Before and after pictures of a bed, the before is plain wood and the after is painted pink
Lifestyle, room makeover

Room Makeover Series: How I transformed my new bed!!

I’m not claiming to be some kind of DIY expert, but this is how I went from natural wood to the perfect pink relatively cheaply and easily!

So you might have seen from my previous post that I created a reading corner in my room and got a pale pink armchair (if not you can check it out here!). When I was planning my room makeover I knew that I wanted my bed to be the same colour as my chair. So this is how I went from this:

picture of an unpainted wooden bed

To this:

pictures of the wooden bed painted pale pink with fairy lights around the headboard

What you need:

  • Cloth and any household cleaner that removes grease (not pictured)
  • Sanding block
  • Dust sheets
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Rags
  • Paintbrushes – I would suggest two different sizes (that way someone can help you, but its also helpful to have a bigger one for large areas and a smaller one for the smaller areas).
  • A stirring stick
  • Primer – I got 0.75 litre of Valspar Universal White Primer & Undercoat.
  • Paint – I went to B&Q and got the colour mixed from a sample of fabric of my chair. I went with one litre of the Valspar Premium Blend V700 Wood & Metal Interior Eggshell.
all the equipment and paint needed to diy repaint the bed

Prepping

To prep the bed, I pulled the bed out into the middle of the room so I could get all the way around it. I put the dust sheets under the bed to protect my carpet and then used the household cleaner and cloth to remove any dirt or grease from the wood.

I then tried to sand down the wood using the sanding block, but the wood of my bed was scorched??? so it didn’t sand very well. I would advise if your wood is completely smooth then maybe try to sand it, just to make the primer go on better, but for me, I wasn’t a problem.

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Priming

I did two coats of primer, following the instructions on the primer to give each coat time to dry. This is so important, especially if you’re painting a darker wood, as the white provides a better canvas for your paint. As well as helping the paint colour pop more, the primer helps the paint go onto the wood better.

Don’t put too much primer/paint on the brush, just dip the brush in a little!

a wooden bed with coats of primer

Painting

Once both coats of primer had dried (I actually left it overnight) I started painting the pink on. You need to be a little bit more careful and thorough than you were with the primer as this is what’s going to be visible. Make sure you cover absolutely all the visible areas, including the feet of the bed. I didn’t do a full second coat, I just waited for the first coat to dry and then touched up areas that I had missed the first time.

Make sure you mix your paint tin before you start painting to ensure the pigment is even. You can do this by shaking the tin (make sure the lid is on securely!) or by using a stirring stick, which is basically just a piece of clean wood to stir the paint.

When you’ve finished painting, use the rags to get as much paint out of the brush as possible before you rinse the brushes, they hold a surprisingly large amount of paint.

wooden bed with coats of pink paint

After finishing the painting I waited another 5+ hours for the paint to dry before remaking my bed, and I absolutely loved how it turned out. It really complements my chair and brightens up my room.

Let me know in the comments if you want to transform your room, and what you want to do with it!!

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