Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Out with the crib, in with the toddler bed!

Cameron's new big boy bed is finally finished! If you remember me mentioning, I had no plans to move him out of his crib until late fall- that is, until he climbed out and decided he no longer wanted to stay put. I wanted to build him a bed, so I really had to kick it into gear and get this bed made quickly, since his crib wasn't going to do much longer.
Originally, I wanted to build a twin sized bed; I thought toddler beds were somewhat of a waste (and I still do, to some degree) but since Cameron and the new baby will be sharing a very small room, a twin bed was out of the question, unfortunately. A toddler bed just made so much more sense in our situation. I found these* plans from Knock off Wood, and in just 5 hours on a Friday night, I had it completely built (though not assembled)! In a sense, it was easier than the picnic table I built; there were no angles and essentially no leveling. It also could be because I'm getting faster at this building stuff! =)

What took us so long to finish the bed, was the staining process. Jon did two coats of stain, which needed about 3-4 days in between coats to dry. The humidity this summer is no joke! He also applied two coats of a poly finish, taking about a day to dry each coat.





So here it is- I am SO proud of this bed! I just can't get over how cute it is! I built it with no assistance, but since I can't really be around strong fumes, Jon did the beautiful staining. The total cost of lumber for this bed was about $45 dollars. I spent a few bucks on sand paper, and we already had the supplies (nails/screws, etc) and the stain. So we spent less than $50 total! What do you think? I hope I didn't build too much anticipation up for this bed on this blog- it definitely isn't perfect but it's so cute! I love it so much. I'm going to get him some new bedding, but I'm going to wait until we find out if Cameron's new sib is a boy or girl (likely in a few weeks!) until I decide where I'm going with the shared room.

The bookcase I started building (before the bed) is not finished yet, I seem to have lost a little motivation in the heat of the summer. I definitely need to get it done soon, and I'll likely show it when I get the whole room done and put together.

In other news, I ordered this beautiful pin-tuck duvet cover from West Elm the other day, taking advantage of the free shipping they had on all bedding. I got it in the sea spray color (instead of the charcoal, below) since our bedroom furniture is black.
I can't wait for it to get here, even though I'm going to wait until it cools down a bit before I put the new duvet and down comforter back on our bed.

*in case there's anyone interested in building this bed, let me know, as quite a few modifications need to be made from the original directions.

15 comments:

Jessica said...

The bed looks SO fantastic!!!! You should be so proud of it!! I am loving the dark wood! :)

Jessica said...

annnnnd omg where have I been? CONGRATULATIONS ON BABE NUMBER 2!!!! How exciting!

Kristal said...

You rock lady. The bed is awesome!!

Kristen said...

you did a great job! I've been so lucky that Riley has stayed in his crib still, I just hope he does it for awhile longer!

Tamara said...

Two Words.... YOU ROCK!

Ashley said...

Wow. You are amazing! The bed looks great!

Melissa said...

It looks so amazing!!! Nice work :)

Angel said...

You did a FABULOUS job!

Lyndsay said...

LOVE the bed!!!!!

Leah said...

I am so jealous of your skilllz! Seriously woman, nicely done!

D. Ramblings said...

That bed is BEAUTIFUL!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

it's incredibly amazing! Once I get to that point in life, I will definitely be asking for the plans!

Nicole said...

Great work with the bed! I am really impressed. Can't wait to see the bookshelf!

Ashley @ Decorating Obsessed said...

I have the pin tuck bedding in sea spray as well, and absolutely love it. Good choice. :)

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Wow! The bed looks really great!

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