Valerie Burge
by Valerie Burge
9 Materials
4 Days

After a couple of months sleeping on a mattress on the floor, I was desperate for a bed-frame! I was limited by budget, as well as distance. I finally found a frame that met both these criteria…but is was particleboard!! And didn’t match my other bedroom furniture. But I really liked the headboard (and the idea of finally sleeping in a big girl bed again) so after some deliberation – I decided why not?! So I brought it home and spent the next 4 days working on it…and this is how it went.

Step 1: I assembled the bed  

Step 2: Reinforcements

The headboard was much heavier than I expected, so I drilled holes through the headboard and the legs – and placed 4 lag bolts, washers and hex nuts for added support.  

There were some weak spots on the side and foot rails, so I reinforced those areas using metal plates & wood screws.

Step 3: Fixing the veneer

There was one spot where the veneer was lifting – so I glued that down using Lepage Ultra Gel glue and placed my tool-box on it until it was dry. The other lifted areas were very tiny so I just used an exacto knife to trim those areas off.

Step 4: Cleaning

I cleaned the microfiber headboard and the box springs using my Bissell Littlegreen with a cap full of febreze Oxy carpet cleaning formula.

The foot & side rails I cleaned using TSP all purpose heavy duty cleaner.

Step 5: Sanding

I went about this the same way I would a solid wood piece, by sanding with my Bosch orbital sander. I quickly realized that the finish was coming off way too easily and concluded that this piece required a very light handed approach! So I gently went over the rest just enough to rough up the finish ever so lightly.

Step 6: Painting

I started painting – using fusion mineral paint in picket fence colour. I’m not gonna lie, at this point I started to panic a little, some areas the paint just didn’t want to adhere to the finish! I started to think that I should have used a primer!

But since I didn’t have primer, and was attempting to keep costs low, I continued on with the paint I had. I did 4 light coats in all. At this stage it had full coverage.

Step 7: Sealing the paint    

I used Fusion mineral paint clear tough coat matte wipe-on poly (2 coats) and let dry completely.

Step 8: The moment of truth

At this stage I was ready to place the box-springs inside the frame. Since I was not strong enough to lift them over the side rails I had to basically drag them across the freshly painted rails. I was worried! But, it didn’t scratch – not one speck!!! Yeah!

Once the mattress was added, I bounced around on the bed and made sure it was secure. I basically flopped around heavily like a fish out of water. I have an 8 year old and a dog who often like to jump and play on my bed, so I wanted to be sure it was safe. And it is. :)

Step 9: final touch up

I could see the original espresso colour in the seams of the foot rail, not a big deal but knew it would bug me, so I applied a small bead of Dap using my finger and a damp cloth. Worked great.

Step 10: Nap time!

Turned out pretty good for my first attempt. And so happy to have a bed-frame! I’ve been sleeping in it for the past 4 nights and it’s sturdy with no creaks or sounds. I think this frame will do just fine for the next few years.

Final thought and future project: The bed is super high with the box springs. I plan to build a slat base in the near future to swap out the box-springs, so my dog doesn’t break a hip jumping in and out!  

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  • MomofivejsOR MomofivejsOR on Aug 16, 2018

    Nice job. Your room looks so pretty and calm. I think I'd keep my box spring and add a bench to the foot of the bed for a step down.

    • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Aug 16, 2018

      Thank you! I've started to think I'm better off keeping the boxspring as well. It's just so comfortable and the bed doesn't make a sound. Don't really want to mess with it! I lifted my dog in once (even though he had done it several times already) and now he just sits beside the bed and barks for me to lift him in! LOL What a guy!! So yes, stairs would be great. :)

  • Sheryl Monaspa Sheryl Monaspa on Jun 02, 2023

    Looks nice, thanks for sharing the whole process.