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Over the past few months I have been daydreaming about giving my primary bedroom a sophisticated, moody makeover. (If you have been following along you know that I recently added picture frame molding and painted my room. You can get all the DIY details here.) However, the wall treatment and color are only the beginning of this room makeover. With the help of KILZ® Primers and Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines, I have dreamed up some fun plans to recycle my second hand furniture and give them a moody sophisticated makeover to suit.
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- Pry Bar/Flat Bar
- Tape Measure
- Table Saw / Circular Saw
- 18g or 16g nailer
- Pin Nailer
- KILZ 3® Premium Primer
- Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines® Paint in “Quaint Cottage”
- 1×3″ Primed Finger Boards
- PVC Base Cap Molding
- Wood Filler
- Paint Sprayer, or Paint Rollers/Brushes
I purchased this bed approximately 5 years ago, when Craigslist was still alive and well. When I picked it up, it was an orang-y oak color that I didn’t love, so I white washed it to fit my light and bright farmhouse theme. Well… this room has definitely taken a turn towards a more moody sophisticated feel and I need the furniture to match..
Let me just preface by saying, if I had simply primed and painted this headboard it would totally have transformed this piece. However, I had a fun idea to update the look and wanted to share the process. In order to update the line of the bed I had to dismantle PART of the headboard and foot-board. I began by removing the top apron, and extra trim on both the headboard and the foot-board.
Proportionally I wanted to have similar spacing around the perimeter of my headboard. In order to accomplish this I ran both my headboard and my foot board through my table saw and lopped the top 1.5 inches off.
Add Decorative Trim
This next step may seem counterproductive, but just roll with it. I have a vision. I wanted to case the entire headboard/foot-board using 1×3″ primed finger boards. This would create a lip that would frame out the headboard/foot-board.
To to do this I measured the total distance and height and transferred those dimensions to a 1×3″ board.
Using a miter saw I cut the marked 1×3″ boards on a 45 degree angle. By cutting on a 45 degree angle it will create a polished mitered corner.
After cutting (and I always recommend a dry test fit) I was ready to attach my trim. To do this I used wood glue and a 16 gauge brad nailer. I first secured the top piece and followed suit on the sides.
Alright, keep the previous steps fresh in your mind, because if you want to recreate my headboard you will need to essentially repeat them. However, instead of using a 1×3″ primed board around the perimeter, I am adding some decorative trim to the interior of the 1×3″ boards .
Again, measure the interior dimensions, transfer the measurement to the trim pieces ( I used PVC Base Cap) and cut the pieces on a 45 degree angle using a miter saw. Once all the pieces are cut and dry fit, I added a bead of glue and tacked them in place using a pin nailer. (PVC is very light weight and does not require a bigger gauge fastener.)
Prep for Prime
Are you guys excited? I am excited! Before we start painting we are going to take one very important step to ensure our end product turns out beautiful and stays looking that way! This headboard/footboard is not all real wood, some parts are laminate. Laminate/veneer surfaces are often very smooth and shiny surface, both of which are not ideal for painting… this is where a good primer will be your best friend. It is important that you prime in order to achieve good adhesion of your top coat!
In general it is always a good idea to lightly scuff any smooth surface before priming. In this case I wanted to smooth out all the new pieces of trim I had recently added. Not always necessary but it does help create a super-smooth finish.
Before priming or painting, I always recommend wiping down the entire piece with a damp cloth. This will remove any loose debris or dust. Removing dust will not only allow for better paint/primer adhesion it will also help create a perfectly smooth finish.
When priming make sure you always use a good primer, and one for your specific needs! Primer like KILZ 3 Premium primer can help with many different DIY woes. If you have been around for a while you know that KILZ® Primers saved me when renovating my camper. It adhered to my cabinets like a charm, covered water damage, mystery stains, and even got rid of some funky odors. So yes, I am a big advocate for priming!
For this project I opted to use a paint sprayer to apply my primer. When applying any paint/primer makes sure you reference the directions on the back of the can to ensure that your material is able to be used in a sprayer and use the recommend tip/point size.
Now we wait… just kidding. KILZ 3 Premium primer is ready to paint in one hour! I cannot even begin to tell you how happy that makes this stir-crazy, impatient DIYer. By the time I had all my paint supplies gathered my primer was dry and ready to top coat
Select Color and Sheen
Spray , Brush or Roll Paint
As I mentioned at the very beginning of this project I wanted something a little dark and moody. I didn’t want it to feel like a cave, but I wanted a moody feel. After scouring the internet for inspiration I found my muse. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines paint to the rescue!
I mean how can you go wrong when you combine KILZ quality with Joanna Gaines color selection!? I have used Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines in my guest bedroom makeover and I was impressed! It has excellent durability, smooth application, great for touch-ups, and low VOC. Seriously you can’t go wrong! The only thing that I was torn on was deciding between several colors, ultimately I decided on the color “Quaint Cottage” in a satin finish from the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines paint line.
Following the same steps for priming, I applied my topcoat. I closely followed the back of the can recommendations for applying my Magnolia Home Paint using a sprayer. (In the past I have used a brush and roller and was impressed with the results! I just wanted to try the sprayer approach this go around.)
Repeat on Addition Furniture
Let’s not forget the rest of the bedroom furniture! I knew that I wanted to update the profile of my bed, but I was fairly happy with the shape of my little second-hand night stands. However, I did want to make them match my bed, so I also primed and painted my nightstands to achieve a sophisticated, designer look.
Once everything is painted and dried it’s time to reap the rewards! I could hardly contain my excitement and started bringing in my furniture the second it was no longer tacky. ( I don’t recommend doing, that. Giving paint a little extra time to cure is always a good idea.)
I still cannot believe that this is all the same furniture, and this is the same room!? It is AH-MAZING what a little bit of paint can do. If you are looking to update a space in your home make sure you check out Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint! It was made to transform your vision into reality. Check out https://www.kilz.com/magnolia!
- Bed: Craigslist
- Nightstands: Facebook Marketplace
- Nightstand Pulls: The Home Depot
- Nightstand Sconces: Amazon
- Large European Pillows: Marshalls
- Taupe Velvet Square Pillows: TJ Maxx
- Lumbar Pillow: Hearth & Hand @ Target
- Brass Vases: Target
- Large Brass Chandelier: Amazon
- Chandelier Shades: Amazon
- Curtains: Amazon
- Linen Duvet Cover: Amazon
- Ruffle Coverlet: Marshalls
- Rug: Loloi
- Wall Color: “1905 Green” by Magnolia Home
- Bed Color: “Quaint Cottage” by Magnolia Home
If you are looking for some more moody bedroom inspiration I have just what you are looking for! Last year I updated my guest bedroom using Magnolia Home Paint by Joanna Gaines and it looks stunning! You can get all the details here.