It could be dirty, it could be rusty, or it could be a hideous color. Even if the cast-iron bed frame you’ve found at a garage sale or flea market suffers from all three afflictions, you’re going to be mightily surprised by how a few coats of spray paint will transform the bed frame into a thing of renewed beauty. As with most painting projects, the devil lies in the details of the important prep work that must be done to ensure a good and lasting paint finish.
1Set up the cast-iron bed on a large drop cloth, preferably spread on the grass. Wait for a sunny day with little to no wind. You probably will have to circle the bed frame with the paint and therefore will want to reduce overspray.
2Remove any rust from the bed with a wire brush. Use an old toothbrush for tiny, narrow or awkward spaces.
3Sand the cast-iron bed with low-grit sandpaper. If the process proves difficult, move up to a medium-grit sandpaper. Tackle tight spots by wrapping a piece of sandpaper around an old toothbrush and securing it at the base with a rubber band.
4Wash the bed frame with warm, sudsy water and a soft sponge. Let it dry in the sun or wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
5Put on a pair of plastic gloves. Apply one thin coat of primer to the bed. Work from top to bottom and left to right at a spray distance of about 8 to 10 inches. The primer will serve as a bonding agent between the cast iron and the paint to follow, so don’t skip this important step. Let the primer dry.
6Apply the first coat of spray paint to the bed. Keep your hand moving slowly and steadily rather than stopping to “force” paint onto one area of the frame. Remember that it’s better to apply two light coats of spray paint than one heavy coat; plus, the second coat tends to go on cleanly and easily. Stop spray painting occasionally — such as at key junctures — to shake the can of spray paint to keep the paint flowing.
7Allow the paint to dry completely and then apply a second coat. Apply a coat of protective spray varnish, if you like.
Things You Will Need
- Drop cloth
- Wire brush
- Old toothbrush
- Low-grit sandpaper
- Mild detergent
- Soft sponge
- Clean cloth
- Plastic gloves
- Spray primer (formulated for iron)
- Spray paint (formulated for iron)
- Consider a matte, or flat, finish spray paint for your cast-iron bed; even a slight sheen may make it look unnatural.
- Constructed of sturdy iron
- Set includes headboard, footboard, set of rails, 3 metal slats
- Antique bronze finish
- Designed for use with a boxspring
- Queen: (82.2 / 87.25) inches long x (60 / 64.5) inches wide x 51.6 inches high
- Full sized, complete bedframe with headboard and footboard, support slats included
- Available in White or Black with adjustable base height 7" or 11"
- Bed can be used with or without a foundation
- Headboard and footboard made with sturdy metal frame
- Metal side rails, metal slats and center metal rail guarantee stability and durability
- 6-spindle head and footboard add retro style
- Durable metal construction
- Antique dark bronze finish
- Classic metal bed design with rustic charm
- Select size options available
- Includes: One (1) headboard, one (1) footboard, one set (1) of rails
- Queen Bed Set has sturdy rails and slats
- Headboard height: 53.5 inches
- Footboard height: 38.87 inches
- Overall bed dimensions: 87 inches length x 64.25 inches width x 53.5 inches height
- King-87.25 in. L x 80.5 in. W x 51.5 in. H
- Includes bed frame
- Transitional style
- Made from metal
- Made in China
- Bellwood Dark Bronze Victorian Iron Metal Bed - Queen Size
- 53.27H x 86.14L x 63.43W
- Dark bronze
- Full sized complete bed constructed of Carbon Steel with a Hammered Brown finish
- 56" Headboard and 37.75" footboard features clean intersections of the vertical and horizontal elements to reveal a decidedly masculine profile
- Steel bed frame provides full support to your mattress and box spring
- Bed measures 56" (H) x 55.5" (W) x 84" (L)
- Protected with a 10-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects
- Set includes: One (1) Headboard, One (1) Footboard, One (1) Set of Rails, Three (3) Metal Slats * Constructed of sturdy iron for years of lasting use
- Antique bronze finish with one set of black rails offers a cool vintage look * Designed for use with a boxspring
- Beautiful curved design is sure to complement a variety of decor * Finish: Antique dark bronze * Materials: Metal
- Set includes: One (1) headboard and one (1) footboard
- Materials: Metal
- Finish Color: Dark Bronze
- Assembly Required: No
- Bed Size: Queen
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