I want to refinish my pine sleigh bed, what are some ideas to do this?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 03, 2017
    Hi Tracy! If it is solid wood you could always sand it down to the bare wood and then restain it in any color of stain you like! After that you could white wash it as is or just totally paint it out :)

  • Dod31089519 Dod31089519 on Nov 03, 2017
    Hello Tracy, oh you are so fortunate to have an old sleigh bed to work with!! Try looking for any severe bumps or dents; sand them down or fill them in with wood filler. Give it a coat or two with chalk paint using a small roller or a good paint brush. Chalk paint goes on easy covers very well and depending on the present color of the bed, it won’t take much paint. Sand down any brushstrokes if there are any. Use chalk wax paint to protect and seal your paint unless it’s white. Wax paint turns white paint yellow. Use HempSeed oil instead or use spray paint. Yup, I said it. Comes in chalk as well. You can use a spray paint in clear gloss or matte to finish it up. you can even sand a few areas that would have obvious wear n tear for an antique vibe. You could also cover your bed with a diy no-sew fabric. Fabric headboards are divine! You can even figure out a way to leave off the footboard. Or turn the head board or foot board into a bench. Have fun no matter what you decide to do!!! - Laurie

  • Dod31089519 Dod31089519 on Nov 03, 2017
    Oh there is more: once you get your wax paint for chalk paint on, take a soft cloth and gently rub it down. The more you buff it the more it will shine. So buff all areas the same for an even pattern.

  • Sarahcrna1 Sarahcrna1 on Nov 04, 2017
    Being an adventurous soul I would sand the bed down and apply some Unicorn Spit stain on it. The colors are really fun. I bought it at Home Depot.

  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Nov 04, 2017
    For pine, you will need to prime with BIN. It is a white-pigmented shellac. Shellac will seal the knots so that the tannins don't keep seeping out. Prime it all over, then triple coat the knots, letting it dry in between coats. Buy a throw away brush for the BIN.
    Then lightly hand sand in the direction of the grain and wipe off before painting.