How I painted my old bed

Below is the headboard of one half of my old bunk beds. I have more memories of this bed than I can tell: illicit post-bedtime reading, experiencing life-altering forgiveness and a whole host of things never to be blogged!

I love to reuse old furniture – why buy a new bed when you (or, to be more precise, my parents) already have one? So when it was time for my three-year-old to move to a ‘big girl bed’, it seemed only right to give this old bed a new lease of life.

The old pine bed had been stained to match the floor in our first house and so it had a fairly traditional orangey/brown ‘antique pine’ finish.

single bed sanded ready for painting

1. My first job was to sand down the bed thoroughly, paying particular attention to the detail.

2. I gave it a good wipe down with a damp cloth and then dried it with a clean, dry one to get the surface as clean as possible.

3. Using a good quality wood primer, I gave the bed its first coat of paint. It was pretty tricky painting it disassembled as each piece did not really stand alone. If I were to do it again I would definitely assemble it and then paint it but as I was painting it as a surprise for my daughter, I did not have anywhere I could leave it up.

Single bed primed ready for painting
4. My local paint suppliers mixed up a light grey paint for me – it wasn’t cheap but it went on beautifully. It took two coats for the coverage to be decent. If I hadn’t been in a rush to get the bed finished for my daughter’s birthday, I would have given it a light sand in between coats, and perhaps given it another for a more durable finish.

Single bed painted light grey

As you can see from the picture above, my daughter and I painted an old picture frame with some of the leftover paint.

Painting my old bed was hard work, especially to a deadline (I think it may have had something to do with the flu I developed a couple of days after!), but it was well worth it and I’m really pleased with the results. In fact, I think I need to get my paintbrush out again…

4 thoughts on “How I painted my old bed

    1. Hi. I used my local trade paint suppliers who colour matched it to Dulux’s Mineral Haze 2 in diamond eggshell (which is good for wood that has been previously stained or painted). Thanks for the feedback!

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