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4 Cans of Spray Paint and a 4 Poster Bed (at first)…

Posted: March 22nd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

I was so excited when I read about Sarah, The Thrifty Decor Chick’s Spray Painting Party! I would have bet thousands of dollars that I would be displaying something that was done by my two best friends, who are usually black spray paint and spray polyurathane. But for this project - it was my husband who headed to Home Depot to pick out a color.

Let’s back up! I’m getting too excited here. So my brother-in-law moved into town recently and he had an extra king size, oak finish, four poster bed. (Details to remember: oak and four poster).

Now here is my before — and I’m really ashamed it is not better, and it is actually the back of the bed.


My husband convinced me that painting it with a brush would take way too long and I should just let him do it all. Seriously, how could I resist?! Here is what he bought:


It is called “Fossil” and it is similar to ‘Favorite Tan’ by Sherwin Williams. It is a tan color with some gray and green undertones. Let me just say, besides black, white and wood staining — this is the first COLOR that we have used in the house and it is just so fitting because it is also the first bed (with headboard and footboard) that we have had since we were both kids!

And here is the beauty, 4 cans($10.00 worth) of spray paint later!


WARNING: The painting was complete and now comes the part many of you might not like.


A couple points…

First - I do not think we are a 4 poster bed kind of couple.

Second - My husband was willing to try but I stuck to my guns.

And so finally -  the saw came out…

(Okay you can open your eyes now).


Our room really would have gotten sucked up if we could have kept them on so after we cut off just the foot boards, it was time to find something to balance the grandness of the headboard.

So we took these:


and turned it into this:


The only other change we had to make was replace the long ottoman for Lucy with a floral ottoman on wheels that didn’t block the walk way into the room. This way it can simply be rolled to the side in the morning.


We just are in LOVE with the new bed. We took pictures right away and sent them to my brother-in-law and he called back to let us know he would like his bed back!


Thanks again for hosting your Spray Painting Party Sarah! It has been a lot of fun and check out other projects at The Thrifty Decor Chick.

♥ Katie

23 Comments on “4 Cans of Spray Paint and a 4 Poster Bed (at first)…”

  1. 1 Laurel said at 7:29 pm on March 22nd, 2009:

    I love that you didn’t paint it black! It looks awesome. I love it so much.

  2. 2 Beckie said at 7:29 pm on March 22nd, 2009:

    “Ouch!” I am speaking on behalf of the 4 poster bed. ;-) It looks great Katie. i am so glad you love it.

  3. 3 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 7:31 pm on March 22nd, 2009:

    Wow!!! See…I haven’t tried it with a big piece of furniture yet but I’m getting ready to. Cutting off those two posts made a huge difference — it looks so much more updated now!!
    Totally impressed!

  4. 4 Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said at 7:53 pm on March 22nd, 2009:

    Looks great! Visiting via the party! The bed is sooooo much better! Great choice! :)

  5. 5 Terry said at 2:42 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    Wow, that looks really nice! Isn’t it fun when we get our husbands on board even before we try to convince them? Very nice!

  6. 6 June said at 4:16 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    Wow, that looks amazing! You did a fantastic job on your bed frame!

  7. 7 Andrea said at 5:27 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    I love how you’re not willing to give up until you’ve got it just right. I would have NEVER thought about cutting them off. Seems so permanent - but you have great vision. Awesome job!

  8. 8 queenbee said at 6:57 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    Great Transformation!! I love spray paint…

  9. 9 Kimm at Reinvented said at 6:58 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    Wow! That turned out fantastic. Funny thing, we both spray painted beds this weekend. :)

  10. 10 Cass said at 7:06 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    I like the color you chose for the bed. And, yes, I closed my eyes when it was time for the surgery; we have two 4-poster beds with ceiling-scraping posts so I felt your bed’s pain.

    Only kidding. The bed looks grand. King size beds are overwhelming enough, without adding to it with large posts. Good job!


  11. 11 Mrs. Petrie said at 7:38 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    The bed looked so outdated and you made it look so expensive and beautiful! Good job.

  12. 12 My Garden of Eden said at 9:02 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    I LOVE it! Did you even sand down the bed frame at all? I loved the surgery. It looks great!

  13. 13 Mrs. Q said at 9:17 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    Stopped by from Thrifty Decor Chick…love the final result! Great solution!

  14. 14 Jen R sanctuary arts at home said at 10:58 am on March 23rd, 2009:

    It looks fabulous! Jen

  15. 15 Molly said at 3:11 pm on March 23rd, 2009:

    I HATE the finish/color of my bed and matching dresser and have been dreading the whole “sand and re-stain” project. But I think I’ll scrap that idea and break out the spray cans! I love how this turned out!

  16. 16 Susan in MS said at 11:12 am on March 24th, 2009:

    I think it looks absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

    I agree about it swallowing up the room. I think you have to have a very large room or a room with a high ceiling to pull off a four poster bed.

  17. 17 Kim said at 6:38 pm on March 24th, 2009:

    Great job! It really turned out nice. I like it better as a 2 poster bed…it really brings your focus to the great lines of the headboard.

  18. 18 Holly said at 8:32 pm on March 24th, 2009:

    That turned out great! Tell your hubby he did a good job.

  19. 19 Jenny said at 8:42 am on March 25th, 2009:

    That turned out wonderful! Great job!

  20. 20 The Masked Mommy said at 3:37 pm on March 26th, 2009:

    I’m always thinking that I need to use a brush, and it’s just not true! I need to get spraying! :-)

  21. 21 Kendra @ My Insanity said at 8:23 pm on March 29th, 2009:

    Great makeover! I like that you did a color, but that it is still very neutral. Of course, probably any color would have been a big improvement over the oak. If only I can convince my husband of that. He thinks oak is great! Ugh!

  22. 22 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » A Matte Makeover said at 7:11 pm on April 12th, 2009:

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  23. 23 Justine said at 7:17 am on July 28th, 2011:

    I have this exact bed that my parents handed down to me. I use it for my college apartments and it does look outdated, this may be an idea for me in the near future

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