Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Schwartz's vs the Bed that Chris Built

So, I've been meaning to do this post for a while now because Chris actually built the bed way back in June when I went to go visit my parents for a weekend.  But I hadn't dressed the bed yet and gone in there to take pictures and so the priority level of journaling about this awesome bed Chris built by hand went down on the list of things to do.

Anyway, here's the story of the bed that Chris built.  One of my amazing friends Kayleen blogged about how she and her husband made a bed by using plans from Ana White's web site.  And it looked amazing!  It's had a real Pottery Barn look to it.  She talked about how easy it was and how much cheaper it was then buying a bed so I thought we might give that a try for converting the guest bedroom into a guest bedroom/nursery for the new guy arriving sometime in September.  I know a lot of people don't understand my obsession with guest beds but my family doesn't live in town so I feel like it's important to have a place for them to sleep when they come to visit that isn't on my couch, especially since I'm hoping mom will come and stay for a whole week when baby #2 arrives.  So I've been very reluctant to give up the guest bed even though I'm now giving up the guest bedroom.  (In my dream home, we actually have 2 master bedrooms where one is the master and one is the guest suite.)

So I scanned Ana White's website and found the plans for this bed and showed them to Chris and asked if he thought he could do it.  He said sure, and took a couple days off of work and I went to visit my parents so Sarah and I wouldn't be in the way.  I was supposed to leave the camera so he could take pictures of the various steps, but I forgot and took the camera with me to the grandparents house.  (Whoops).  But believe me, he did it all by himself, by hand.  What a man!

Of course when I got home it wasn't exactly what I had envisioned so we had him add some bead board to the head board and I think it looks fantastic.  Then with my inability to handle change and poor spacial reasoning skills I just about cried when he moved it into the guest bedroom because of how much space it took up and closed the door and ignored the room for about a month.  (I am that awesome.)

However, my mom decided to come to town to keep me company while Chris went on a manly pretend to be homeless, I mean camping weekend with his guy friends.  So I was forced to buy a mattress, put some sheets on the bed and come to terms with it and how much space it takes up.  So here's the bed all dressed up and looking pretty:
I need to get some blue fabric bins for the open areas on either side.  I'm obviously keeping the sheets for that bed on one side, and maybe books or something in the other side for Sarah.  The right closed cabinet has all my stationary supplies except for pens because Sarah has a harder time opening that side and just in case she ever succeeds I don't want her to have free access to pens.  And I haven't figured out yet what I'll keep in the left closed cabinet, probably toys.  

I asked Chris if he had a good time making the bed and I think he did.  But, I don't think he's clamoring to do another big project like that anytime soon.  However, he has agreed to make our bed for his parents lake house when the time comes.  I'm thinking about this one: Farmhouse Queen except we'll probably need a full size bed.  I don't know.  We'll see.  He says whatever it is, he'll have to build it there.  But I think he can probably build it at our house and assemble it over there since it'll probably take a couple days to build.  I'm actually really impressed with his man-craftiness.  It's neat to show someone the new nursery and point out the bed and say, "Chris built that".  And since the game plan is for it to become Sarah's big girl bed when I consolidate kids rooms it'll be nice to explain to Sarah that daddy built the bed for her.  I may even paint it pink when the time comes!  You know to make it a little more girly since she'll be moving into her brother's room technically.

So that's the story of the bed that Chris built.  I know it may not seem like much, but it's a pretty big step in getting me ready for the new baby.  If you all remember from when I was pregnant last time before I EVER did anything with Sarah's nursery, I first completely redecorated the guest bedroom.  (But I don't want to talk about that now since fat lot of good it did me when in under 2 years I'm undoing all my hard work and making it another nursery.)  

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