I hope you are not thinking I am giving up painting! I have not written a post about painting for a while. To be honest, I was up to my elbows in paint. A couple of weeks ago I was asked to paint a bunk bed.
Sounds like an easy project until I saw the actual bunk bed. It had about 20+ heavy parts: head and foot boards, side boards, bed sliders, large storage drawers, steps etc. The good part: all the parts were basically unfinished pine wood. I just had to get rid of some stubborn stickers! Some bunk bed parts:
After all the parts were delivered I started cleaning. Cleaning was probably the most important step, this bed was stored in the garage for some time. I cleaned the parts with a TSP solution and let it dry for a day or two. After cleaning I sanded and primed all the surfaces. We are talking more than 20 pieces, and all had to be cleaned and primed on both sides. I usually have a can of Zinsser in my paint closet, but someone recommended Benjamin Moore fresh start primer. Although this primer provided a good base for my paint, I developed a fierce sinus infection from the (toxic?) fumes. Not funny and I learned my lesson: always wear a mask when working with toxic paint fumes! Yes, I did throw my hands up in the air at times but after the priming the fun part starts: actual painting. My first choice was using an oil-based paint (like Rustoleum) for it durability. But as I researched different options I decided to use Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel. Great paint for trims and all surfaces that need to dry hard and is non-yellowing. You will achieve a durable finish and is also low in VOC’s (yippee). I choose a satin finish. It took two coats of SW in pure white and one coat of poly-acrylic (water based) to look like this:
Some side rails, head and foot boards:
Still some work left to do, but the end is in sight.
Frankly, I do not assume to be featured with this project, but I feel I mastered the perfect bunk bed finish. Do you mind if I give myself a ribbon?