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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Milk Paint

Here’s what you’ll need for this refinishing project:

  • Milk paint: Because milk paint is made with earth pigments, you won’t find every color (neon green is not an option). But you can mix any of the 16 colors to create different hues. I went with Soldier Blue and Slate Gray for my bed. I wound up using two pints of the blue and one pint of the gray.
  • Milk paint extra bond
  • Milk paint clear coat
  • Angled brush
  • Small foam roller (plus roller covers)
  • Cheap dollar brushes for mixing paint
  • Clean plastic containers
  • Foam brush
  • Kitchen sponge
  • Extra fine grit sandpaper
  • Dusting cloth
  • Room temperature bottled or filtered water; you can’t use unfiltered tap water for making milk paint since it has chlorine
  • Rags and drop cloth

Milk paint—used since the 1700's— is a durable, but nontoxic paint that predates the use of petrochemicals, toxic bases and solvents found in modern paint. Its simple ingredient list includes milk protein, lime, clay and earth pigments. You'll find it in powder form, and only need to add water to begin. The truly biodegradable liquid can be flushed, contains zero VOCs and dries odorless—making it a great option for a nursery or any other DIY-loving moms-to-be out there.

 

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