Emmitt’s Blue Bed

I'm teaming up with some talented friends for another Thrift Store Challenge! The goal is to take something thrifted, found, or to repurpose an item from our homes and turn it into something we can use and enjoy. This month, I'm taking it back to just about this time last year. I'll be sharing all the details of the makeover I gave Emmitt's first big boy bed and how I got it that beautiful, vintage blue. Don't forget to check out everyone else's thrifty projects at the end of this post!


If I were to pick a fan-favorite piece of furniture in my home, it would hands-down be Emmitt's blue bed. It's such a bright and fun piece with just the right amount of vintage charm and one I hope he'll love for years and years because I know I will!

This is another DIY my mom helped me with when I was very pregnant with Isla last year.

This was actually my bed when I was younger and then my sister's. My mom passed it down to Emmitt for his first big boy bed when we moved to this house. It started out as a beautiful, white frame from Ethan Allen and still looked amazing, but we thought we would change things up and give it a totally new look for little Emmitt.



Here's a look at what the frame started as. I'm pretty bad at remembering to take before pictures, but I was able to track down someone selling one. If you love this frame, you can buy it here!

I'd had this photo from Miss Mustard Seed pinned on a Pinterest board and saved in my phone for years. I was absolutely in love with it and hoped to one day create a space like it so it was an obvious choice for the inspiration for Emmitt's big boy bed.



We started by taking some rusty orange paint left over from a previous project and roughly painting the edges and details of the frame. Anywhere we planned to sand down and distress so the orange would peek through. The color I used was True Copper from Behr. It's the same gorgeous orange I redid my nightstands with awhile back.