Heavenly Angelic Bed

by | Aug 7, 2022

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heavenly angelic bed made by Tracey's Fancy with dixie belle chalk mineral paint and clay paint with decoupage paper
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What do you think of this Heavenly Angelic bed? Isn’t it gorgeous??

As a furniture painter, I am offered many cast-offs and unwanted pieces by local friends and family.

I often accept these pieces to use as examples on social media or to teach my monthly classes in my private membership group.  

That is exactly how I acquired this gorgeous antique headboard; however, it wasn’t so gorgeous when I got it!

Headboard before it was upcycled to Heavenly Angelic Bed using Dixie Belle chalk mineral and clay based paint
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Come fly with me in this week’s YouTube video!

Watch the video here.

The artwork on the center-most of this Heavenly Angelic Bed is decoupage paper!

Headboard with decoupage Ai Muse of Art used as textured background for Heavenly Angelic Headboard
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I taught the ladies in my class how to incorporate decoupage paper INTO your paint design, making it appear hand-painted with no visible edges to the paper showing!

This is done by using a heavy-bodied paint and a paint additive for texture, applied with a stippling and paint blending technique; thus, bringing the paint INTO the decoupage paper design.  

The step-by-step decoupage/paint process is reserved for those in my group, but I will share all products and colors used below.

I REALLY want to share the surrounding bed frame process with YOU!

The original white paint of the bed was fully intact but was done poorly with drips and a high gloss shine. I chose to add age and texture to disguise what was there instead of sanding off the mess for a smooth surface.  

Priming surface of Heavenly Angelic Bed using DB Clay paint
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Before I began layering the Terra Clay paint, I applied two pairs of WoodUBend moldings to add visual interest.

The miniature corbels added to the right and left posts were the perfect fit. And the swirly scrolls were a nice touch to the somewhat boring arches.  

You can watch the full WoodUBend application process on my YouTube video.

Gold texture on edge of bedframe
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WoodUBend Appliques used for Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Basically, you heat/glue/press/heat again/press again/paint.  

I covered what I’m going to call “the frame” (the top arch and right/left post) in a single coat of Onyx (black), applied it with a stippling motion, and let it dry overnight.

Painting with Onyx to cover Heavenly Angelic Bed
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The next morning, I top coated the black with Dixie Belle Top Coat Flat and let it dry (about an hour).  This locks in my black paint and won’t allow it to reactivate when I use water with the next layer.  

I followed this with a single stippled coat of Desert Tan and let dry.  

Using Desert Tan to paint over Onyx for Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Using Desert Tan on edge of arch for Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Completed painting of Desert Tan layer on Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Our Heavenly Angelic Bed is coming along!

Using baby wipes, I wet distressed all edges and molds to reveal the underlayer of black. Wet distressing with clay paint is SO easy! A simple swipe and the upper layer disappears to reveal what is beneath. This is what makes this paint an “aged paint look” dream!  You can continue to lock in layers, build layers, and expose layers!

Using water to distress paint for an aged look on Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Showing the final distressed look on Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Once dry, I was ready to add the third layer of paint, using a dry-brush technique.  I chose Prairie Dawn terra paint, a soft white, and a premium chip brush to lightly dust a white hue over the texture of the dried layers. The light dry brushing caught all the peaks giving a highlight to the layers, and making the finish just come alive!  

Showing stone aged texture on Heavenly Angelic Bed
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I was sooooo thrilled with the finish that I thought I was done. But… 

I just kept hearing the ladies in my group saying “Add gold!”  And I had not added gold.  

You never really have to say “add gold” more than once to me It is my favorite color after all!  

So using Gold Gilding wax and my finger, I lightly applied the finishing touches to our Heavenly Angelic Bed!

Gold added to edges for a regal look on Heavenly Angelic Bed
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Gold texture on edge of bedframe
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They were right!

GOLD is what married the decoupage paper art to the newly finished frame of the bed!

Final display of Heavenly Angelic Bed
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A huge thank you to my friend Olivia for gifting me this bed! I enjoyed every step of its recreation!!!!

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3 Comments

  1. B pruitt

    I’m in Awe do your talent. Will never be the artist you are, but I get a few ideas from watching your videos and reading your post

    Love your work and the finished product is gorgeous

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  2. shelley

    Fantastic texture, Tracey, with that new paint…this would be perfect for my huge plastic flower pot to age it and make it look like stone. Would you do the exact same steps on a plastic pot? Im thinking you would want a good bonding coat like Bin with shellac? The surface of this pot is super slick. Any added advice? Its either the stone look or a painted design, not sure? This is just an amazing transformation. WELL DONE, as usual…lol.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words! I do think this would work beautifully but you are correct that you will need a bonding primer. I have a blog about painting plastic pots that I think you will find helpful! I’ll link it here for you:https://www.traceysfancy.com/whimsical-urn/

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