Something Fit for a Queen

For the first two months of living together the fiance and I shared a full sized extra bouncy bed. By November my lack of quality night sleeps found me begging for him to switch to a permanent midnight schedule and eying the couch as a sanctuary. We moved into the studio where the futon was way less bouncy and the sleeping area was ever so slightly larger. This was November… by May we both agreed that our secret hideout wasn’t cutting it anymore and it was time to invest in a bigger bed.

We agreed on a Queen sized Simmon’s Beautyrest and were beyond excited to get that sucker home. The catch was buying a mattress meant buying a bed frame. And buying a bed frame was not going to be an easy task. Everything I was finding was either too expensive for frugal me or simply not what I was looking for.

I wanted this:

Fabulous raw weathered modern yet vintage in a sense perfection.

I didn’t want this:

$1,500 price tag.

Our solution? When you can’t buy it, build it, of course!

In 1 day off, future hubs built a bed. In case you were wondering this is one of the reasons he is “the future hubs”. My fabulous man built my dream bed with my dream price tag to boot!

After he was finished with his end of the deal it was my turn to take the reigns. Finishing the wood to get that reclaimed feel. Before Brendan even started assembly I brewed a beyond strong batch of coffee and dumped it onto the 4 boards that were going to be the sides of the bed. I even applied the coffee grounds for extra effect. We left it to soak in for a few hours. It actually didn’t do as much as I had hoped but did take away that brand new yellow wood look. The coffee grounds left more concentrated saturated dark areas. This made the wood like like it was covered in years of ground in dirt or dust. Exactly what I was hoping for.

Brendan then assembled the bed loosely using a tutorial from Ana White. (We love her.) The only change we made was in the legs. The bed she designed sits very low to the ground. We wanted to be able to have basket storage underneath. (Ya know for those 2 or 3 bags of clothes and things that STILL haven’t been unpacked yet.) So we switched out the square legs for 4×4 posts. Using a chop saw he added the angled cut detail to mimic the bed that I initially fell for.

As for the stain. First coat was Cabot in “Shaded Bark”. It was applied with a foam brush. After I finished I realized that the stain was way more red than I was looking for.  We let coat #1 fully dry and after another trip to Lowes I returned with Olympic Maximum in “Sierra” for the second coat. Second coat stain was a semi transparent so more like super watery paint than stain. I figured this more opaque option would hide the red better than another transparent stain. Sure enough it did the trick. I managed to tone down the red and also added some “authentic” brush strokes.

After some much needed dry time we attached the legs with some “L” brackets recommended by the local hardware store. (Thanks Beckerle Lumber) It was the best way to attach the legs sans visible screws, while still keeping the legs in place without wiggling away from the frame. We also added a screw from the top through the support triangle for good measure.

All that was left to do was add the slats across the frame. Screw them into place and then request delivery of our new mattress. YAY! Needless to say we are beyond happy with the results.

Grand total? $116 for wood. Another $25 for stain. Less than $150 for a barndy new, just what I always wanted $141 dream bed.

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Danger Ahead

So. A brand spankin’ new Joann’s Fabrics opened in Paramus. Like less than 10 minutes from my parents’ house. I needed supplies to finish  my recently married future sister-in-law Tara’s guest book so I moseyed myself on down. In case you couldn’t tell by the title of the post, Joann’s is a very dangerous place.

And here’s why. Only 3 items are things I needed for the guest book. The rest are things that caught my eye. Thankfully most items had future plans at time of purchase. Only 1 “you’re just too cute I can’t leave it behind”.

Quick break down:

  • Orange felt for a gallery wall project
  • Fabric, sketch book and paper for Tara’s guest book.
  • Sail boat fabric and coral fabric to recover living room pillows. I felt they were very summery and were 40% off if I remember correctly. Double score.
  • Fat quarter of blue almost citrus graphic print. I just thought it was fab. I’ll come up with something to do with it I’m sure.

I think all in all it was a successful trip. With many MANY more dangerous ones to come I’m sure. (PS did I mention it’s right behind the mall…?) I’m sure you all guessed that things pointed out are some super soon up and coming posts. Get excited!

Birthdays are The Best Sorts of Days

A slightly belated present from Brendan arrived a few days ago. I had sent him a bunch of links to Etsy prints I wouldn’t mind receiving. He said he only liked only one. Frankly I didn’t even remember which one’s I sent. So I patiently waited and half forgot that a little Etsy gift was on its way.

Packaged arrived and I would have to say that The Fiance chose a fabulous one. It’s amazing how art can bring back memories and make you feel so fabulous. I’ve vacationed in Maine for every summer since birth. I’ve also vacationed with Brendan there a time or two. In addition, I love lobster. Other than these personal ties to this print Brendan and I as an “us” have some happy “lobstah” memories. One day we discovered hidden emoticons on Gchat. Our favorite? The lobster  V.v.V  (and yes, when entered on Gchat it actually pinches) What better way to remember our weird traditions and my fabulous memories than a print from Maine by a fabulous artist. She calls it “Lobster Love” and I couldn’t agree more.

Within moments of opening the package the print was framed and hanging on the wall, added to my Summer Gallery. (more on that soon it’s almost done!) I’ve gotten so many complements on this print already. I also find myself stopping in the hallway, admiring it, and smiling.