I was lucky enough to find this bed at a yard sale down the street from where we lived in Milwaukee. The lady who was selling it was asking $30 for it. I noticed that there was some detailing on the legs that was missing in a couple areas, and I wasn't sure if I could fix it. But I loved it and I knew I needed to take it home with me. I also knew that my husband would question my judgment when he saw that I had brought this home for $30. I NEVER haggle, but I did this time and got the price down to $20. Now that it's fixed and painted, I feel like I robbed the poor lady who sold it to me!
I wasn't sure how to fix the damaged legs so this next part was all experimental. I ended up patching the areas with Elmer's wood putty, and after it hardened enough to be stiff like clay, I used an X-Acto knife to carve out the detail to match the rest. I bought wood hardener, which I had never heard of, but thought maybe it would help strengthen the putty. Fortunately, it worked?! Of course I haven't really tested it, but daily wear hasn't messed it up at all.
Here is a close up of one of the areas I fixed.
I really wanted the details of the trim to pop so I decided to go two-tone. I sanded it down just to roughen the finish then I primed with Zinsser primer. I then spray painted the trim glossy white with Rust-Oleum's Painters Touch. I used spray so I could easily get into all the details. Once that was finished, I painted the rest of the bed with a brush and roller with satin heirloom white (Rust-Oleum). I use this color for spray painting a lot and really like it, so I had Home Depot color match it with Behr paint.
Close up of the headboard.
Can you believe this was a $20 bed?
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