How to Salvage ‘Beat Up’ Bunk Beds

Are your bunk beds so beat up that you close the door when guests come over? Time to buy another set? WRONG!

You can refinish you’re your existing wood beds to look even better than they did when new. The job of refinishing furniture has become much easier with the many new products and techniques that are available now. The sense of pride and accomplishment that follow a job such as this makes the work involved well worth the effort.

First, decide what you want the finished product to look like. The most popular finish now is called ‘distressed’ furniture. Consumers are paying high dollars for furniture with this finish, and you can easily do it yourself! The technique of this finish requires gouges and scratches. Perfect for bunk beds that the kids have ‘ruined’ over the years! Little did you know that they were actually helping you with your project. To get step-by-step instructions for this technique google ‘distressed furniture technique’ – you will be presented with several options. Choose the one that is most understandable to you.

Another popular look that is easy to do would be to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to refurbish the beds. This technique requires no stripping of the wood, and minimal sanding. The finished products that I have seen are stunning. Another benefit of Chalk Paint is that you can use virtually any color. The color option is wonderful if you are trying to create a theme in the room. To get step-by-step instructions google ‘Chalk Paint technique’.

Before you start your project take the bunkbeds apart. You need to disassemble the beds so that you will not have areas peeking thru with unfinished wood. (This is essential if you want your job to look professional). Take your full over full bunk beds out to the garage. You have ample space to work in the garage and you don’t have to worry about the rug or the walls being splattered with paint. If you do not have a garage, place a large plastic sheet on the floor of the room you will use for your project.

Hopefully this has gotten your creative juices flowing and given you some ideas and inspiration. Happy refinishing!

Delicate Pink Chalk Painted Frame for Child’s Room

Chalk paint for kids room.

I wanted to make something “with my own two hands” for my little girls room, she is 3 and pink is her favorite color!  I had also never mixed my own chalk paint color before, and, I thought, this would be a good opportunity.  My mom had this great resin frame that looked ugly, just gathering dust.  So – I made it beautiful again!… Continue reading “Delicate Pink Chalk Painted Frame for Child’s Room”

How to Paint a Pumpkin – Decorating with White Pumpkins

My beautiful Fall table decorations using my painted pumpkins.

I saw these stunning photos of different types of pumpkins arranged for fall decorating in the latest Pottery Barn catalog.  I fell in love…instantly.  One of the focal points were these beautiful mercury glass pumpkins…I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old…I try to minimize breakables around the house, especially on kid accessible surfaces!  So, I decided to try to make my own faux mercury glass pumpkins after finding this incredible post Continue reading “How to Paint a Pumpkin – Decorating with White Pumpkins”

Who’s Afraid of the Big Dark Wax? (The KEY to Antiquing Chalk Paint!)

Chalk painted and Antiqued Cherub angel.

I was!  I was afraid to use the dark wax on my pristinely chalk painted furniture!  But, now that I’ve used it a few times and have seen what it can do to make a chalk paint project come to life – I love it!  One of my favorite steps in repurposing a piece of furniture.

So you too can appreciate the magic, I will share some before dark wax and after dark waxing photos… Continue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big Dark Wax? (The KEY to Antiquing Chalk Paint!)”

Chalk Paint Colors

Chalk Paint Color Chart.

There are currently 26 different colors of Annie Sloane chalk paint that come in 1 quart pots.  However, you can always mix your own unique colors as well.  This is especially easy to do by using Old White with any of the colors.  In this post I will focus on the original 24 chalk paint colors.  In a future post, coming soon, I will demonstrate how I did some custom chalk paint color mixing using 2 colors to make a 3rd unique delicate pink color for the project I was working on… Continue reading “Chalk Paint Colors”

Weathered Old Frame Refurbished with Chalk Paint

My frame finished and in all its glory!

This poor old wooden picture frame was just languishing in a pile of dusty, dirty, spider webbed old frames at an estate sale.  It called to me from near the bottom…”Michelle, Michelle, pick me up!”  I did, thought it might have potential, and, it did!!!  I refurbished the frame, complete with distressing and antiquing, I show photos of the process and outline the steps below… Continue reading “Weathered Old Frame Refurbished with Chalk Paint”