How to Paint a Bed Frame Without Sanding?

How to Paint a Bed Frame Without Sanding?

Like other furniture, you can renew the bed by painting its bed frame with beautiful colors.

Making a change in furniture makes it look more stylish.

How to Paint a Bed Frame Without Sanding? You can paint the bed frame without sanding by collecting essential material and place the bed in the open. First, you should clean, repair the imperfections, and apply primer to the bed mechanism. Last apply the paint, varnish, and finish the project. The cost of painting the bed frame is between $70 to $110 and, the painter charges about $160.

Sanding is not always essential before painting because sometimes you can also stain over furniture without removing your old paint layer when the furniture’s condition is well.

Find an empty area to paint a bed frame

Before starting the procedure, find a suitable open area where you have enough space to paint the bed comfortably.

Collect all tools and equipment that you require for bed painting. It should be an open and well-ventilated area where you can leave the furniture after painting to dry.

Place a large drop cloth to prevent the floor from paint drops because it is hard to clean them. Make sure the fabric is rough and thick can protect the floor.

Preparation for the painting procedure

Now carefully remove its covering and mattress from the bed. Never do it in a hurry because it can damage the cover cloth and pad.

Also, eliminate any handle and cover the area with scotch tape which you do not want to paint.

If you are choosing a grassy area, trim the lawn that can interfere with the procedure. 

Wear gloves and glasses for your safety while working to protect yourself.

Clean the bed frame

Now clean the frame by using tack fiber because it can remove the dust or dirt more clearly than the usual cloth.

Remove the dust with a dry cloth, but if the wood has rigid grit, then wet it with simple water.

Add few drops of cleaning liquid and then place the cloth in the solution.

Add 6 drops of vinegar in the water and mix well, moist the cloth, and rub the place where you want to remove smudges.

Fix the defects

Now fix the cracked, damaged, or broken frame by filling dents or marks. Use a colored timber filler and make sure it adjusts with the new paint.

Apply the stuffing and leave it for a while to dry. 

You can change this part (damaged frame) by using glue and new wood.

Change the loose screws and bolts with new latches and fix them carefully.

After installing new screws, cover them with wood filler or plugs. 

Apply primer to the bed frame

You can apply the primer with a small roller, spray paint, or brush. There are oil-based and latex types of primer then you should use the first type of primer if you have a new wood frame.

You can use a latex primer when old paint is damaged.

It is an additional step of painting, but it gives you more benefits.

You can use the primer when you go with a lighter tint from dark colors when your frame has smudges that you want to hide.

Apply the primer when you repair or change the frame parts and when your wooden frame is wet or humid.

A primer gives you multiple uses as it conceals the pigments, patches, and defects. In addition, they provide your paint an equal surface with better adhesion and make it long lasts.

If the frame condition is good and you do not change the paint tint, then one coat of primer is enough. When you want a new color and for best result apply two coats of it.

Paint the bed frame

Always choose the neutral color paint and avoid buying white or light grey colors because they do not accurately stick on the frame and, these tints faint after a limited time.

You should also use the dark brown color for your bed base because it provides you a feeling of relaxation and comfort. There are oil-based and latex types of paint we recommend using oil-based for wooden furniture.

This paint will give you a more durable, smooth finish and should not need to brushing again. Next, apply the various thin layer of paint either you use a brush, roller, or spray.

After applying the first stain coat, leaves the frame for 6 to 7 hours or until it has dried. After dry a paint coat, apply another layer and wait for arid. Check the frame condition, Is paint coats are enough and, you need more for best results.

Use polyurethane varnish

It is utilized to protect the frame surface and enhance the appearance or value of the furniture. Apply multiple layers of it with the nylon or foam brush.

Make sure not to apply an extra or thick layer and leave it for 8 to 9 hours.

Never paint on the wet layer of polyurethane varnish because it can spoil the surface and provide a rough look to the bed mechanism.

You have to apply around three layers of polyurethane and, if you are applied too many varnish layers, it makes the frame plastic-like and cloudy.

Choose the high quality and oil-based varnish since low quality gets pale over time. In addition, it is durable and resistant to water, heat, scrapes, and chemicals.

Let the paint dry

Now pertain the last layer of paint and varnish and leave the frame for about two days or until it is dry. Make sure to keep it in a well-ventilated place and assemble all the parts of the bed.

Now tighten the screws or bolts fully and lay the mattress, top, and bedsheet. Now your bed frame is ready to use and appears like you buy a new one.

Can you paint on a varnished wooden bed frame?

Yes, you can paint on a varnished frame but, it is hard to pertain to than other wood. Therefore, you require some skill, patience, and understanding.

This type of wood is a translucent, firm, and vibrant coating with no stains. You can accurately pertain to it by using the correct material, tools, and paint.

The suitable stain for varnish furniture is water-based. Keep in your mind when you used oil-based pigment, also use a primer.

Before painting on varnished wood:

  1. First, wash thoroughly and clean the surface.
  2. Gently prime the frame to discard lines and marks of the brush.
  3. Paint of dual layer of water and oil-based pigment.

Is it essential to sand the bed frame when adding new paint?

It is not essential to sand the frame before adding the new paint. However, in few conditions, it is beneficial:

  • When your furniture has spots, scars, uneven surfaces, rub the surface.
  • Sanding becomes necessary when the wood already has glossy paint.
  • You have to sand before painting when previous paint becomes a smash, splinters, and blister.

Advantages of painting the bed frame without sanding?

  • When you paint without sanding, save your time and money for this process.
  • You can protect yourself from tiring by repeated projects.
  • When you do it, the surface will be free from dust and debris.


  • Paint gets damage, crack, clusters and flakes after a few duration. The color may keel over initially and, cracks will grow or turn into dry splinters.
  • It seems rough, uneven, and dull surface that affects the frame appearance.
  • Bubbles and blisters also appear on the wooden surface causes by poorly preparing the bed mechanism before coating.  

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