I’d been thinking about painting my bed frame for what seems like forever. Never really knew how I would paint it. It’s black wrought iron. Lots of skinny spindles (I guess that’s what they’re called?). Weighs about 8,000 pounds (ok, slight exaggeration), so I CLEARLY was not going to take it down a flight of stairs to spray paint. I never thought it was really feasible, know what I mean?
But once this master bedroom makeover got underway, the bed was just not right. It stuck out like a sore thumb. I mean, I’m all for contrast, but this was not good contrast. And with the orange curtains behind it…well, I was kinda getting a Halloween-y feel. Totally bugged me.
I thought maybe painting the nightstands white would be enough.
Again, just like the whole nightstand issue, the look and feel for this room that I have in my head just wasn’t coming through.
I wouldn’t rest until the issue was resolved. 😉
Enter paint and plaster of paris. (Surprised? Didn’t think so).
I figured, why not? Works on every other surface I’ve tried. So I grabbed some leftover Sea Salt (from my family room makeover), and mixed a little Plaster of Paris into it to make it just slightly thicker. I used a regular ol’ paintbrush I had, moved the mattress out of the way, and just started painting.
Didn’t even have to move the (insanely heavy) bed out – just did everything right there, as it was. I thought the Sea Salt would be the perfect hint of blue/gray to offset all the white, but as it turns out, it looks 100% white. I don’t mind. Once the room is done and fully accessorized, it’ll be fine.
…I feel like we’re starting to achieve my vision! (Still need a beautiful throw at the end of the bed, more pillows, rugs, the list goes on and on, but had to share the painted bed with you now!)
Once I did a couple coats (if you want it really chippy and distressed, and have a lot of black come through, one coat would do the trick), I sanded it just a tad. Thought it might give it some character.
I think the Sea Salt (white) looks so much better against the curtains now. Halloween-y no more!
So if you’ve been staring at your iron bed frame and wanting to change it up but not sure how, look no further! Mix up some paint and plaster – that stuff works wonders!
Can’t wait to finish this room and share every brightened up, colorfied detail;) (Yes, I make up words a lot.)
Starting to believe nothing’s safe from a paintbrush in this room.
*Update: Our bed has held up beautifully, with zero chipping years later – but not all projects turn out the same – I hope yours works out just as well as ours, but I can only share our experience. Paint at your own risk;)*