DIY // before and after: ikea hack malm bed

March 14, 2011

so, we finally settled on an ikea malm twin bed for my little ezra for his new big boy bed.
of course, i had to complicate things and want to paint it to match the rest of the furniture in his room that we recently painted gray.

but, i am so glad we did.  it gives it a custom look, but without the huge price tag.
so, as you can see, it was white before, shown above.

and, here is the after:

i still haven’t had a chance to decorate his room at all, but i am feeling good that the main pieces are in there.
i’ll share soon on the progress.  i have some prints ordered, and a quilt ready to make and the rest of the trimmings.  so, stay tuned.

and, hopefully throughout the next little bit, i’ll share a few house projects we’ve been working on around here.
let’s just say my husband is sick of painting stuff.
oh the joys of nesting.

**update:  the gray paint color i used is called- mark twain house ombra gray by valspar from lowes.
also, for more full instructions on my painting process click here.

21 thoughts on “DIY // before and after: ikea hack malm bed

  1. Karen

    beautiful job! can you please share the kind and color of paint you used and anything else about the process? thanks!

  2. Frugal Edmonton Mama

    What type of paint / process did you use? Curious for a big girl makeover for our little's room! THANKS!

  3. Kevin

    Very nice finish, always been worried about painting smooth surfaces like this. Do foam brushes give a better result than say using a foam roller?

  4. .caroline armelle.

    hi kevin.

    i have used a roller, and it does not give you as smooth of a surface in my experience.

  5. bonnie

    It looks fantastic! So professional. Where did you get the nightstand? I've been looking long and hard for one just like that!


  6. .caroline armelle.

    hi ashley,

    the sheets are from west elm.

    the nightstand is a vintage craigs list find that we re-painted.


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