As soon as it was time to start transforming my daughter’s nursery into a “big girl” room, I knew that I wanted an emerald green, four poster bed. Why? I have no idea – and this was long before emerald was the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year. Just like I had picked out the name Emma for my daughter nearly 30 years ago and it’s one of the most popular names in the US now. I guess I’m ahead of my time.
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a bed that I’d end up painting, so I scoured Craigslist for months looking for the perfect candidate. It needed to be full sized. Its posts needed to be the same height on the headboard and the footboard. It needed to have a simple design. And it needed to be cheap.
I finally found one for $35 and I was so excited to bring it home. It needed much more work than I originally thought, but that’s a normal thing around here. A lot of blood, sweat and tears (and cussing, if I am being honest) went into this transformation, but in the end, I think I hit it out of the park.
The bed had an original oil-based factory finish on it (white), but an eager DIYer had painted black latex on top of it. Regular latex paint won’t bond to a shiny surface, so the black paint just scratched off. There was nothing I could do but scrape and sand the bed down to the original wood.
Once I got it down to the bare wood, I repaired some cracks in the posts with wood glue. Then, I used my airless paint sprayer to apply Zinnser Cover Stain oil-based primer and then two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint in Cat’s Eye Green. I could have also used a paint brush and roller, but I like the finish I get with my sprayer. I chose to use Ben Moore Advance because it’s a latex paint (easy soap and water clean up), but it hardens as well as an enamel. It’s perfect for furniture – particularly in a kid’s room.
The bed was just a headboard and footboard, so we put the mattress and box spring on a metal bed frame. I found a set of bed rail hangers at Woodcraft, and we used those to attach faux rails (really just a 1×6 piece of lumber on each side) to the headboard and footboard. The metal frame and box spring holds the weight, and the green wooden bed is essentially just decorative.
I am completely smitten with the new bed. It turned out exactly how I had pictured it in my mind. How’s that for seeing the beauty in something that was so ugly when it came into my life? A diamond in the rough.
Emma’s room is coming along nicely, and I’ll have more to show soon. Until then, here are the projects and posts I’ve put together for this room so far:
- Anthropologie Knock-Off Swing Stripe Curtains
- Unexpected Artwork in a Little Girl’s Room
- How to Test Vintage Furniture for Dangerous Lead-Based Paint
- Yellow Rose of Texas Embellished Side Table
- Ten Girls’ Bedding Options that Aren’t Pink
I’m also participating in a really fun Christmas Home Walk this week – tons of bloggers are walking you through their beautifully decorated homes. Here are Monday’s participants and today’s participants. I’m up tomorrow – see you then!