We’re sharing how to add patina to a metal bed as we finish Week 2 of the One Room Challenge!
If you’re new to the One Room Challenge, each week for the next 8 weeks, guest participants and featured designers will work to makeover their spaces from top to bottom.
You can read all about our design ideas from Week 1: Guest Bedroom Makeover Plans here if you need to catch up!
An Antique Bed…
Several years ago, I picked up this 3-quarter iron bed at an antique mall. It was crazy heavy and a beast to get home but I’m thankful to have found it.
We had custom mattresses made for the bed. For a while, it served us well in the guest bedroom.
Total side note, I have NO idea why this messy home tour picture was the only picture of this bed I could find. But here she is in all her glory 😂
Once we turned the bedroom into a home office, there was no room for the bed. So, it’s been sitting in a closet ever since.
An Antique Bed Makeover…Take 2
The minute we decided to take on this season of the One Room Challenge, I knew I wanted to use the antique iron bed.
The only problem was the previous owner had spray painted it black. After years of being moved around in the closet, it was starting to show a lot of wear and tear.
My first thought was to spray paint the antique metal bed an oil-rubbed bronze color. So, I chose Flat Chestnut.
But it just didn’t look right.
Even after choosing a metallic paint, it still felt…flat 😂
Especially against the crisp white walls which are painted in Valspar’s Bistro White.
An Antique Bed Makeover…Take 3
I went back to the drawing board and decided what the bed really needed was something with more depth and a bit of patina too.
Given spray painting was not an option again and hand painting metal can be hit or miss, it felt like the only other option to consider was Rub N Buff.
I’ll be completely honest, this is the first time I’ve ever tried Rub N Buff on a bed frame.
I have no idea how it’s going to hold up and I’m slightly scared once we get the mattresses in place, it will rub off.
But you never know until you try, and to me, it’s worth taking the chance.
Here’s a look at How to Add Patina to a Metal Bed…
How to Add Patina to a Metal Bed Supplies:
- Metal Bed Frame
- Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Metallic
- Antique Gold Rub N Buff
- Medium Bristle Art Brush
- Dark Furniture Paste Wax
- Lint Free Cloth
- Tarp (to protect your work surface)
- Gloves (to protect your hands)
How to Add Patina to a Metal Bed Steps:
Gather your supplies. Lay a tarp down to protect your work surface.
Before you begin adding patina to a metal bed, you’ll need to spray paint the bed in a dark color using caution, care, and safety precautions in a well-ventilated area outside.
We chose Rust-oleum’s Flat Chestnut. Be sure to allow the paint to fully cure before moving on.
Next, we placed a small amount of Antique Gold Rub N Buff on a medium bristle art brush and applied it to the bed frame.
I really wanted the appearance of layered patina, so I brushed the Rub N Buff in multiple directions.
Just a heads up, if your application looks anything like mine your brush will probably be toast at the end of this step.
An Antique Bed Makeover…Take 4
I allowed the Rub N Buff to sit overnight.
The next morning though, it felt too shiny.
So, I applied a layer of dark furniture paste wax over the Rub N Buff using an old cloth.
I know it might seem like an extra step. But those are the kinds of small details that help when you’re trying to add patina to a metal bed.
Truth be told, I’m still waiting for the wax to properly cure before deciding if I want to add a coat of poly or not. All the linens I’m using for this bed are very light and I definitely don’t want to get dark wax or Rub N Buff on them.
Of course, anytime you’re trying to add patina to a metal bed using a DIY technique like this might be risky. So, it’s completely up to you if you want to take the chance or not.
I’ll keep you posted on how things are going as the weeks’ progress!
Let us know if you have any tips or tricks to add patina to a metal bed. We’d love to hear if a similar technique has worked for you! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Before you go, be sure to check out what all the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge are sharing for Week 2!