Can chalk paint really do it all?
I may have said this before once or twice, but I LOVE chalk paint! My mother-in-law had two footboards in her basement that she generously let me have. They were her parents’ beds, I think, and my sister-in-law has the headboards in her guest room, so we had to get a little creative with this antique bed chalk paint makeover.
I used the two footboards to make a day bed and pushed it against the wall, and ordered a set of twin drop-in bed rails on Amazon to hold everything together. Most bed rails you can purchase in stores are screw-on, so it was a little tricky getting the right ones, but Amazon came through again with Prime shipping!
I used two different brands of chalk paint in a light turquoise, but finished up the job with Folk Art Brand. I prefer to paint with a flat brush, instead of the recommended stencil-style brush you always see people using with chalk paint. It was my mom that recommend that, saying I was crazy to try to paint with the other, and she was right. I get much smoother strokes now that I’m not stabbing paint onto everything with that stencil brush. Trust me, it’s easier and yields a more professional result.
Varnish or wax, that is the question
Another controversial subject here, but again, I am deviating from the popular answer of wax. I prefer varnish. I like how it goes on, creates a protective barrier for the paint and dries in hours. No buffing. It’s also a more permanent finish. Plus, you can get it in almost any finish: gloss, satin, matte. I usually go with satin.
Adorable antique bed chalk paint makeover for a little girl’s room
This is seriously the most adorable bed for a little girl’s room. I am crazy about how this antique bed chalk paint makeover turned out! The light turquoise transformed the more formal cherry beds into something totally fun and whimsical. I’m on the lookout for my next project now. I’m thinking something pink or a light dusty blue-gray.
If you liked this project, check out my gray French Provincial dresser chalk paint makeover.