We were itching.
And that itch had ‘KING SIZED BED’ all over it.
I blame the summer vacation. We slept in an amazing king sized bed. At the time, we were co-sleeping some with Will (like after his 5 am feeding) and that little guy is a cuddler. I am not. So you can imagine him squirming closer and closer to me each night…and me squirming closer and closer to hanging onto the bed with one hand while the rest of my body was our floor. Let’s just say that it didn’t make for restful nights. So when we got home & sold our guest bedroom suite, we knew that this was our chance to spring for a new bigger bed that would fit two moderately chunky Bowers and one pint sized redhead Tinkler.
Our existing chocolate leather queen sized bed would have a new home in the guest bedroom. Since we were going for a red/chocolatey-goodness/white color scheme in there, it worked out perfectly. (oh and for those of you wondering about the color of the lamps that I spraypainted…it’s Krylon Cherry Red in Gloss).
The first thing we did was realize that we had no bed to sleep on. And when you have a baby…the only thing you CAN focus on is getting into bed and snoozin…so this was top priority. We ended up at a discount mattress place purchasing the Beautyrest Classic…it was last year’s version but brand new and only $500 with the box spring (a far cry from the $2000 versions at the bigger name-brand stores!). Obviously Will approved 🙂
I wish I had a photo of the mattress on the floor…but I forgot. We slept like that for a few weeks while we came up with a game plan on building a bed. You already saw it during the messy house tour…but here is another video of Will & I enjoying the mattress on the floor.
He cracks me up. Anytime I watch that it almost makes me wanna wake him up from his nap just so I can cuddle him for a while. Almost…
Anyhoo….we found some plans online at Ana White’s blog (the blog star formally known as Knock-off Wood) and they provided just enough info for Jeremy to get the confidence to build the bed. Listen…the boy can build walls and run the lights and hang the drywall, mud and trim but this was his first go at woodworking…so it definitely helped that he didn’t have to ‘design’ the thing.
I’m not gonna go into the details of how to build the bed…you can head over to Ana’s to see those steps (and a slew of other AWESOME woodworking plans easy enough for the beginner). But I will say this: like any plan you need to check your measurements and there will be some modifications needed.
When it came to the slats on the back of the bed, we decided to shave the edges to achieve a more defined separation.
I loved the curly cues…I think they would make great vase filler. Gosh darn. Now I wish I saved them.
Now with all the slats for the headboard…
it was ready for the top piece to sandwich it down. Only a little glue (second bottle purchased after the first one exploded in the garage. Granted, bottles of glue tend to do that when people run over them with the car. Not that I would know.) and a little bit of nailing held it in place.
Lovely sandwiched headboard.
And then we attached the posts and the top boards to create a standing headboard.
We simply followed the same steps and then moved onto priming…
…and finished up with three coats of paint.
Let me take this time to tell you guys how we did this piece…with major help from True Value. You may remember that we were chosen to be on the blogsquad. Shocker. I know. Construction was a piece of cake with T.V. on our side…afterall, no other store carries the length screw we needed.
But back to the finishing…we sanded it really well. Mostly because of the rough wood. This is made of standard sizes of wood that you can buy in any home improvement store so it tends to be rough. After a thorough sanding, we primed the piece (we used Kilz waterbased primer with a 2.5 inch Purdy paintbrush curtesy of True Value). Then came time for the first coat of paint. I picked Benjamin Moore’s Antique White and had it color matched at True Value in a semi-gloss. Between each coat, we used ‘between-coat’ sandpaper for an extra smooth finish. After one coat of primer and three coats of paint, it was FINALLY finished.
That’s when we decided to go for a slightly rustic look. We chose to distress and glaze it. My boyfriend calls it the ‘dirty’ look…but I like to call it the antique Pottery Barn appeal. It was really simple to achieve. All you do is sand the edges…
and then spread glaze all over and then wipe it off.
And it defines the grooves so much better.
After that, we decided to polyuerathane the entire thing. Generally we don’t use regular poly…because it turns yellow…we use Verathane instead…but for this piece, we wouldn’t mind if it turned a little more cream colored. I think it would only add to the antique look.
After the entire thing was dried and ready, we cleared the room (crossing our fingers that it would fit in our room).
Then came time for assembly. Notice that we notched out a board on the inside of the footboard to create a slot for the sideboards. Also, we cut a little slot for the boxspring supports. I wish I knew where you could get them…I picked them outta someone’s trash.
Next to the headboard, we just screwed the posts to the sideboard.
After everything was screwed into place, we simply placed the boxsprings in place….
And adjusted the legs supporting the boxsprings so that the mattress would lay evenly.
Now for the finished product.
Not bad, huh? And for less than $150 (including the cedar posts that we had to splurge on because no standard 4×4 posts were available).
And the queen quilt was only thirty smackers on clearance at HomeGoods while the blanket was an old $20 Black Friday at Target deal (why I bought a king sized blanket last year is beyond me…a guess just a sign of future bedding glory!). Now we just have to order the REAL quilt and shams and finish this room up with a coat of paint.
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