One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure: DIY Bed Frame Makeover
Posted By
Ruthie Tabone
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max
  • Electric Sander/Sand Paper
  • Primer
  • Paint

Project Steps


Hello to all my HomeRight friends! I'm back with another furniture makeover for you! This is the reason I started Refashionably Late and I still love it to this day. There is nothing more gratifying than taking a piece of furniture with good bones and making it beautiful again! My most recent makeover does not disappoint.  

Step 1

Find a Furniture Piece

I was looking around on Facebook Marketplace, as I tend to do daily.  I came across this beautiful antique bed frame and someone was really wanting to get rid of it so I gladly said I'd take it off their hands. I love the lines and detail. I feel like they don't make furniture like this anymore. It needed a little tender, love, and care so I decided the best way to fix it up is give it a coat of paint!

Step 2

Sand the Surface

With an older bed like this you definitely want to sand it before you paint. There is old varnish on top and it probably has years worth of dust and debris stuck to it. My favorite primer is Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer by Rust-Oleum. This primer states it can be used without sanding but with an older piece of furniture like this, it never hurts. It can only help the paint adhere even better. I have used this primer before with no sanding on other projects.

Step 3

Go With the Grain

A great tip when sanding is to make sure you go with the grain of the wood. This way you won't have any random scuffs or knicks in the wood. The point of sanding is to smooth out the surface! ;)

Step 4

Use Sand Sheets

On the rounded areas of the bed frame I grabbed a sheet of sandpaper. I wrapped it around the rails and sanded it from side to side. I started with the top and then did the bottom.

Step 5

Prime the Surface

After you have cleaned off the sand debris then you will want to prime your piece of furniture. For this project I used the Finish Max HVLP paint sprayer to lay down a nice, smooth finish. 

Step 6

Choose a Paint Color

The next step is to use your paint of choice to paint your furniture. I went with the Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Pearly White SW 7009. I loved how it turned out on the dresser I redid for my daughter's room in August.

Step 7

Allow to Dry

Since this paint was a bit thicker of a consistency as it's an enamel. I did notice that the paint would go on a little splotchy. I wasn't worried about it as the same thing happened with the dresser. One of my favorite parts of Sherwin-Williams paint is that a lot of the types of their paint will dry smoothly. No need to worry!

Step 8


It turned out great and I can't wait to move it into my daughter's room. Although, it's going to be a few months before we plan to transition her from her crib to a big girl bed. I just wanted to make sure that I had the bed ready when she was ready.

Step 9

It's hard to pack up a newly finished piece of furniture and put it in storage. I'm very anxious to see how it will look in my daughter's room. I definitely don't want to rush this transition. She is doing just fine in her crib where she hasn't learned how to escape out of yet!

Step 10

Thanks for hanging out with me today and head on over to Refashionably Late for 5 beautiful antique bed makeovers! As I said before, I love a good transformation of an older piece of a furniture. The saying is true, one man's junk is another man's treasure!

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