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The Best Instant Update: Painting a Bed

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2010


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



  1. Before painting, sand the frame and apply two coats of primer.

  2. Let dry.

  3. Apply two more coats of paint, letting it dry fully between each coat. 

  4. Next up: linens. A limited color palette helps unify the mix of patterns and solids, so we chose linens in red, white, and blue. 

  5. Relax! Your updated oasis awaits. 

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