PLATFORM BED DIY

October 14, 2019

In our master bedroom, the bed has to go in front of a window, so we have experimented with many different ideas of how to make it work. We’ve considered metal beds so lots of light could still get through, and also just forgetting it and getting a bed we like, not caring about height and that it covers the window.

That didn’t work because we love the view out our window and I love natural light more than maybe any other element in a home.

At the same time, we increasingly realized we are not super into box springs. Maybe others have better success, but we have just never had any that weren’t insanely loud and creaky. For all these reasons, we decided to build our own platform bed! The set up ended up perfect because it has a low, modern look custom made to not cover our window at all. And it is so strong!

The mattress we are raving fans of is the twilight luxe by helix sleep. We love their set up because you can pick the firmness of your mattress and we are loyal super firm mattress lovers so we picked the firmest choice. You can also pick your mattress based on your sleeping position. We chose the option for combination sleepers (a mix of back, tummy, and side). We love having a king because David is tall and we also just like the simple pleasure of the luxurious feeling of a little extra space. The mattress came in the mail (crazy!) and was super easy to set up.

MATERIALS

TOTAL COST: $344

PROCESS

  1. Cut the 4” x 4” x 10’ into (12) 9 1/2” pieces and sand. These will be for the feet of the bed frame. 
  2. Attach the foot pieces into six groups of two with (2) 2 1/2” pocket hole screws for each pairing. The pieces should be attached next to each other so the height of each bed foot remains at 9 1/2”. 
  3. Using four of the pairs, create two groups of four pieces by gluing and attaching the pairs with more pocket hole screws. You can hide some pocket holes by orienting them to be covered by the other pair. Clamp them together and allow the glue to dry. The two groups of four foot pieces will be used as the front feet and the two groups of two pieces will be the back feet (closest to the headboard). 
  4. Cut and sand (2) 88” pieces of 2” x 8” for the front and back apron pieces of the bed frame.
  5. Using 3 1/8” RSS screws, attach the front and back apron pieces to the foot pieces so the tops are flush and the apron pieces extend 1 1/2” past the foot pieces. This will allow the end grain of the side apron pieces to be concealed when attached to the feet in step 7. 
  6. Cut and sand (2) 83” pieces of 2” x 8” for the side aprons of the bed frame. 
  7. Attach the side aprons to the foot pieces using 3 1/8” RSS screws, avoiding the other screws. 
  8. Cut the 2” x 6” boards to the appropriate length to act as supports, attaching them to the front and back of the bed frame with 3” screws. I put a support 6” in from each side apron, attached to the foot pieces with pocket hole screws, and a support running next to each foot piece in order to create space to attach the platform pieces of the bed frame. The rest of the supports were spaced out evenly in the remaining area in the center. 
  9. Cut and sand the 1” x 10” pieces for the border of the platform. It’s a good idea to do a custom measurement for these pieces. We angled the pieces at 45 degrees where they meet at the front of the bed, but left them un-angled at the back. 
  10. Attach the border pieces to the support beams and apron pieces with 2” screws. 
  11. Cut and sand the 1” x 6” pieces to complete the platform. Double check that the length between the border pieces doesn’t change significantly before you cut all the 1” x 6” pieces. 
  12. Attach the 1” x 6” platform pieces to the support beams with 2” screws. 
  13. Cut the plywood sheet into (2) pieces measured at 17 1/4” x 90 1/16” and sand. 
  14. Glue, clamp, and screw the plywood pieces together using 1 1/4” screws. This will be the headboard. 
  15. Cut notches in the bottom corners of the headboard so it matches the silhouette of the back of the bed. 
  16. Screw the headboard to the back of the bed using 3” screws. 
  17. Round the corners of the bed frame with a power sander
  18. Caulk seams and fill screw holes with spackle. 

I love everything about our new bed set up! By diy-ing it we got just what we wanted for our bed itself and saved money. Plus finally found the mattress of our dreams.

During a renovation, it is easy to focus money on the common areas of your home, but from our recent investment in the master bedroom, I see how important that is too! It is such a restful respite for us.

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PLANTING A ROW OF BOXWOODS

September 26, 2019

When you’re in a fixer upper and evvverything needs to be done, it feels really hard to me to devote money to landscaping. I knew the landscaping I wanted for our house was a row of well trimmed, rounded boxwoods. I love boxwoods! And I love using the trimmings for wreaths!

BUT, it was hard to give dollars to the idea. I guess I think interior stuff feels more seen and meaningful to my daily life. Since we are in maybe moving in near-ish future mentality, we’ve decided to think of anything we would definitely have to do to get the house ready to sell and do it now so we can enjoy it in the mean time.

So like I said, landscaping eats up your cash. The dirt, mulch, sheeting, and boxwoods for this exterior fix up we did was like $500. Which to me is a kind of un-exciting thing to spend house money on.

I WILL SAY, however, that the $250 of that for boxwoods did feel worth it. Because they made such a difference and I did have a “should have done this sooner” verdict. It makes our whole front of the house look so much nicer and softer. For the impact, the $250 seems small.

PROCESS

  1. Space out the plants in their containers to plan the design. We placed ours with 21 inches between the edges of the containers and 25 inches from the front of the house.
  2. With the plant in place, use a garden trowel to clear out any mulch and dirt around the plant container, creating a circle that’s 5 – 6 inches wider than the container. This will act as a guide when you start the digging. Remove the plant container from the circle.
  3. Use a round point shovel to dig a hole that’s as deep as the plant container is tall and 5 – 6 inches wider than the container.
  4. Remove plant from the container by squeezing around the sides of the container to loosen the root ball. Then overturn the plant while securing the base of the trunk.
  5. Place the plant in the hole, with the top layer of potted dirt at or slightly above ground level.
  6. Fill in the hole with a mixture of top soil and the soil you removed from digging (half and half). Make a small mound of soil near the base of the trunk, but don’t cover the trunk. A layer of mulch extending 12 inches around the foliage of the boxwood is helpful to retain moisture and guard against the cold in winter, but make sure you don’t cover the trunk with the mulch.
  7. Water the boxwood after it is planted, continuing to water 2-3 times per week until it’s established.

We got our plants at a little local nursery place. They were in a three gallon tub and cost about $25 each, I think.

Boxwoods can be planted in the late spring or fall. I did the slightest little trimming to get the really spiked parts, but otherwise wanted to leave them alone so they could establish well before winter. REPLANTING IS TRAUMATIC I guess. My ideal look would be very shaped and rounded, but we probably wouldn’t be able to establish that before moving, so for this house I think I will do a more natural look.

I also like boxwoods because our beds are full shade and they will still do well there. Also evergreen! And nice all winter.

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THINKING ABOUT AUTUMN OF 2019

September 23, 2019

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture BECAUSE I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “into it!,” “good at target,” and “I am not tech-y, but.”

home and office: okay, this is stupid but I just got so tired of never feeling like we have enough pens. And also that they are all mismatched and weird ugly things from like, medical places so I just ordered a big box of these nice plain ones and it’s kind of surprising how tidy and happy it makes me feel. A VERY GRATIFYING $7. Now there’s plenty of pens and i threw all the other ones away.

a follow: ALL THE AWARDS to this kitchen by @katiesaro.

books on books on books: to use the old adage, i couldn’t put this biography down.

“i’m a cool mom”: using this 100 easy lessons for teaching reading. have any others had success with it? or something else?

renovation nation!: such a cute shelf diy idea.

into it!: making this side for the meal plan next week.

babies, always: I’ve loved doing this $5 devotional book with our kids!

merch: I’ve tried, and I’m honestly like, HOW DO I JUST GET ANTHROPOLOGIE TO SEND ME A CATALOG of their home stuff and these pictures.

thrift stars: please send me a vintage standing mirror like this if you find one!!

enneagram, i guess: i am low key dabbling in enneagram. I am a 3 wing 4. David is a 9.

amazon prime: cute, classic kid hats for a birthday party.

pretty utilitarian things!: this summer i purchased all matching beach towels for our family in this pretty stylish stripe. A four pack is only $44.

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