DIY Bed Frame Update Project

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3 Days

Sometimes, furniture needs is a little reimagining. This DIY bed frame update project gave an old bachelor-era bed and fresh update.

This idea came about while I was putting the design board together for my son’s bedroom. I was desperately trying to use what furniture we had on hand and this bed was still in too good of shape not to use. So here’s how we gave this tired piece of furniture a facelift with a DIY Bed frame update.

Let me show you my inspiration picture for the DIY bed frame update project:

We started by sanding the old 20 plus-year-old finish off by using a hand sander.

Once sanded we bleached the wood by painting bleach gel then rinsed thoroughly.

Next, we applied my favorite all-purpose stain color, Minwax Early American.

Finally, we took gloss black acrylic craft paint and painted the border, first. Matte metallic charcoal acrylic paint from DecoArt and painted the final coat.

To add the riveted detail from the inspiration, we took some of the same 1/4 inch paintable plywood and ripped it down. To attach, we used a brad nailer.

First – We did a dry-fit of the boards before we painted them.

Now, for the fine details. I added 1/2 inch wood split balls painted in the metallic charcoal matte paint with my trusty glue gun and Gorilla glue brand hot glue sticks.

The bed is officially updated! I love being able to take something that was on the edge of “being fine” and make it into something perfect for the room.

Isn’t that what creating a home is all about? Taking the “eh” items and making them into something perfect for our abodes.

Keep Creating Home, my friends,

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  • Hope Hope on Mar 01, 2022


    I really like the update and think it looks better than the inspiration pic. Nice Work!! Did you update the footboard as well..?

  • Ellen Ellen on Mar 01, 2022

    Looks great! BUT---Why did you cover up the headboard with pillows? Can't see your work!

  • Cheryl Bruno Cheryl Bruno on Mar 01, 2022

    need to ask what are the "nailheads" made of, The term you used is unfamiliar. XXOO

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  • Gilmer Gal Gilmer Gal on Mar 06, 2022

    Genius! Just genius!!! The 1/2 round wood balls are perfect as nailheads. My style is Hacienda, and those nail heads are really costly. From now on, I'm cheating 🤐

  • Norbert Norbert on Mar 25, 2022

    That was impressive. I would never have thought to use wood. Love it.