{Babygirl’s Room} Painting the Bed

The impending Holidays have ignited a fire under my arse, and I am determined to finish my daughter’s Big Girl Room this year! It’s time to get serious….that means I can’t do laundry, cook dinner, or shuttle kids until it’s done! And while I’m delusional dreaming, let’s throw in no work either.

Okay, since reality doesn’t play that game, I’ll just dedicate my 5 minutes free time to solely her projects until it’s done. And really, I’m starting to get very excited about how it’s coming together.

Remember my Craigslist score:

She’s now officially girly, thanks to Sherwin Williams Radish:


First step was primer…I used Zinsser…LOVE it:

It’s waterbased, so goes on thin, dries quickly, isn’t overly stinky…and has stuck to everything I’ve ever painted without sanding. that’s what she said

Since my paint is such a deep color, I added black, left over from my front doors, to the primer as tint. Using a foam roller, I covered the wood completely:


It was dry to the touch pretty quickly, but I gave it about an hour before rolling on the Radish.

Again, I used a foam roller for the flat surfaces, and a small foam craft brush for all the annoying intricate crevices. I know it’s a little hard to get amped up about it while it’s sitting bare in my garage…so let me show off my photo-editing skills with a before and after shot:

Picnik collage

It took two coats of paint, and a third in some of the larger, more visible areas.

I still haven’t decided on the monogram, but look how stinking cute this bed will look with one:

Hopefully this bed (and new mattresses I’ve yet to buy…have you seen the price of mattresses?!) will be set up in her room soon. I think Babygirl’s crib is about to collapse around her. (Yes, she’s 4 1/2 and still in a crib, shut it!!!)

Speaking of, does anyone have any mattress-shopping tips? What about her crib…I don’t think I should sell or donate a severely loved one, but I hate to just trash something. Ideas?

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  1. twelve30 wrote:

    Don't know that I saw pictures of her crib on your blog but have you considered using the end panels to make a bench? I'm saving the ends from a crib that was recalled for safety reasons to do just that. Just one idea!

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  2. That is wonderful, the color really brings out the curved lines! As for mattress hunting, there is always a sale somewhere! I usually hit JCPenny and buy on their 50% off sale. I went super cheap with Isabella's first mattress and ended up tossing it after a couple years, so went better with Max's room, hopefully will last until he is grown.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  3. klham wrote:

    Awesome bed, that was such a great paint job for only having five minutes to do it ;). I too am in a mad dash to complete DD big girl room, but I only have until Saturday to complete it. It was my goal to get it done by her birthday party… I still have to finish paint, move in furniture, reorganize. May not sound like much but its hard to do with toddlers running around. back to work I go!!!

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  4. klham wrote:

    Oh yeah, even well love cribs can find good homes as long as they are still safe for use.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  5. Super duper score on that bed. I LOVE the color. I think a monogram would be darling. So this is random, but if you don't think you can donate the crib, what about taking one of the sides {cutting shorter a bit} turning it on it's side as using it to hang books over {the slats} or magazines. Or somehow use it in your craft space? { still haven't had a full cup of coffee so that may be too random!}

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  6. I am continually amazed and how much a can of paint can do. I love the new 'radish' bed – it's so sweet and whimsical!!

    Could you turn the crib into a bench or daybed? Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  7. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love the color you chose for her bed! It is going to look fabulous in her new "big girl" room. And, that color will definitely grow with her over the years. We got a mattress at IKEA for our older daughter's room at home. It was pretty reasonable. Since she is home often, it didn't need to be anything fancy. And besides, she is itty bitty and doesn't weigh much…so an extra strong supportive one was not necessary.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  8. I would turn it into a bench that you could use in her big girl room! Make it in a day bed style where it has three sides and then a nice cushioned sitting area. You would probably have to lower the height and cut down the sides a bit, but it would be fabulous.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  9. Niki wrote:

    Loving the Raddish!! Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

    I saw where someone made a plate rack/holder out of a crib. I think I saw it on Remodelaholic, but I'm not sure.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  10. OMG- that color is amazing! It's gonna look so great with the monogram. Your paint job is really nice. Can you use part of the crib to make a laundry drying rack or a wrapping paper holder? hmmm. . .

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  11. Really, really love this color! I'm still pondering my youngest's room and you really have me thinking!!!

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    I just found your blog—-love it, and I was reading this post and you said "shut it!!"—I say that all the time!! I laughed out loud.
    LOVE the color of the bed.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  13. Michaela wrote:

    The red is awesome! Such a statement. I think Janell's right…it really highlights the curvature of the bed. Can't wait to see what you do with the monogram (:

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  14. Jenn wrote:

    I just bought a queen size mattress set for my baby girl and her new sleigh bed! CSN has a better price than what I paid at a local furniture store, plus there is free shipping. I got the split queen foundation for easier assembly and it comes with the choice of a 5" or 9" foundation if you want a low profile or high profile bed. I would highly recommend it, plus no springs and memory foam is the way to go!!!


    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  15. Really great colour! It will look so great with the monogram – could you use a call stencil or wall sticker?
    Fab post!
    Rachie xo

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  16. Aubrey wrote:

    That bed is amazing, truly great find! I can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog…I was glad to find yours!


    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  17. that turned out so funky and fresh and beautiful all in one! love it, cassie!

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  18. Pigeon wrote:

    I love the color on the bed, it looks fantastic.

    Donate the crib to a women's shelter?

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  19. The red is wonderful.. I'm still wishing for a red dining room table. =)

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  20. emily wrote:

    That color is fabulous! I can't wait to see it with the monogram.

    Posted 10.28.10 Reply
  21. ChRiS wrote:

    i saw where someone on here used a crib to make a plate rack was really very nice.

    Posted 10.29.10 Reply
  22. Beautiful! Her room is going to be so awesome! 🙂 Lucky girl!

    Posted 10.29.10 Reply
  23. Nancy wrote:

    This came out really nice! I love the color and it looks so chic. Great job!

    Posted 10.30.10 Reply
  24. Erin B. wrote:

    I love the shape of the bed! Great find. Send some of that luck my way, hunting for chairs to recover for my living room.

    What formula paint did you use? I stripped a dresser today and need to get it painted this week!

    Posted 11.1.10 Reply
  25. Love that color! It is going to turn out so fun!

    Posted 11.1.10 Reply
  26. MamaBug wrote:

    Luv the bed! Thanks for sharing (stopped by from MTWC, but staying for more!)

    Posted 11.2.10 Reply
  27. That bed is great! I can't wait to do my sweet little girls big girl bed, but I probably won't wait till she's 4 1/2. he he 🙂

    Posted 11.3.10 Reply
  28. Rene wrote:

    Radish is a great color! I love that you monogrammed it too.


    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  29. I love this shape of bed, I'd love to find it's twin for my own girls room!
    Great makeover, I love the bold colour!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  30. Very nice!
    Love the glamour makeover of the bed — which has lovely lines to begin with.

    As a veteran Mom — a little advice about beds for kids. Don't go high end. They don't weigh much, at their age they can fall asleep in an empty bathtub and snooze all night, AND there will be so much jumping and flopping and piling of friends on that mattress and box spring that by the time your little girl hits her teens you'll be shopping for a better mattress … one that you'll use for guests when your kid is away at college.

    Best wishes!
    Enjoy the Little Kid years — they fly by.
    .. Cass at That Old House

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  31. I love it! I totally vote for a monogram!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  32. This is SO great – love the monogram idea, too! Get that girl in a bed…have you tried to send an email out to friends in your area to see if anyone has one they don't need. We have a free cycler group at church and many of my friends have gotten mattresses that way! Really…love the red on the bed!

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  33. What a gorgeous bed, love the shape and the colour you chose!

    Posted 11.6.10 Reply
  34. I adore this bed! The red is fantastic! Monogram – oh yes! 🙂

    Posted 11.8.10 Reply
  35. Beautiful transformation, yes to the monogram, and as for mattresses- IKEA!

    Posted 11.10.10 Reply
  36. I love your bed…you made it look fantastic!

    Posted 2.8.11 Reply
  37. Sonya wrote:

    You can always use Freecycle.org to have someone love your well loved items 🙂

    Posted 3.14.11 Reply
  38. Maggie J wrote:

    Did adding the black paint to the primer make any difference to the end results since you applied 2 layers of paint? I have a red bed in my immediate future, plus a red dresser! Thank you.

    Posted 12.24.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I probably would have had to apply a third coat of paint had I used white primer!

      Posted 12.27.17 Reply