I will be the first to admit that I've been a little tired lately. We moved Nina into a big girl bed about five nights ago (not that I've been counting or anything), and of course I am also more than 8 months pregnant. Put together, these things do not equal a good night's sleep! If it weren't for the cuteness of her new bedroom, this whole thing would be a bust!
You may have seen this post, months ago, about the twin brass bed we inherited from my husband's family. Here it is in it's all-brass glory:
I struggled with what to do because I don't like this natural brass look, and eventually decided I would just darken it using Brass Ager. But then I saw a similar bed that had been aged and didn't like it. Still, it's a family piece, and some part of me just felt wrong about painting it!
But you know what? I got over it! I realized that more than anything, we want to be able to enjoy the bed. I know it goes against the norm, but if we don't like the bed, what is the point? So it got a coat of cream-colored paint and we are thrilled with the way it turned out! (Thanks to my husband, who spent many hours in the garage with multiple cans of Rustoleum spray paint. And yes, that is all we did! Just the spray paint, no sanding, nothing. I was worried it wouldn't be enough, but it turned out perfectly!)
We've used a feather duvet and a handmade family quilt for the bottom of the bed. Right now Nina has soft white flannel sheets from LL Bean, and in the spring we will switch to pretty light floral sheets. I have a Euro pillow and and a standard pillow for the bed, but I am already realizing that, with these toddler guard rails on either side, I won't be making the bed every morning. Still, it's fun to have the girlie bedding for those days when I actually motivate to make the bed!
Now my only problem is getting our new little night prowler to stay in bed. Specifically, the early morning wake-up calls are killing us! Nina used to sleep from about 8 p.m. till about 7:30 or 8 a.m. Now she's getting up in the 6 a.m. range. Yeah. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Will it change? Go back to normal once the novelty of the new bed wears off? Oh, please tell me it will!