UPDATING A VINTAGE BED FRAME

 



Summer is bed season, or more clearly explained .... summer is when I have space to build beds.




I've had this ornate piece of wood work for a few months just waiting for bed season. 



An antique oak double bed I purchased for our spare bedroom years ago. 





If you start with good solid bones it's a fairly simple and easy process to update a bed frame.

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The first thing I did was paint the solid steel frame with a flat oil based spray. The steel gets rusty over time so sealing it with an oil is best. The second thing I did was to make cross slats so a mattress is all that is needed.


This frame has no lip to hold the slats in place so I cut scraps to glue to the underside of each board so they stay tight in place between the rails. All the boards I used were from other furniture pieces, all recycled!!


I made the headboard taller by screwing a second headboard onto the back. Who would have thunk???
 

Don't forget a little extra on the foot board, but think about if
 your foot board is going to be covered up with another piece
 of furniture such as a bench, table, or dresser. It would be a
 waste to spent too much time and decoration on an area that
 won't be seen.



Here you can see the before and after. She is painted in a soft
 distressed white and perfect for a small space with
 amazing storage area underneath and only needing a mattress.


You can always follow along on INSTAGRAM @4_the_love_of_wood
where you get sneak peaks of what I am up to.


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