How to Refurbish a Wood Bed Frame


Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner
  • Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker
  • Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer
  • Synthetic pad
  • Hand towels

Antique family bed frame before refurb project

Many, many years ago my grandmother, Violet Hickok, gave me this antique hard maple bed for my first apartment. At that time she and I refinished it, and now it has been passed along to my son Eric. But first it needs a little help to look as good as it did back then.

1. Prep the wood with a cleaner

Using Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner removes old dirt and grime

I started as I do many of my projects: by using Minwax Wood Cabinet Cleaner to remove the old dirt and grime.

2. Fill in any scratches

Using Minwax Stain Marker to cover small scratches

Which then revealed some small scratches, which I disguised using a Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker.

3. Prep the old finish for a fresh coat

Using synthetic scrub pad to lightly scuff old finish

The finish Grandma Hickok and I applied years ago was still intact, but needed a fresh coat on top of it. To prep the old finish, I use a fine synthetic pad to lightly scuff the old finish, then wiped off all the dust.

4. Apply lacquer to the wood

Using Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer for easy finish application

Brushing a new finish around all of those spindles would have been time-consuming, so this was an ideal project for the aerosol version of Minwax Clear Aerosol Lacquer.

Final refurbished wood bedframe

As you can see, the Clear Aerosol Lacquer added some new sheen — and some badly needed protection — for this antique bed. I’m sure Grandma Hickok would be as proud of it today as she was back when we first refinished it, especially knowing it was still being used by her great-grandson.

Until next time.

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