This year for Christmas, Brad and I upgraded to a king sized bed. Which really is a gift to me of better sleep. As our previous queen sized bed was divided thusly: he had half, my half was then shared among myself and the two pups (who oddly never place a paw onto his side of the bed). Every night, Phoebe would curl up around my stomach and Presley would lay on my shins. Lately, he's been migrating to the top of the bed and sleeping on top of Phoebe, but that's neither here nor there.
But, being who we are, we had very specific ideas about what we wanted for our bed. And it was just easier to build it. I mentioned how we built the base a while back, but we just got around to the headboard this week.
And because I like to pretend people take my blog posts as a how to, here are entirely too many photos of our progress!
This pile of wood became the base for our bed:
We used three pieces of 1x12 white pine for the majority of the base. and several 1x8 boards in the center to support the weight. Then placed two pieces of plywood over that to hold the mattress.
Then we added some detail trim. Around the top, bottom and sides, we added a trip called 'stop,' and in between, we added 'mullion' to make a box shape. The mullion curves downward on both sides, but the stop only curves down on one.
You live, you learn.
It took us one day to build it and another day to stain it. We use a water based stain because it dries faster than the oil based.
We debated over the headboard. I wasn't anticipating working on it this weekend since my sister was visiting, so I didn't have 'The Plan" ready. But we figured it out. Of course, after finishing, we already know how we would have done it differently.
We then took this fabric:
And wrapped it around the board.
And hung it!
The space will allow us to hang rope lighting behind the headboard and, well, just look cool.