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September 27, 2011  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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A couple weeks ago, we toyed with the idea of painting our bed frame and we got lots of support from you.  So, over the weekend I dove in and got it done and I am here to tell you all about it.  There were a couple reasons we wanted to paint the frame of our bed.  First, it was really dark and after we painted our room (read about that here), it seemed to suck all the light out of the room.  Second, while the leather headboard was in good shape, the wood was scratched in a few places.  Third, it was stained a dark dark cherry, which Chris and I both admit now wouldn’t be our first choice of bed if we were to pick one up today. 

Here’s how it all went down:

1.  Remove bedding, mattresses and headboard from bed.  This was quick!  I thought about just taping off the headboard and painting around it, but I didn’t want to take any chances of painting the leather and we weren’t sure if we were going to cover the leather with a lighter fabric or not (we decided not to).

2.  Sand.  Because the frame was super slick and shiny, we knew it needed some roughing up if any paint was going to adhere.  There were spots where we got all the way down to bare wood without trying and some places the shine just got sanded off–which is the goal.  Either way, if you are thinking about painting your bed, make sure to sand it first if it is real shiny like ours was.

3.  Prime Time.  Chris jumped in and helped me prime the whole bed (except the back side that faces the wall) which was sweet because it went so quick.  We used the same Zinsser primer that we used for our cabinets and just about everything else around here.  On the label it says no need to sand, but we took the extra step to be safe.  Chris stoked about priming at night:

4.  Get your paint on.  This is where I stopped taking pictures because Chris wasn’t around and I was racing the clock against Greta’s nap time.  I painted 4 coats of a creamy white paint from True Value called “Picket Fence.”  I used a small foam roller so it would go on smooth and evenly and I used a trim brush for the corners.  Yes I was bummed it took 4 coats, but going from an extremely dark bed to a really light one–I wasn’t expecting a quick go at things.

5.  Last thing I did was brush 2 thin coats of Polycrylic clear gloss finish over the whole bed to protect the paint job.

Here she (he?) is:

The white frame really makes the bed pop and breaks up all that darkness.  And after we checked out the leather headboard next to the white–we loved it all over again and decided to stick with the high contrast look.  We also picked up some new white sheets (a tan set came with it) at Ross for $25 and those fun, shaggy gray pillows for $8 a pop!  We definitely still need to get a duvet cover because our insert is looking a little dingy.  And if you are worried about where the color injection is:  it’s coming.  We still have art to hang.  Nightstands to get.  Lamps, glorious lamps and window treatments.  We are just getting warmed up in here, folks!

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What do you think?

  1. Wow I love the pillows and how the white pops out from the gray wall, can’t wait to see more!

  2. RyanBriggs2 says:

    Does Chris’s shirt say Tallahassee on the back? Big ups buddy. The frame looks awesome too.

  3. Thanks Tanya. We make ourselves nervous sometimes.

  4. Yeah. But they are all way out of our price range. So I’m improvising. :)

  5. Oh don’t fret. We’re spent the last three years without nightstands and lamps. It’s an empty life. Might you be thinking about some of the lamps you have pinned?

  6. meaganbriggs3 says:

    It is amazing how simple painting a bed frame and how HUGE the outcome is. HOLY COW. It looks amazing! Your bed looks huge now. I mean, I know it’s a King, but now it looks like a KING!!

  7. Ooo, at first I was nervous as I read what you were doing. But it looks great! So professionally executed. And the look is so much fresher and more graphic now.

  8. I can’t believe how long we have lived without nightstands and lamps. It is saaad. But, I think we have pinned down something just right.

  9. I love it. I love the white. It really pops against the rest of the room. Can’t wait to see how you accessorize. Oh my lampA!

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