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3.19.2010
I may have mentioned our bed before (like here here and here), but I promised a process post and I wanted to make sure I delivered.

The entire room is not complete, but I am happy to report that the bed is done (except for pillows of course….a little color is coming)
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I love how the room does not feel so monstrous anymore and our furniture now looks like it fits.  And the couch does not look like it is swallowing the bed.  For example-

Yeah much better.

And the best part….the bed cost less than $250 to build.

We are forever indebted to Ana at Knock-Off Wood for the plans (here).  We used the Farmhouse Bed plans in the King size and a canopy with just a couple of adjustments.  I have said it before, but she is a goddess for DIY’ers and we can’t wait to try out some more plans.  Well I am at least….

Since we have a more modern and less rustic aesthetic in the master bedroom, we used a solid piece of wood with a little molding in the headboard and footboard instead of the slats.
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I also had Derek raise the height of the footboard in order to combat the couch scale problem.IMG_0782
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For the finishing, I debated between staining, painting and glazing.  For a very long time. But since we had to use three different types of wood to get all the sizes we needed (we only could find 4x4’s in cedar) I was worried that the different grains would look different and wrong if you could see them with stain or glaze.  So instead I went with old faithful- Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint in Cannonball.

First, I filled all the screw holes with wood filler and sanded it all down with an orbital sander and medium grit sandpaper.  Then one coat of Zinsser 1-2-3 waterbased primer, two coats of the black and three coats of polyurethane (in satin finish) later we were complete.  The next day we put our new mattress in and were enjoying our new bed.

Buying all the wood in the proper sizes (especially since I wanted some minor modifications) took some time at Home Depot, but I am happy to report that this project was a one tripper.  The lumber is where we spent all the money of $250 since we had all the supplies and if we were successful in finding 4x4’s in something other than cedar ($$$) we could have probably saved another $75.  And Ana was correct, the only tools we used were a drill, sander, tape measure, miter saw, level and nail gun (hammer would have done just fine if we did not have the nail gun).

So here is my view from my pillow on the new bed……ahhhhh.
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Well if I was being honest that is the view up….unfortunately with the new furniture placement I look directly into the hideous and dated master bath.  There is a reason that there are no pics of it on the blog.  Think pink blinds, carpet, wallpaper and brass.  Yum. You know what that makes me want to do…….
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30 comments on "Details Details"
  1. This turned out amazing. I am really so impressed. I am beginning to think you might have the most patience in the world! The couch looks like it was made for that spot. Congrats!

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  2. I seriously love your bedroom. I need you to come to my house and help me make our bedroom look put together and not blah! I love your comforter, too. That's exactly what I should have gotten when I got my white comforter.

    But, enough jealousy ;). I love the bed. So beautiful and I love how you make it your own with the different boards and the higher footboard. Good idea to make that higher. It looks perfect with the sofa!

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  3. The bed turned out great, it doesn't even look like the same room.

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  4. Wow. I am now officially jealous of your awesome bedroom.

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  5. i without a doubt adore all your posting style, very charming.
    don't quit and keep posting seeing that it simply just nicely to read it,
    impatient to look at more and more of your own writing, have a good one!

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  6. jenny wow what a great job you did! I LOVE how it turned out.

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  7. Jenny, this post literally took my breath away. I had to remember to breathe. Amazing that you made this bed with your hands. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Ana

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  8. That is absolutely stunning!

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  9. STUNNING! What a gorgeous room!

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  10. Beautiful! Oh my gosh, I love your style! Thanks for sharing your finishing process -- it turned out just lovely.

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  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You're right, the scale of your new bed fits your room (and your couch) perfectly. It is beautiful!

    ~ Sarah

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  12. Wow! Love how it turned out- this is actually more like what my husband and I want to do (the modified Farm House Bed). I'm glad to see it looks great in real life!

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  13. Hi! Your room is GORG!!! What paint color is that... it looks a lot like ours which is Eddi Bauer/Valspar "Patina". It's nice to see how others use that color and how they pair furniture with it. You've inspired me!! Thanks!

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  14. It looks amazing! The bed is really perfect for the scale of your room. I also love the comforter and the black and white pillow on your sofa!

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  16. I very much love this version of the Farmhouse Bed. Would you mind posting the modifications you made? I would like to copy your bed. Thanks!

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  17. Annie-

    The color is Dovetail by Sherwin Williams. I love the gray color and now I just need to figure out how in interject come color.

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  18. Your room looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the mirror you posted above the bed/

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  19. I just adore how your bed turned out it looks so amazing and I still can't get over that you did it your shelf!! I'm loving your bedding against the grey so pretty!!

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  20. Fantastic do-it-yourself work! It makes me want to break out the...you guessed it...power tools!

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  21. It all looks amazing. You've done a fantastic job!

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  22. I too am going to use a solid piece of plywood instead of the most "rustic" look of planks.

    I can't tell by the pictures, but is that one, narrow piece of trim running the length of the headboard and footboard or is it some kind of molding?

    Thanks & I love your new bed! I can't wait to build it!

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  23. your duvet cover is beautiful! where did you get it?

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  24. I love your bedroom! I love your comforter,too. could you please tell me where you bought it at?
    Thanks!

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  25. Juli and Vickie-
    The duvet is from West Elm and I love it because even if it is wrinkly, it looks nice. I also spied a similar comforter at Target if you wanted to go that route. Glad you like it!

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  26. This is ridiculous. In the best way possible! I want one, but then I'd have to give up my upholstered headboard my mom made, so that probably won't happen!

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  27. I'm a new visitor and just wanted to say you have impeccable taste. I will be scouring your blog for ideas, as I am at a standstill as to what to do with mine. I particularly love the DIY laundry room. Great pics popping against the walls and how clever was the countertop. Thanks for blogging. As the Terminator would say...I will be back.
    Dana

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  28. Congratulations on being featured! Well deserved. I love the way the bed turned out.

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  29. This is exactly the modification I'm looking for to make a farmhouse bed for my room? Would you mind sharing how large you cut the plywood for the head/footboards? I'm rather green at carpentry and am afraid I'll measure wrong, and end up with a lot of expensive scrap wood. Your bed looks amazing and you (and your husband) did a great job!

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