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What kind of material can I use to make my wooden canopy bed look more modern? Answered

I have a canopy bed that is made of round wooden poles, varying in diameter from 2 1/2" to 5".

I'm really not very fond of the wood grain look and it doesn't match my room at all.

I really don't want to paint it because the wood grain will show through and it will look terrible.  (In this case, trust me)

My original idea was to cover the poles in white heat shrink tubing (similar to what's used for electrical wiring)

This idea was squashed because I couldn't find anyone that sells white shrink wrap tubing big enough to be used over 5" poles, and without selling it in a massive bulk. 

My next idea was to slide furniture grade pvc over it, which would give it a strong, glossy finish.  And the wood would basically act as a support for the pvc. 

But again, I was unsuccessful.  This time I came to realize that I can't find anyone who makes furniture grade pvc larger than 2" ID.

I'm now drawing a blank.  Again, I really don't want to simply paint it, because I don't want the wood grain to show through.

I'm sorry, I don't have a picture because the bed is currently disassembled.  It's too hideous for me to assemble in my room right now. 

7 Replies

orksecurity (author)2011-07-04

Personal reaction: A canopy bed will never look anything but dated, because the justifications for having the canopy at all have all gone away in modern construction.

Consider selling off the existing bed and getting/building something that better suits your current needs?

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gossumx (author)orksecurity2012-03-15

I ended up selling it off after all. But I had a custom made and powder coated canopy bed. I don't think it looks outdated at all.

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jeff-o (author)2011-07-06

You should sell the bed frame and buy one that matches your style. I'm sure you'll find a buyer pretty easily on a local classifieds site. I'm always surprised at the stuff people will buy...

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RedneckEngineer (author)2011-07-05

Here's a thought. Get some of the tool handle dip latex. Can't think of the name of it but you could paint it on and it would cover in a thin coat like what shrink tube would look like. I'm sure you would have to buy a few cans of the stuff but it might look cool.

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rickharris (author)2011-07-05

Rub down the wood to give a smooth surface - Wipe with a wet cloth - wait for 15 mins for the grain to lift and sand down again with fine sandpaper.

Give 2 coats of a reputable under coat - Rub down with wire wool. Give at least 3 coats of top coat ( Note if you use water based top coat use water based undercoat.)

Rub down the first coat with wire wool leave the next 2 coats. Thin the last coat with water or thinners depending on your paint and leave.

Many thin coats work much better than thick paint.

Re assemble the bed and decorate with flowing gauzy curtains. to your taste. A OS says by definition it will look dated all you can do is raise the level of finish.

Many modern examples here

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frollard (author)2011-07-04

stick-on vinyl decal material - very flexible/durable, just hide the seam on the 'under' side of each pole.

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