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Bedroom Makeover (Part 3): Up-cycled Bed

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Work with what you have…. for this Bedroom Makeover, that was pretty much my mantra.  Rather than buy a new daybed, which is what my teenage daughter wanted, I worked with her existing captain’s bed, hoping to turn it into a one-of-a-kind, ultra stylish, not recycled, but Up-cycled Bed.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like Before.  It was a cute, but generic, dark stained captain’s bed. 

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You’ll notice, it’s actually made up of a few pieces that are just screwed together.  This made it easy to take apart and work with.  So I immediately started sanding.

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I then pulled out my paint sprayer and a can of antique white paint with primer in it, and I got busy painting.

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My plan was to raise the bed onto some cool decorative legs I found for just $3 a piece at the same warehouse where I bought my upholstery supplies for the headboard.  I had already priced round wooden legs at Lowe’s and Home Depot.  They weren’t nearly as nice there, and they were $10 a piece.  So at this point, I’m thrilled with what I found, and I can’t wait to get them on the bed and paint them.

legUnfortunately, there was just one problem with my fabulous idea…and it was a doosy!  Because the bed was made up of different pieces, I couldn’t just screw the legs into the four bottom corners, because there would be nothing to support and hold it all up.  The only solution was to do what I always do when I find myself in a bind.  I enlisted my husband’s help.   (If you haven’t heard me say this before… I LOVE my husband!  He gets roped into so many of my projects, but he never complains.  Instead, he finds a way to execute my lofty ideas, and does so with a level of excellence.)  In this case, he made a solid wood base to support all the pieces.

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With everything securely in place and grounded to one solid base, my husband not only installed the new wooden legs, he added some decorative trim all around the bottom.

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I was one happy camper.  The only thing left to do was to distress it a little because my daughter was going for a more vintage look.  So I put just a few drops of a charcoal colored paint onto a moistened sponge, and I lightly rubbed it onto the edges of the entire piece.

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Now painted, elevated on legs, turned on it’s side, topped with a handmade upholstered headboard, and dressed in the bedding of my daughter choice, this Up-cycled Bed far exceeded our expectations.  Best of all, there is not another like it anywhere.  With the daybed checked off my To-Do, this Bedroom Makeover is well on it’s way.  My favorite improvement is yet to come.  See what I did with the dresser in my next blog.

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