Monday, July 18, 2011

The Big Project That Ended All Big Projects.

Breathe a sigh of relief, 'cause I'm not gonna throw another pity party,

BUT, just know, that if I had this project to do over, I would do it one million times different. And one million times better.

Yes, I'm saying I learned a lot. Yes, I'm saying it's a hot mess.

But my lil man has been sleeping in his new bed for 2 weeks, and he ain't complaining.

Let me level with you. This project was mucho expenseevo.

But look at the state of his old bed. Little fart knockers.

And the way I see it: I'd have spent more heading to the local furniture store buying him a nice bed.

It's those kinds of rationalizations that help me sleep better.

Know what I love about my 8 year old?

He's not too old, hence his favorite books. Aren't the "David" books awesome?

And he's not too young. Brought a lot of my childhood faves from the 'rents house for him to enjoy.

And we re-hee-heally need to move past the "pillow pet" obsession in this house.


Ever gone through a phase where you refuse to spend cash on little, decorative tchotchkes?


I'm at that phase right now. I just dug up our own junk to put in his little bookshelves.

One day, the hubs'll even install a light overhead.

He washed his hands of this entire project, but he did condescend to put in the light for me, 'cause as we all know: I don't do electrical.

And so, from a trashy little playroom,

a little boy's Bed Nook was born.

Or a window bed.

Or a total piece of crap. Whatever you wanna call it.




40 comments:

mab said...

I think this window bed is completely fabulous! The 8 year old kid in me is extremely envious. I also noticed The Horse and His Boy on the shelves -- one of my all time fave books!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

I only wish I could be like you hehe--connie, measuredbytheheart.com

SueAnn said...

I really don't know what you are talking about! I think it is gorgeous!! Well done
Hugs
SueAnn

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I can't imagine what you think you should do over. It is so great. I think it is worth every penny. He seems so happy in that bed with his book!

Lori said...

Wow, what a project. I don't even own a saw! No need a light with those windows. Maybe a little one on one of the shelves? No cord in the way, kids would be pulling it down all the time. Looks great. Relax a while will ya!

gina3 said...

I always wanted a built in bed like this when I was a kid. The neighbors next door had a bedroom with 2 of them and I was envious. If only my mom could have built me one. I'm not seeing imperfections in your bed. I'm just floored that you can do that. Lucky kid you got there.

S. Anderson said...

I know you are hard on yourself, and you can see things up close, but I think your bed looks awesome! And, good for you for taking it on! Lots of us wouldn't feel comfortable even trying. You should be proud of yourself!

Pressed Petals said...

um...that is gorgeous! it is perfect! love the colors of the bedding.

WhettenWild said...

It turned out AWESOME! I wish I could do stuff like that. I don't blame all of the boys for wanting to sleep in there =)

Dede said...

definitely not a total piece of crap...personally, I may just have to hire you to come and make me one.

Cindy Lou said...

I wish I had a quarter of your talent. I wish I was comfortable with my hubby's electrical tools like you are. From the pictures that you've posted, it looks awesome! You are to hard on yourself.

Layne Bushell said...

I think it's way cool and Mr. J. is one very lucky boy! So when you're ready to do it again, so you can do it differently, I know of the perfect place.... :)

Teri said...

Mandi, I think it's gorgeous! Tell Jamison I will GLADLY trade!

calikas said...

That look so amazing!! I am so jealous of your skillz!! (once again)

Emily said...

I think it looks awesome! I love the cool bookshelves. I am way jealous!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! You totally rock sista! You don't give yourself enough credit! You are amazing with wood & power tools! you really need your own show or something!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

It is awesome!!!

Krista @ Craving Some Creativity said...

Hehehehe, man, I've missed reading your posts:) My little girl has been keeping me so busy with being a new mom...but she just learned to take two hours naps, so hopefully I'm back!! Love the bed, so daring!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Wow. Total piece of crap or not (and I say NOT) I want one of these! I really, really want a bed nook!
It really does look fantastic~be proud!

Janelle said...

Love it. I love all the nick-nacks you but on his shelves. It just makes it awesome. So... how does it change the dynamics in the other room?

Dorian said...

LOL...I like your comment note...losers with 3 nipples! Do you watch Friends?! LOL!
Anyway, just wanted to say that this would be perfect for a spa bday partyu favour for the little girls...LOVE IT! So gonna do this although I already have over 40 OPI and China Glaze polishes (my momma gets him at great prices!) ....awesome tute!
Dorian

Dorian said...

Ummm. I'm confused....why would this be a piece of crap? I LOOOOOVE IT! You did a spectacular job and I just know that when your little boy looks bcak on his bed he won't see imperfections, but a devoted anf great momma how gave him the coolest beds of all the kids he knows! LOVE!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Well done, rock star!!!! Love this one too! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

the cape on the corner said...

that is absolutely fabulous! i love me some built ins, and this is amazing!

Wani said...

Love it!!!

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

Hello! I'm Kassandra from Coffee and their Kisses. I featured this here at my blog. I hope you'll come by and grab a featured button to show how awesome you are :o)

My Journey With Candida said...

Stopping over from Coffee And Their Kisses to check out your bed.

Very Nice!!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Mandi, any finished project in my book, is a great project. :)

Meg said...

Hey girl, this is awesome. Perfect idea for those windows and most definitely not a hunk of crap!

So needing a Mandy fix, its been too long!

Megan

http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

Just Jaime said...

Wow, this is so cool!

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

Such a cool bed!! You did a fantastic job! And I love your humor. You crack me up every time I read your posts!

Ruth said...

I love this! you did an amazing job and all of your "own junk" looks like treasure to me!

cory - falling star lane said...

This is beautiful!! i was clueless as to the work you actually did until the last pic and comment - but i bet the storage is wonderful!
:)

Ivy and Elephants said...

You mean a piece of heaven. Number one it is a fabulous story. Number two the bed came about amazingly well and inviting. Man I am taking notes here big time. My son is soon to be 4 but I am thinking 5 is a good age for a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Susan said...

It was brave of you to tackle such a big project! Be VERY proud of that and your cool bednook!

Ivy and Elephants said...

By the way, I am your newest follower. I so love your blog.

Paula

Peg said...

My 7 yr old son has the same window space/windows. This would be FABULOUS for him too! Love it!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Love, love, LOVE it. Seriously. Jealous. I want to leave my husband and kids so I can sleep in that bed.

Lisa said...

I don't know what I like more, how the bed turned out or the term "fart knockers!" I about peed myself when I read that!

Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

This is incredible!! I love this space! I just featured this post on my blog today. Here is the link:

http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/08/wednesdays-wowzers-little-man-is-growing-up.html

Thanks for inspiring!!