The picture above is not my actual set, but it's very close! I think I originally paid about $40 for the set almost 20 years ago and it has made the rounds in this house. All of my boys have had it in their rooms at one time or another. A few years ago, I took the beds apart and used one in one of my son's rooms, and stored the other.
My youngest is going to be 15 this year.... I think it's time the ole' crate furniture was retired... and so does he!
But I'm glad I hung on to all of it as we need "kids furniture" at our house in Nags Head. We've used the third, smallest bedroom there as a home office. Now that we're putting it into a rental program, we need to use the room as a third bedroom. But the beds have been through it and couldn't be used as is.
I had wanted to use my fav ASCP in Graphite (as I used in the Living Room makeover) but I was a little nervous about the wear and tear on the bed and how it might hold up in a rental house. I ended up using my old standby Behr's Black Suede in a satin egg-shell finish instead. I painted one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint. After waiting a day or so, I finished it with1 coat of poly-crylic on the bed and 2 coats on the ladder.
I've still got the upper set to complete, but hopefully the paint will hold over the course of the season with little wear. I can always touch up over the winter, or eventually replace if need be when finances allow.
For now, I am very happy with the results and can't wait to pull things together with bedding and accessories. We should be able to get it set up sometime this week, so I'll be sure to post the after pics when we're done.
And the best part for me is although it's a 20 year old set that had seen better days, I think it looks nearly new now. And once I make some pillows and stuff it will look great!
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