So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out. The 2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame. And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also. Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial. If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..click HERE.
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MASTER BED FRAME MAKEOVER – PAINTED WHITE
Where did it all begin?
primer – I used zinsser
white paint – I used Behr Swiss Coffee – Home Depot
clear wax – I used trewax
paint brush – I prefer 2″ angled (angled gets into the grooves better)
large boxes (heavy or weighted) or piece of furniture – to hold headboard/footboard upright while painting
wooden blocks- to hold up (rest) feet of bed on
STEP 1: PRIMING
***For Dry-Brushed Method***
Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color. See below.
Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.
*** LET PRIMER DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 2 – PAINTING (1ST COAT)
Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.
BELOW: left side painted….right sight primed
You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on. Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely. You should still be able to see brush strokes.
BELOW: PICTURE OF 1ST COAT PAINTED
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 3: PAINT 2 MORE COATS
BELOW: Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats. Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?
***TIP*** This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even. This is just personal preference for me.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
STEP 4: PUT CLEAR WAX ON
Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off. Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.
STEP 5: SAND/DISTRESS
Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show. I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”. I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.
***OPTIONAL STEP*** WAX OVER SANDED AREAS. I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint. But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!
TIME TO PUT YOUR “NEW” BED INTO YOUR BEDROOM!!!
Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!! Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions? I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!
I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!! Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall. Don’t cha think ??
HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!! LOVE & HUGS 🙂
Need more painting inspiration, check out my nighstands tutorial , stair railing makeover, or my painted mirror. Want more decorating inspiration, try adding buffalo check, wallpaper or some shiplap to your home.
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