Woo-Hoo! We made it to my absolute favorite part of wood work. This may sound strange, but I thoroughly enjoy sanding wood. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe, it satisfies my perfectionistic side to feel the wood become softer and softer with each use of a higher grit sand paper.
Before marrying Ian, I usually sanded my projects by hand… No need to order a shake weight if you go this route! After moving, Ian and I purchased an electric sander. One word, glorious. And, my project times were reduced by 75%! Trust me, if you are going to do wood work, reclaim old furniture, or refinish furniture you already own, an electric sander is your BFF.
And, don’t get me started on sand paper! I love using as many different grit sand papers as I can on my projects. Sand paper grits may be pretty self-explanatory, but if it isn’t remember this: The higher the grit the smoother the finish. The lower the grit the more it strips. I really should go into advertising for sand paper. Before I get too carried away and cause you to fear how much sand paper grits to buy, we only used 3 different grits for this bed frame. But, if you have plenty of time and resources, feel free to go up to an even higher grit than we did. We used 80 grit, 120 grit, and 220 grit to finish. Start with your lowest grit sand paper first, then gradually move up to the higher grits.
In this post, I will explain how to sand all your bed frame pieces as well as how to paint! For the paint, I used Valspar Ultra White High Gloss Interior/Exterior paint. It provided the high gloss finish I desired with the convenience of only needing to buy one type of paint.
How to sand all bed frame pieces:
- Place your electric sander on top of one 80 grit piece of sand paper. You will need to cut the sand paper to fit the sander with the edges being long enough to fit under the clips on top of the sander.
- Once you have your sandpaper cut, place the ends under the clips.
- Take your headboard and completely sand all sides with the 80 grit. If your sandpaper wears down before finishing simply unclip the sandpaper, place it on another 80 grit sheet of sandpaper (or the same paper you used before if it fits) and cut around the edges of the worn down sandpaper. Attach the new piece of sandpaper and continue sanding.
- Use steps 1-3 to sand all sides of your footboard.
- Use steps 1-3 to sand your two sides boards completely.
- Next, attached a piece of your 120 grit sandpaper to the sander and sand your headboard, footboard, and sideboards refreshing the sandpaper as needed.
- Finally, attached a 220 grit piece of sandpaper to the sander and finish your headboard, footboard, and sideboards refreshing the sandpaper as needed.
- Remove the layer of sawdust from all bed frame pieces by running a damp cloth over the surface.
- Wipe all pieces with a dry cloth to pick up any remaining debris.
Your bed frame pieces are all prepped and ready to be painted!
How to paint your bed frame:
- Using your paint tray, pour your paint of choice into the part that dips down.
- Grab your foam paint roller and dip it into the paint and roll it up along the tray until it is covered with paint.
- On one side of the headboard, roll your paint roller in an up and down motion, reapplying paint to your roller from the paint tray as needed.
- Cover one side of the entire headboard as well as the edges of the headboard.
- Allow this side of the board to dry while you use the same method to paint the footboard.
- Continue to allow both the headboard and footboard to dry while you paint the top and one side of the side boards. To paint the corners that are hard to reach with the foam roller, use a paint brush.
- At this point, the headboard should be dry enough to apply another coat.
- Follow the same steps in 1-6 to apply another coat to all your bed frame pieces.
- Repeat steps 1-6 again for a third coat of paint.
- Depending on how deep you want your paint color to be, continue applying coats until you have achieved you desired finish. (I did about 5 coats).
- Allow these sides to dry a full 24-48hours before painting the other sides of your pieces.
- Once your pieces are dry, lay down a piece of cardboard or tarp on your work surface to protect the painted sides.
- Flip all your pieces over and repeat steps 1-11 for the sides that are not coated with paint.
- Allow the newly painted sides to dry for another 24-48 hours.
I did not paint the mattress supporting slats or the middle support because those pieces of wood would not be seen. If you are feeling ambitious and have the desire to paint everything, then feel free! I am certainly not stopping you. Also, you do not have to paint your bed white like I did. Grey, navy, or tan may be the look you are going for. Or, you may want to stain your wood! All options are perfectly fine, and it is important to do what you love. Even though I love white and like to include it as much as possible in my décor, you may like incorporating darker colors in your décor. You do you!
Can you tell this was my favorite part of the whole process? I was so happy with the way the paint turned out after it dried. In the fifth and final part to this series, I will explain how to assemble all these painted pieces as well as how I decorated with the bed frame. I cannot wait to show you the final reveal!
Is anyone else as obsessed with sanding wood as I am? After writing this, I may possibly be too obsessed. Oh well…