Wednesday, 2 September 2009

I Spent The Shopping Money On A Fourposter Bed! - Is That Very 'Blonde'??

Hello there! All Okay --- Goood!!
Hectic here - still with a houseful, and more guests expected in a week or two - did I blink - where did Summer go?
I wont even mention the rain! and rain - and some!!
Anyway enough of the dismal stuff - Guess what I bought for the princely sum of £35!
A real wooden (Pine) fourposter bed!
Just sat there it was - at a carboot sale - in a muddy field.
You could see it from the other side of the field because the people selling it had put it together - anyway it was late in the day, and I suppose not many people could envisage buying it and fitting it into their Fiesta - or whatever! so - the stall holders were tired and really Not wanting to take it home with them.
I pointed it out to Hubby P and he said -'it'al be a fortune - all that wood must have cost a bomb - but ask if you must' - so I did - nearly had a fit when she said £40, I pleaded my poverty, and asked if she could do better, and she said £35 - how good is that!
I had my shopping cash with me, I don't usually take that much to carboot, otherwise it is just too tempting to a for a girl like me!! Vintage hats and the like - a big temptation! So the shopping money went on a bed, and so its beans for tea this week!
Hubby P looked resigned - but went for the van and loaded it up.
Here it is in its unadorned raw state -in bits! Hubby P thinks it has been someones project - it was without top rails (Hubby P soon acquired these from a woodshop - type of place), and the bed had obviously not been used.
As you can see we were completely unprepared for the arrival of huge bits of bed - we hastily dismantled the old bed and took it to the tip - just to give us the room to try and put it up!
As usual hubby P got out his trusty wizzy electric screwdriver and whatnot and had it up in a trice!
There was a moment or two of domestic dis-harmony whilst choosing paint, I fancied a rather gentle shade of pink - but that was just not going to happen. Hubby P was resigned to the idea that the bed would have drapes - I promised no frills! but he was not going to sleep in a pink bed!
We settled on a nice cream colour.

Its very difficult to get a photo of the bed - the bedroom being that small, but here's a couple of snapshots of the almost finished bed. I have used an old vintage bedspread for the (small - no frills drapes - as specified by Hubby P), the backdrop has a lovely embroidered flower spray on it. And I used some of my Victorian Lace curtains to add some vintage charm.
Believe it or not, the little dress hung up was once mine when I was a Flower girl at a wedding - I was a tiny dot - don't know what happened!

I didn't put drapes at the foot of the bed, for one I hadn't enough fabric, and secondly I just know Hubby P will get tangled and do himself an injury! To be honest, now the bed is up, there isn't a lot of room to get around it - but its pretty - and so comfy.
As I said to Hubby P ' I feel like 'The Princess And The Pea'! - I didn't get an answer, maybe it was wiser of him not to say what he was thinking!
Of course all this moving furniture about makes such a mess - loads of cleaning up, washing down walls where cupboards have been - enough to give a girl the vapours!

Remember the screen - I still haven't done anything with it, the two really bad panels are hidden behind it. The cabinet I use was my Grandparents, as a linen press - keep all my nice table linen and lacy pillow slips in it. It was in the bedroom, but its been evicted from there due to the arrival of the huge bed. So now it resides in the living room - and that means I have to keep the linen looking nicely folded - all neat and tidy!

Here's just an odd pic of my hat pins - a girl can't have too many hat pins!

And gloves - 50p a pair - picked up at the carboot, in pretty pink!
Hankies were 10p each!
Such bargains - how is a girl to leave them behind.

Not much else to show you - I did 'spend up' a bit when I got the bed!
I'm looking for some nice vintage-y bedspreads now - for my new bed.

I leave you with a pic of my sad, rain drenched flowers, where oh' where has summer gone!

(Oh! and note for Gary -I am not mentioning my new domestic appliances - that would be a touch vulgar, but I do have a set of shiny new pans!!)

xx Take care xx Bye for Now xx


  1. THAT BED IS GORGEOUS, HUN!!! It's certainly worth eating baked beans for!!
    That was great of your husband too, to get it put together & painted for you so quickly!!

    Sharon xx

  2. lovely and not at all blonde! it have a lovely vintage feel whereas i imagine a blond one would be all yukky and modern looking.

  3. Hmmm what a cosy spot for the too of your now the nights are drawing in. You just need to get rid of your visitors - nudge, nudge. We have a HUGE bed and wardrobes in our bedroom, tis VERY erm cosy :) Some lovely buys there lady. I think your bed is money well spent. It will be great for Winter nesting.
    Twiggy x

  4. I faint every time I come by here. Beautiful four poster. Such great ideas you have.

  5. Good Brgain! well done for bagging that one.

  6. What a fab find. It looks gorgeous.

  7. I have a strange yearning now for a fourposter bed.....

    Good job you had your shopping money with you. It's as well always having some emergency cash with you, just in case!


I do so like to read your thoughts and my blogg-y doings ... Thankyou for leaving a comment.