We've Painted a Bed in 45 Minutes! Headboard, Footboard and Rails!

Melissa Osborne
by Melissa Osborne
6 Materials
1 Hour
Do you have guests coming over for the holidays and need to refresh your guest room? The quickest way to refresh any room is with a little paint. We're painting a KING size bed in 45 minutes! Not just a headboard either. We're doing the headboard, footboard and rails in 45 minutes using All In One Paint. It requires 2 coats, dries quickly and best of all:

NO Sanding
NO Stripping
NO Waxing
NO Topcoating!

Just YES to a fabulous new guest room.

To see our LIVE tutorial on this project, please tune in with us on Hometalk on 11-21-17 at 8pm EST and see our final outcome! Time is and see how we do!
Here's the gorgeous bed we're starting with It's real wood and has lots of beautiful detail that we hope to bring out in the painting process.

Like always, we're start with the minimal prep that's required for All In One Paint....CLEANING! Yes, that's it. But you do really need to clean it thoroughly to prevent problems with your painted finish. We recommend using TSP which you can get at your local Do It Best Hardware Store while you're there picking up your All In One Paint. Follow the instructions on the TSP and use it on the piece you're painting. Once you've completed the cleaning step, give your paint a good through stir, whipping from the bottom with a stir stick, and you're ready to get the party started.
For this project, we're planning to use this gorgeous new color called Abbey. Its a warm gray color and I'm seriously loving this color right now. Its different from the cool toned gray that we're used to seeing in the Farmhouse trend. Things are warming up for 2018 decor, are you ready?
Because we're working on a lot of large, flat surfaces, we're going to do most of our base coat with our True Applicator Sponge. It makes short work of big surfaces. Beyond your base coat, we recommend that you switch to our Syntec Chalk Brush for any subsequent coats. This paint needs a liberal coat of paint to self level and the True Applicator is designed to put on thin coats. But it works great for base coating and this little $4 tool is going to help us get this job done in a hurry before Paula's guests show up for Turkey.

Step 1: Clean (see above), Stir Paint
Step 2: Pour out some paint on a paper plate, dip your dry True Applicator Sponge in and get a quick base coat on all of your pieces. Allow base coat to dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Apply a liberal coat of paint with a Syntec Chalk Brush. Do not overwork your paint. Put it on and walk away. Watch us live to see what we mean by liberal and overworking your paint. We have some great tips for you.
Step 4: There is no step 4. Isn't that awesome?!?! The paint dries to a low luster, matte sheen that looks like waxed chalk paint. The look and minimal prep of a chalk style paint without all the work. That makes large jobs like painting a king bed in under an hour feasible.

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We only have 1 bed and we need to paint it live on the air, so I'll need you to use your imaginations for this part. I've pulled a few similar bed-spiration photos for you from Pinterest. This one is lighter than the color we're going for, but it has some light distressing which is what we'll be doing with Paula's guest bed.
Paula is also considering using Iron Gate over the Abbey which would look more like the bed in this Pinterest photo. I don't think she can go wrong, but tune in with us on the Live and see which color she decides.
Suggested materials:
  • All In One Paint in Abbey   (https://www.amazon.com/Abbey-Chalk-Style-Paint-32oz/dp/B076QQG8YB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511119782&sr=8-1&keywords=abbey+heirloom+traditions)
  • True Applicator by Heirloom Traditions   (http://heirloomtraditionspaint.mybigcommerce.com/true-sponge-applicator-reusable/)
  • Additional Color Options
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  • Colleen Feeney Colleen Feeney on Jan 07, 2018

    I like how the original bed looks...is there a chalk paint kind of like that?

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  • Joan Joan on Dec 06, 2022

    I do NOT like the bed painted that colour…makes it look cheap and unappealing! I prefer the original wood bed!!

  • Dee Dee on Mar 08, 2023

    You did a great job on this headboard. Just wondering does the paint scratch?