Today’s the day, lovely friends! I am sharing how to paint a sleigh bed! That would be OUR sleigh bed, and I just love how beautifully it turned out!!
Just a couple of weeks ago I was looking forward to the possibility of a long-anticipated new bedroom suite. Then I started pricing new furniture. When did furniture get so dang expensive?? That’s what happens when you thrift for most of your furniture, you lose touch with reality!
So instead of shelling out several thousand dollars for a new set, I was willing to try a fresh new paint job that cost me less than $100!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally convinced I’d love it, but I am so glad I was wrong!
Here is the bed before:
As you’ve heard me mention before, this set belonged to my husband. He had just purchased it not long after we started dating. The set I had only had a queen-sized bed and so that set went to Jack. It’s no secret that I have never been a fan of this one because it is very masculine.
But all that has changed!!
Meet our brand new sleigh bed:
I’m trying not to give away the rest of the room, so I’ll be sharing the bed in bits and pieces! It is hard to show in photos what a huge difference painting this set has made in this room, but it is so light and airy and I just love it!
I thought painting this bed was going to be such a huge undertaking, but it really wasn’t too bad at all. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
How to Paint a Sleigh Bed
I used Dixe Belle’s Fluff. This is after only ONE coat!
Fluff is more of a vintage white than a stark white so it usually covers completely in just two coats. I love that! And because this was a newer set, there was no worry of bleed-through, so I was able to get straight to painting. I used a brush to apply the paint. My favorites are the 2″ Mini Angle brush by Dixie Belle, and this one by Purdy.
Find my How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint Tutorial HERE.
As you can see in the photo above, I started with the post on the right side of the headboard and worked clockwise.
I painted the rest of the parts of the bed in this order:
- Bed rails on right side
- Front of footboard
- Back of footboard
- Bed rail on left side
FULL DISCLOSURE: I did not pull the bed out from the wall to paint the back of the headboard. Nobody will see that!
I still get asked all the time about sanding first, but with chalk paint, there is no need to sand first. I just gave the bed a good wipe down with a lysol-type wipe before painting. If you’re a messy painter, you may want to bring out the dropcloths, but I paint so much that I have lost the fear of making a mess!
The beautiful after
Ooh hello, pretty details!! I could hardly see you there before…
After my two coats were done and dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old foam sanding block. I was more heavy-handed on the areas I wanted to distress. I used my shop vac to vacuum up all the dust and wiped it down with a soft cloth. Then I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin using their blue sponge applicator.
You can see how I apply sealer using a sponge in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I love those pretty curves so much more now that you can really see them. You can also see the lovely sheen that the satin clear coat leaves behind…
I was on the hunt for new bedding, but I didn’t find anything that I liked more than what we already had. I found this quilt at Target when we moved in and I still love it.
We don’t really use the quilt, I just fold it at the bottom of the bed to look pretty, but I wanted a comforter instead so it would look extra plush. I ended up wrapping the quilt up with a down blanket we had and that gave it the puffy look I was after…and it was free!
I did buy some new throw pillows and a pretty beaded holiday pillow at HomeGoods. All three were less than $40…
The shelf above the bed was made from my Hubby’s grandmother’s footboard that I repurposed in this post. I thought it would be fun to decorate it, but instead, I just used it as a space filler and added a Christmas wreath that I already had above, flanked by those two pieces of wall decor I shared in Tuesday’s post. They were only $5 each and I just love the texture they add.
My $4 mirrors that I just redid still work great in here and I kept the lamps as well because I really love them. In fact, they were the inspiration for the drawer hardware color. I shared a peek of the hardware being painted in my last post HERE.
I love how all the neutral patterns and elements are coming together!
That rug was my one splurge.
The furniture is done and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!
I can’t wait to share the rest of the room with you…the dressers turned out better than I imagined they could.
But first, I’ll be back here on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing this flatware box:
This will be going in the room, and then I’ll be back on Thursday with the full reveal! I’m still undecided on the chandelier, and I hope to have a decision by reveal day!
Talk about a marathon makeover!!
Have an amazing weekend!
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