So let's get to it! We started with these great, solid wood bed frames from my husband's childhood:
They had a great shape and I knew they would be perfect for our boy's shared room. However, they did have a good deal of wear and scratching from the years, so a new finish was definitely in order. We opted for paint instead of a stain and followed 4 basic steps that can be applied to any similar project (whether it's a bed frame, cabinets, table or wood trim):
The inside of the foot board was probably the most damaged area, so I took extra time carefully sanding until it felt mostly smooth to the touch.
My goal was not to completely remove the varnish but to smooth out the imperfections and create a good surface for the primer to adhere.
After sanding down each piece and wiping off the dust, it was time to paint. I debated between using a standard paint with brush or using a spray paint. Since these pieces have several grooves, notches, etc. I settled on a spray paint...and am so glad I did!
I used Valspar's Indigo Blue in a satin finish and their interior white primer. I could have gone with a darker primer since I was using a dark paint but I planned to use any leftover primer on another project involving white paint.
When using spray paint, the key to getting a beautiful smooth finish without drips is thin coats. So I began with two thin coats of primer, allowing ample drying time in between (about 1 hour).
Next it was time for the color! I was so excited to see it go on the boards that I began to lose some of that patience required for multiple thin coats. My first coat was probably a bit too thick. I didn't think I had any drips until I realized they had dripped down to the underside of the piece. They were still minimal and I simply sanded the drips smooth once they were dry. Then I reigned in my excitement to slowly finish the job.
Now, if you were using a paintbrush or roller that can lend itself to more streaks and paint lines, then you might want to do a light sanding between coats. The spray paint gave me a smooth, even finish so the only in-between sanding required was for the few drips.
I did 2 coats of the Indigo but 3 thinner coats probably would have been better. Despite my rush, we are completely happy with the result! It looks fresh and new and works perfectly in their room!
I forgot to pick up that key supply at the store and was just so excited to get the painted bed in the room that I opted to skip it. The bed will not get the same kind of wear that a buffet or table would so I'm hoping it won't be too much of an issue down the road. Only time will tell if skipping that step will be a huge regret later! I'll keep you posted ;)
So if you been tossing around the idea of painting an old piece of furniture or giving something a face lift to fit your current style, don't be afraid! Get out there and paint something! It's totally worth it! Any little mistakes along the way, and I had plenty, are all just lessons learned for the next project!