Equip with a sturdy frame and a cookie cutter soul,
Hemi the Bed is a rustic charmer who was brought to life using, well, wood.

Image from Ikea.ca 

Image from Ikea.ca 

      When Marty was a bachelor he bought an Ikea Hemnes bed. Little did I know this would soon become my bed. Now Ikea furniture has it's place; it's affordable, (usually) available and gets the job done. But it isn't necessarily the most appealing looking and I find it's easy to become tried of the Ikea flavour. Because of the recent Ikea Hack Revolution in the last few years, I don't think I am alone in this thinking. Pictured here is the very Ikeay looking Hemnes bed (the before). 
     
      This project is my second big Ikea hack to date. As you may recall, I painted the main bathroom vanity, which was purchased from Ikea, and was it was such a disaster that a tutorial would not have been helpful in any way. This time I took the necessary steps, and they are actually efficient and followable. 
 - First things first, you have to sand the whole darn thing. I used a medium grit sandpaper. I think you can use what ever you have as long and it's rough afterwards.
- Then I primed using KILZ 2 Latex primer.
- Then I used Behr's Paint and Primer In One in the colour Wet Cement and painted on 3 coats!
- Then I wiped out the sandpaper and roughed 'er up around the edges and in random spots. Where ever you  
sand, the white primer will show through and add a nice light accent. After a hardy dusting, I sealed it with Minwax Polyacrylic Protective Finish

Simplified; SAND, PRIME, COAT, COAT, COAT, DECORATIVE SANDING, SEAL

      Now the next part seems like internet magic. After telling Marty what I envisioned, and tweaking his plan a bit to match what I was actually talking about, this gorgeous bed was born. I have said it once and I will say it a million times, I really am so lucky to have Marty as my minion. 

And here he is folks! A little woodier, little prettier, Hemi the Bed. :)