YOU GUYS! I’m so excited to share this transformation with you! In fact, let’s just get to it!
Despite the awful picture (no natural light), you can hopefully see that this transformation is incredible!
A few years ago, Cody and I bought a cherry sleigh bed. It was my DREAM bed! I’ve always wanted one and priced at about $250, it was perfect! It has served us well over the last few years and we plan to use it for a long time. At the time we bought it, we didn’t have a ton of other bedroom furniture like, oh, you know, NIGHT STANDS. Or lamps. Or anything of that nature. We had one really nice antique dresser (handed down) that we used in the living room. We also had one chest of drawers also handed down that we used in the bedroom as storage but sadly, that’s all for bedroom furniture.
(P.S. Why is it that the master bedroom is the last room of the house to get any attention? Geez…)
Anyway, over the last couple of years, my interior design taste has changed and the cherry, though beautiful, did not match some other furniture choices we had made. The furniture we found ourselves attracted to was mostly white and espresso.
And that cherry bed. That I loved desperately and had no desire to replace. I alllllllllmost painted it white. That wouldn’t have been bad but we have all white bedding so I thought that would be a bit much.
Enter java gel stain. *cue angels singing*
I had read this blog post a while back that said you could use gel stain to stain over something that was already finished, without stripping any of the old finish away. SOLD to the woman with the cherry bed! (Seriously, if you consider doing this, she has a great tutorial with lots of FAQs.)
So this is how I did it. This may be the completely wrong way, but it worked well for me:
1. Wipe down to get dirt and dust off. I didn’t bother cleaning it hardcore because it’s just a bed. If I had been doing kitchen cabinets, I would have used a de-greaser to get all the grime off.
2. Lightly sand. Confession: I didn’t sand at all. Honestly, I was so excited to get this done that I forgot until the first coat was on. All the directions I’ve read say to lightly sand so I might do it if I were doing it again. However, this is only a bed. Again, if I were doing something like cabinets that are touched all the time with dirty hands, I would probably be much more careful about following all the rules to a “T.”
3. Apply coat one. Then wait 24 hours. To apply the stain, I layered two plastic bags over my hand. Then I put a clean white sock (sorry, Cody!) over that. This was the easiest way to completely protect my hand. Then I just dipped the tips of my fingers in the gel stain (which has the consistency of chocolate pudding, gross) and wiped it on the bed. Also, the bed was already put together so it could dry without the headboard and footboard resting up against something.
4. Apply coat two. Then wait 24 hours.
5. Apply coat three. Then wait 48 hours.
6. Apply coat one of clearcoat. I used this. Then wait 4 hours.
7. Apply coat two of clearcoat. Then wait 24 hours.
8. Put the mattress and box springs back. Then dress the bed and get to finally sleep in your bed again after a long week.
(Excuse this blurry picture…it was the only one that is cat-free. You’ll see what I mean in a second.)
I can’t express enough how much I LOVE this bed now. I mean, I loved it before, but now? Now it has more character, it matches our decor better, and it’s got my fingerprint on it. Okay, not literally, but I was able to add a touch that really made it mine, and not straight out of a box.
I think Bubbles is pretty happy with it, too! He thinks it belongs to him anyway…
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