Painted Bedroom Furniture

This bed and nightstand were commissioned by the Philadelphia based design & construction firm, Rissay Ltd, for their complete overhaul of an old city “trinity” home. Their designer sent us photos of a bed and nightstand: they liked the design, and needed us to build a customized version to maximize the very small bedroom space. The original pieces of furniture were painted off-white.

The new bedroom furniture was painted a dark grey color (called Anthracite), topped with a subtle warm brown glaze, and protected by a satin sheen varnish. The center panels of the bed as well as the countertop on the three-drawer nightstand were distressed and stained a complementary cherry tone. The bed features turned finials, a scalloped footboard, matching wooden teardrop-shaped bolt covers, and a curved headboard with bead board paneling. The headboard was constructed with mortise and floating tenon joinery so that it could be completely disassembled in order to squeeze up the narrow, winding staircase. The partners were pleased and their client was moved in this weekend.


  1. Roger says:

    Very nice lines and proportions on the headboard.
    Adam, did you turn the finials? Would love a close up.

  2. Springhouse says:

    Hey, thanks Kate and Roger, for the feedback. I’ve added two close ups of the finials that Adam turned: one in raw walnut and one after finishing. The flash is making it look glossier than it did in normal light.

  3. Rissay Ltd. says:

    Thanks for mentioning us on your site. The bed and nightstand turned out great and are very fitting with the overall project. We should be posting final photos on our blog soon. I’ll let you know when we do. Once again, thanks for the superb work and quick turn-around.

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