Nov 16 10
by cara
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Brookstone Bed and Headboard

At long last, I can share with you this amazing project we just completed!

My husband built The Littlest Apple a new bed!  It was his first building project, and I am so so proud of him!

The Littlest Apple is so excited about his new bed that he had a hard time staying out of these photos!

The Picky Apple used plans from Ana White’s Knock Off Wood website for the Brookstone Headboard and Bed.

BUT, those plans are for a twin size bed, so being the math (and apparently carpentry) genius that he is, he whipped up new plans for a queen sized bed.  Yes, we gave our 3 year old a queen sized bed- we had one on hand that wasn’t being used.  Mattresses are expensive!

So, back to the bed….

It was inspired by the Brookfield Bed from Pottery Barn Kids, pictured below.

image from Pottery Barn Kids

Their TWIN bed, the only size they offer, costs $999 (currently on “sale” for $799).  And there is a delivery fee of $175.

Our version?  LESS THAN $250!! For a QUEEN sized bed and headboard!

I think you’d be hard pressed to find a new queen sized- bed and headboard ANYWHERE for less than $250, don’t you?

I will say that this was a LOT of hard work (and I was only minimally involved in that).  The Picky Apple certainly put tons of effort into this!  Here are some of the issues that came up:

  • It was tricky selecting out 2x4s that weren’t warped to use on the headboard.
  • There were some hiccups in the bed building based on changing the dimensions of the bed plans from twin to queen.
  • It took us a LONG time to get this project finished, but that was mostly due to getting sidetracked with other projects, The Littlest Apple’s g-tube surgery, etc.  We only worked on it the weekends, and there was usually only one of us working on it at a time while the other supervised The Litttlest Apple.
  • We had lots of trouble deciding on a stain color.
  • I applied the stain (and accidentally got the headboard a little darker than the bed in an attempt to “even things out”)  Thank goodness you can’t really tell, because I felt AWFUL for “ruining” my husband’s beautiful carpentry.
  • Trying to get this bed upstairs (with a turn and landing on our stairs) was a big ordeal.  I watched from the top of the stairs, and was fairly convinced the whole thing was going to topple down the stairs on top of my FIL!
  • It was an even bigger ordeal getting the bed through The Littlest Apple’s door.  In fact, it didn’t fit at first.  We had to remove part of the facing on the door jamb and cut holes in the door jamb itself.

BUT, even with those minor problems, I am so AMAZED at how well this project turned out.  I am so proud of my husband!  He did the majority of the work (I just did a little bit of the stain and poly coat).

As you can see,  The Littlest Apple is already right at home with his new bed, jumping away!  I still need to buy some baskets to go under the bed (and I’m thrilled about all this new storage space!), but I was too excited not to share this project right now!


Quilt and Shams: Madras Quilt (in Navy) from Pottery Barn Kids

Sheets: Organic Star Sheets (in Red) from Pottery Barn Kids

Rug (leftover from “nursery“): Ethan Rug from Pottery Barn Kids

Bed Stain:  MinWax English Chestnut

Wall Colors:  Main wall color is Benjamin Moore Faded Denim.  Stripes are Benjamin Moore Mystical Blue (the light color) and Blue Suede Shoes (the dark color).

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