Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drumroll please...Building 101

As mentioned in my previous post, Nathan and I took on our first building project while in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago. We had been looking everywhere for a twin bed, black distressed, with storage underneath and for a decent price. Some friends of ours introduced us to a fabulous website (www.ana-white.com) that basically teaches you how to build all kinds of amazing furniture for super cheap. We are now totally converted to building everything on our own unless we happen to find an awesome deal elsewhere! It was so much fun just to hang out with Nathan for a few days and build this bed together. And we really were able to work on everything together! I learned a ton about building and I can't wait for our next project! (Now we just need a garage!) Here are some pictures of our adventure.
Just starting out...I was the designated 'measurer' and Nathan handled the Miter Saw.
Putting the basic framework together
Adding the trim...
Towards the end of painting we decided to build the head board to go along with it...originally we were just going to do the base. So it was back to Lowe's for some more wood! Isn't my hubby a stud?! :)
The headboard was actually super quick and easy...so glad we decided to do it!
Sorry about the horrible glare on the paint. Nate's parents couldn't figure out why we sanded the paint off the edges! It was pretty funny. We like the 'distressed' look...must be a generational thing.
And here are the final pictures in the room...we're still working on converting Sawyer's room from all boy to half boy/half girl...so I will be sure to post some pictures of the whole room when I get that done.

Sawyer LOVES his new bed. And I LOVE it too! It brings me joy every time I put him down...makes DIY projects totally worth it!


The Thelins said...

WOW I am totally impressed.

Linsey said...

Love it, can we submit an order?

Sabine Schindler said...

I am totally impressed as well!! LOVE the whole style and distressed look. The headboard looks awesome and adds so much!! Love the whole idea with the storage underneath. Love the baskets, the bedding and especially Sawyer on top of the bed.
I'm so glad you had the chance to work on it together.
It is such a rewarding thing to finish projects like that.
Can't wait for Dad to be released as Bishop, so he can finally do things like that with me again. :o)
Thanks for posting all those great step by step pictures!!

michelle said...

I love it! I have been wanting to make some furniture since its so EXPENSIVE but wasn't sure it was possible! You have shown me the light! Thanks!

Meghan and Tyler said...

Love it Jess! I have been waiting to see pictures. I am impressed that you didn't let Nathan do it all on his own...I would have just delegated the job to Tyler. Which may be the reason why he is not so excited about the DIY projects I want to do :) I agree with your mom, the room looks amazing! I can't wait to see baby girls side of the room.

By the way, you are looking amazing!! I am jealous of your style. You make pregnancy look HOT. I am at the point where I just don't know what to wear, but you are looking as cute as ever.

Kristie said...

you are my idol.

Marianne Thelin said...

Impressive, you married a man of many talents! Good looking bed, glad Sawyer loves it, who wouldn't!