As I mentioned yesterday, sometime in our near future a team of construction workers will roll in and begin demolition on our garage in order to build a new bedroom over said garage. In anticipation of this dust and carpentry frenzy, I’m trying to keep chipping away at any furniture pieces being stored in the garage for which I have a definite plan. All those items I just pick up… well they may end up in storage for six months.
One of those get ‘er done items was a set of old twin beds we bought from a friend at a tag sale last summer. (And to say we ‘bought’ is a gross exaggeration of the actual money exchanged… let’s just say we owe her a favor or nine.)
I only needed one of the beds for now, so we pulled out the head board and footboard that were in the best condition. The paint was in bad shape on these guys so the preparation was 90% of the battle. I spent a good amount of time with my sander working around each nook and cranny trying to remove all of the flaking paint. A more patient person than I would have gone back over the piece with a block of sand paper, but I have limited nap times with which to work so I cut some corners. Don’t judge. And don’t quote me.
With as much of the paint smoothed and removed as I could muster, I gave the headboard/ footboard a once over with spray primer. Typically I skip this step (particularly when I’m painting something in a similar color), but because of the flaking paint situation on these headboards, I figured a little primer might smooth the surface and seal in any bits and pieces that I didn’t get to with the sander. Public service announcement: a Swiffer duster is a crappy way to remove the sanding dust as it leaves behind lots of tiny little Swiffer webs… not cool when using spray paint. Two coats of glossy white spray paint later and we have a new and improved (and ADORABLE) new twin bed.
The bedrails for these guys are metal so I used a wire brush to clean up any rust patches before giving them the same glossy white spray paint treatment. The support bars went missing so I swung by Home Depot and had four cut out of 1 x 6 boards so the box spring doesn’t have to sit on the floor.
Of course, in the week since I’ve started fixing up furniture for Eleanor’s new “room”, she’s decided to sleep with Oliver in her old room. Best laid plans… Regardless, this sweet shiny white twin bed takes up much less space than the Ikea daybed we previously had in that corner of the playroom, so it was a worthwhile trade regardless of where Eleanor’s decided to sleep these days! (The daybed is Ikea Meldal and it’s no longer available, but I plan to hang onto it as I love the lines and the function of it.)
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