But with everything else a dark espresso brown or crisp white, I knew it wouldn't have as much impact in the current color. So in a giant "Screw it" moment, I hauled the headboard, footboard and two side rails out to the yard:
And it was 100-effing-4 degrees, so these were the fastest layers ever sprayed...only so I could race back inside. Here's what I used:
The Zinsser BIN Primer is the bomb! (Yes, it's 1996 again and the cool kids say, 'The Bomb!'). The bed is solid wood, but had a veneer-like finish....that I sure wasn't about to sand (do you see all those slats?!) This primer stuck to the bed like white on rice and made for the perfect base. The white is Rustoleum's High Lustre Lacquer line in White.
I don't actually have any pictures of the process because my camera melted (not really). I just wasn't willing to stay outside long enough to take one....did I mention it was 100-effing-4 degrees?!
Now, I'm the chintziest person ever when it comes to paint, so I tend to under-buy and then get really ticked off when I can't do the job right because I'm having to scrimp. So do yourself a favor and buy 2 cans of primer so you can do a really solid coat. (I ran out and had to resort to some random primer I found in the garage.) I also went through 4 cans of white paint in order to give the bed 2 coats. I could have used another.
I think I made the right choice by
The back of the headboard may or may not be painted....but as long as the bed always lives against the wall, no one will ever find out!
It also looks best from this distance...do me a favor and don't zoom in. Okay? Okay!