Mar 242014

This was a super simple project with a cost breakdown of $0 dollars, since I already had everything on hand.  My daughter is always pulling blankets from all over the house to create her own little hideaway and I figured it would save us both a lot of clean-up time if I could find a way to give her a hideaway without all the mess.

Now that she has bunk beds I figured the bottom bunk would make for a great hideaway spot.  These are the beds pre-hideaway.

e new bunk bedAnd, these are the beds post Operation Hideaway.

e bunk bed with curtainLike I said before this was a super simple project.  My supplies included 1/2 a queen sheet (cut down the middle lengthwise) & an expandable closet rod (like this – not an affiliate link).  The sheet was used previously as one of her bedroom curtain panels and the expandable closet rod had been used in her closet.  Both items were recently removed from her room during the makeover (pt 1 and pt 2) that is still in progress.  If you had to purchase supplies the rod is around $10 and you can easily find an inexpensive flat sheet at a local thrift shop for a couple of dollars.  There is also the option of purchasing several yards of fabric instead of a sheet.

Step One:  Measure and cut the sheet in half (adjust the cut if a shorter/longer curtain is desired).  I was a bit lazy and used the curtain panel as-is without adjusting the height.  It probably wouldn’t hurt for it to have been a bit shorter, but my daughter loved it as is so chances are good the length isn’t changing.  Sew a rod pocket along the length of the raw edged (the side you cut) side of the sheet .  The pocket has to be big enough to fit the closet rod, so be sure to make it large enough.

Step Two:  Install the closet rod under the top bunk.  Slide the curtain onto rod, before attaching the opposite end.  Oh, you want to make sure you install the rod low enough under the slats of the top bunk.  I had to move the rod down a little as the curtain wasn’t sliding smoothly under the slats after my first install.

install a closet rodView of the curtain from on the bed.

bunk bed curtain panelSo far so good.  She’s had the new hideaway for almost a week and there haven’t been any blanket tee pee experiments yet.   I may eventually change out this sheet for something with a little more pop (my daughter loves bright), but that’s down the line when we get her new bedding which isn’t happening anytime soon.   Her room is inching closer to done with each little project.  Yeah!

e bunk bed with curtain

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Mar 182014

Like a looong time ago.  Back in October I shared photos of an old dresser in our master bedroom that was in desperate need of a makeover.  Seriously.  Well, the thing is I did the makeover like months ago, but never got around to taking any photos of it once completed.   See the problem was that it’s new home was the landing at the top of the stairs and there is zero natural light  in that spot any time of the day, so it was impossible to get any decent photos.  This past weekend I did some furniture rearranging and swapped the dresser with a bookcase (another makeover project) in our bedroom.  Then just like magic – presto chango –  there was natural light!  Let the picture snapping begin.

First here is the dresser in it’s previous state…

old dresser

Don’t the cords just add to the overall beauty of the piece?  Anyways, the makeover was fairly straight forward.  I knew painting the base of the dresser was really the only option due to it’s rough condition.  Stain would not be able to hide all those dings and scratches.  First, I removed the handles, then filled any deep dings with wood filler and then sanded the whole thing down.  The top was still in really good condition, so I sanded that down to bare wood for staining.

Once all the prep work was done I mixed up some homemade chalk paint for the base.  It took 2 coats for good coverage.  Then distressed it a little bit before wiping dark walnut stain all over it to age the paint.   The top received two coats of the same dark walnut stain used to distress the base, which came out a nice rich color on the maple wood top.  After everything dried, I applied paste wax to the base and two coats of polyurethane to the top.

Here it is AFTER…

old dresser makeoverThe base is a light grey chalk paint that darkened when the stain was wiped over it.  The bottom drawer is warped, which makes it look like the handle is on crooked, but I think it just adds to the character of the piece.

I love the dark stain of the top paired with the light gray of the base…

glass knobsThe glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby (50% off sale).  I had originally hoped to salvage the last handle (not shown in the before photo), but it was beyond repair.  In the end, I’m glad it was too far gone because I really like the little glass knobs.

dresser rehabI think the distressing works so well on this piece because it was in such rough shape there was no way to really disguise all the damage might as well highlight it instead.   This once abused looking dresser will now be able to perform it’s duties (we use it for storing extra bed sheets and towels) for many more years to come without being such an eyesore.


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