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How to Paint a Bed Frame

A bed is an oasis of comfort and relaxation, but it needn't make you yawn.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2010


To transform an old-fashioned frame into a bright, cheerful piece, do as our decorating editors do: Grab a can of paint. For a modern feel and greater durability, choose a glossy finish. We used a brilliant fire-engine red to freshen up this classic wooden cannonball design and dressed the bed with linens that pick up the color. The results are positively dreamy.


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  • Paint (Benjamin Moore High Gloss Paint, in Exotic Red, pricing available upon request,

  • Primer

  • Sandpaper

  • Paintbrush

  • Bedding (Calico Corners Millais Linen Fabric, in Robin's Egg Blue, $39 per yd., Olatz Palermo Collection Flat Sheet, $350, Bliss Living Chelsea Queen Sheet Set, in Berry Red, $225,


  1. Before painting, sand the frame and apply two coats of primer. Let dry; then apply two coats of paint, letting dry between coats. We used Exotic Red in high-gloss from Benjamin Moore.

  2. To match the bed frame, we chose linens in red, white, and blue. A limited color palette helps unify the mix of patterns and solids. The comforter cover is by Calico Corners, which creates custom-made bedding in any of its fabrics.

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