Update your bed frame for a rustic & fresh look

Beds frames are expensive.  We purchased a quality bed frame years ago. Since then, our style (()K, my style) changed.  I think Karl would have been fine had the old bed frame remained. But, I was getting antsy to update it.  Here is what I did: 

I created a "new" bed frame from our old one.  The photo below was the bed before..

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The plan

I decided to paint the frame white, then distress it.  I sealed it with a soft wax.  I wanted to add an additional rustic component to it, so I added 16 pine boards to the frame, 8 on the headboard, and 8 on the foot board.  

My lines aren't straight, but you get the idea....8 boards lined up to cover the old frame

My lines aren't straight, but you get the idea....8 boards lined up to cover the old frame

Materials Needed: 

  • 16- 1x4 wood boards (I chose pine)
  • Dark Walnut Stain/brush/old t-shirt
  • Liquid Nails
  • electric saw   

Steps: 

1.  Measure the width of the frame to determine how long the boards had to be, and how many boards were needed to cover the area.  For this bed, we needed 8, 1x4 boards on each frame (the headboard and foot board). I looked for the straightest (non-bowed) boards when picking them out at Menards, just to make gluing them a little easier. 

2.  Cut the boards to size

3.  Stain the boards

wipe or brush stain onto the wood. Let sit 10 minutes. Wipe with old T-shirt. Let dry. That's it. 

wipe or brush stain onto the wood. Let sit 10 minutes. Wipe with old T-shirt. Let dry. That's it. 

4.  Paint old frames and sand for a distressed look. Apply wax to seal the paint. 

5.  For this step, the headboard and footboard were lying flat.  Apply liquid nails to each bed frame and place boards on top.  (sorry no picture!) I basically ran a line of liquid nails down the old frame prongs, then stuck the board to it. 

6.  Allow time to dry (I placed heavy paint cans on top while drying. This held the boards down flat, allowing them to adhere better to the glue. The boards won't be perfectly flat against the frame, and that's ok....because this is a "rustic" bed.  I let them dry for about 24 hours

7.  Re-assemble the bed.  The bed rails attached the same way as they did before, because I did not change anything at that level where the rails and frames attach. 

Result

I'll admit I had an instant crush on our new, rustic bed!  This was the first time I had ever added wood to another piece of furniture; I wasn't sure what to expect.  But I was happy with the result. A bed frame that looks fresh and current!

One last thing.......

I was curious to see what new beds of similar style would have set us back. The bed below, from Pottery Barn......sells for $1799.   So, we saved $1759.  Granted at some point in the future, a board may come loose from our bed, and our bed is a little heavier than what its original frame was constructed for, I still love our "new" bed.  

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