Chalk Painted DIY Toddler Daybed From An Antique 3/4 Bed

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6 Hours

Here is how to turn an antique 3/4 bed frame into a toddler daybed! Complete an amazing transformation by painting the bed with white chalk paint
I found this beautiful antique 3/4 headboard, footboard, and side rails second hand. I loved the ornate details on the headboard.
The first thing I did was mark a center line in the foot board and cut it in half with the table saw.
Then I attached the cut ends of the foot board to the sides of the headboard, screwing it in from the back of the headboard.
It’s best to drill a pilot hole before putting the screw in so the wood doesn’t split. I used four screws on each side so it was nice and sturdy
Then I cut one of the bed rails down to fit along the front of the bed. The headboard is 52″ wide, so I cut the front rail to about 49″ to fit between the sides
I primed the entire piece with a good quality primer using a paint brush and roller. Then I painted three coats of Rust-oleum Chalked paint in the color Linen White, sanding in between each coat with 400 grit sandpaper. I like to apply the paint with a paint brush, and smooth out any brush strokes with a roller. Then I finished it with two coats of Rust-oleum matte topcoa t
I installed the front rail with bed rail fasteners so it could be easily removed.
On the headboard side of the bed I added a small piece of wood for the slats to rest on.
The size of the daybed ended up being just slightly smaller than a crib mattress. The frame size is 49″ by 26″, whereas a crib mattress is 52″ by 27″.  I bought a foam mattress and it fit perfectly within the bedframe.
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Jessica VanderVeen

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