I have been dyyyyying to write this post. Every little step of this process I have wanted to post about it.
I have never ever worked with wood in my life. In fact, until 2 weeks ago, I had never even used a drill, EVER! I have never really DIYed anything in my life. I mean do my kids count? I DIYed 2 humans, that’s gotta be worth something no? but wood? Or anything of this size? Nope! I know we are supposed to be humble in life and not toot our own horns, buuuuuut TOOT TOOT! DING DING! I am so freakin happy with this bed, I could scream it from the roof tops. And trust me when I tell you, If I can make this thing, you can too!
About 2 years ago I bought the whole wooden deck tile display from a local garden shop. I had huge aspirations of using them at home for my back patio. But once I got them home and realized I didn’t have enough I scrapped the idea and they have been sitting in my garage ever since. Although they are mucked up and ugly, underneath the wood is beautiful and I never had the heart to get rid of them. A few weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to try and make a headboard out of the deck tiles. Only problem? I had no idea how. Then the stars aligned, the fates looked down on me and smiled, I found the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow….. www.Ana-White.com
Not only did I find plans for a headboard, but the whole freakin bed! Her site is amazing. There are free DIY plans for all sorts of things, beds, tables, shelves, you name it, all FREE! I have spent so much time on her site that I am pretty sure we are BFFs now. Although she doesn’t know it, or me for that fact (minor details). Can anyone say stalker? But only in a competently platonic, I am in awe of your skills, but don’t want to tie you up in my basement kind of way. Go check her site out. Seriously!
Ok, so to the good stuff. Ill show you what I did to get mine looking like it is. And if you decide that you want to make one too, then just go over and see Ana White for the full plans for the Cassidy Shim Bed (available in king and queen size!)
This bed cost roughly $200 to make. The wood itself was really cheap. I was very surprised. I borrowed tools from friends and family, although now I am on the hunt to buy my own. I already have a set of nightstands picked out that I want to make next. If you aren’t comfy using a saw for the big cuts, you can get all of your wood cut to size when you buy it from Rona or Home Depot. But trust me, bring a tape measure and make sure their cuts are accurate before you leave the store. They can be kind of inconsistent sometimes. Its so awesome to be able to have the nice furniture you always see in stores and online, but can never afford. I know a bed like this in stores would easily be in the 1000s of dollars range. This whole process has seriously tweeked my interest in wood working. So fun and gratifying. Every time I walk into my bedroom and see my bed I smile.
So what do you think? Would you make one for yourself?