About one month ago, a super awesome family, The Sizemores, hooked up Ben and I with GORGEOUS furniture they no longer needed. We received a nightstand (makeover post HERE!) and a beautiful dresser that Ben used to replace a lowsy quality IKEA mess (thank you thank you thank you Mr & Mrs Sizemore!! ), and the last piece was this bed frame:
I thought it was awesome and wanted it all for myself, but unfortunately it was a full size and our bed is queen. Luckily when I showed a picture of it to our friend Riley, he liked it and agreed to have it refinished for himself! We looked through some Pinterest inspiration, then Riley was super cool and gave me freedom to do whatever I wanted to it! WOOHOO! So I ordered my paints from DecoArt and got started right away!
Since the surface was really slick, I lightly sanded it so the paint would stick more easily. But before I began painting, I coated it with a layer of stainblocker.
After seeing this bed:
on Pinterest (link HERE), I fell in love with the idea of painting it black with a satin finish - so classy & unique! Plus it seemed to draw extra attention to the detail work, and Riley's frame, while less ornate, had a lot of similar qualities. The color I used is called "Carbon" and it's from DecoArt's Americana Decor Chalky Finish line. It's naturally matte, so I ordered a Satin Varnish as well.
There were a few small issues with the frame, some minor water damage and a few missing pieces of trim. Since I won't pretend to be a woodworking expert, I did my best to embrace the imperfections, like here:
I painted gold stripes along the edge where the trim was missing. I feel it gives it extra character! :) It was because of the small imperfections that I also ultimately chose to give the piece a weathered look. Instead of trying to hide the small flaws, I gave them special attention:
Now here is where I had problems. You'll remember that I had wanted the finish to be satin? Well I just could NOT for the life of me get a smooth finish, the paint strokes just kept showing! I coated and coated the varnish, I applied it with a cheesecloth - nothing seemed to work. See below:
Yuck, right? Finally (after about 6 coats), I brought out my trusty matte finish. I coated the biggest areas with matte. It needed two coats to cover up the shine, but in the end it was worth it. I left the shine on the detail work, which made those areas really pop!
Here's how it turned out:
One of the coolest things about this bed was that when I distressed it, it looked like gold was shining through!
Here you can get a better feel for the different finishes, the detail work has the satin sheen, the rest is matte! And you can see some of my gold painted details. I used Americana's Antique Gold acrylic.
And here's how it looks in Riley's super cool bedroom! (You may recognize some of my artwork (Mr Dylan in the corner), check out THIS post about the abstract, and THIS DIY post about refinishing his nightstand last summer!)
I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I think it fits in well with his collection of Riley-esque things.
And finally...the happy customer! Thanks Riley for giving me artistic freedom and not getting too annoyed when I made you move around half of your room and get pretty white bed things and stage your room to be fancy, etc etc etc.
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