How to Build a Bed Surround Pt. 2 How to Build a Bed Surround Pt. 2
The base cabinets of your bed surround require a countertop on their surfaces so that they serve as bedside tables or nightstands. Due to the small size of the furniture, it is probably an excellent opportunity to experiment with different materials for your countertops, including quartz and granite. Remember to install the countertops before the base cabinets.
Step 1 – Installing the Base Cabinets
Install the left base cabinet accurately onto the straight line that you have marked earlier on your left hand side with the pencil. Now, mount a vertical upper cabinet and place it accurately onto the line again.
Place another vertical upper cabinet next to the previous cabinet. Check that the frames on the faces of the cabinets are flush. Make sure that you attach the cabinets securely to the wall studs. Now, repeat the same step to install the cabinets on the right side of your bed surround. Make sure that the heights of all the upper cabinets are level.
Step 2 – Installing the Light Fixtures
If you want to have bedside lights, you can install the switches and the light fixtures in the bed surround, but you need to remove the ledger and trim a bit the bottom of the cabinets as necessary.
Step 3 – Sanding the Bed Surround
Start the finishing process of your bed surround by sanding it. Make sure that the wood is completely dry before you start finishing it. If you used wood which was freshly cut for your bed surround, let a minimum of about 6 months pass so that it will not shrink in the future. Sand the wood to get rid of rough areas and dents. Start with coarse sandpaper and then move on to finer sandpaper at the end to prepare the wood for painting or staining.
Step 4 – Staining the Bed Surround
Use a wide and flat paintbrush to apply stain on your new bed surround. Follow the grain of the wood to apply the stain. Wait for a few minutes before using a soft rag to wipe off the stain.
Sand the bed surround again after staining to prepare it for the varnish. This is because stain goes deep into the wood and can leave a rough surface, so you need to sand it to smooth it again. Apply lacquer or varnish with a soft paintbrush to provide the bed surround with protection against moisture. Finish the stained wooden bed surround with an oil finish as a sealant.
Step 5 – Painting the Bed Surround
In case you want your wooden bed surround to have an opaque appearance, paint it rather than applying stain and varnish. Apply two coats of paint and use a paintbrush or a spray gun. When using a spray gun, remember to spray lightly while applying the multiple coats in order to avoid drips.