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.
My 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.
Day one: The first thing I did was tackle the very loose veneer.
Day 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.
Then 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
You can see from the piece on the left, that it really worked well to get it off in large sections.
Day 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.
Also 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!
Day 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.
To get in all the nicks and crannies I used this small whisk broom. It worked really well.
This 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.
After 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.
I then ladled in some of the blue paint. This tub made enough to just about fill up my paint cup twice.
I put the pieces in the paint booth one at a time.
I painted both sides and the underneath. This is one of the headboards after one coat of the DIY Chalk Paint Primer.
After 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.
Raising 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.
I 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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