Last night we put it altogether, and I couldn't be happier. I thought I was proud of my bench...
I'm not really all about girl power or Ms. Independence, I just like to get things done, so if Chris isn't available, I do it by myself. Lucky for me (poor Chris), he was free last weekend and could help me with my next big furniture endeavor.
I get the PB Catalogs, and told Chris a few months ago that I wanted to get this to put in one of the someday kids rooms so that my sisters kids, his Grandma, friends with kids that come visit, etc. would have a place to sleep. And it could be a fun 'game' / kids room too.
Image Courtesy of Pottery Barn
He laughed at the $899 + $125 for shipping price tag and told me to get over it.
After I built my bench, and found the plans for the daybed on Ana's website, I KNEW I could build it instead. I don't think Chris thought I was serious until he pulled into the garage on Friday to this:
Being the good sport he is, he went along for the ride. He also isn't okay with me using a saw just yet (nail guns, fine),so he was in charge of running his miter saw. I guess I can understand. I constantly have cuts / bruises all over me from things that aren't big and scary. I knew I married him for a reason!
And by Saturday afternoon, we had this:
I spent ALL DAY Sunday priming and sanding. With it being in the 90's last weekend, and high high humidity, everything took forever to dry, so Sunday night, we moved the primed 'boxes' into the other someday kids room. And then I started painting...and painting, and painting, and painting. We're thinking about building another one, and next time I'd definitely paint all of the boards beforehand and then just do caulk, touch up work, and the final coat on the outside.
I wanted to emphasize the dimensions of the daybed, and it's clean lines, so I sanded the top and the insides of the boxes and stained it, and then repainted the faces white. It was a.lot.of.work! But I absolutely LOVE the way it came out. Ready to see?!
Here she is!
And here's the stained edges:
Ignore the otherwise empty room...we've still got a ways to go there. My plan is actually to build another one of these, move this one over closer to the closet doors, and put the other one on the other wall with a tall table coming up from inbetween the two. Sort of like this PB pic:
Image Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Which is why I got the smaller turquoise rug. For now, the empty floor kind of dwarfed the rug, so I put an old brown area rug underneath it. I'm still debating about whether or not the area rug is too bright...thoughts?!
So that's what I've been up to all week long, and all weekend long. We both absolutely LOVE the way this turned out. I love that I got to spend time with Chris building something together. I can't begin to explain how rewarding the feeling is of doing it ourselves. Oh, and cost wise. For all of the wood (I bought high quality oak instead of pine this time), the paint, primer, nails, wood glue, wood primer, and brushes, it cost us just under $250! I got the baskets at Lowe's for $20 a piece...I couldn't believe how lucky I was to find BIG baskets like that for SUCH a reasonable price! The bedding is from all over...Kohl's, Target, and Stein Mart.
Happy Friday...hope everyone has a great weekend!! We'll be spending the whole weekend with Chris's Mom, Step Dad, Granny, Brother, and Sister in law, so we have a fun, project free, weekend in store! I'm linking up to these fun parties...go check them out!
Psst...wanna know what the room looks like now? Check out this link to see the latest!