Mar 052014

Now with the paint done in my daughter’s room, it was time to move in the new bed.  No clue what I’m talking about?  You can read all about part one here.  The bed was originally the only thing that was supposed to change in my daughter’s room.  The plan was to swap out her current bed (a single twin) with a bunk bed, so that there would be room for her older brother when we had guests who use his room when visiting.

This was her room pre-makeover …

e bedroom before

Her bed was elevated with a play area underneath.  When I originally built the bed she played under there quite a bit, but as time went by it became more of a shove everything under there when Mom tells me to clean my room area.  So I didn’t feel too bad about swapping it out with a more traditional bunk bed.  And, yes, her room is usually that messy.

I did some online shopping for bunk beds, searched craigslist and looked for possible DIY solutions.  In the end, the most economical solution was to go DIY as is usually the case (side note-Craigslist in our area is almost always a useless search.  I guess it is a downside to living in a much smaller city.).   I found a variety of plans when searching, but kept coming back to the Classic Bunk Beds on Ana White’s site.  The construction was simple, lumber cost reasonable & my favorite part was the ability to easily assemble/disassemble the bed when needed.  Oh, and I liked that the ladder was part of the bed.  My daughter was always tossing the ladder from her previous bed all over her room, which drove me bonkers.

The construction of the bed really was simple.  It was all cut and assembled in one weekend.   But, it was almost the end of the next week before I had it all completely sanded and painted.  Cost was under $100, but I used common boards and furring strips which kept the cost way down.   The trade off comes in the amount of work required to make the boards look pretty.  A lot of wood filler (for knots in the pine) and sanding.  And, I do mean A LOT.

Without further ado the new bunk bed…

e new bunk bed

A close up of the integrated ladder…

e bunk bed ladder

A view of the top bunk…

e bunk bed topI placed the bunk beds much closer to the window than her previous bed.  It was only a couple of feet, but it really opened up her room.  Before she only had two smallish areas on either side of the bed and the result was two not really useful spaces.  You live and you learn right?

The next step will be to come up with shelves or attaching something to the rails, so she has somewhere to keep her water bottle, alarm clock/radio and bedtime story.  I came across a couple of good ideas when searching for the plans, but haven’t decided which way to go just yet.  Also on the agenda is to create some curtains she can easily open/close for the lower bunk because she loves to have hideaways and play house.

It’s funny how one simple change of swapping out the bed has turned into a complete overhaul of this room.   There is still one more big building project almost completed that will give her a ton of storage, a place for all her knick knacks and a desk/drawing table.     Once that is completed I’ll be able to move everything back into the room and then take a moment to admire all my hard work for a brief moment in time before my little tornado wreaks havoc once again.

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Feb 132014


I finally started focusing some attention on our master bedroom and the first problem to tackle was our lack of beside tables.  It’s not that we didn’t have anything beside the bed, but we have been working with some odd, mis-matched pieces that just sort of ended up there for lack of a better spot.  I wanted something that wouldn’t look too small next to the large bed and would also give us plenty of table top space.  As I usually do when thinking about furniture my first stop is to visit Ana White’s site, because she has such a variety of DIY plans and DIY is often times more budget friendly.

After a little browsing through all the different table options (including coffee tables, side tables, etc) I found this one.  It’s her version of a Farmhouse Bedside table and it was the perfect size and style.

My finished bedside table:
farmhouse beside table

I was able to assembly it over the course of one weekend.  The actual assembly wasn’t too difficult, but there was quite a bit of time lost to drying glue.  Luckily, it was one of those projects that allowed me to move forward on other parts of  cutting and assembly while drying pieces were on hold.  Of course, the hardest part of the whole thing was working in near freezing temperatures in the garage/workshop.  We have a space heater, but when temperatures are dropping down into single digits it just isn’t enough.  Oh, and this is the first project I was able to use my new Kreg Jig Jr (christmas present from my mom-in-law) and I loved it.  It made such a huge difference when assembling the pieces and definitely helps give the final piece a more “finished” look.

farmhouse beside table 2

Once it was all put together I did A LOT of sanding to get everything super smooth.  Actually, I did quite of bit of sanding prior to assembly too.  I was using common boards, which always require more prep work than your more expensive select boards.  The difference in price makes it worth the extra labor to me.   I did bring it inside to finish it up with stain.  I ended up creating a custom color by mixing some ebony and dark walnut stain together.  After applying two coats of stain and allowing that to dry for a few days, I added two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane over the next couple days.  I would really like to find some baskets for the bottom shelf to cover some of the knotty pine and give it a more modern less country feel, but haven’t had a chance to shop around for anything just yet.

I’ve already purchased the wood for table #2 and hope that it goes together as smoothly as this one did.

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