Old Ochre Vintage Bed

There is truly something special about seeing your child sleep in a bed that you slept in as a child. This full headboard and footboard had been in Kyra’s family for many years. Last month she brought it home to New Jersey from her parent’s house in Upstate New York because her little boy is ready to ditch the crib for a big boy bed!

Kyra wanted to update the bed with a more neutral color to compliment her son’s new big boy bedding of dark reds, blues and creams. Together we decided on Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre Chalk Paint and some moderately heavy distressing.


The result of not painting in all the crevices allows all the details to pop. And the distressing provides some depth and character. I only photographed the headboard because the photo looked too cluttered with the footboard, but the footboard is done in the same finish.


I added the boxwood wreath for a little Christmas cheer, but obviously that won’t work in a toddler’s bedroom!


Note the original paper label. My research told me that the Van Stee Corporation was in existence from 1904 to 2001 in Jamestown, NY. They began just making wood carvings, but started producing beds in the 1930’s. By the 50’s they were one of the premier solid wood bed producers in the country.  Hence their tag line “Furniture of Distinctive Merit”! I couldn’t possibly take off a label with such history, so I painted a rectangle around it. It won’t be visible once the mattress is on.


The wood work is just amazing! They don’t make furniture like they used to. This bed is solid!


Kyra, thank you for trusting me with this family heirloom! I truly enjoyed working on it and I look forward to seeing it in L’s room!

Merry Christmas all!

… Kristin

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