Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Walls and Beds

I wanted to answer some questions and fill you in on as many details as I can about this room we recently finished. 

To see the full tour of this room, click here.

First the walls.  They were bare and brown when we moved in.  Dark dark brown.  You couldn't even see your hand in front of your face when the lights were off.  But I guess they had their perks.  The girls slept in pretty good.

But I don't like dark - so here is what we did to add some dimension and light to the 10 x 12 room.

We went to Home Depot and bought 8, 1/4 inch plywood sheets.  They were about 12 dollars a sheet.  I think we even had some leftover.  So this totaled about 100 bucks.

Then at Home Depot they cut the sheets down.  We had them cut them into 4 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch strips. 

Then my husband nailed them onto the walls with 2 inch gaps between.  He made it easy by cutting a small chunk of wood that was 2 inches and he slid it in the gaps as he nailed up the next piece.  This made it quick and easy.

Then he added some trim around the windows and 2/3rds of the way up the wall.  You could do it without that extra trim piece but I thought it added a little special something.

We came up with this method to save time and money.  It was pretty quick to put up and about 50 dollars cheaper than what we did in this room with the walls.  I just love the results after a couple of gallons of white paint.

We had spent enough of the wood so we used some inexpensive rope for the molding on top.  This idea came from a room we saw at a themed hotel on our anniversary - it was a pirate ship.  Can't believe I just told you that.

We first sprayed the room with a paint sprayer but it became obvious that in order to get the edges in between the planks good enough, I needed to brush. So I did.  That took awhile.

Now for a few details on the beds.

My husband was kind enough to custom make these beds per my requests.  He thought I was a bit crazy when I said I wanted beds that looked like crates - but he loves them now.

 There is a lift up storage compartment under the mattress, which is so nice for blankets and out of season clothes. 

I couldn't talk him into pictures during the process or even to make up some plans.  So sorry.

He likes to work at his own whims . . . . . . . and I wasn't about to interrupt when I had him on a roll.

But I will tell you about the stain I used. 

The pictures you see above were from a vinegar and steel wool method.  I filled a quart jar with vinegar and 3 bunches of steel wool.  I let that sit for 2 days.

Then I brewed up some green tea.  We did a single coat of the tea on the wood.  The wood doesn't do anything at this point.  But when you wipe on the vinegar mixture it turns an old wood brownish gray.  So pretty.

But I still thought they needed a little something, so I watered down some white paint and white washed the wood, scrubbing it in as good as I could without leaving any streaks.

The white wash made the wood even grayer, which was exactly what I had in mind.  Then we added some wheels and hardware. 

Now a little on the mattresses.

Which the girls had more fun on before they were on the beds.  These mattresses are a unique size, or at least they can be.  I needed this to fit the beds in this room along the wall. 

I got them from Ikea - they have thought of everything.

They are simple covered foam mattresses but they come in separate pieces so you can customize the size.  They go from the length of a twin (73 inches) to smaller (63 inches) or even smaller (53 inches).  We used one insert making the beds 63 inches, perfect for our wall.  The beds fit in snug enough that they can't roll around.  That could be bad.

The foam isn't that thick, but I think it is soft enough for a kid.  I don't think I could sleep on them.

But I don't hear any complaining from the little ones.

I hope this answered some of your questions.  We are really enjoying the new room, despite the early wake up times due to a lighter brighter room.

Can't win them all.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

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Angelina- JoJo & Eloise said...

Hi, I am coming over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Loved your room make over and so excited to follow along here with you. Would love for you to stop in and visit at :)

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Your girls are sooooo precious! I totally love these beds! I so wish I could corral my husband long enough to get him to do something like this for our boys. They would be perfect! How ya been, girlfriend? :)

Szillili said...

Hi Cami! First of all, congratulations to your lovelly family. I like very much what you did to the house this far and can't wait to see the rest of it.
Thanks a lot for the idea with the rope molding. I think it looks great.
Have a nice day,

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Karen said...

Beautiful! We're afraid of too much white in my girls shared room but I am rethinking that. Maybe just lots of extra paint for touch-ups

Andra said...

I love the beds your husband made and have now commissioned my sweet husband to make me one that is similar for our little guy. Wondering though, the black hardware on the corners and joining your two beds...where is it from? Thanks for the help and inspiration.

Lilly and Lolly said...

This is a very wonderful kid's room makeover. Absolutely loved the atmosphere and the storage space. The room looks more spacious because of the light-coloured walls—it makes natural light bounce all over the room. Plus, the kids' beds are multi-functional. This is indeed an inspiration DIY to all parents out there. There's still something we could do to maximise the room regardless of its size. Have a good one!

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