Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'm a big boy now.

My youngest son is a bed whore.

Drives me nuts, man. You can find him anywhere but his own bed; occasionally with his feet in Jamison's face, or half laying on top of Jace.

Oy. Now, in his defense, his little toddler bed was super small/uncomfortable. So what's a mom to do?

Get going on an awesome Ana White project, am I right? Right?? She's just amazing/fabulous, isn't she?

A few things I'd like you to know about this little undertaking:

1. It's called "The Simple Bed".
2. It wasn't "simple" for me.

3. This bed is listed at a $50-$100 cost range. I know the price is gonna go up in accordance with the quality of lumber. While I watched my cuts o' beef carefully, I ended up still coming in at $100. Shucks.


And here we are with my 60 cuts later:

(and un unmentionable amount of mistakes, too.)

I would simultaneously like to thank, express anger, and apologize, allatthesametime.

Jeff, thank you for helping me attach the frame to the head and footboards. It was definitely not just a one man job.

Jeff, I told you and told you that I knew I messed up and it was a hot mess. It's my first big furniture project-- and I asked you to be nice. Remember? It went like this:

"Please puhlease don't say anything about my screw ups. I know. I KNOW! Will you just help me and hold your tongue?

Seriously, if you say anything about my screw ups when I asked you not to, I will junkpunch you all up in the man business, and when you say 'WHY?' I'll say, 'YOU KNOW WHY!'"

Jeff, I'm sorry for threatening you.

(for the record, he only laughed.)

Ahem, now that that's out of the way. . .

This bed is sturdy, man. It dwarfs my other boy's beds and then some.

And they're all jealous of the "big" bed.

Hey hey hey! Don't look closely! That threat up there is universal, people!

Now if I could just figure out what to do about the discontinued matching comforter issue, we'd be all set.

26 comments:

Teri said...

Girl, you are seriously a carpentry rockstar! Plus, your trash-talk is swoon-worthy. Junkpunch you all up in the man business? Totally saying that to Cliff tomorrow.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Looks pretty darn great to me. I see no mess ups. And your little guys eyebrows are so expressive. I love that! He's a cutie patootie.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

I love that bed and that room. You did good, but you always come through in the end. I don't see any mess ups either. What if you just use a solid blue comforter or taupe on his bed. I don't know if I have ever seen the boys' room before.

annieglan said...

Since his bed frame is a different color I think that gives you free range to pick a different comforter instead of buying 3 matching ones.

http://www.touchofclass.com/product/g066-001.do?code=CMX05
http://www.amazon.com/Nautical-Nights-Sailboat-Childrens-Bedding/dp/B003L14952

http://www.handhelditems.com/handmade-quilts-nantucket-dream-luxury-oversize-queen-p-48947.html

http://www.netkidswear.com/matwbesetbyf.html

Good luck!

Miranda said...

Looks good to me, too! BTW, I love that line from 'What Happens in Vegas'! Hilarious!!!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Love that they share. My boys do as well...

As soon as we are above freezing, my DH has promised that he will school me in all things construction like an apprentice. {He's a pipefitter}...

I love Ana White, and she's inspired all 4'11" of me to take on some carpentry projects this spring...{I'll be bookmarking your post to PROVE to the DH that I am not the only one}

AJ said...

Wow. Well done, you! So glad I've found your blog, I loved reading this post, you're hilarious. Going to have a bigger snoop around now. ;)

Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

The bed looks awesome! Time to make another one and turn them into bunk beds? As for the comforters...cut them up and turn them into three quilts new bed spreads with some new coordinating fabrics. A refashion for the bed. :)

Daddy-O said...

Wow! We leave for a few days and a new piece of furniture is created! Good work! It looks great!

Felicity said...

That room looks like something you would find in a Pottery Barn ad! Über professional. I love it, and I'm sure your boys do too! Nice work on the bed! :)

Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Looks awesome! And you seriously post the funniest stuff ever. I would be jealous too if I was his brother - but looks like it could withstand a very good round of jumping from bed to bed! Which is clearly what they will do with a set up like that :)

Lori said...

I know they wish there was room for two more. I know you don't. I think solid comforters would work good. Maybe paint theirs navy or match the white.

WhettenWild said...

I love it! I turned out great! Seriously, you did an awesome job. I'd buy it!

You KNOW why! LOL!

Kristi@living-blessed-life said...

First I'm made jealous of your skills and the fact you have the tools!!!
I keep asking for a compound miter saw but no luck. I had been secretly stealing my dad's tools one by one, but he caught on and came to collect lol

Bed looks GREAT and glad the hubby didn't give you too much trouble. I always threaten to
"cut you man" to mine! Gotta love us compasionate wives! Your posts always brighten my day!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

It's gorgeous!

I'm jealous. Although we actually have all the tools and Himself has the ability to build things like that....there's that whole time issue.

Damnit.

jenn said...

If the comfoters have to match try ebay. :)

I am super jelous of your skills! SO glad I found your blog, you give me so many good ideas and your so funny!

Jen said...

Your situation is just like mine.....cramming 3 boys into one room! And when they get older, they're always going to complain that sister gets her own room. =)

If I were you, I'd just get a solid color to coordinate with the other two comforters. Red would be a nice contrast with the blue stripes on the walls. Just don't attempt to make one. Remember how expensive sewing is?!??!?!! Unless you're Mandi #2 and can make FAB comforters out of scrap crap you have at home. =D

And the bed.....well, you already know you're a rockstar, but let me just remind you how jealous I am of your mad carpentry skills!!!! There's NOTHING you can't do! I'll just continue living vicariously thorugh you, Sweet Cheeks! <3

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Really awesome job! I think it looks great (promise I didn't look to close though)! Love your humor as usual! Thanks for sharing another great project! Stop by my blog if you have some time for a great giveaway! Thanks!

Emily said...

WOW! That is awesome. See and I just went and bought a new bunk bed for my girls. I should have had you make it. Ü

Dede said...

Holy crap, that thing is gorgeous!!! How do you make mistakes and end up with THAT??? You rock.

Layne Bushell said...

sweet bed! Johnny is the lucky one! Start checking out TJMaxx and Ross....killer deals on bedding and Maxx especially has lots of tommy hilfiger red/white/blue stuff...you may just luck out. And with several stores in the valley...who knows, you just might find 3!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

it is gorgeous! you need to make two more!! hugs cathy

Leca Unplugged said...

I've been contumplating this for a while. I love nautical themed rooms so check this out. http://www.landofnod.com/bedding/kids/ You'll love it. The bed rocks! I'm super jealous!

alamama said...

wow! what a great boys room. i'd do a solid color bedspread.

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Mandi there are no mistakes! Only happy accidents!!!

That being said, I think it looks great, and I've learned that the person making said piece of furniture (or tiling said bath surround and floor) are the only people who can pick out the spots that are less than perfect. No one else will ever notice. Except your Dad, he might.

Now, the next project I want to see you build is one of Ana's outdoor play structures. I would build one but, I have no children to speak of yet. So I will live vicariously through your building instead, mmmkay?

Anny said...

I can't believe you built that bed, its lovely!