How to Refinish a Bed Frame in 6 Simple Steps

Do you want to learn how to refinish a bed frame? I'm here to guide you through the process as I transform an old wooden bed frame into a stunning piece of furniture.

With some patience and creativity, you can give your bed frame a fresh new look that suits your style. Let's get started!

Tools and materials

  • Old wooden bed frame
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g., mild detergent, water, scrub brush)
  • Paint stripper
  • Sandpaper (various grits)
  • Safety goggles and gloves
  • Drop cloth or plastic sheet
  • Paint sprayer or paintbrush
  • Primer
  • Paint (in your preferred color)
  • Small detail brush
  • Gold paint
  • Paint trays and rollers
  • Painter's tape
  • Screwdriver or tools for bed frame disassembly (if necessary)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper (for the detail work)
Cleaning the wood

Step 1: Clean the Wood

Begin by disassembling the bed frame if possible. Lay it on a flat, protected surface covered with a drop cloth or plastic sheet.

Mix a solution of mild detergent and water, then use a scrub brush to gently clean the wood, removing any dirt, grime, or residue. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 2: Remove the Finish

Put on your safety goggles and gloves, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for your chosen paint stripper. Apply the paint stripper to the bed frame, covering the entire surface evenly.

Allow it to sit for the recommended time. Use a scraper or sandpaper to remove the old finish. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask to protect yourself from fumes.

Step 3: Sand If Needed

After the finish is removed, inspect the wood for any rough or uneven spots. Use sandpaper of various grits to sand the entire surface, creating a smooth and even finish. Start with a coarse grit and gradually move to finer grits for a polished look.

Painting the bed frame

Step 4: Paint the Frame

Now, it's time to add your chosen paint color. You can use a paint sprayer for a smooth finish, but if you don't have one, a paintbrush will work as well.

Apply a layer of primer to the bed frame and allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then, apply your desired paint color evenly.

Spray-painting the bed frame white

You may need to apply multiple coats for full coverage, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next.

Painting gold details on the bed frame

Step 5: Accentuate Details

If your bed frame has beautiful detailing like mine, grab your small detail brush and the gold paint. Carefully paint the gold details, accentuating the intricate work. This step adds a touch of elegance to your bed frame.

Reassembling the bed frame

Step 6: Reassemble and Enjoy

After your paint is completely dry and you're satisfied with the results, reassemble your bed frame. Use a screwdriver or any necessary tools to put it back together.

Place your refinished bed frame in your room, and enjoy your transformed piece of furniture.

Bed frame before the DIY project
How to refinish a bed frame

How to refinish a bed frame

Refinishing a bed frame can be a rewarding DIY project that breathes new life into old furniture. By following these step-by-step instructions and getting creative with your paint choices, you can make your bed frame a focal point of your bedroom decor.

Happy refinishing! Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this fun DIY.

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