! Given all the entries that were out of this world, that is VERY flattering!!!


  1. That is so beautiful I'm actually jealous! I love it! I have a big project in the works in my garage. I'm just waiting for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to hit the stores so I can park my new van in there again! Feel free to stop by and give me pointers -
    I'd sure appreciate it!

    I'm just in love with this sleigh bed. Drool! I pinned it on Pinterest, I hope that's okay.

    Also, please consider giving us an option to subscribe via email. I don't use the readers, but I love to get new blog posts in my email. :)

  2. Ok, finally figured that out! You can now do the email subscription!
    Thanks for the push!
    ~Gypsy Barn ~

  3. Wow, this is so creative! I am now wishing I had room for an old sleigh, too! I love the way you fixed it up. I see you are in Peterborough... I too am in ON.

  4. Awesome! What a lot of work but soooo worth it. Just hopped over from Furniture Feature Friday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy

  5. That is INCREDIBLE! What an amazing project.

  6. what a project you undertook! It turned out beautiful, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

    1. Absolutely! I'm new to the blog world and terms, so I assume that's a good thing? I took a peek at your blog and fell in love with pretty much everything, so I'd feel pretty honoured to have you feature it! I'm not sure how to follow blogs yet, so I clicked on everything that said follow on the page HA! Hopefully I got one right! Thanks for the kind words! It was great fun!

    2. Im sure you got it right... GREAT I WILL EMAIL YOU WHEN IT POSTS


      not sure if you caught your feature, you can check it out here.

    4. Hi Lauren! Thank you SO much! It seems out of all the ways to follow you, I didn't get the by email way and didn't get any notifications :( But thank you for dropping me a line to let me know!
      I'm trying to figure out how to do the tabs at the top of my page, so I can show what has been featured, or how to add the links to other blogs as thank yous. I'm still unfamiliar with Blogging code of conduct lol.
      i.e - when someone says link party, we are supposed to add a link to their page on ours somehow as well? I'm lost and confused ... such a Noob. Hammers and drills - no problem - fonts and html code..... totally lost!

  7. Just came over from Miss Mustard Seed! I LOVE this! You are so amazingly creative and talented! I wish I could purchase this for my old farmhouse! I am a new follower and look forward to seeing what you are up to next! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  8. Quite honestly, this is one of the most beautiful transformations that I have ever seen! Your eye for recognising the possibility hidden in that wreck of a sleigh is amazing. Beautiful!

  9. Oh my goodness!! Not that I will EVER come across a sleigh like this, but IF I ever do & can buy it, I would copy it exactly like yours.

  10. holy cow--you are a fun fun lady with incredible skillz!

    looks fabulous. found you via MMS's party where i'm partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.


  11. Love this! So creative and completely beautiful. And so tempting - totally makes me want to curl up with a good book too.

  12. What a stunning make over. You should be proud!

    Donna Allgaier-Lamberti
    White Oak Studio Designs/Hand-Painted Furniture Transformatons

  13. This is beyond cool. I've always loved sleigh beds (have one myself) but this... THIS... ridiculous transformation is definitely my favorite "sleigh bed". Congrats to you on a lovely job!

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  15. Hola, soy de Argentina, me gustan tus trabajos, MUY CREATIVOS.TendrĂ¡s que tradusir ( no se inglis).Felicitaciones.

  16. Thanks for sharing about Sleigh bed................

    Sleigh bed

  17. i read your sleigh story a week ago and last night I was able to buy a pony sleigh with a seat
    rails and hope really hope I can make it somewhat like you did. I'ts only 6 ft long, and 40 inch high.
    I saw yours and loved it, and now and I really hope to show you what we did.
    thank you again, i love your sleigh Lynnn Z