Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Double Vision : Making A{nother} Daybed

I made my first daybed back in May, and immediately decided I wanted to build another one for the same room.  Ana White of Knock Off Wood is so amazing for providing free plans to make this possible.  If you haven't checked out her plans yet, please do so!  I wanted the beds to match up like this picture and put a table in between them.

Image courtesy of Pottery Barn
When my sister and I planned a date for her family to come over, I immediately went out and got the wood to build another daybed so that both of my nieces could have a place to sleep.



I have had this picture in my sneak peak section for forever...close to three months...entirely too long!  In my first daybed post, I wrote that next time I'd paint before building.  So that's exactly what I did.  I sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted, and then built.

The problem with this approach for me is that I'm not a professional builder, and my pieces don't go together perfectly.  So, I sanded and sanded and sanded once I got the boxes together, which meant inevitably, I removed a lot of my paint and had to repaint the entire thing a million times (paint, sand, paint, sand, etc.)

I did manage to get the bed put together before my nieces came over, but I hadn't re-painted any of it yet and you could definitely tell it needed quite a few more coats.  I thought I took pictures of this, but I can't find them, so you only get the finishing pictures.  I did exactly the same as the daybed back in May, so if you'd like more step by step pictures, or the finishing details, go here to see them.

Ready to see the finished product?!

Here she is!


Of course I have to add a few details shots too.  I sanded down the edges again so I could emphasize the clean lines look, stained them, and repainted around the faces to keep it bright and white.



Here's a picture of both daybeds in the room next to each other.  Yes, the pillows have changed.  I'm still working on getting everything there...I stole the yellow and white pillows from my living room.



You'll never be able to see these sides most of the time...I plan on putting a table here, but I still wanted to show that I at least finished them.

I've made so much progress in this room, but it still has a ways to go.  It's not perfect, but it's miles upon miles better (and at a reasonable cost!) than what I started out with...which was this:


I've painted the floors, painted the trim, painted the doors and door knob, built a daybed, revamped an old sewing machine cabinet, and now finished building another daybed.

Let's end on one last cheery picture...

Ahhh...SO much better!  Do you agree?!

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60 comments:

  1. Oh my word! I'm totally doing this in my ski condo! I've been looking for a day bed to go in our bedroom for extra kidlets...why didn't I think of building one?!? Sometimes I just need someone to get me started. Thanks :)

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  2. I'm wanting to foster adopt, but couldn't afford those expensive beds, this will be perfect!

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  3. Love those beds. I have always love that look with the two beds and a table. My rooms are too small. Yours looks great.
    Brooke

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  4. Whoa! Totally looks amazing! Loving the colors!

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  5. great job! I love your new day beds! I love the colors too!
    gail

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  6. Amazing job! Great choice in colours and fabrics too!

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  7. Kara, another amazing project! Love your daybeds. I must feature you!

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  8. Okay - I'm just a little bit jealous! I LOVE your double daybed look! I so want to do this in our sunrooom. LOVE LOVE LOVE the throws and pillows you chose -- they're awesome! Great job, Kara!

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  9. i think it looks GREAT! love the colors too!

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  10. This is beautiful! The color combo is perfect!

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  11. BEAUTIFUL! Those pillows are gorgeous as well. Great job!

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  12. New follower here...this is fabulous!

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  13. This is incredible! You're so talented! I love the idea and so much storage!

    silverrosesewing.blogspot.com

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  14. Those beds look awesome! I love Ana's site, but haven't gotten the guts to build anything yet. You're a better woman than I!

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  15. Hi! I stopped over from Trendy Treehouse! I LOVE these!! You did a fabulous job!!! I have an issue when my kids want someone to spend the night and there is nowhere for them to sleep. This may have solved my problem!! I am going to go take a look at your first one! Thank you!!

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  16. What a wonderful re-do...love the colors you chose. We are getting ready to move, and I really want to make one of these!

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  17. These look great! I am actually thinking of doing something like this in my family room. I know...a little crazy, but I have a very small townhouse and have no room for a guest bedroom, so it would serve double duty...And be comfy for watching movies. Great job!

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  18. thanks for linking to TAke-a-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today!

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  19. Gorgeous! I love the colors and the distressing - awesome job!

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  20. Wow, Kara! You really outdid yourself! These look fabulous! I love your painted floor too!

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  21. Oh Em Gee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't express how AWESOME this is!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  22. Love this! What did you use for the padding or the mattress part? love the color scheme!

    New follower from the linky party

    Carole
    http://frogbellysoup.blogspot.com/

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  23. These look wonderful! I actually clicked to this post after reading about all the trouble you had making them, so they look even better than I'd expected :)

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  24. Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    Carole, I used a daybed mattress that I purchased at Sam's. They're twin sized, but not as thick as a normal mattress. They're 8'' in thickness instead of the 11'' that a standard twin mattress is.

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  25. LOVE IT!!!! I am hosting a Thursday Linky called Thrilling Thursday. I would love for you to stop by and link up!
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions
    ~Lori

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  26. Thanks for linking up! I am just in love with these daybeds! I hope you will join in on the party again next week :)

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  27. Haha I'm SO on the same page as you as far as furniture pieces not fitting together right. Like I say, square furniture = so overrated. Great job!

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  28. The daybed looks great! Haven't had the courage to build one of Ana's projects yet. Where did you get the flowered pillows? Do they have black or brown in them?

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  29. I love this! And the colors you chose are gorgeous! Great job.

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  30. Awesome! I gonna head over to your other post about how you built them!

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  31. You are amazing! I would love to build something like that. I'm going to go check out her plans now. :)

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  32. Those are fabulous! We made a table with Ana's plans ... LOVE her site! You really did a great job on the daybeds.

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  33. WOWZERS ! Those look amazing ! GREAT JOB !!!!!


    Thanks for sharing,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  34. These look fabulous! Love the colors you used too! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. These are awesome! I want one for my daughters bedroom now!

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  36. Kara, these look so great, i love how you distressed them! I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it tomorrow. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.
    www.remodelaholic.com

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  37. I am absolutely drooling for these, you did a fabulous job!! Bravo!!!!
    lifeofperks.blogspot.com

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  38. Wow, these are amazing! I wish I had a room to make these in! Love them! You did a great job!
    Jenn
    www.sanitycraft.blogspot.com

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  39. Amazing project. They are every bit as good as the Pottery barn ones. Your hubby is a keeper :)

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  40. What is the weight capacity for these day beds?

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  41. amazzing idea i would love to do something like this

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  42. Hi MS - I'm not sure the technical weight limit, but I'm sure it can hold quite a bit. It's got the middle piece in there for added support along with the side pieces on either end. I know we've had four grown adults on there with no problems.

    Hope that helps!

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  43. Four grown adults at the same time? That'll more than suffice!

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  44. Oh My Goodness! Those are adorable! Great job with them!
    Amy
    crazycraftbugs.blogspot.com

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  45. Amazing job! I love the detail and finish work!

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  46. Love it!! I'm in the middle of building one and was wondering if the three boxes are screwed together?

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  47. Thanks! I did not screw my boxes together...they are impossibly heavy to move this way, and I don't know that we could've gotten them in the room. If you're going to screw them together, definitely arrange the boxes the way you want them, make sure you love it that way, and then screw them together in that exact spot where you plan on leaving it. The boxes are so heavy that I haven't had any problems at all with them sliding around. Good luck with your daybed!!

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  48. I just saw you over at envirocraftiness and spotted these day beds that you made! These are fantastic and you did a great job:D I think I have another project in my near future! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  49. Hi Kara,

    I am so happy I found this site! It is exactly what I was looking for.
    I just have one quesitons about the blanket on the matress. Did you buy this or make it yourself? If you made it yourself do you have any tips in making them? I love them sooo sooo much.

    Thanks

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  50. I am thinking about making two of these beds for a very small room. If I shoved the right-hand side bed against the wall, would one cubby be covered up by the other bed or one and a half cubbies? Hope that question makes sense!

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  51. Maybe I am an idiot but I couldn't find the dimensions of the pieces? If you are able to provide this, please let me know! Thank you!

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  52. Nevermind, I found the link! Sorry.

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  53. Have you ever put the two day beds together for a double/queen bed for guests?

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    1. No, it's not a bad idea, it's just that the twin sized dimensions are closer to a king (39 x 75 for the twin, 76 x 80 for a king vs. 54 x 75 for a double and 60 x 80 for a queen), so I'd have to have an extra long twin to account for the length and then hope my sheets stretched to cover both. The largest sheets in my house are queen sized :-). I guess you could use beds pushed together but slept on separately, but we haven't done that yet! We have another queen sized guest room too, so we really haven't had the need to. Hope that helps!

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