I brought home this doozie from a late night Craigslist rendezvous the other night and Casey said, and I quote, that is the ugliest bed I’ve ever seen in my life.
But I had a vision for this ugly brass piece of work. And it all started with these pillows I made. The fabric was all the inspiration!
Though I kind of dig the look of brass, this bed was pretty rusty and I really didn’t want to spend hours and hours buffing it out. So spray paint it was.
Here are the steps to spray paint an old beat up brass or metal bed.
- Sand down the entire bed with a 220 grit sand paper. Make sure all the little rusty bumps are out of it and every shiny place is roughed up a bit.
- Wash the entire bed with dish soap (any degreaser) and make sure it is thoroughly dry before hitting it with a primer.
- Primer: I used Rustolium grey primer. Use a grey for any dark colors, and a white for any light colors. When spray painting less is more. I did 3 coats of just misting it. Nothing screams nasty DIY project more than a shotty paint job! Be patient, it will eventually get covered, no space should be completely covered on the first coat.
- Paint: Used Rustolium, Red Wagon high gloss. Same thing as the primer, but be even more patient. The high gloss comes out fast and your first shot you can get a lot of paint on it. Be extra careful to not get any drips. There is no recovering from a big gloppy spray paint drip.
- I didn’t use any poly at the end, because I liked the gloss I got out of the spray paint. From there, I attached it to the bed and loved my finished look!