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hand painted bed in Termonbarry

Listed under Adam Bermingham, Blog, hand-painted furniture Posted Nov 30 2013

Adam Bermingham, Traditional Painter based in Roscommon, Ireland doesn’t just paint kitchens. He is asked to paint all kinds of items around the home. This time a hand painted bed is what the client is after. Let’s take a look at how it’s done…

hand painted bed

Termonbarry is a picturesque little village on the banks of the Shannon, and both counties Roscommon & Longford claim it as their own & I can see why. hand painted bed
I will be returning to Keenan’s Restaurant, seen in the picture for the best cod & chips I’ve had in years.

A new client with a bed frame to be painted is what brought me here. A standard pine construction that needs to fit in with the decor of her daughter’s new bedroom. Let’s take a look at what we did…


As with all pieces in this style, they are factory finished, sprayed with what is most likely polyurethane.

Hand Painted Bed

This coating must be thoroughly keyed before we can do anything. There will be a stain under this, that’s ok, no need to sand all the way back to bare timber. But the shine has to go. I used my Bosch GEX orbital sander.

This is what you are looking for before you start priming…

hand painted bed

Zinsser Coverstain

My “go to” primer in the workshop for this type of contract is Zinsser Coverstain. It adheres better than almost any other primer, levels excellently with Owatrol added & sands to an ultra smooth base coat of whichever top coat you choose.

To apply this I used foam roller sleeves & * Adorn DuPont brushes. Have a read of this recent blog post for more info on my painting equipment

Hand Painted Bed

For the top coats I chose Colortrend Satinwood, the client chose a colour called “French White.”

I used * Axus Decor Lime Green Sleeves, * Axus decor Grey Pointed Precision Brushes & * Wooster Silver Tips to apply the top coats, All available from My Paint Brush.co.uk. Use the links above for more info on these products.

hand painted bed

Both the client & myself were very pleased with the results here. The bed has been transformed & will be a fitting centerpiece of the room. It’s always great working for new clients & this job was a real pleasure.

Thank you for reading & happy Painting.

Joseph & Sons kitchen painting furniture painting West IrelandSpecialist painter and decorator, Adam Bermingham, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for hand painted furniture and kitchens Ireland.

Joseph & Son is Adam & Tom Bermingham, a father & son team with diverse backgrounds covering specialist painting and decorating, antiques and interior design.


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3 comments to “hand painted bed in Termonbarry”

  1. martin dunn

    Nice work Adam.
    I would be a bit worried about using coverstain with knotty pine though. It may look like the knots are spent or not likely to bleed, but if the piece was to be exposed to any direct sunlight you are likely to see knot rings or staining from the knots.
    For this reason i would have been looking at zinseer bin to spot or even a white knotting. An overall prime coat of bin or even aliminium primer could have been used instead of the coverstain.
    Im a great fan of coverstain but it aint up to holding back knots.

  2. Andy Crichton

    Too much sunshine, I wish 🙂

    If it were new work, I’m with Martin, but I must admit on this sort of project I wouldn’t usually worry either about knots because under a professional poly coat factory finish, (a risky assumption maybe) but it is fairly standard to apply sanding sealer first which is shellac based / has stain block properties, then apply a woodstain and then clear finish. So I’d be confident in a reliable end result with a thorough scuff of the lacquer, without going right down to bare wood, and carry on with “flexible” coverstain.

    Its good to hear it though for the old tried and tested primers like Aluminium leafing primer. On plaster, alkali resisting primer never fails except with active damp stain, but in most cases, the modern tinted primers have taken problem solving on a stage and cut out coverage issues somewhat.

  3. Adam

    Some good points Martin.

    I have never a had a problem with Coverstain on this type of furniture. I would imagine being factory finished in the first instance that the knots have been sealed. As long as the sanding process is not too vigorous I cannot envisage bleed through.

    On bare timber I tend to use patent knotting & on a kitchen I use B-I-N spray on knots. After discussing these things with a few of the other lads I think it might be time to revisit B-I-N.

    It does have it’s downsides, brush wrecking being one. But after a few years away from it & speeding up with advances in kit I will give it another go.

    Thanks for reading & commenting brother.

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