How to Paint a Wrought Iron Bed Frame (in one easy step!)

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.

It wasn’t.

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.

And now…

…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;)*


  1. Just so beautiful! You have certainly inspired me!

  2. Looks great – how has it worn? I’m interested in trying this out for a theatre set but it needs to be moved a bit, do you think the paint would scratch off? Thanks!

  3. Great news, this way definitely beats sandblasting! Thanks!

  4. So why did you use paint AND plaster? I am fixing to paint my iron bed now.

  5. Painted mine with Valspar Rivera Dune. Love the creamy color. I almost hate to chip it up or antique/glaze it! Can’t decide. Any opinions?

  6. Love the bed. Where did you get it?

  7. Kristen says:

    This looks amazing! What ratios did you use?

  8. Hey! I am stuck with the exact same problem. Got a solution now. Thanks to you. 🙂
    Can you tell me the ratio of paint to pop and how long did it take to dry?

  9. You have given me the inspiration I was looking for. Your bedroom looks great! I was so sick of my black headboard I was thinking of BUYING a new one, which of course, I can’t afford. White is so much more feminine, softer. Goes with everything. Thank you so much for posting this. (I’m even thinking about painting my nightstands white!)

  10. Whitney Campbell says:

    I am SO doing this!!! What are the ratios you used? Thanks!

  11. Kim DLima says:

    hi…can you let me know the ratio of paint (can I use white oil paint?) to Plaster of Paris???

  12. You really should not post projects that don’t work. BTW when did yours start chipping?

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