Monday, November 20, 2023

DIY Vintage Bed Revival

Hello friends! My husband and I have been talking about switching our daughter to a big girl bed for a little bit now, so I have been looking for a cute twin bed for her.

This vintage poster bed popped up on Facebook Marketplace for $10 the same day she decided to ruin her curtain during naptime instead of climbing out of her crib, so we went and got it!!!

The bed came with the headboard, footboard and side rails, but no slats to go between the rails to hold a mattress, so we knew we would have to DIY something.

The first thing we did was clean the bed up really good! We used vinegar and water in a spray bottle (my all-purpose cleaner of choice). I let my daughter help with this part, but she enjoyed spraying more than wiping, so some vinegar/water sat on the wood untouched for too long and developed into a couple cloudy areas that I was able to get out with a tougher cleaner and some hard scrubbing (I think it was Awesome cleaner).

For the bed slat issue, I considered just getting a metal bed frame and putting it inside this wood bed frame, but I didn't want to see the legs of the metal frame and I didn't want a post coming down in the middle of the bed, since I want to store her Nugget play couch under her bed. So, I picked up six 1x4x8 pieces of common pine to use for the slats instead.

This step is completely unnecessary, but I didn't want to see any unfinished wood if there was a gap around the mattress, so I stained the 1x4x8s a color similar to the bed frame.

While my bed slat boards were drying, I used my wet stain cloth and went over any scratches/gouges I could find on the bed frame.

This is such a simple step and really makes the finished product look a lot better!

After I touched up all the scratches/gouges, I went over the whole bed frame with this Old English conditioner/cleaner. I followed the instructions on the bottle - rubbed the product on, let it sit for a bit and then wiped it off with a clean cloth.

I recommend using this oil on any used wood furniture! It not only brings the piece back to life, but it cleans as well. I had already cleaned this whole bed and my rag was nasty dirty again after rubbing the oil on.

The bed looked so good after the oil - like brand new!

The side rails that came with this bed were metal and they had three little notches on each side where I assume a slat had previously gone. My husband wanted me to make sure the two side rails were connected somehow, since we couldn't nail or screw the slats to the metal. We decided to use these miniature L brackets to go underneath three of the slats.

I cut each of my slats to size (40.5" in this case) and attached the L brackets to the bottom of 3 slats. This allows the non-connected part of the L bracket to go into the groove on each of side rails to prevent them from bowing out.

The remaining slats are just sitting in place, but they can't fall through because they are too long - they need to be pushed sideways and pulled out to be removed.

Since my daughter just turned three and this is her first bed after her crib, I got her bed bumpers to prevent her from falling off. I also got her a new mattress, quilt, mattress protector and sheet to fit her new bed! I looked at several twin mattresses in store and the selection under $500 was small and not comfortable, so we took a chance and ordered her a hybrid mattress on Amazon. I chose THIS ONE and it's very comfortable!! For the price, we are pleasantly surprised!

It turned out SO CUTE!! What do you think!?

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