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Zoe’s bed, in white, at long last!

For those of you just joining us on this bed-update journey, poor Zoe had been sleeping in her crib-now-converted-to-toddler-bed for her whole life.

Three girls in a crib.

This crib has been in our family a long time!

She did still fit in it, but as she said, “Mommy! Six-year-olds should not be sleeping in toddler beds.”

I knew I wanted to buy a bed that could be an heirloom someday (or that would at least last until Zoe moves out!), but I didn’t want to pay $600.

So, I poked around on Craig’s List and found just what I was looking for…a wooden bed with drawers underneath it.

And it was $50. Shweet.

I don’t have a very good before picture, but this will have to do.

A brown wooden twin bed frame.

Here are the drawers. I was so excited to find one with drawers because I dearly love hidden storage.

Under bed drawers for a twin bed, sitting in the grass.

I sanded the bed using my orbital sander. I didn’t go down all the way to the wood grain since pine grain doesn’t show through paint nearly as well as oak does. Also, the grain doesn’t show as well with white as it does with black.

So, I just sanded enough to take off the gloss. I primed it with white Painter’s Touch spray primer, and then painted it with the brush-on Painter’s Touch paint, using lots of very thin coats.

My whole sanding/priming/painting method is outlined in this post, so go check it out if you’ve got questions!

I know some of you adore the bare wood look, but I love this bed SO much more in white.

A white twin bed frame sitting on a green lawn.

You really wanted to see it in Zoe’s room, though, right?

Well, first we had to take apart her crib. This picture should satisfy those of you who think my house is always clean.

It’s not.

A messy preschool girl's room.

We took the crib apart and gave it to my brother and his wife, who are expecting their second baby. It had definitely served its time here at our house, and though I felt slightly sentimental about it, I was mostly glad that it was going to someone who needed it.

Zoe must have been feeling a little sentimental too, because she took a photo with her toy camera. 😉

A crib photo taken with a toy camera.

The floor under the crib was pretty dirty. What can I say? I don’t vacuum under beds very often*!

*meaning, never

A dirty corner of carpet in a bedroom.

(can you see the dirt marks on the walls from baby/toddler fingers reaching through the crib slats?)

The carpet really kind of needed a shampooing, but I was in too much of a hurry for that. So, I just vacuumed.

A carpeted corner of a bedroom.

One of the bed slats broke in transit to our house, but we had a piece of scrap wood that was the right thickness, and Mr. FG just used his saw to cut it down to the perfect length.

A replacement bed slat for a twin bed.

Ok. Here’s the bed all put together…ta-da!

A white twin bed with a fish quilt on it.

Except the drawers have new handles on them now, so they look like this:

New drawer hardware for twin bed.

Zoe’s quilt before was a toddler-sized one, so we had to buy something new. This fish quilt was perfect.

A fish quilt for a twin bed.

I especially liked the pillow sham.

A quilted fish pillow sham.

I moved her tropical fish wall hook set to a new place, and also installed a hook for her bath towel.

A wall in a little girls room.

I was a little worried that this chest, a painted Freecycle find, wouldn’t fit at the foot of her new bed like it did with her crib, but I was pleasantly surprised.

A white painted wood chest with a blanket on top.

One of the underbed drawers holds Zoe’s craft/art supplies.

A drawer full of craft supplies.

And the other holds some blankets and clothes.

A drawer filled with blankets.

The nice thing about painting old furniture is that you can make mismatched pieces look like they sort of go together.

In addition to the bed and storage chest, Zoe’s got a nightstand from freecycle:

A white nightstand with two bears on top.

A dresser from freecycle:

A white dresser with knicknacks on it.

And a bulletin board from Goodwill.

A white bulletin board hung on a pink wall.

I’ve painted everything white and added new matching hardware, so it looks nicely pulled-together.

zoe's white painted bed

I’m really happy with how this turned out, and I’m also very pleased that we obtained a good-quality bed for a very fair price. The bed was a mere $50, and I spent $5-$7 on paint and another $6 on hardware.

But, I sold the Ikea chair that used to live in Zoe’s room for $35, so that offset my bed expenditures a bit and freed up some space for the bed.

Of course, I did have to put in some hours of labor to pull this off (probably about 8 hours all told), but considering that a similar bed from Pottery Barn or L.L. Bean costs $800 with the under-bed storage, I’m quite sure this was worth my time.

And Zoe’s very pleased that she’s not sleeping in a toddler bed anymore, so that makes me happy.

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Carolyn McCosh

Sunday 12th of August 2012

I have just found a rice carved 4poster bed that I intend to paint off white Any pointers fro making sure it is sanded well?

AWould you use the spray primer for the posts?

this is my first project so I am really being bold Carolyn


Monday 13th of August 2012

Yep, all of my tips are right here:

Jen C

Wednesday 27th of June 2012

Great job on the bed.....looks great!!!!


Friday 22nd of June 2012

Amazing, Kristen, Oh I so wish I was practical, Zoe Bedroom looks lovely. So fresh.... And as for a super tidy house with children....well... I am always suspicious of that, as our Kids wont remember how tidy their house was growing up, just the time you spent with them, Like your Mum, my Mum always reminded me of that :)



Monday 18th of June 2012

I've been waiting for these photos. (I was out of town for a few days and completely off the grid so just seeing them now). Congratulations on the bed. And the whole room works so well. I can only imagine that Zoe is thrilled with the end result and the new quilt :)

Another project checked off! Well done.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

Saturday 16th of June 2012


You must be very happy, because you really outdid yourself with finding and then transforming this bed.



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