Last Updated on July 6, 2023 by lindseymahoney
If you’re looking to give your bedroom a fresh new look, painting your bed frame can be a great DIY project.
With just a few supplies and some basic steps, you can transform your bed into a stylish centerpiece of your room. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to paint a bed frame.
I purchased this bed frame with the intent to paint it and use it in my son’s room. I am proud to say that after 8 years of owning this bed frame, I am finally tackling this DIY project! LOL!
We moved into our new home in 2019 and I decided to use this wooden bed frame for our daughter’s bedroom. While we transitioned our daughter from a crib to a mattress on the floor, I got to work on painting the bed frame.
Our bedrooms are in a sad state of affairs right now and they all need some love!
I am excited to tackle our first project in the bedrooms with this quick and easy paint DIY.
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How to Paint a Bed Frame with Primer & Latex Paint
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1 | Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin painting your bed frame, you’ll need to gather all the necessary supplies.
You’ll need sandpaper, primer, paint, a paintbrush or roller, and a drop cloth or newspaper to protect your floors, or in my case, a dirty basement floor!
Once you have all your supplies, you’re ready to get started on your DIY bed frame painting project.
Materials for This Project
- Sanding Block
- Angled Paint Brush (2″ preferred)
- Kilz primer
- Satin White Paint (you can use any color you want)
- Handy Paint Pail Container & Liners
- Damp Rag
2 | Prep Your Bed Frame
The first step in painting your bed frame is to prep it. Start by removing any bedding and placing a drop cloth or newspaper on the floor to protect it from paint drips.
You can also move it to an unfinished basement or outdoors. It is wintertime so the basement is where I set up shop!
Next, use sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the bed frame. This will help the primer and paint adhere better.
After sanding, wipe down the bed frame with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Once the bed frame is clean and dry, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
3 | Apply the Paint Primer (2 coats)
After prepping your bed frame, the next step is to apply primer.
I used Kilz (water-based primer) for this project. Primer helps the paint adhere better and provides a smooth surface for the paint to go on.
The paint primer also helps to prevent the wood grain from bleeding through the latex paint.
Oil-based primers are a great option for a smooth finish, however, they are really stinky and should really be used in a well-ventilated area or outdoors.
In my experience, I preferred using the paint paintbrush over the roller, I felt like I could move more quickly.
Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Depending on the type of primer you use, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.
Apply a second coat of primer to ensure complete protection from wood grain bleeding through.
4 | Apply Paint to the Bed Frame
Once the primer is dry, it’s time to apply the paint.
Choose a paint color that complements your bedroom decor and use a paintbrush or roller to apply it evenly to the bed frame.
I chose a fresh, white paint color in a satin sheen, which is a good choice for bedrooms. Start with the larger areas and work your way to the smaller details.
Be sure to apply the paint in thin, even coats to avoid drips and uneven coverage.
Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying a second coat.
Once the final coat is dry, your newly painted bed frame is ready to be put back together and enjoyed in your updated bedroom.
5 | Let Dry and Reassemble the Frame
After applying the final coat of paint, it’s important to let the bed frame dry completely before reassembling it.
This will prevent any smudging or damage to the newly painted surface.
Depending on the type of paint you used, drying time can vary from a few hours to a full day.
Once the paint is completely dry, carefully reassemble the bed frame according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Take your time and make sure all the pieces are securely in place before using the bed. Now you can enjoy your newly painted bed frame and the updated look it brings to your bedroom.
Going from the mattress on the floor to a crisp white bed frame makes such a difference! Who would have thought?!
This room is much more put together now and is super cozy for my little princess.
Starting with one project in a room that requires lots of work always gets me energized! We still have a lot to do in my daughter’s bedroom, including painting the walls, but this is a GREAT start!
There are so many beautiful furniture pieces for sale at thrift stores and second-hand stores that just need a little love.
Painting a bed frame is an inexpensive project that can transform the feel of an entire room.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY bed frame project and plan your own furniture paint project soon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to sand a bed frame before painting?
It depends. In most instances, and for this project specifically, giving your furniture a light sanding will help the paint adhere to the surface.
Before applying paint, be sure to clean the surface thoroughly to remove any dust.
There are painting kits available that do not require any sanding of your furniture.
I used Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet kit (a furniture kit is also available) and I had to wipe down the surface with a de-glosser instead of using a sanding block. I used this kit when painting my brother’s kitchen cabinets and it is extremely durable.
*Check out the $200 kitchen makeover at my brother’s house!
I have used this kit on our bedroom dresser and a dining room buffet and it works great.
Do I need to prime the wood before painting?
I recommend applying at least one coat of primer before painting wood furniture.
The primer layer prevents any of the wood colorings from bleeding through the regular paint.
Paint primer also creates a strong base layer for the furniture paint to adhere to and prevent the paint from chipping.
Do I need a topcoat on painted furniture?
Adding a topcoat, like polyurethane, will extend the life of your painted furniture.
When I used the paint kit from Rust-Oleum, it included a matte topcoat to apply to the furniture over the paint.
Can I use normal paint on furniture?
You can do anything you want, although certain types of paint will hold up better than others.
When I painted our wooden bed frame, I applied a coat of primer and then used normal, latex paint to finish the piece.
My daughter used the bed frame for 2-3 years and it held up perfectly. It may not have held up as well on a piece of furniture that is used more often, like a table.
What is the best furniture paint to use?
For the best results, I always recommend using a furniture-specific type of paint or a furniture painting kit.
I bought a quart of Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel interior paint from Sherwin Williams and applied two coats of paint to finish the cabinet.
This trim enamel paint is more durable than standard drywall paint and will hold up to more wear and tear.
I have only used the cabinet kits and have used a single kit to paint multiple pieces of furniture.