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Day Bed Makeover
Taking an old bed and making it FABULOUS!

I want my bedroom to have grey walls and BRIGHT pops of color in the furniture. Step one: redo my bed.


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  • How to make a bed. Day Bed Makeover - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started with my bed, which is dark wood. First, you have to dismantle it. Then you need to sand it really well.

  • How to make a bed. Day Bed Makeover - Step 2
    Step 2

    This is a close-up of just how well you need to sand it. It should be really scratched up. When you're done sanding it, you need to wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove all the dust.

  • How to make a bed. Day Bed Makeover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once you've sanded it, you need to prime it. Because I'm trying to be as green as possible (like buying only secondhand furniture), I used the primer we already had in the house.

    It was kind of a bad idea, because I had to brush it on, which is not ideal for a bed like this. If your furniture has less detail than this, paint primer works fine.

    Because my bed is so dark, I needed two coats. If you were redoing a lighter wood, you might not need two coats. In fact, if the original wood is very light and the color you're painting it is darker, you might not need primer. It's all a matter of dark to light. The flourescent pink I used didn't look right without the primer.

  • How to make a bed. Day Bed Makeover - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, it's time to paint. I chose spray paint, because regular paint doesn't come in flourescent pink. If your furniture choice is as detailed as mine, spray paint is still the best option.

    It is best to spray paint in a basement, garage, or outside. It is best to prop up the item you're painting, so you're painting it directly in front of you and not pointing down.

    I was restricted and unable to do this.

    You should also put drop cloths on EVERYTHING. Spray paint leaves a very fine dust that will get all over everything. EVERYTHING.

    When using spray paint, you need to spray in very thin, even coats. Don't worry about covering in one coat, 'cause it won't work. If you spray too much, it will get all drippy. Keep the can moving and spray in light, even coats. Each coat dries in about 15 minutes, so it won't take long to make the three coats you'll need.

  • How to make a bed. Day Bed Makeover - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now that you're done, once everything is dry, assemble and take a picture of your awesome new bed!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 1221 projects
Wow it looks fantastuc!
Seth W.
Seth W. · Westfield, New Jersey, US
Is that lovelace from Happy Feet on the bed?
Felecity W.
Felecity W. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 86 projects
Awesome color! I love the idea of re-purposing old furniture.
Fenna Blue
Fenna Blue · 2 projects
Thanks for all the comments!

The bedding...I found it at Target, on sale, for $20. It was such a steal. It's so soft and warm. My previous comforter, I'd owned for YEARS, so it was nice to replace it.
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
OMG I ♥ IT!!

Did you make the covers or buy them?

It is sooo bright and wow!! I'm so jelous!!
Gone Neko
Gone Neko · Milan, Lombardy, IT · 29 projects
It's great!!! Congrats!!!
Craftalicious · Adelaide, South Australia, AU · 13 projects
I love it!!!
michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
oooh lovely, so bright

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