How I turned a white toddler IKEA bed into a stunning girly piece of furniture
by Little Fairy Project on 19 Oct 2016
So we have finally decide to substitute our little girl’s crib for a toddler bed. We’ve already had a spare one: our big boy’s white, simple IKEA bed, but it needed a retouch.
I love when things get “another chance” and when they are given another life. Only this time, I decided to give to a simple white structure a whole new “look” and to make it as girly as possible.
It was actually a very simple process. For painting, I used a home-made chalk paint, which is commonly used to give furniture an aged, distressed look. It was originally developed by Annie Sloan, who also came up with the name “chalk paint”, but other vendors use slight variations on the name. * When googling, try different forms of word “chalk” like chalked, or chalky, paint to find options.
My recipe for home-made chalk paint was : 2 parts latex (or acrylic) pain, 1 part Calcium Carbonate. Now, calcium carbonate is not very easy to find. Yo can always go to the pharmacy and ask them if they can get it for you, or you can try online. I personally bought it on amazon.it and payed it approximately 13€ (Ca-carbonate + shipping). To get the pink colour I needed, I mixed two colours, one very strong, almost fuchsia, pink and white. When I reached the desired tone, I added Calcium-carbonate powder, always in 2:1 ratio and mixed it with blender until all the lumps were gone.
Then I cleaned my bed surfaces well in order to remove all the dust and dirt which can prevent the colour from penetrating well. It was all ready for the first layer of paint.
For the colour to be really uniform, you will need at least two layers of paint. Between each of layers, remember to let the paint dry and rest for at least 24 hours. I did two layers and was very happy with the outcome. My paint needed to dry before the final touch.
For the pois forms I needed: circle forms, which I cut out from my matte paper, and a white spray paint. I had so much fun at this point of the process!
I then let the paint dry for another 48 hours and finished it with a layer of gloss spray.
Here’s the result! My daughter couldn’t be happier! And with her new sheets of her favourite cartoon Masha and the bear, it is definitely a dream bed!