Sunday, February 24, 2013

Farmhouse Style Bed Frame

I'm so excited to share with you my . . .

We wanted something like the Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed but $1299 was a little out of our price range.

We found plans on for her Farmhouse Queen Bed.

You can download the plans here.

Once we found the plans and printed them out we got to work!

 Here's the headboard being put together.
We had 8 - 1x8's 30" long and 4 - 1x4's 60" long
We used wood glue and our Dewalt pneumatic brad nailer to attach the 1x4 across the 1x8's.

Then repeated it for the Footboard:(1 x 8's 15" long)

4 x 4 posts attached
54" tall for the headboard and 21" tall for the footboard.
You must pre-drill holes when attaching the posts, and use 4.5" screws. Then fill the holes with wood putty or wood plugs.

A view from the top so you can see the assembly.

Next, we place a 2 x 4 on top with wood glue and screws, then a 2 x 6 on top of that, with wood glue and the brad nailer.
Remember to fill all holes with wood putty.
Once we completed these steps for the headboard and footboard we made side rails from 2 x 10's. The side rails were 83.5" long.

We sanded everything carefully, making sure everything was nice and smooth.
We wanted a dark color bed, but didn't necessarily want to stain it, so we decided to paint it. The paint actually still showed the shape of the wood grain in a very cool way. Many people think it's just a very dark stain. 
(Paint color is Phantom Mist - we chose it because it was a close match for the dressers and nightstands we already had)

Next was assembly!
We brought everything into our room

We had built a support structure for the box spring and mattress that we left unfinished since it wouldn't show.

We used pocket holes (Kreg Jig) for the side rails so we can easily take apart and re-assemble if needed.
Then regular 3" screws to put the support frame on.

It was NOT easy trying to sandwich the frame inside the side rails and head/footboard! We needed a rubber mallet to gently get it in there.

Here you can see my hubby hard at work!

And. . . it's done!!!


 More pics of the room.

 Dresser and coffee burlap sack stool

Metal & Burlap laundry hamper

Chair I re-upholstered last year - looks great in our room!
 I hope you enjoyed seeing the bed we made and a sneak peak into our bedroom. I am so happy with the end result! And for a fraction of the price, you can't beat it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Garage Door Makeover

Before I show you my garage door makeover I have to tell you all that my blogger friend Darby @ Life With The Hawleys gave me the idea so she gets full idea credit! 

We have spent a lot of time working on things inside the house, but not outside. So we decided to purchase the garage door carriage accessories to spruce up our garage door.
Now...I got excited that Darby said it would only be $20. However, when we found them 
(by the way Lowe's doesn't sell them in store boooo)
 we of course picked out another style that was more expensive! Bummer. Oh well, it was still only $40.

So, here's the before. . . 

Boring right?


Here's the AFTER!!

I know... stunning right? Did it knock your socks off? Mine too!

Also this weekend we clean up our front yard. You see, our front yard had a pine tree and a sweet gum tree in it. Needless to say they both drop a lot of crap, leaving our yard looking yucky! We raked up 6+ bags right before Christmas. Again we got 6 bags filled up. Geeez!! 
After that we rinsed out our fountain, and the hubs decided to clean it so a drop of Dawn on each level. . . BUBBLES. So many bubbles. This picture was from it's tame period. Later it looked like the North Pole landed in our front yard! So funny!! It better be clean now!

 Time for bed, Goodnight!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Boot Camp Beginner

Last night as my day was winding down I checked my email...
I saw a Groupon deal for a 4 week session of boot camp for $39. 

Hmmmm. . .
Good price. . .
 Where is it??

Oh. . . there's a location one mile from my house. . . 

When is it? 
6:30 - 7:30 M - Thu
Starts tomorrow?

I should do that!
So I bought it!
I registered.
and BAM!

 I just joined up for my first boot camp ever!

Those of you that know me, know I really don't work out. I'm not athletic and this is generally not in my nature. So it's pretty weird.
However, there is a Biggest Loser competition at my work to win $250 and a reserved parking space at our new building. So that's big motivation. Also I have been needing to lose weight and I'm not getting anywhere on my own. I need some serious motivation.

So right now I'm laying in bed after my first session. . .
I feel ok. I'm not dead, but I am tired. My arms feel heavy. I know it will get harder so hopefully I can keep up. I know I won't see results right away, but the idea of results keeps me motivated. (But only for so long!)

I'll keep ya'll up to date on my progress. But I have to say, this won't help my blogging a whole lot as it cuts out 1.5 hours out of my evening!

I hope ya'll had a good weekend! We did a few projects around the house and I need to get them posted!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Page Bundle DIY

While garage sale-ing on Saturday  I found a nice old book that would be perfect for something I'd been wanting to do for a while!

Pottery Barn had book page bundles for like $20+ and I knew I could make it for much cheaper!

I happened to have a seam ripper next to me so I used that to detach the was already coming off and just had some of those netted strings holding it on. It was very easy to take off.

After removing the binding there's a lot of glue, netted fibers holding it together, yucky stuff, etc

Later I realized a lot of people kept the yucky stuff but I didn't want to. . .

So, after trying to get it off using a wet paper towel, I noticed all the pages were a little wet and they should tear off really easy. So I tore them off carefully leaving a nice torn edge for the binding side.

I wrapped it up with a string and Voila!

After it was complete I decided it would look great on my pallet shelf. I might move it around but it's nice here for now!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Year Changes

After the new year began and things were settling down for the holidays it was time to get back on track with working on our house bit by bit.

With Christmas money we ordered a new ceiling fan for our bedroom! Yay!! Haha...

Here's the old one...

Do you need a closer look?

Yup it's hideous and it had a tassel for a pull chain. With all the nice details in this house there are certainly some very crappy things too!

So we ordered this from Lowe's...

That's not a great picture of the new fan but you get the idea...oil rubbed bronze metal, dark wood blades, etc. MUCH nicer!!

I can now lay in bed, look up and not cringe!


I also came across these adorable vintage style plates from Target that I couldn't live without!
They look great on the farmhouse table we built in the fall!

 I <3 them! They are small so I need to find a larger accent plate to go under them.

We also built a bed in January!
Pictures of that to come in a few days.

Until then, Goodnight!!



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