Friday, 24 February 2012

A tale of many beds

Two years ago this month we made an impulsive purchase. A bit of a gamble. We were offered the hospital beds from the ship RFA Sir Percivale. The pictures below were the ones I was emailed and show the beds in situ! The ship was in dry dock and being scrapped. A certain percentage of the material has to be recycled so we came about a van full of bunks and beds...
They travelled south from their Canada Dry Dock in Bootle all the way to our lock up in Dorset!
Malta not Bootle!
We needn't have worried over our gamble. Once they were shot blasted recoated and cooked they looked fantastic... our sitting room.
 Most were done in cream or white but as we had so many I tried one in red!
Well in six months they'd gone and we thought we'd never get any more. I kind of wished we'd kept a set of bunks but they were the first to go.
However last week a customer part exchanged her bed for a different one. She'd bought it in its original state but her daughter wasn't keen. So hurrah, one bed is back with a big Jammer sleeping comfortably in it...
...for now. My girls know their beds don't hang around long.
On the fridge this week I've got bargain blossom from the discount bucket in Waitrose and the teapots are breeding.


  1. Wow, these beds are so amazing!! they look great in all the colours you painted them, used to have bunk beds when I was little but not nearly as nice as these are mine were wood. Have a wonderful weekend sweetie

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  2. Love the way they look once they have been painted - so vintage and yet modern!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. Those beds are gorgeous.
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  4. They are amazing....they flat out are the coolest I have seen!

  5. Now then Mrs Jam...I have a does one find out about a ship load of beds for sale, by chance?? that is so cool, they are amazing. Tea pots breeding...OOOwer Missus and on the fridge too!! Have a lovely weekend :-) x

  6. The beds look really good now you have painted them.I remember hospital beds being like that!

  7. The beds look fantastic. I love the red one, oh and the green one, oh and the white and cream ones aswell.
    Love from Mum

  8. How fantastic! I love that green colour and those multiplying teapots!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. the beds are to die for...

  10. Wow, they look fab, what a great buy for you.
    Hen x

  11. Great beds, the bunks are groovy, the green well, what can I say, very chic! Julie xxx

  12. Hello there - I've just discovered your blog via attic 24. Those beds are fantastic, i love them. Especially the red one, gorgeous! gillian s

  13. How interesting to read about these beds! They looked fantastic after your make over. I love all the colours, love the cream, the red one combined with the quilt, and the one in that wonderful shade of green too!
    Helen x

  14. so amazing! they look great in all the colours you painted them,Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

  15. Oh your poor little children....selling their beds from under them!!!
    They are absolutely gorgeous, what a find
    happy weekend
    love jooles x

  16. What amazing beds! My teapots breed too, at least that's what I tell my husband ;D

  17. Good post! It is great to know that recycled beds can still look awesome when refinished well.

  18. Nice post! It is good to see what people can do when they make an effort, well done!


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