{DIY} Chalk Painted Bed

Sep 12, 2013 | 24 comments

Good morning everyone! I am so excited to reveal my little DIY project I did and posted about on Instagram Monday night. I have had this {bed}room furniture since I was about 12 and my parents gave it to us when we got married. It is Attic Heirlooms and it is super nice furniture. However, I was getting tired of the wood look. I am all into the painting furniture trend. My aunt and I picked up a can of CeCe Caldwell’s one day when we were shopping. I used it first on my front door and loved it so much I decided to paint this bed that will be going in our guestroom.
What I Used:
1 Quart of CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk + Clay paint in Vermont Slate
Decent Paint Brush
Half Liter of CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish
Two Sawhorses
To start off, I wiped off every surface of the headboard and foot board. I didn’t sand this furniture down any because it already had a distressed look.
Next, I applied the paint on evenly. The paint goes A LONG way. Let dry for 2-4 hours {in my case I let it dry 1 hour because I am in the Oklahoma heat and it didn’t take long} But, do as they say not as I did ok? :) Next I added my second coat of paint to make sure it covered every inch well and gave it a little darker color. {It will dry much lighter than when wet} Let dry.
 Lastly I applied a thin coat of satin finish for my durable topcoat. This gave my furniture a little shine but not too much while sealing the paint. I used this satin finish on my front door but also used their wax after, that is why my front door looks a little more rough and distressed. You can do either but I chose not to for the bed.
 The topcoat wasn’t fully dried in this photo but you can see that it adds a little shine.
The before and after! I love how it turned out. I will be posting pictures of the guest room once I get it all fixed up. It literally took me an afternoon to complete and was really easy to do. I hope you enjoyed this little project. Have a great day!


  1. Hayley!

    Love it! I’ve been waiting for this since I saw your post on Instagram, haha! It turned out great!!

  2. Nancy

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see what you do with the room. :)

  3. Whitney Harness

    love it and it sounds so easy! I’ve been itching to paint some furniture but am a little scared to take the leap.

    can’t wait to see how the room turns out!

  4. Megan R.

    Very cute! I love it!

  5. Kristine@thefoleyfam

    Love the transformation! Looks so great can’t wait to see the whole room put together.

  6. Amy

    It looks great!

  7. Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk

    this is so awesome!!! i would be so anxious to get into bed at the end of the day…. or just stay in bed all day ;)

    • Kenzie Ashcraft

      Thank you friend! I love the way it turned out!

      • Danielle

        I’m thinking of doing this same color for my sons bed. Would you say it’s more of a blue or grey?

  8. STAYC @ Lacy and Crew

    So cute! I’m hoping you will do a whole house reveal… I can’t wait to see how everything comes together, you have such a cute sense of style!!

    • Kenzie Ashcraft

      Thank you Stayc and yes I am planning on doing a home tour! :)

  9. Kristin

    Wow! Looks so good!


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