Monday, October 8, 2012

Loft Bed DIY

This is a project that I've been very excited about! I don't know about the rest of you, but we have a TON of projects that we would like to do or are in the process of doing. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and jump head first into a project that you REALLY want done! This one wasn't really at the VERY top of our to-do list, but we just decided to finally do it!! And I'm so glad we did! Jordan's such a big kid nowadays, that she really needed her bed to catch up to her. And I'm so happy that we were able give her so much space to play!

The Inspiration (Pin-spiration) Process 

Pottery Barn Teen (retails for $1,799)
Ana White design (yet another amazing Knock-Off Wood design!)

Ana White design (PERFECT for our little-big girl!)
 We decided to change the rails that go across. This is a little "boy-ish" for my "vision",
so we decided to make rails more like this:
Ana White design (perfect railing detail!)

Building Process 

We printed both sets of plans and got to work! Well, Justin and Grandpa got to work... I got to watch the kids, and check on progress periodically of course!

Justin and Grandpa Jim worked from 2:30 PM to 10:30 PM Saturday and finished up after working again all Sunday afternoon!! They were beat!!

The LAST screw!!


 Jordan's last night in her toddler bed (Saturday). She spent Sunday night on the futon thanks to drying paint.

And the paint wascomplete after two coats and a couple hours of woman-powered labor!
{Side note: I just LOVE this tarp! It has paint from all of our projects on it!}

The Result

One VERY happy girl!! :) I swear she's already demonstrated to everyone how to get in the bed, and just look at that smile!! :) Totally worth all the money, sweat, and late nights!

Hopefully she actually SLEEPS tonight!! :)

Over costs for this bed build:
  • Lumber and supplies: Approx. $120 (it would have been less if we wouldn't have altered the rails)
  • Paint: $40 (purple was on hand from the wall color, and we have over 1/2 gallon left of the white!)
Not too shabby!! :)

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