Beautiful Vintage Bed Makeover

Hey guys! Well I’m FINALLY working on a piece of furniture Smile, it’s for Brie, but I am working on furniture!

So I purchased a full size vintage wood bed off of Craig’s List for $125, which is not a bad price but not super good either (I’ll explain later). I had a heck of a time finding a “nice” full sized bed that would work for my youngest daughter, so when I saw this one come up I immediately contacted the guy. However, I didn’t put the entire bed together (wood rails) to ensure stability (bad, bad Susan), I just made sure that the rails were the right ones by testing them in the slots. Anyway, when I got started on the bed and put it together it was SUPER wobbly! I don’t have the skills necessary to fix it, plus one of the wood rails already had a REALLY bad repair done to it, so I decided to look for an alternative. I found this great US company STL Beds that make metal replacement rails for vintage beds (among other things). After printing out their template to make sure it would work with my frame I purchased the No.1 Full Hook Side Rails. Hooking them up was pretty straightforward, you are not supposed to use wood slats, and let me tell you this bedframe is now T-I-G-H-T! It doesn’t move or wiggle or make any creaking sounds at all, which my daughter is thrilled about!

So this is the vintage bedframe I started with, great bones just needs a little love and a little less paint on it…


Vintage wood full bed

You could see a lot of wear on the rails.

Vintage wood full bed

Those two black marks on the right and left was some kind of hardcore stuff to get off…

Vintage wood full bed

More wear…

Vintage wood full bedVintage wood full bed

I used 3 products to clean and restore this bed, Murphy Oil Soap, Howard Restore-A-Finish and Howard Feed-N-Wax. Let me tell you I use the Murphy Oil soap all of the time to clean pieces I am going to paint or refinish. I smells great and cleans fabulously, perfect for cleaning out old smelly cabinets or drawers.

How to restore furniture

My process was to spray the oil soap on the wood, scrub (with the grain) the wood with 0000 steel wool then wipe it down with a cloth until clean. This took me about an hour because the bed was filthy and had a lot of wax buildup on it. Below you can see the grey streaks of wax still to remove.

How to restore furniture

After cleaning it I let it dry out overnight and then came back and applied the Restore-A-Finish according to the directions. The last step was to wax it with the Feed-N-Wax product according to it’s directions… BTW this stuff smells like oranges too! This is what it looked like after the Restore-A-Finish was applied.

How to restore furniture

The bed is all set up now in Brie’s finished room (which I will share soon), it turned out even more beautifully than I could have hoped. Just look at the gorgeous graining on the wood!


Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

Swoon worthy…

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

All of the rails now look great, not brand new, but great! Certainly it is not showing its age anymore! Yes, I know I need a bed skirt… priorities people Winking smile

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

It seriously will be a piece that she can use for years to come and hopefully pass down to her kids!

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

I want to mention that a lot of the time you will see me painting pieces, but I don’t always. If the piece is salvageable and looks best in it’s original state then that is what I will do. I could NEVER had painted this piece after seeing the beautiful natural graining of this wood, but had I been unable to save the veneer then painting would have been an option.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation of this bed and I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the new steel rails I purchased for it! Let me know what you think!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!


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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on July 14, 2014, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. love the craftsmanship of the old wood beds. you just can’t buy that quality any more in the new products, which all seem to be made of plastic-like materials. I tend to paint everything, but I’m glad you took the time to bring the wood back to life in this case.


  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    That’s a gorgeous bed Susan!


  3. Susan…. your awesome… and your my savior. I too just purchased an old sleigh bed on craigslist and the rails didn’t come with it (I wasn’t thinking).
    Well, guess what… ha! Thanks to you, I now know where to get them.

    Thanks so much!


    • Thanks Hillary! Make sure you printout the template to see if it works with your bed but I’m sure they will! Finding rails to work with vintage beds is a pain which is why I wanted to share the information with anyone who needed it… Hope it all works out for you and thanks for taking the time to comment!


  4. It’s gorgeous! Love that you restored it:)


  5. I’m learning a lot from your blogs. I have a question ….. I use Annie Sloan soft wax as the final treatment for weathered wood signs I make. Is there a cheaper soft wax that I can use for signs? I’m not refinishing furniture
    Thanks for your help



  6. This bed is a treasure. You did a wonderful job restoring it’s original beauty!


  7. I LOVE this bed, Susan! It’s fantastic. If it were mine, I TOTALLY wouldn’t out a bed skirt on it. I know that kills storage underneath, but the legs are so pretty and the lines of the bed are stunning. I would be so tempted to leave it as is. It kind of reminds me of the bed in the bedroom I just did – yours is way nicer, but the lines and style sort of cross.

    Great job!!!!


  8. Quite beautiful! I hope your daughter is able to “pass it down.”


  9. That bed is beautiful!!! So glad you didnt paint it. I think you got it for a pretty good price too!


  10. I too love painted pieces but especially when mixed with nice wood tones. The bed looks so nice now.


  11. Susan this is so gorgeous! So nice to see a piece of furniture that is not painted! Thank you for linking up at The Handmade Hangout. I am sharing tomorrow at Redouxinteriors.


  12. This turned out beautifully! I have an antique bed in my guest room that sat in my basement for years…I messed it up some once when I was moving stuff around. It looks better now, but I think a little bit more of the treatment above would help it even more. 🙂



  13. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!


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