The Boy’s New Bed

By Kate Riley June 27, 2016

Boys are so funny. When you ask them if they want to change anything in their room (decoratively speaking) they look at you with a frown and say “Why?” At least mine did. He is ten years old and several years ago I took the time to add new paint, a new rug, a new dresser and a DIY board and batten treatment to his room, and his bedroom space has stayed the same ever since. It’s a place that makes him happy so for all these years there was no reason to change it.

But my boy is growing up and he needed a desk in his room to store his personal things, the only place to add it was under the window which meant the Lego table had to be moved and that was so not happening since like so many American ten year old boys, Legos are his life. What to do? The only solution was a loft bed, one that allowed me to place his Lego table underneath it which would make room for a desk under the window. Problem solved.

I looked around for a good one but nothing came up in a green color so I bought him this loft bed in the natural finish knowing I could just paint it.

 natural wood loft bed

Which is exactly what I did.

 boys green loft bed

Since I’m partnered with Glidden this year, they gave me the opportunity to try out a new paint called ‘Complete’ – one that had a built in stain blocking primer that would save me a step! With a built in primer I didn’t have to take the time to prime, I could use this formula instead. Before assembly, I decided to paint it first, then assemble later and touch it up in place wherever necessary.

 glidden complete

This Glidden Complete acrylic paint covers well and dries fast! I was able to paint the individual pieces in just a few hours so for this bed project this paint was perfect. It’s “low odor” but not odorless, my only criticism was the mild odor which does dissipate after a few days as the paint fully cures.

 bed pieces

Underneath the loft bed there is now plenty of room for storage for his Legos and other toys. It didn’t take ten minutes before my boy was back playing with some favorites on his Lego table. Of all the projects I’ve ever featured here on the blog I can tell you this one has gotten the most mileage. Find the details on this Lego meets IKEA Lack table in this post from 2013.

 lego table


I keep his linens basic white since there’s a lot of art and color in this space but I did make him a new pillow with one of my new Summer 2016 fabric patterns – sneak peek! That brushstroke stripe will be available in 3 colorways later next week.

 boy bed pillow

Right now my boy is happy chilling up in his new loft bed. Thanks so much to Glidden for supplying the paint! By the way, the color is Safari Green and I love it!

 boy loft bed

*This post brought to you in partnership with Glidden paint. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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  1. So no need to sand then prime? You just went straight to painting? How many coats and what brush did you use?

    Thank you!

  2. Love this post – thanks for sharing! My boys also love airplanes. How did you hang the ones shown in your boy’s room?

    • Hi Jenny those are model airplanes my boy put together with his Dad they do one about every six months and I hang them with fishing line and a push pin – easy to do because they’re so light!

  3. Hi Kate! I am looking to do just this for one of my son’s room. Where did you get the bed?

  4. That looks so good! My niece has a loft bed and loves it. Its like her little “station” underneath her bed.

    Great color and awesome room.

    Lauren | Lovely Decor

  5. So excited to see the other fabrics! I’m getting ready to do my almost 10yo room too. His response when I asked him was, “Why? I like my room.” lol

  6. I recently purchased a loft bed for my daughter. It’s white but I would love to paint it. How do you know what surfaces can be painted and whether you need to sand it first? I’ve seen paint just smear off a surface and not stick.

  7. I love the turqoise blue wall color. What color is this? I plan to paint an accent wall in by living room this color. Thanks Lisa

  8. Love the way that ‘Safari Green’ accents the wall color. Can you share what that blue wall color is?

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