I built this bed for my oldest a few years ago. He has since graduated and moved out, and we are shuffling around bedrooms. My third son decided he wanted to use this bed, so I gave it a makeover! It is super simple to refinish a bed if you use the right tools and prep it correctly. I will show you how.
I removed the headboard since we were planning on using this bed as a daybed.
Next, you will want to patch any dents or scratches with sandable, paintable wood putty. Sand the bed using a 120 or 220 grit sandpaper. You are not trying to remove the previous finish; you just need to scuff the surface, so the new layer of paint has something to grip. Sand the whole thing. Sanding also helps by removing residue and dirt.
Wipe off the dust and make sure it is clean. Paint does not stick to dirty surfaces very well. I usually only use a damp rag unless it is very dirty. If you use soap, do not overdo it. Paint does not stick well to soap residue either. After cleaning with soap, wipe with a damp rag. Allow to completely dry before moving on to the next step
Tape off any parts you do not want on get paint on them or remove. I should have taped off the casters (I had the tape right there next to me) but I forgot. Sometimes I get going on a project and plow ahead. Luckily for me, the metal casters were basically the same color and barely got any paint on them at all. I love that the HomeRight sprayers do not have much overspray!
Protect your workspace but laying down a tarp or covering anything nearby. Since I am using an unfinished corner of the basement, I did not put a tarp down, but I did drape one over the things stored down there.
Honestly, the prep always takes longer than the actual painting. I used my Super Finish Max paint sprayer and coat number one was done in less than 5 minutes. Since it was on casters, it was easy to rotate it around to get both sides.
Once the first coat was done, I applied a light second coat. I was happy to see that the sprayer got all the way into the cubbies. Can you imagine how long it would have taken me to do this with a brush? And how awkward it would have been to try to reach all the way in the small cubbies?
I like having it function as a daybed. It frees up a lot of space. Do you have any furniture projects on your to-do list?
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