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Jun052013

Early Jenny Lind or Spool Bed

So right before we moved I bought a beautiful turned bed for my daughter at a flea market and sadly it is still sitting in the storage room waiting to be attended to.  I am guessing that it was made in the early to mid 1800's as all the turned pieces are straight and the headboard and foot board are the same height.  It needs gluing and refinishing and while all the spindles are intact there are some large gouges, which in my mind just adds charm. It is 3/4 size (48"x75") but it's still pretty easy to buy a mattress that size online, however I will have to adjust full size sheets down to size or go with custom bedding. 

As I grew up in a house where it was a federal offense to paint beautiful wood, I am having some difficult deciding what to do with this. I have two ideas in my head:

The first is to clean it up and restore it to its original beauty, which my father would completely agree with and my grandmother wouldn't look down on me from heaven and scream. 

The second would be to fix it up and paint it in a high gloss fun color that my daughter would love, like RAL 5018 from Fine Paints of Europe- RAL Collection

So what do you think? Would you paint or restore?

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Reader Comments (2)

Hey Valerie, What a great find, I love it! I bought a new Jenny Lind spool twin for Airlie in white, not quite the show stopper you found. Please keep us posted on how this turns out. The furniture store I was working a few years ago carried a wonderful line of painted furniture, if my memory serves me correctly it was called Summerset Bay. The colors were so lovely. They were painted then glazed.

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGoldie Stetten

I have to say that this is a really interesting design and I have never seen a piece quite like this. It appears to be made from walnut and would look great either with a restored finish or with a new french polish finish. I think that painting this piece would be a hard thing to reverse if you decided to go this route. That being said, the decision is yours. My vote goes to restoring the bed. Thanks for sharing, it is a great find!

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Mark Power

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