Furniture is EXPENSIVE. So much so, that some days I feel like I might be 100 years old before I can actually acquire the funds to get new furniture whenever I want. (Who am I kidding, I do not want to live that long!) But, that doesn't mean I can't update what I already have and make it better to enjoy. This is how I got started on my latest refinishing project. Let's look at this DIY how to strip and refinish a bed... it is easier then you think!
Bed Set Before
This is our master bed that my in-laws gave it to us for our wedding. Originally it was wood with metal on it.
When I got tired of the wood and metal, I cut the metal off and painted it cream with light distressing.
Since I get bored of things easily and my children so kindly picked out the paint, I decided it was time for a new color!
How about some Charcoal! I used Sherwin Williams Peppercorn paint to achieve the perfect charcoal color. See my full bedroom reveal here.
How to Strip and Refinish a Bed
Here is a video of how I stripped down the bed! It is easier then you think.
You can see my complete blog post on stripping with pictures here
- Kleen strip stripper
- Chip Brush
- Hyde Contour Scrapper
- Putty Knife
- Sand Paper
- Shop vacuum (optional)
Steps for Stripping Furniture
- Take the piece of furniture outside in a well ventilated area.
- Pour a small amount of Kleen strip onto your painted piece.
- Spread the stripper around with a chip brush. Make sure to get it in all the small cracks and corners.
- Don't let the stripper dry out - add more in areas if needed.
- Let the stripper sit for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how many layers of paint you have. It should bubble up.
- Begin stripping the large areas with a putty knife.
- Use a contour scraper for the smaller areas.
- After all the paint is stripped allow the wood to dry out.
- Vacuum remaining paint.
- Sand down lightly.
- Prime your piece.
- Paint your chosen color!