Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ikea Kura bed makeover with chalkboard paint

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A unique bunk bed that cost only about $150. First bought an Ikea Kura bed off craigslist for $125. Bought painting supplies for about $25. Disassembled, then painted the frame with white paint. Painted side panels with chalkboard paint (leaving the other side the original white) so that the boys could color on them. Used stencils to chalk their names on the side of the bed.

You may want to replace the side panels with actual wood (as opposed to particle board). You can get pieces cut to the right size at Home Depot - they are extremely inexpensive. Solid wood stands up to wear and feels nicer than the particle board. We only replaced one of the side panels, which is the big one with the boys' names on it. The others are still the original particle board which came with the bed.

You can purchase stencils to chalk your kids' names on the bed at an arts/craft supply store. However, if you want them to be unique you can also custom-make them with a silhouette die cut machine. I LOVE my silhouette machine! I can use it to make stencils in any font that I choose, in any size up to 12 inches high. You can read more about silhouette machines here - they are sold on Amazon and other sites, but if you want the best deal they often go on sale on the website I mentioned above, Zulily for much less. The silhouette machine is particularly useful when used with design software such as Adobe Illustrator.

12 comments:

  1. This looks great! Did you prime the furniture first? What kind of paints did you use? I want to do something similar for my daughter but have no clue how to paint it, lol.

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  2. I didn't prime it, but I did use three coats of white on the frame, and 3 coats of chalkboard paint on the sideboards. One side of the sideboards was already white, so I only had to paint the other side (the chalkboard side). I did this outside on my deck, with old bed sheets underneath to catch the drips. I used Rustoleum brand chalk board paint and Behr pure white satin enamel (1 quart each) After I painted all the pieces we put the bed together.

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  3. I am in LOVE! Our little Ralphie is about to get his first big boy bed. Would it be ok if I stole your idea? I promise to credit you to everyone who compliments us on it when I do! :) Bravo on a great idea! Thanks for sharing it and inspiring other moms like us! :)

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  4. Thanks! Of course I don't mind you using this idea too. The only part that was difficult at all was stenciling the letters on the side of the bed. (and that has mostly rubbed off so I have to redo it soon)

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  5. Great! Where did you get those stencils? I am so excited to do this. I promise to tell all of my friends that I got the idea from you, and to show them your website! Are you an interior designer? You really do have such terrific taste. Thanks again!

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  6. Thanks!! Sorry I didn't see your comment until now. I am a graphic designer, but not an interior designer. I know you can buy stencils online, but I made mine using my silhouette die cut machine - it's an amazing tool that scrapbookers/designers use, you can cut any shape or letterform out of paper - you can see them here (check out the "what can it make" section) After I made the stencils I held each up against the bed one at a time and drew over them with artist's chalk. I have to redo it because it's rubbed off, but it stuck around for a while.

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  7. Oops, here is the link mentioned above... http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/

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  8. Hi Sarah,

    I love what you've done with bed! I was wondering what colour paint you used for the walls?

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  10. How has this been going? We are looking to do the same soon with our 2 and 4 year olds. Is the bed ok just being on the floor like that? How have the kids taken to it?

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  11. Hi Sarah!

    It has been a while since you posted this so it may be a long shot but do you remember at all how you got the ladder and panels on the same side like you have it? This is not the layout that is in the instructions and we just can't seem to figure it out! Help! Thanks :)

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