Sunday, August 5, 2018

Staining The Sawed-Off Bed Frame The Easy Way

Finally got around to finishing up the footboard to our bed frame that we cut off a while back. 

Raw wood was left when we took a saw to the bed and sawed off the overhang to reduce the likelihood of running into it at night. I posted about it HERE.

I used a mouse sander to smooth the edges and sides, then colored in the raw wood with a Minwax Stain Marker...

There were many options for different stain finishes to match most wood stains with the Stain Markers. We just took a guess and picked the one we thought would match the best. 

We found our Minwax Stain Markers at Lowe's, but I'm sure every hardware store has them. They were around $5 or $6 if I remember right.

Here's a full shot of the bed in a before photo...

The "before" photo below shows how far the foot board stuck out before we sawed it off...

Believe Me This Was A Hazard At Night!

Here's the foot board after we sawed off all the outside edges...

After sanding, I started coloring in the wood with the Stain Marker...

If you can color in a coloring book with a marker, you pretty much have the skill necessary to complete this job!

I filled in the first coat of stain with the Stain Marker and then went back over the wood several times until I was satisfied with the results.

The bed is kingsize and very heavy so we had to saw, sand, and stain it inside the bedroom using a drop cloth.

It was hard getting a good photo of the results in our dark bedroom and, as you can see, blowing up the photo makes the wood look a little wonky.

I would highly recommend the Stain Markers for small jobs like ours. The match of the Stain Markers to the finish on the bed frame turned out way better than we expected! 

You might want to do a test spot on a part that doesn't show if you're worried about matching perfectly. We weren't too worried about trying the Stain Markers out as we figured we had nothing to lose. 

Besides, I was more than willing to paint the bed frame white if need be! In fact, I was a little disappointed that painting the bed frame white wasn't necessary.

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  1. Thanks for this great tip...and, your bed looks great!

  2. That's a great idea! I love, love, love your bed!

  3. What a great I'd never heard of stain markers before and I have a project that could use one.

    1. Janet...hope they work for you. There's no dripping or spills with the markers if you have to use them inside like we did. There's a lot of lee way with the colors matching as you can go light or darker by adding more layers.

  4. Looks good - and no more bruised above the knees from the footboard.

  5. A great job and no more bumps in the night.

  6. One would never know that it has been changed. I'm sure its much better on your "shins" too. I would have banged in to this everyday!

  7. You did a great job making the bed frame work for you.

    I would probably bump into it daily if I had that.

    1. I pretty much did bump into it almost every night. Not a problem now since we hacked the footboard.

  8. How funny! I was going to write a post soon recommending these markers. We use them to touch up furniture we're selling as well as for repair jobs at home. They're awesome. I got a set of 6 plus matching crayons for filling in holes, I guess, for $7.99 on Amazon. These weren't Minwax, but I bought the same set about 3 years ago and they're still useable although finally drying up a bit--so I ordered more because I don't want to be without them!

  9. Granny Sue...great minds think alike! I thought they did an awesome job on our bed too. I was so afraid of spilling or dripping stain on the carpeting and couldn't move the bed outside due to weight and it's a bear to disassemble. These markers did not drip at all and eased my mind since I had to stain the bed inside on carpeting.

  10. Great save, though I would love to see it painted white too LOL. I like those stain markers, I will have to check them out! Nice work!

  11. Thanks for the tip! I will pick up a marker next time I am at Lowes. I can see why you cut back the foot board. I would have run into it at night too.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. Great job, Sugar! I'm going to come back to this post when I get ready to get down to business on a few projects around here!

    1. Jean, was at Walmart tonight and the Stain Markers are carried in their store as well at a cheaper price.

  13. Wow, it really turned out nice! I have a few of those stain markers, but forget to use them. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I can imagine that would have been very painful to bang into a night! I'm amazed how well good the stain marker has worked. It's amazing. I'll have to check them out next time I'm in the States.