It feels like another lifetime ago when I ordered six beautiful jars of my favorite DecoArt paint - Satin Enamels, in "Dark Denim" so that I could makeover my nephew's bunk beds. I knew it would be a long time before I'd be able to use them, since when I placed my order I was too pregnant to tie my shoe laces let alone take on the biggest furniture makeover I'd ever done. But the end of March came and my little biscuit arrived, weeks went by and we gradually figured out our new groove. The time for big projects was back! And so begins the painting adventure I'd been waiting for!
Normally I'm talking about the work I get done while my Bo sleeps, but this project was the opposite. I used these tiny 1 1/2 - 2 hr windows of him being awake for me to paint, little by little.
And when I say little by little, I mean it. That photo above? That was from the first day of painting and that was about all I got done before biscuit just wasn't having it anymore and it was time to go home for a nap.
I wouldn't have been able to get ANY of this done without Auntie Allie working her magic on Bo. One day he fell fast asleep in her arms and it was the cutest and extra exciting because I was able to get more painting done!
One of the last steps was painting the ladder, rails and shelves. I used DecoArt Satin Enamels in "Pure White" for the shelves and they came out great!
Fortunately Bo had plenty of entertainment in the form of story time, car time, and other good times with his cousins and Auntie & Uncle. He was very content while I finished things up!
Allen put the bed back together again and today I was able to snap pictures of the finished product! I'd love to hear what you think!!
It should be noted how crazy low priced this makeover was. While it did take a decent hunk of time, most of that was because I have a newborn. This paint spreads and dries quickly. I used just under four 8 oz jars for the bed, and less than one jar for the shelves. Given that each jar costs $8.48, you could do this entire makeover for less than $45 and have paint leftover!
As a surprise, I painted this flying Iron Man for Taylor! It's actually a present for his birthday in a few weeks, so we had to distract him while I quickly hung it up, snapped some pics and then hid it behind one of Bo's blankets!
Literally none of this project would have been possible without my family helping. Allen moved the bed multiple times so I would be able to get the back and the side that was against the wall, Allie kept Bo company the ENTIRE time I painted - which was about 2 hours 4x a week for 2 weeks plus a Saturday. And Taylor - was a champ - this dude's room was in pure chaos for that entire span of time but when the beds were done he ran over to me and was so excited and happy with the way they looked. It was a great first project back in the world of furniture makeovers, and I'm really proud of how this turned out and thankful for the family that helped make it happen!
What do you think of the finished product? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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