Painting Bedroom Furniture

Hey guys!  I have had a lot of questions on how I painted my bedroom furniture.  Here is the before….

We bought this furniture when we were married (almost 9 years ago) and it was time for a change!  I love the lines in the headboard and I was not ready to fork over $$$ for new furniture, so I used Dutch Boy White Oak latex paint in a satin finish.

Here is the after!

I used a whizz roller and a Purdy paintbrush to paint on two coats!  I LOVE the Dutch Boy paint btw!  It only needed two coats, the smell is very minimal and the texture of the paint is awesome!

I am in love with my new bedroom now!  It really is amazing that a gallon of paint can make such a huge difference!

I painted the iron on the headboard but went back and distressed it a little.

Now, I am no expert when it comes to painting furniture and I’m sure the experts will say to strip, sand down, prime and all that fun stuff but…….I’m working during nap time;)  I spent about 5 hours total painting every piece in my room (dresser and armoire not shown) and I am very happy with outcome!  Love me some Dutch Boy White Oak;)



  1. Mickey on June 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    I have this same set! Can I use chalk spray paint for my makeover? I have sand down two drawers and spray painted them, but it might not hold up well to wear and tear…Help?

  2. Jojo on June 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, I also love what you did with the bedroom .
    How are you finding it easy or hard to keep clean from dust and etc? I purchased my set in white and I love the seaside cottage feel of it but within two years it was showing wear and tear.
    I wondered if you one – used a roller,brush or spray to paint the bed?
    and two- if you had to sand down the set first before painting ?
    three if you covered it in a semi gloss or what?

  3. The Mama Monster on April 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I may have to give this a try!!! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. shaun on January 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I like it my bed all must like that I what to paint my bed black

  5. Megan on November 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I was wondering if you thought that the paint would scratch off without sanding/priming. I love how it changed your room and have some furniture I would love to do this too, but would hate to paint it all and have it scratch easily. Thanks so much!

    • Amber Griffin on November 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

      I have the same exact headboard that I picked up from the local restore, but there wasn’t a footboard, but I found one a few months ago that knida sorta matched it.. I am shocked at how much it looks like the actual one that went with the headboard.. man.. funny how things work out… Great Job!!

  6. Meredith on November 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    So pretty!!! What a difference!! I love it! 🙂

  7. Diana on November 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I absolutely love it painted!!! You did a great job 🙂

    Painting and rehabbing old furniture is one of my favorite things to do. In fact I’m just starting to rehab a French Country Dining set… which we found this past weekend for a steal on Craigslist. If you have a chance come check it out on my blog. I am posting the job from beginning to end while in process.

    Blessings, Diana

  8. [email protected] Dreaming on November 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    It looks sooo good! Nobody would know that you didn’t just buy that. Not bad for 9 years old! Now I’m going to search your blog for the art over your bed.

  9. nicole on November 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    this is such great information!! i have a bedroom set to paint and didn’t have a clue if a good white to use! also do you think this would be a good wall color/finish, say over wainscoting or board and batten? (do people used satin finish on walls?) thanks so much!!

  10. Funky Junk Interiors on November 2, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Stunning room! Wow… I need to go look again! 🙂 Big bright and beautiful!


    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:17 am

      Thank you Donna;)

  11. Becky on November 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Awesome before and after!! I have a house full of oak I’m trying to paint slowly but surely. It looks so light and fresh. Good job!

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:17 am

      Thank you Becky! It was a long time coming:)

  12. Jackie Buford on November 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I love the change from the wood tones. Wish my hubby would let me paint ours!

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Jackie! I had to work on my husband for about 2 1/2 years. He has finally gotten to the point where he just trusts that I won’t ruin it;)

  13. Sissie on November 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I love the paint color that you chose. Your makeover looks beautiful.


    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thanks Sissie!

  14. Stephanie on November 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Love it! It looks great!

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Stephanie!

  15. stephanie on November 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Love it!

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Thank you:)

  16. [email protected] on November 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    The white is a great change! Love it.

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:16 am

      Thanks so much Korrie!

  17. Rebecca A. on November 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Is there a dresser that goes with that set? Did you paint the dresser as well? If you did, could I see a picture of it please.

  18. Stacey Ditchen on November 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I LOVE IT! I am totally impressed that you were able to see something new and so gorgeous in something you look at every day. Very nice! And, lol, we have the same ruffley pillow on our bed as well. So pretty.

  19. Julie on November 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Looks great! Huge difference with just a can of paint – amazing!

    • Ashley on November 2, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Thank you Julie:)

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