DIY Bed Frame Update Project

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Sometimes, all furniture needs is a little reimagining. This DIY bed frame update project gave an old bachelor-era bed and fresh update. 

This idea came about while I was putting the design board together for my son’s bedroom. I was desperately trying to use what furniture we had on hand and this bed was still in too good of shape not to use. So here’s how we gave this tired piece of furniture a facelift with a DIY Bed frame update. 

Let me show you my inspiration picture for the DIY bed frame update project:

DIY Bed Frame Update

We started by sanding the old 20 plus-year-old finish off by using a hand sander. 

DIY Bed Frame Update

Once sanded we bleached the wood by painting bleach gel then rinsed thoroughly. 

DIY Bed Frame Update
DIY Bed Frame Update

Next, we applied my favorite all-purpose stain color, Minwax Early American. 

DIY Bed Frame Update

Finally, we took gloss black acrylic craft paint and painted the border, first. Matte metallic charcoal acrylic paint from DecoArt and painted the final coat.  

DIY Bed Frame Update

To add the riveted detail from the inspiration, we took some of the same 1/4 inch paintable plywood and ripped it down. To attach, we used a brad nailer. 

First – We did a dry-fit of the boards before we painted them. 

DIY Bed Frame Update
DIY Bed Frame Update

Now, for the fine details. I added 1/2 inch wood split balls painted in the metallic charcoal matte paint with my trusty glue gun and Gorilla glue brand hot glue sticks. 

DIY Bed Frame Update

The bed is officially updated! I love being able to take something that was on the edge of “being fine” and make it into something perfect for the room.

Isn’t that what creating a home is all about? Taking the “eh” items and making them into something perfect for our abodes. 

Keep Creating Home, my friends,

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