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!

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