Monday, October 12, 2009

Our big weekend project

*This is an old post from October 2009 but I am editing it to add to:

This is the "inspiration" picture.  This full size bed costs $799 (just the bed frame - not including matress or anything)

Here is what I picked up at a garage sale:
advertised as "antique girl's bed" - yeah it is not really an "antique" but I really liked the style of it, and $35 for a full size bed - headboard and metal frame was a really good deal.  It doesn't matter to me that this was a "girl's bed" even though I needed a bed for my 6 yr old son.

So how to give it a makeover anywhere close to the pottery barn inspiration?
Spray paint super quick and easy! So we go to Wal-mart, buy 2 cans of primer, and 4 cans of paint. I let Thomas choose which color bed he wants (I want a dark blue), I am thinking about this headboard project on one of my favorite blogs, but he is very strong in his opinion that he wants RED. I do want to give my kids choices and let them make decisions for themselves, and I am not convinced it will look good, but I think I can always spray paint it another color if it doesn't work out. Also, the red he wants is the cheap Wal-mart brand that is $1.12 a can, so it is not a huge investment if it doesn't turn out good.

So Chris helps me set up the spray painting station above (2 old curtains - one laying on the floor and one pinned to the garage wall. I have done this before when I painted my dining chairs black.
I start with the primer and one of the cans malfunctions somehow and the spray starts coming out in dots and it jams up so I throw that can away and continue with the other can. When the paint dries a little I wipe away the excess with a dry towel where the paint came out in dots.

So now the bed looks like this - I think it already has potential and can see it would look nice a dark gray or a blue color.

And now it's red - this is a bad picture because the paint was wet and the flash made it look worse.

I give the bed another good coat of spray paint and we let it dry well a few more hours.

So now the after pictures:

headboard - $35
sealy pillowtop mattress and box spring - $50 (from Craigslist)
spray paint - $7
much heavy lifting done by my lovely husband = happy wife
a big new bed and a good night's sleep = happy 6 year old

(see it's huge, all his bedding looks good with the red headboard and we did not have a bed skirt so one of his fitted spiderman sheets works to cover the box springs base)
*editing to add we did buy a navy blue bedskirt and that is what is on it now.

Some other little details in his room:

this big black car was from one of our garage sales a few weeks ago - the lego table was a garage sale find too we've had it several years.
these little stars are actually Christmas ornments
a few more "train" accessories

So now I need to find a cute desk like this I can paint to match his bed!


Anonymous said...

i love it!

2 things:

1) that headboard was my furniture growing up -- twin bed, dresser w/bookshelf. :)

2) i have recently found the beauty (to my wallet) in recycling things in my home with paint!!

Sarah said...

great job anna!!! i love the red :) his room is looking so cool.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

It looks wonderful! Love the red with the bedding...Janell

The DIY Show Off said...

What a fun room! I love furniture makeovers and that bed looks awesome! Great job!

I'm new to your blog. Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by to visit me today too. I love making new blog friends!


nannykim/spindle cottage said...

You know I sooooooooo love red so of course your son is brilliant! I love it---and I hope you will soon find a cute desk to match!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

It turned out fabulous!!! And such a deal. I love the red. Your son was right about the color.

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

I love the red with all the blue bedding!! It looks fabulous. Great job, and take it easy girl, you just had surgery!! ;)

cindy@cottageinstincts said...

I'm always looking for inspiration for my boys' room, and I love what you did here. Great job!

Matt and Ashlee said...

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Tricia Anne said...

Beautifully done! I love the red!

Lou Cinda said...

Love the Bed! It looks so good and I bet your little boy is thrilled with it too!

Lou Cinda

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love it. I have twin beds that used to be my father's and his brother's when they were kids. I had my husband paint them navy blue.


michelle@somedaycrafts said...

lovely!!!! Red Rocks!

Sheri said...

Looks great, love what you did with his room!!!

If you haven't already come link up at my Room a month makeover.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

The bed turned out beautiful, the color of the red is just tooo perfect for the room, job well done and on a great budget, I am a new follower of your creativity, come visit

Sarah said...

wow, SUPER impressive!

Mimi said...

Love that new red bed!

mustard seeds said...

Your bed looks just as good as that Pottery Barn one. And I love it red. Good job, and I think it's great that you let your son choose the color. I am sure he's proud of it.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I love, love, love the red! And the color combo of red/white/blue just looks so fresh and clean. Great job!

TheOldPostRoad said...

He was right about the red! It looks great, doesn't it?!? I just got my son a $20 full size navy comforter at Walmart (sale section). He also has a twin bed in that room that has a great pottery barn quilt (that I got on sale and is discontinued). The twin bed PB quilt has navy stripes and the new comforter pulls the two beds together, so to speak - without breaking the bank. My point is (finally) -your Walmart might have a navy bed skirt in the sale section.

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

The red is a nice choice!

Mom to "W" said...

I love it. The red bed looks so good. I love red furniture.

Mandy said...

Looks cute! Red was a good choice :)

Dresser Girl said...

GREAT job!!

Holly said...

The red looks great! What a fun room for a little boy.
Thanks for joining my party :)