Transform a Basic Budget-Friendly IKEA Bed into a Unique Find

Makeover a basic, brand-new bed to give it that one-of-a-kind vintage appeal (13 Photos)

Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:05AM

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Transform a Basic Budget-Friendly IKEA Bed into a Unique Find

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Transform a Budget-Friendly IKEA Bed

If you've been unable to find your dream bed—or simply cannot afford it—apply a little DIY magic to transform a cheap find into a statement piece. That's what I did when I couldn't find a daybed for our nursery. Every vintage (or vintage-style) bed I came across completely blew my budget. When I spotted the Ikea Hemnes bed, I was attracted to its price and its three practical storage drawers, but a glossy white daybed wasn't quite the look I was going for. Since I'm eight months pregnant, you’d think a bed refinishing project would have been out of the question for me, considering all the chemicals and nasty VOCs contained within many paints and strippers. But by refinishing the bed with milk paint, I managed to find a solution that’s completely nontoxic and creates that aged, distressed character I desired.

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