IKEA Kura Bed Makeover

If you follow along with @stayathomemomming on IG, then you know that we recently moved. Our move was less about location and more about more space for our growing family. We were living in a two bedroom townhouse with no yard or outdoor space. So the move to a 3 bedroom duplex with a yard and walkable neighborhood has been AMAZING.

I know this sounds kind of crazy, but I like moving. Sure, it is a whole lot of work and SO SO exhausting…especially with littles underfoot! BUT, I LOVE having a fresh start. Purging like crazy and setting up a newly organized house just feels good.

The most exciting thing about our new place is the third bedroom. Both of our kids are already sleeping later! Woohoo! AND, on top of that, setting up a little girl bedroom is just so much fun…especially when it is for the girliest girly girl!

You might have caught my post, Little Girl Beds on A Budget, a few weeks ago. While I loved all of those options, we decided to go with an IKEA bed. I had my mind set on one of the iron beds. Seriously, so precious and definitely the aesthetic I was going for. But when we went to IKEA, the KURA loft bed caught my 4 year old girlie’s eye. There was no saying no to her (and her daddy), so I just went with it. The only thing I just could not get over was the unfinished wood…just really not the look I was dreaming of…


So out came the painting supplies, and here we have it:

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I am really happy with how it turned out, and I think we will be able to pass it down to little brother in a few years. I also painted these two old chests we had in storage. They were really old, but I think the paint gives the chests a whole new look. I also think that painting three pieces of the ‘bedroom set’ the same color really make it look like it was meant to be.


Just for reference, I used Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Aged Grey. I love the price of this chalk paint. The one thing I have learned in the past, though, is that the clear coat that comes with this chalk paint line does NOT hold up very well at all. Thanks to Sara at Little Vintage Nest, I learned to use a water based polycrylic top coat. I did two coats on the chests and just one coat on the bed. I can already tell a HUGE difference.

**If you plan to paint an IKEA Kura bed, make sure you paint the end of the long pieces. I still have to go back and paint those parts…I did not realize they would show after the bed was put together.**

I still have a list of things to do in this room including: blackout window treatments, curtains to cover the MOUNDS of babies under the bed, wall decor, and just some more organization. I’m making myself tackle these items soon, so little miss can truly enjoy her space even more!

PS- We skipped the IKEA mattress and ordered this one from Amazon instead. The price point is still budget friendly, but the quality is WAAAYYY better. She LOVES this mattress, and always comments on how comfy it is.

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