I gave our bed a weathered wood Pottery Barn look using paint and furniture wax in just 3 simple easy steps!
Hello, friends! I’m so excited to share my recent master bedroom makeover! 2 pieces of furniture in my master bedroom got a makeover using just paint. I’ll also show you how to create a weathered wood finish using just paint & furniture wax from Fusion Mineral Paint.
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We’ve had the same cherry wood bedroom set for 13 years, and I was starting to get the itch to switch. You know, that feeling of wanting to change things up to make your space feel fresh and new?
I loved the look of Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware weathered wood furniture, but not so much the price tag. Once I formulated a budget-friendly plan to create a painted weathered wood look, I was so excited to get started!
I started using Fusion Mineral Paint last year with a little side table makeover for my daughter’s room. Ever since I’ve been hooked on their paint and how easy it is to work with!
Our master bedroom furniture needed a new fresh look and I knew just what I wanted to do. Paint it all! After we moved into our fixer upper ranch home we needed to replace some of our furniture pieces. That lead me to acquire an antique dresser that got a modern farmhouse makeover!
The cherry wood sleigh bed needed a refresh too, so I found some inspiration from Lauren at Blesser House. She has been painting furniture for years, and has a ton of resources on her blog!
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Sterling
- Espresso Furniture Wax
- Wax brush
- Paint brush (this Staalmeester brush is my new favorite!)
- Chip paint brush for dry brushing – (paint brushes from Dollar Tree are great for dry brushing!)
- Paper plate / paper towels
- Cloth (an old t-shirt works well!)
Weathered Wood Painted Bed Makeover
Here’s a look at how our bed looked to begin with. We had a dark cherry wood bedroom set that all matched, and while there isn’t anything wrong with that I just needed a change! After 13 years of looking at the same furniture I wanted to freshen things up! Plus some of the furniture had some chips and damage done over the years.
First you’ll want to make sure your piece of furniture is clean. My bed just needed a little dusting, but if you need to give it a good cleaning I really like using Krud Kutter to prepare the surface.
Next you will give your furniture 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Sterling, letting it dry between coats. This color has amazing coverage and totally masked the cherry wood color of the bed with only 2 coats. Fusion Mineral Paint is self-leveling and gives a beautiful finish!
The next step is to use a dry brush technique with the color Raw Silk to give the look of a wood grain. You will barely dip your chip paint brush into the paint and then tap off the excess paint onto a paper towel or paper plate. Once you have the paint off you’ll gently apply the brush over your furniture in the direction you want the “grain” to go. If you need practice you can practice this technique on some cardboard or a paper plate before applying it to your furniture.
TIP: If you find you’ve made a mistake and accidentally applied too much of the Raw Silk color, you can try wiping it off with a paper towel. If the paint has dried too much to wipe off, you can paint over it with Sterling (from the first painting step) to cover up your mistake!
Your last step will be to add your Espresso Furniture Wax over the entire surface. This will really give your furniture the wood look after it is applied. You can use a plastic spoon to remove it from the container, place it on a paper plate, and then tap your wax brush into the wax. Then apply to your furniture in the direction of the grain.
After 5-10 minutes you’ll buff the wax you just applied to remove any excess wax. To buff the surface you’ll take your cloth/old t-shirt and rub over the wax you applied in a circular motion. I like to work in sections (I started with the footboard. Once I was done waxing the second half of the footboard I’d go back and buff the first half.)
After letting the wax cure for 24 hours you’re ready to go! I’m so excited with how this DIY sleigh bed makeover turned out. It gives the bed an update that looks timeless. What do you think of this painted weathered wood look?
Painted White Dresser
We had an additional dresser with the same cherry wood color, so I used the same finish that I did with my modern farmhouse dresser. I gave it 2 coats of Sterling (letting dry between coats), and then 2 coats of Casement. This painted dresser makeover totally changed the look and feel of the dresser!
I spray painted the bronze pulls with my favorite Rustoleum black spray paint to give it some more contrast against the white finish of the dresser. Painting the dresser was the finishing touch for my master bedroom makeover on a budget.
We needed some new side tables for our bed, and this weathered wood look mirror that I added above my dresser are both from Target. I love the contrast of the wood mirror above my white antique dresser! I hope this inspires you with some master bedroom ideas on a budget for your own home.
If you want to check out the rest of the sources for my master bedroom, you can find them here:
- Teal Side Tables
- Blanket Ladder (similar)
- Cream Knit Throw Blanket (similar)
- Cream Lumbar Pillow (similar)
- Linen Duvet Cover
- Duvet Insert
- “Where you’ll go” Sign Set
- Snake Plant
- Navy Curtains
- Black Curtain Rod
- Large Mirror
- Scripture Sign
- Faux Succulents (similar)
- Apothecary Cabinet
If you have a piece of furniture that you’ve grown tired of but can’t afford to replace it just yet, this is a great way to update it! Paint can do wonders on a piece of furniture that you’re just not loving anymore. Painted bedroom furniture is not only a budget friendly solution, but it’s an easy way to update your space!