Oh boy, am I ever excited to share my Farmhouse Storage Bed today! It has been a long time coming folks, but it is finally done and I. LOVE IT.
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So I purchased the wood, cut it to size, and drilled all the pocket holes with my Kreg Jig K5. I will not give a full tutorial because you can refer to the plans, but I will provide some in progress shots. :)
gorilla wood glue and my Ryobi Air Strike Nailer (which I love) and then secured them to the 4x4 posts with pocket holes. You can see on the bottom right I used some wood to hold up my plywood up to the correct spot for drilling.
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Then things came to a screeching halt for about a week. After that I would work on things when I had an hour or two during the last month of school. We had millions of kid activities and track meets, you know the drill, good stuff, just not good for getting projects done. :)
Kreg Right Angle Clamp seriously save the day for attaching pocket holes, I can't imagine how I used to build without them!
In the bottom right photo I am checking for square with my tape measure. You just measure from corner to corner. Hopefully both corner measurements will come out the same...and they did.
To cover up my exposed plywood edges on the boxes I used edge banding. It was pretty easy to iron on, I just followed the directions. I ended up sanding off the excess, since the banding was a bit wider than 3/4 inch.
Kreg Rip-Cut! Ok, guys I am in LOVE!! This is coming from a girl who doesn't have a table saw. My Roybi Circular saw and Kreg Rip-Cut are like peas and carrots (said in my best Forrest Gump accent). This was life changing for me, I was getting perfect accurate cuts super fast and easily. Someone pinch me! I think I am in heaven!
You may think that was a little dramatic, but it is truly how I felt using this tool...just look at all those great cuts! I used the left over plywood that I had from the head and foot board and then for the rest of the drawers I went to my scrap pile just like I did for my Drawers and drawer slides, Master closet makeover, and that time I didn't have my cool rip cut, which helps explain my excitement! :)
drawer glides. This can be pretty easy if you get a good system. I cut a scrap of wood at one inch (this is how far I needed to inset my glides for this project, it may be different for other projects) marked it on my plywood, and used that mark to attach the glides. Not too bad, but it still seems to take a while, because you have to pre-drill and make sure they are level.
gorilla wood glue, my fav, and the right angle clamps to build my drawers. Just ignore all the holes in the top left photo on the bottom of the plywood, that was some scrap ply from my father in law's neighbor and obviously it was a mistake board.
To save on plywood I decided to use left over scrap strips to put on the front of the drawers, since I will be adding faces later, and it makes it less thick for when I add the drawer pulls. Once they were all built and bottoms and glides attached, I put them in my drawer storage boxes. Yay!
scotch blue painter's tape? I use it all the time!!
scotch blue painter's tape to mark where I needed to nail when I was attaching my drawer fronts. I used shims to keep my drawer front in the right spot while I added 4 quick nails with my air strike nailer. Then I screwed them on from the inside.
Minwax pre wood conditioner, and then Minwax Jacobean stain. At the time I did this it was super hot weather, which I don't normally stain in, so I had to work in small sections.
DIY Geometric Wood Flooring was still one of my faves and I had to copy it!
I started with 1x4's and cut them all, it took me about an hour to cut 12 board into triangles, you can see I used painter's tape to mark my spot on the saw. I had to go to our community wood shop and use their miter saw because mine did not go to 60 degrees. See Mandi's tutorial for details.
When I got home I realized that the triangles were too big for my bed, if I used them the pattern would not be seen as much as I wanted!! I was sooo frustrated and my cuts were perfect too! I had wasted time and money and I was not happy. :( You may see a project with them in the future, I surely won't waste them. :)
So I had to plan another trip to the shop, and ended up only having less than an hour to get things done. This time I used 1x3's and made the mistake of taping them together (see above) to do multiple cuts at a time, since I didn't have very much time...and one of my 1x3's was slightly bigger (not sure how) but I didn't realize it until I got to the shop. At this point I was so frustrated and DONE that I just went ahead and cut the boards. Buy taping my boards the cuts were slightly off because of shifting but only by a hair...and with one board being a little bigger they were off a little from that board.
Above you can see I am cutting triangles to fit into the headboard. I used Mandi's brilliant idea to make a paper template and fit it to the space then trace it onto the wood to cut. Man I love that girl!
I ended up putting natural stain on my geometric design first, and then did 3 coats of poly sanding with 400 grit between coats for a nice smooth finish. If you look closely you can see I put finish on two other projects at the same time my Updated glass top coffee table with pallet wood and my DIY Octagon Mirror, gotta love multi-tasking.
For slats I used some old deck wood that my father-in-law got for me a few years back. They ended up being perfect, and I didn't have to spend a dime on slats. I think we have a new home for hiding presents for a certain holiday in December!
My husband and I love this bed so much and we have lots of great storage space, it is stinkin' awesome!
D. Lawless Hardware for my gorgeous cup pulls! I got these for the antique dresser that was supposed to go in my room, but since we opted for the storage bed and not the dresser, it ended up working out perfectly! Phew! I got the 3" Bronze cup pulls with Copper Highlights, and they are so pretty! I am very impressed with the quality, and they go perfectly with the bed color.
Night Stand Makeover, and Stool Turned Sidetable that will tie us over for just a little while longer. Eeeek, I am sooo excited, I am working on something fun right now!
Instagram you got a sneak peek of a star pattern, a while back.
If you had help and knew what you wanted...unlike me, then I would say this is a good week long project. But if you are me, what's a few months of your life sleeping on a bed pushed to the center of the room while you drag your feet on building a new bed...right?
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