Friday, April 25, 2014 · 12:36 a.m.

The DIY Designer: Polka dot bed

Polka dots are one of the easiest and most fun designs to make. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

What is the easiest design to paint? Polka dots. What is the one thing that never goes out of style? Polka dots. And what does just about every tween girl love? Polka dots. This polka dot bed was made especially for a smiling, bright-eyed middle school girl.

The bed is probably considered an antique—or it was before I painted it, anyway. It is old, but still good and sturdy.

Because of so many nooks and crannies, I chose to use a paint sprayer for this job. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Shockingly, this was my first time painting a bed. *Gasp.* Just when you thought I had painted every type of furniture known to mankind, I prove you wrong. Honestly, I was a little intimidated by this bed.

It has a lot of curves, nooks and crannies. Painting this with a roller and brush would have taken days, so I turned to my paint sprayer for the job.

First, I gave it a coat of Zinnser primer. With this primer, there is no sanding required as long as the current topcoat is smooth to the touch. Next, it got two coats of True Turquoise by Behr.

After two light coats, every cranny was covered.

To make the polka dots, I used a pouncer. A pouncer is a round sponge that usually has a knob or handle on it. I dipped it in acrylic craft paint, dabbed off the excess and then pressed the pouncer onto the headboard in a random pattern.

For the large circle in the middle, I found something round, traced it and filled it in with lime green acrylic craft paint.

For the initial in the circle, I made a stencil out of cardstock on my Silhouette, which is an electronic cutting tool. You could also just print out an initial, then trace it onto the bed.

If you were going to use this stencil more than once, I would not recommend making it out of cardstock or paper. It did curl up after I painted on it, but it had already served its purpose.

Once the "H" was bold enough and everything was dry, I gave it two light coats of polycrylic with the paint sprayer.

You can get more details and photos on the polka dot bed here and see more makeovers here.

In a polka dot mood? Check out this polka dot lamp

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees. 

The "H" was made using a stencil. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)
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