Twin Beds Makeover Tutorial and giveaway

This is a long post, but I’m going to give you a lot of great tips for giving these old beds a new look.


old twin bedsMy niece contacted me about refinishing these twin beds for her friend.  After inspecting them, I told her I didn’t think they were a good candidate for refinishing.  She said her friend would be okay with painting them a “Pottery Barn” blue.


bad veneerDay one: The first thing I did was tackle the very loose veneer.


removing bad veneerDay two:  More veneer work.  I’ve seen people use water to remove veneer.  Maybe I was too impatient, but it didn’t work for me.

I decided to try my HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II.  I revved it up and went to work, expecting it to work like magic—but I had it on the highest setting.


easily remove bad veneerThen I figured out the best way to remove (loosen) the glue that holds on the veneer.  I soaked the veneer with the wet cloth, then set the Heat Pro Deluxe to about 200°.  The combination of the water and the warmth was the perfect combination to easily peel up the old veneer

how to loosen bad veneer You can see from the piece on the left, that it really worked well to get it off in large sections.


sand veneer smoothDay three: sanding , sanding, and more sanding.  I didn’t bother to remove all of the veneer on the back of the beds, however I did sand it down nice and smooth.  I worked for several hours sanding on the headboards, foot boards and the rails.

how to patch dings with wood fillerAlso on day three I did some patching.  Apparently someone had taken a hammer to the sides of these posts.  After some wood filler, they look good as new!


remove sanding dust with leaf blowerDay four: time to remove all of that dust and start painting.  My fist step to getting rid of a lot of dust is my leaf blower.


remove sanding dust with whisk broomTo get in all the nicks and crannies I used this small whisk broom.  It worked really well.

pottery barn blue sherwin williams navalThis is the formula that Pottery Barn recommended to my niece that is closest to their blue.  It’s Sherwin Williams Naval 6244.  I went to Home Depot and had them mix the color for me in their Behr Ultra Semi-Gloss.


diy chalk paint as a primerAfter I decided that these beds would be painted, I knew I would use Behr as a DIY Chalk Paint primer, with the same paint as a topcoat.   I mixed some Plaster of Paris and water in the tub.


plaster of paris chalk paint as a primerI then ladled in some of the blue paint.  This tub made enough to just about fill up my paint cup twice.


spray-diy-chalk-paintI put the pieces in the paint booth one at a time.


pottery barn blue diy chalk paintI painted both sides and the underneath.  This is one of the headboards after one coat of the DIY Chalk Paint Primer.



how to paint twin bedsAfter all the pieces got a coat of the DIY Chalk Paint Primer, I put the beds together  to speed up the process of painting and handling.  This is before any topcoats.

twin-beds-pottery-barn-blueRaising the beds up on the milk crates made it so much easier to paint.  Notice there is very little paint on the crates, and NONE on the grass. I get very little over spray with my HomeRight Finish Max   LOVE it!

Yes, I am a partner with HomeRight, but you can always trust me to tell you like it is.  I absolutely love this sprayer.  I have an extra cup, and that makes cleanup a breeze.  I use a clean cup to run clear water through the sprayer—and I really find that ONE little step makes it go so much quicker—as opposed to adding water to the messy paint cup and spraying it through the sprayer.  Our friends at HomeRight have now made it easy for you to purchase an extra cup. I highly recommend having an extra one if you want to cut down on your cleaning time.

I stored the cup with the paint in it, in my bucket while I waited to do a second light coat.



Day five:

Pottery-Barn-Blue-Twin-BedsI took the beds apart to do some touch-ups where the rails fit, and put one more light coat on the large area of the headboard after a light sanding.

The finish on these beds is flawless.   I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.  I am sure the lady who hired me to do them will be shocked at their transformation.


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  1. I love this! One day I hope to have “real” internet access (instead of just through my phone) so I can browse through all your projects and learn some ways to redo old pieces of furniture.

  2. Those turned out beautiful! Great job!

  3. Dawn Stagg says:

    Wow! What a challenge! You make this look so easy!!! I have passed up many challenges like you took on, but if I had the tools like you do, I would consider them… Love that blue! The twin set was worth saving! Another job well done!!! Thanks Gail for all you do! It’s so inspiring!!!

  4. Wow…The beds look great…Have an old wicker dresser that I need to repaint and the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II would work perfect for that…

  5. Thanks for this article. I have pieces that look like the before and you have convinced me that these are salvageable projects. I was about to throw them away.

  6. All your projects are awesome – they make a good Honey Do list. LOL

  7. Debora Cadene says:

    Nice job on the beds Gail, and what a great give-away!!

  8. Wow! What a beautiful job! You made it look effortless. Thank you for the great tips.

  9. Wow you did a wonderful job on the beds. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. That is a very impressive Before & After! Nice job!

  11. Terri Hughes says:

    WOW… did a great job on these beds. For these beds to have been in such bad shape, you did an amazing job, they look like new. Thanks!

  12. Your hard work paid off. They look great!! It’s nice that when you’re going to paint things like this that you don’t have to repair the veneer, but can remove it instead.

  13. As usual you are the bomb! The beds turned out perfect!

  14. Great job!! They look wonderful! That Heat Pro Deluxe would be amazing to win so that I can fix an old buffet we got from my grandparents!

  15. Chris Bures says:

    Wow, lots of work but so transformational. Really great job! Thanks for the crate tip too!

  16. You are so talented!

  17. I never thought of raising furniture on milk crates–genius~!

  18. Kristina B says:

    Enter me!

  19. These turned out really beautifully! I also appreciate the milk crate tip!

  20. Granny Wanda says:

    Wow, I love the makeover on the beds!! I would love to do this also. I wasn’t sure about taking veneer of and painting over the wood, but you showed how cool it can come out. Thanks for the give away and instructions. This is awesome.

  21. Stephanie Poteet says:

    An amazing transformation! I am a little ashamed to admit that there’s more the “before” in our home than the “after” but I would certainly love to change that!

  22. Beautiful!!

  23. The beds look amazing–love the blue! And putting them up on milk crates while you paint is a great tip. You rock!

  24. I too have removed veneer and refinished. Love the way your beds turned out!

  25. Tammy Peck says:

    Your photos & descriptions of each step make it so much easier to understand.

  26. So pretty!

  27. Love IT!

  28. I love the transformation! The method you used to remove the veneer caused one of those “why didn’t I ever think of that” moments! I am now inspired to hit the local St Vincent’s and find some veneered covered projects! Thank you!!

  29. Looks great! Loved the concept of putting it ll together on crates. Wish I had a handy relative like you :)

  30. This heat gun looks rad! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Your beds look gorgeous Gail! That was a big job, but you rocked it. Twin beds in a bedroom is one of my favorite looks!

  32. Diane Gray says:

    Thank you so much for the many tips you provide to your readers. This makeover is especially impressive. Keep up the good work, reclaiming one piece at a time.

  33. Darcy Gray says:

    I love this tutorial, I can’t wait to get started on refinishing a dresser I have that I thought was a loss. I love that sprayer too, looks like a good investment.

  34. What an amazing transformation! You do make it look so easy. I think I need one of those Heat Pro Deluxe sets! Seems I get more than my fair share of veneer pieces any more. I can only hope to be as good as you someday, but until then I enjoy being the ‘little guy’ too ;)

    Thank you for the chance to win the sprayer

  35. The beds look great! I appreciate the tip on getting rid of the veneer. I also never thought about using chalk paint as just a primer when you’re working with a non-solid wood surface – definitely going to keep that in mind!

  36. Mary Caputo says:

    Beautiful work! Really turning trash to treasure!

  37. ooops…I said that backwards! I need the heat pro and thank you for the chance to win it, and the sprayer would completely make life easy.

  38. I LOVE the Pottery Barn Blue. The finish is so nice on those beds. They are gorgeous!

  39. wow! those look amazing! i always rely on heat and humidity to peel veneer so a tool would be awesome! :)

  40. JJ Crouch says:

    Great Job! You keep me inspired.

  41. Amazing difference with the paint job, Gail! And I love the colour you used.

  42. Carrie W. says:

    Loved the project, especially your process for removing the veneer, very helpful

  43. cindi coleman says:

    OHHH, all of the gloriously fun projects I could do with this!! Thank you!!

  44. Great transformation!

  45. Lisa Bryant says:

    This looks awesome! I have an old bed frame that has the veneer peeling off-now I know what to do with it! Thanks!

  46. Tracie B. says:


  47. Lari Franklin says:

    What an awesome transformation! Love the blue!

  48. Lorraine Wendel says:

    LOVE your ideas and thank you for sharing the instructions step-by-step and including photos.

  49. Beautiful job as usual. It looks so easy when you do it. Having good tools helps I am sure.

  50. girlfromwva says:

    Looks like the heat gun saved you some valuable time and made the job easier! I love the way the twin beds turned out!

  51. Nice job on the twin beds , can’t wait to try the DIY chalk paint primer.

  52. Vinegar in a spray bottle will soften white glue, but it is a mess. GREAT paint job!

  53. Amazing job! Veneer is a bugger to remove! You proved otherwise! The beds look fabulous!

  54. Oh my heart…I love this. I have a queen size bed I picked up at GW. It’s in rough shape, bur has beautiful lines…I had a vision. Now I can see it done!!!!

  55. Deborah Rack says:

    I love what you did with the beds. I like getting things and refurbishing them . The homerite heat pro would really save time.

  56. Awesome as always! I love that color and now I know how to get the rest of that pesky veneer off the dresser I want to redo.

  57. These beds, and everything you do, are fantastic. I really like the color and the tips on removing the veneer are great. If one does not have a heat gun, do you think applying an iron over the damp clothes would work? Keep up the great work and Happy Holidays!

  58. Great tutorial. Thanks for making seemingly impossible repurposes … possible! I always feel empowered to tackle a similar job after reading and watching your instruction. The beds turned out great!

  59. Karen Ennenga says:

    Very nice! I love the blue, those beds look fantastic.

  60. Great tutorial! It gives me inspiration to work on the reclaimed headboard in my shed!

  61. Wow! love the result! I would love the try this on a chest I have waiting to finish.

  62. Wow! What a transformation! Good to know there is a paint sprayer out there that a DIYer recommends!

  63. Karen Cudney says:

    I won’t be passing up any more furniture I like for bad veneer. What a great job!

  64. I have two really cute tables with veneer on the top , thanks to your tip I know how to remove the veneer. THANK YOU!

  65. Awesome job Gail! I would love a paint sprayer to tackle a few DIY jobs of my own. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  66. Great info on removing the veneer!

  67. Wow! They look awesome.

  68. Love the beds! I have a table with a chipped veneer top that would look great if I could only fix the chipped and peeling veneer. I didn’t know you could do this – wow! Will it remove the plasticy veneer fronts from cheap cabinets, too?

  69. Melanie Fowler says:

    The transformation of these beds is AMAZING! I would LOVE to have one of the paint sprayers. I have so many projects lined up!

  70. Great job on the twins! The look brand new again.

  71. Wow Gail, those beds really look amazing!
    Okay–you’re totally convincing me to get one of these sprayers!

  72. lorrie geer says:

    love this it looks great

  73. I absolutely love this shade of blue! Thanks for the tips. I have several pieces I need to work on and get rid of old veneer. This will be quite helpful!

  74. Marilyn Tucker says:

    Thanks for showing how to get the wood veneer off! I love that shade of blue.

  75. Janet Adams says:

    I have a full size bed and dresser identical to these that need refinishing. Good job and perfect finish.

  76. Gorgeous!

  77. I love how they turned Gail. Naval is my favorite navy blue color. I LOVED the tip on removing veneer. You are so smart! I’ll never look at a crummy veneer piece the same, now that I know how to remove it.

  78. I like to read your posts to my husband and then he gets interested in doing the project! I must have a paint sprayer now after this wonderful tutorial!

  79. I have a king sized bed, in a dark heavy wood finish that I’m going to either stain or paint to something different…this gave me ideas!

  80. What I fabulous project! I started on some twin beds years ago but gave up *hangs head in shame*. Thank you for the amazing tutorial!

  81. You know, a bed is a bed is a bed, UNTIL you personalize it, to make it unlike any others have ever seen. The ones in this project turned out perfectly. Makes me want to personalize my own. Good job!

  82. This has convinced me that I need one of these paint sprayers! It’s officially on my Christmas wishlist!

  83. Thank you for the complete break down of the steps you took to make these gorgeous again. I’m happy they didn’t make it to the garbage!

  84. Shel Harris says:

    This is an amazing makeover !
    The tools from HomeRight ate Awsome!
    Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  85. For loosening heat sensitive glue, I’ve used a steam iron. I wanted to take up a vinyl floor tile to replace it, without ruining my iron, so I put down a damp cloth and ironed over it. The release of steam keeps the temperature from getting too hot, and helps transfer the heat. If you have a flat surface, I’d try a steam iron. I suppose a wallpaper steamer might also work.

    Despite my suggesting alternatives to the Homeright Heat Pro Deluxe II, I’d still like to win one.

  86. Lizabeth Osterholt says:

    I think it is always better to remake things we need from things that are in need of repair or have gotten broken.

  87. Looks great! Can’t believe they were once so yucky! The paint color is fun too.

  88. Beautiful beds! Love the color–and love it when pieces can be saved and updated…

  89. Can’t believe how smooth that finish is. And I love the idea of making the paint DIY chalk paint for the primer coat. What a time savings.

  90. I love your projects. Giving new life to previously loved pieces is wonderful. Keeping things out of the waste stream is so necessary. Thank you for all you show us how to do!

  91. You did a great job. It is so satisfying when you take something no one else wants and turn it into something everyone would want. Trash to treasure! Fantastic!

  92. Once again I am so inspired by your projects. These twin beds came out Beautifully – better then new. Thank you so much for showing me how to remove veneer as many of the projects I have lined up have veneer breaking off as well. I also think I’m gonna have to put a spray gun on my xmas list as that seems to be the most economical & quickest way to paint as well as being the best outcome. One of the best things that has happened to me this year is finding your website. It has inspired me to get out in my garage & barn/workshop and get busy!! I love how you show your finds, then your before, during & after photos, they really help and teach me how to be a better re-purposer!! Hopefully soon I too can show off my projects as you do yours, thanks so much Gail for sharing & I look forward to following you into the new year!!

  93. Kellie Bearman says:

    These DO look flawless! You can’t get that look with a brush!

  94. What a difference! I did not even think of removing the wood veneer. I have a desk I could use this technique on. Lovely.

  95. Tammy Hanson says:

    I’m working on a waterfall sideboard now. I’ve removed all the loose veneer from the top and thought I was just going to have to spend weeks sanding to get the rest off. This gives me hope :)

  96. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    They look wonderful!

  97. shannon strait says:

    I am so excited about this post!! I have a wonderful dinner hutch to get the veneer off!!!!

  98. Cheryl Siciliano says:

    Wow. A real professional job. The right tool make all the difference!

  99. Wow, I’m amazed at that beautiful finish! I definitely want a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe. BTW, is offering FREE SHIPPING until Dec 20th! I just ordered an extra cup for my Finish Max. What a time saver it will be to clean it out with the extra one while I wait between coats.

  100. Haley Gautreaux says:

    I would love to win a new paint sprayer!

  101. Ok, I should have done the raffleopter first, so here’s my comment again!

  102. Wow Those turned out great!
    Now I know why you told me to heat the glue in my little house to get the carpet up. …Because you’re a PRO!
    would love to win one of these…

  103. I’m sure the owner of those beds is going to be super happy with how they turned out. You did a great job on them Gail! I have been eyeballing a dresser that my son-in-law has had for years and years that is going to need some veneer removed. You are such an inspiration Gail!

  104. They turned out beautifully! I love them!

  105. Great project. I really liked the tip of using water and the heat gun, veneer can be tough. Love how easy and consistent the paint gun seems to make the projects.

  106. I have a bed similar to this that needs to be re-done for my daughter and her new room. I would love to try out the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe! This would be an awesome win for me! Thank you for posting!!!

  107. Love your blog – so many great idea and tips!! The Heat Pro Deluxe sure did the trick. Would love to try it on an old table I have that is covered in fabric because I haven’t been able to get the rest veneer off. The Heat Pro might make it be presentable for public viewing! Keep the great ideas coming – we love you, Gail!

  108. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!!! I must say….the last piece of furniture that I worked on had a laminate top and I tried to get it off…and could not! My husband decided to give it a try and oh my….he ended up cutting his hand open and having to get six stitches….it was a nightmare! I have two pieces of furniture in my garage and I so wanted to redo them, but was fearful…now I am not!!!! Whew….now I know there is a way to get this pesky stuff off without a visit to the ER!!!!

  109. Kelly DeVol says:

    I love this!~ I just gave my daughter bunk beds that were her brother’s, while growing up. I’m going to send this to her and suggest this as a summer project for us. I love your work!

  110. Sue DeChant says:

    Wow…what a challenge…..and what an awesome outcome!!

  111. Kimberly Riner says:

    Love your blog! I’m always learning cool techniques from you. Great job on the bed, a lot of hard work!

  112. Valinda Reed says:

    Great job on the beds. I love how the veneer came off with the heat gun. And I love the color. Another great project! I am in need of a heat gun to remove veneer from a small desk I am redoing for my granddaughter.

  113. Angelia Miller ( ritza) says:

    I love how you didn’t give up on something that looked so worn out and broken down,brought it back to life and made it beautiful for many many more years of life!

  114. Niki Blake says:

    YOU are amazing! this is one of your best transformations….and they are all great so that is sayin’ something!!!

  115. Sylvie Dessau says:

    Looks easy enough. The result is great!

  116. Have always wanted to know what to do with veneer. I have an old buffet that is veneered. Was gonna get rid of it but now will have to! Thanks so much!

  117. I always walk away from veneer but this has changed my mind! Ready to tackle a veneer project now. Thanks

  118. Oh what a great tool that anyone would love to have. Great job! but I haven’t seen anything that you do that wasn’t a great job. I have a buffet that was my grandmothers that needs so tender loving care.

  119. Lindsay O. says:

    Fun, fun, FUN!!

  120. Michelle R says:

    Wow, most people would have thrown this bed away as trash. What a great transformation!

  121. Those beds look AMAZING! Also, I love that you used old plastic milk crates to stand them up off the grass for painting. Those crates are useful for EVERYTHING!

  122. I found your site quite by accident after deciding I want to make a bench from a headboard and delve into my first project. After reading through your posts I bought the Homeright Finish Pro. I used it this weekend to paint a table and love it! In fact I loved it so much I bought a table and chair to work on too. Thanks!

  123. WOW, looks great!! Thanks for sharing your tips, will def use them!

  124. Removing veneer has been my biggest headache so far. I have tried laying a wet cloth on it and it did nothing so I ended up sanding it all off. I knew I was never going to do that again so I read about using a wet cloth and a hot iron…when that veneer doesn’t want to come off it simply won’t. I wish I had a heat gun because it looks like that might just do the trick.

  125. candy kratzer says:

    What a professional job. I would of given up on those beds. Those would great in a country cottage setting. Love the blue. Thanks for tips.

  126. Christine LaValle says:

    Your re-do looks FABULOUS! I particularly like the color used, and will see about doing the same to some of my wood pieces :)

  127. That is a great makeover. I have a buffet that I am leaning towards doing that to it but have been hesitant. This may be just the push I need. Now if only the weather would co-operate! :)

  128. i think this is beautiful! love the chalk paint!! i have been looking into chalk paint and i think i need to do a project with it also

  129. Donna McCracken Bumgardner says:

    Love the article! Thank you for sharing the details! Beds are beautiful!!!

  130. Marcia Perry says:

    This is awesome!

  131. Lisa Goodrich says:

    I love the beds. I actually have a old bed set that I may try this on….

  132. Wow, the beds are absolutely gorgeous, Gail! I have the sprayer, but have been afraid to try it with my favorite milk paint because of the grittiness. Do you do anything special to make sure your homemade paint doesn’t clog up the sprayer? I’d love to win the heat gun!

  133. They came out amazing! Loved seeing the process.

  134. Your work is incredible. I am so inspired by your talent. Keep on blogging!

  135. Suzy Gray says:

    They turned out awesome!

    Thanks for all the tips and photos detailing process

  136. Awesome project. Love the idea of using leaf blower to blow away the dust and setting the project on crates to paint and dry.
    Good job.

  137. Love these, they turned out beautiful. I have a bed I want to refinish but I keep putting it off, never thought of using a sprayer to paint it, love it.

  138. These are great!

  139. I am really inmpressed at how it took that veneer off! I have to admit I wasn’t sure that it was even okay to do that when repurposing a piece. Love how your project turned out!

  140. Beautiful job on these beds. I am loving the color!

  141. Beautiful results! Thanks for the great tips.

  142. Michelle Arnold-Yeager says:

    Love the look, but really love the tools…I have been trying to do projects for years without investing in good tools and the outcome is just not up to par. If I don’t win, I may have to hold back a little of that hard earned tax refund next year to do all my spring and summer projects right! Thank you and thanks to HomeRight for making great stuff!

  143. Oh how i hate to remove vaneer. I have passed up projects beause it is such a pain. This heat gun would be such a GREAT tool!!!

  144. Really lovely finish on those!

  145. Love that color!

  146. perfect outcome… i AM NOWWORKING on a project that the heat gun would probably be the key to success. Pick Me! Pick Me! :)

  147. These beds are just gorgeous. You must have the patience of a saint. LOL I love the milk crate idea! xo

  148. Great info! I want to try a paint sprayer but have not had the guts yet. This really makes me want to try it! You make it look easy and the finish is beautiful! Thanks

  149. As my husband says, Every project deserves a new tool! Thanks for the opportunity!

  150. Those beds really are amazing!

  151. They look great. Love the milk crate idea.

  152. The beds look great, but I am curious what you use as a finishing coat. Wax? Wipe on Poly?

    • says:

      This is a semi-gloss high quality paint, so I didn’t do a topcoat on these beds. Using light coats is the key to a lasting paint job.


  153. Carol Plantz says:

    How I love this blog. When you give us a step by step, you really do it. We get words and pictures and hints on what works and what doesn’t. I lost my mom and my aunt in the past 4 years and my basement is filled of things that I can’t part with but that everyone says should be thrown in the dump. Not anymore, they are all getting your blog so they can see the transformation you have accomplished. I was looking forward to Christmas, but I now I want Spring so I can remove veneer, sand, paint and get out those milk crates. What time savers. Keep those blogs coming so I can get my stuff all done right along with you. LOL.

  154. carolyne m says:

    I really love this blue. They turned out great. thanks for the tips on the heat gun.

  155. The transformation of these beds are amazing……you are so talented and very patient. Thanks for providing such detailed information. Love it!

  156. I have removed many a-pieces of furniture with yucky veneer broken and cracked. You are right! Water and heat and a good scraper! I sure would get a lot of use outta that nifty heat gun!

  157. Sherri Crews says:

    I. need. that. sprayer! I’ve got to look at that sprayer, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!
    Excellent job on those beds, you’ve got the gift!

  158. Those beds look great!

  159. Patricia Pinkston says:

    Wow, you are so talented. And, having the proper tools helps also. Hard to believe those are the same beds.

  160. Terri Anderson says:

    WOW what a gorgous job..the Homeright sprayer looks awesome

  161. Maurine Long says:

    I’ve been needing to get the veneer off of a dresser. This will be very helpful. Thanks.

  162. They look amazing! Love the Plaster of Paris with the paint as primer. You are so clever! Thank you for all of your tips!

  163. Kay Knorr says:

    Thanks for the great info! I’ve a hutch waiting to be refinished and I will be using your DIY chalk paint primer idea. The beds turned out beautiful and your blue beds became so “green”, ( just think of all the projects that will be recycled because of this blog.) Great job!

  164. I have been waiting to see these pretty blue beds, they look so beautiful! You are right the finish is flawless and just PERFECT!! You did an amazing job and I love the veneer tips, so glad you could share your knowledge on that! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  165. Beautiful transformation! The beds look fantastic!

  166. Great tutorial! This will definitely come in handy for future projects.

  167. I’m refinishing my dad’s old bed that was handed down to my sister and now my teenage daughter. Going to be a big job, and I didn’t know where to start after the holidays. Thanks for the step-by-step! Definitely going to look into the HomeRight paint sprayer & heat gun.

  168. Wow, just wow!!!! Thanks for step by step

  169. I love the way these beds turned out!
    Based on these results I think the Home Right Finish Max and your helpful tutorial would certainly help me complete some projects that I have here. That is some motivation!

  170. A-MA-ZING transformation! I have never tried removing veneer before, but it looks like you nailed it! I love these beds in general, but the color you picked is perfect! Great job, as always!

  171. What a great job! I have several pieces of older furniture in the storage building I would love to make look this good!

  172. Beautiful! I love this shade of blue. What a great job!

  173. Heather B says:

    Great finish, I’ll have to check out that sprayer!

  174. Deborah Sudweeks says:

    I love the detail of all your projects but this project in particular! You are amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time and effort in showing us your tips and tricks! :)

  175. Sweetpea SP says:

    Great job on the beds! They came out great! Thank you for the tips on how to remove old veneer. I have struggled with that.

  176. The transformation was amazing and shows that we should never really overlook anything as being too far gone.

  177. I love the step by step for this project. Looks great and you make it look so easy. My granddaughters would love for me to do that to some furniture for them. Thanks for sharing.

  178. I have been wanting to make over my old headboard but wasn’t sure where to start or what to do until I saw this. It’s perfect! Thank you so much for sharing. Love it!

  179. awesome work

  180. Great tutorial!!! I didn’t know how to remove veneer. Great blog! You’re super talented

  181. Wow, they’re beautiful now. I’m wondering how long it took you to do them. I wish I got to work on my projects the way you do – you sure do get things done! I didn’t even know you could remove veneer. Thanks for show us the HomeRight tool to make the job a million times easier. And for telling how to do it – like a recipe. Fantastic work!

  182. I just stumbled across your site, and I’m loving it! Bookmarking it to visit again soon!

  183. Those beds turned out fantastic. I would love to be able to do what you do. Would love to win!

  184. It appears that there is noting that you ca not do. The beds are very nice.
    When I need to get ride of all the sanding dust, I use my leaf blower also. It gets most of the dust and then I brush and tacky cloth.
    I am so envious of your yard and good weather. We are to cold here in Minnesota to paint. I’d sure like to get a heater for my garage. Now all things that have not been refinished or stripped have to wait till spring.

  185. Michelle Proper says:

    That is simply amazing. Love seeing such a wonderful transformation! You are very inspiring to say the least! What a great tip with the milk crates! Thanks for sharing!!

  186. Michelle Proper says:

    I have an old dresser with veneer that I would love to redo! This HomeRight Heat Gun would be just what I need to make it shine like your bed does!

  187. Troy Gerst says:

    I love my sprayer. Need to get another cup

  188. Stephanie C says:

    The blue is perfect!!

  189. So, there is hope for veneer…. thank you so much. This is very informative reading.

  190. Kathy Lynn says:

    I love the outcome of the bed !! I would love to have one of the heat guns for my projects too! Thank you for allowing me to enter!

  191. Never thought of a heat gun to help remove the biggest of headaches – veneer! And I do love that blue!

  192. Oh, man, that whole veneer removal process looks like no fun at all. And then all the sanding! But they look great now. So funny you posted about the heat gun. I had never heard of one until just recently. My son found a tutorial for making a crossbow out of PVC pipe. He bought the pipe, had it cut down, and now he needs a heat source to bend it. A heat gun is just what we need for that project!

  193. Love, love, love your project! Great idea using the crates! Love the shade of blue you chose, the beds turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

  194. SueSchneid22 says:

    Awesome job and tutorial! You do very nice work!

  195. Love the blue and the finish looks fantastic

  196. Lorraine Ferguson says:

    Awesome results!

  197. You have created a gorgeous transformation! I never would have thought it possible considering the shape of the veneer. Thank you for your detailed tutorial! I really appreciate it.
    Can I assume that you did not replace the veneer and just painted over the base wood?

  198. The projects that you take on are things that I might think “Oh I don’t know about this one” but they look fantastic. I like the hints that you throw out, ie the milk crates that you put the beds on to paint. Good job! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks.

  199. I love that blue – the beds turned out great!!!

  200. You did an awesome job, as usual… the beds look great!!!

  201. Jane McDowell says:

    Beautiful job. The finish on the beds turned out so smooth. I would love to redo the furniture I have in my basement!

  202. Christa Weeks says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I am a scared DIYer… so reading and learning tricks helps me feel more comfortable doing it. So thank you! I have an old dresser set that has a veneer cover, but I’ve been afraid to do anything to it, this has inspired me! Now I just need some tools! So one question… why chalk paint?

    • says:


      Using DIY chalk paint with Plaster of Paris allows the paint to stick to shiny surfaces. It then needs to be top coated with wax, paint or some kind of sealer to protect it. That’s why I use the same paint as the primer and the top coat. Gives a flawless finish.


  203. What a beautiful outcome and to think you took something so ugly and ready to be thrown out to superb loveliness. You inspire me!

  204. Melissa S says:

    You did a great job on these! I’m not sure I have the patience for something that requires so much prep work. Maybe having a paint sprayer would help with that. ;)

  205. Wow! Beautiful! Great Job!

  206. I was so excited when I saw “getting old veneer off, I have been battling with an old sewing machine cabinet forever. Thank you thank you thank you

  207. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  208. Janis McAdoo says:

    Those are awesome! I love the color and how flawless the paint looks.

  209. Rhonda Cook says:

    Just discovered your blog- love it …and the beds!

  210. This looks awesome – I love it!!

  211. I just bought an antique drop leaf side table…this would be perfect for removing the bad veneer top insert.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  212. Wow, those look great!

  213. Amazing transformation!

  214. Hmmmm. I have a desk with nice lines, and peeling veneer.

  215. I love how these turned out!

  216. Amazing and inspiring. I have an old dresser that I swiped from the curb in front of my neighbor’s house. Can’t wait to make is beautiful!

  217. Having once painted bunk beds with spray paint cans, It would be a joy to have this sprayer ! The beds look great!

  218. Beautiful result. Love the blue.

  219. I’ve just started looking for a paint sprayer. If you really like it that well – time for me to go do some research. Thank you for sharing the post. The frames are beautiful.

  220. I really like the idea of using crates under the bed. I’d have never thought of that brilliant idea.

  221. I’m not always a fan of painting furniture, but these look so much better after you remodeled them. I like the milk crates idea for painting!

  222. Looks like a lot of work and turned out beautifully.

  223. Great tips! Love the blue!

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