Finishing DIY Farmhouse Bed & End Table.

DIY Bedroom Ideas on a Budget

With limited home decor budgets we all need to pick and choose where to spend, and where to save.  We managed to update a guest room, including making an Ana White Farmhouse Bed, and give it an ice smooth Pottery Barn copycat finish for less than $200.  It took a few DIY Bedroom Ideas, but its now a guest room nice enough for guests.

How to Build and Finish an Ana White Farmhouse Bed

Our bedroom started with a new mattress on a plain metal frame.  Comfortable but not in the least welcoming, it needed a headboard.  Before blogging Hubs and I made this farmhouse bed, using Ana Whites Farmhouse Bed pattern. Making the bed is very straight forward and Ana White’s directions are easy to follow.  But the secret to making the gorgeous Farmhouse bed  amazing is the finish.

DIY Farmhouse handmade wooden farmhouse bed in a white painted finish with buffalo check bedding.

My go-to colour is white, its timeless, brightens any room easy to update with accessories.  For our bedroom I finished everything in Benjamin Moore Linen White paint in satin a satin finish.

I wanted the bed to have a smooth and satiny pottery barn type finish.  I ended up spending twenty times as long sanding it as I did painting it.  The paint finish is shiny and smooth, but forewarned it takes hours of hand sanding to get it that way.

Farmhouse Bed Refinishing Supplies

To paint and finish any piece of furniture you will need.

White Latex Paint (we used Benjamin Moore White Linen)

Binz latex primer

80, 120, 220, and 2000 grit  sandpaper

Minwax Paste Wax


Natural bristle brush ( or 2000 grit sandpaper)

This finish takes quite a bit of work,  but its soooooo worth it.   Our guests love this bed and to replace this solid wood bed would be up to $2000.  Its not at all hard to finish, you just need to sand.  Because I took the time to do all this sanding no one thinks its a DIY project.

Start by thoroughly sanding your wood surface.  Start with 80, then 120, and finally 220 sanding paper.  On new lumber its fine to work using an electric sander.

Once the wood is sanded, apply a coat of primer, then lightly hand sand with first 120 and then 220 grit sandpaper the dust off with a soft cloth.

Refinishing an old table

Repeat with three coats of paint, lightly sanding with  220 sandpaper between each coat.  This picture is from the shop and shows how the paint gathers.  I hope you can see the texture grain pulling through the paint.

Between each coat of paint, run your hand over all the surfaces to find any rough spots. If you do, re-sand with 220 grit sandpaper.  I learned by experience that the rough portions from early coats transfer through to the next coat where you can’t sand them off.

Once you have applied all the paint, let it dry for 24 hours before starting to apply wax.

DIY Farmhouse handmade wooden farmhouse bed in a white painted finish with buffalo check bedding.

Apply paste finishing wax with a cheesecloth, rub it in according to manufacturers instructions.  Let the wax dry, polish with a soft cloth and then scuff it very lightly using a natural bristle brush, or 2000 grit sandpaper.  You won’t feel the roughness, but its necessary for the separate layers of wax to adhere to each other.    Add at least one more coat of wax and polish it with a soft cloth.

Your paint finish will have slight grain and shine, it should feel slippery smooth when you run your hands over it.

Night Table

As I am sure you know for budget decorating its always cheapest to look around home for something you can either move, or refinish.

This night table is a $5 garage sale find.  I gave it a quick makeover with Binz primer and two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal.  There are lots of curves to this little stand, so I did not distress it at all.  Easy peasy.

Cameo Wall Art

I found some cameos at another garage sale.  This DIY Cameo Artwork adds a little bit of drama to the bedroom.  bedroom.

Using a large frame to group small items together for DIY Wall Art
DIY bedroom ideas including a hand made bed, DIY cameo art and a wood blanket ladder.

Farmhouse Wreath

The little space above the bed can be a challenge to decorate, but it needs something, don’t you think? The solution was this little DIY Rag wreath craft made inexpensively with ticking and drop cloth.  I can easily update the wreath for any season.

A collection of DIY bedroom ideas including a DIY farmhouse bed, upcycled nightstand, and farmhouse rag wreath.

DIY Farmhouse Ladder

These simple Farmhouse DIY Ladders are so easy to make,  this one is a simple grey one, but I want more.  They are so handy for holding bedding, and for home decor.  I highly recommend making one of two.

An inexpensive DIY bedroom blanket ladder, for DIY bedroom ideas on a low budget

Black and White Decor

I love monochromatic home decor throughout my home,  especially black, grey’s and whites.  I find it makes seasonal decorating very fun and easy to add in any colour I choose,  I understand that many people love bright colours.  The next section shows you how I decorated the same room in red for Christmas.

Christmas Bedroom Update

We love having this bedroom, I enjoy updating it for guests, and especially for Christmas.  Here is a post showing the room decorated for the Christmas Holidays.

A farmhouse Christmas bedroom.

You can create a very nice space on a low budget, this room cost less than $200 for lumber, paint, and craft supplies.  No doubt a small budget can be challenging, and you need to make choices.  It takes more time and patience but I hope its so worth it.  A pretty home can be done with minimal funds, but like the saying goes. You can eat an elephant, but you need to take it one bite at a time.

Thanks for stopping by.


A black and white farmhouse bedroom full of DIY Bedroom Ideas including a hand made bed, and wreath.


  1. Great job, now you’ve inspired me to redo 2 tables I picked up a the thrift store.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi, thanks for the comment. The first time I sanded paint, I was really surprised at how rough paint is when you run your hands over it. Doing it this way means one more coat of paint, but I think it really improves the final finish. Happy sanding, Leanna

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