Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY Trundle Bed

Thinking of all my friends in the Northeast today!!  I will do my best to send some of our warmth your way - in the 70's here the past couple of days!!  My college boy made it back just in time for all of the excitement.  :)  I'm glad he wasn't trying to travel in it, and that he doesn't really have to get out in it.  Stay warm and safe everyone!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there are some fun things going on around here, not quite ready to share the after yet, but it's coming I promise!!

Today I decided to bring to you a project that we actually completed this fall.  With my college boy being home for a month for winter break, it got lots of use!!  Our DIY trundle bed!


When all the siblings were splitting and switching rooms, we decided to adios the bunk beds.  At 11 and 13 they are getting a bit big for them honestly.  But, I knew that I wanted an actual bed for everyone to sleep on when college boy was home - rather than the couch or floor.  

There are lots of tutorials for trundle beds out there.  And we consulted several.  Our biggest issue was the height of the mattress and the space under the bed.  There was not enough room for a platform for the mattress to lay on, and it was barely big enough for the mattress alone.  

We decided to add height to the bed with casters. Which was fairly simple to do.  Our bed frame had these metal 'buttons' on each leg that I just popped off (with a little force).  Then, I was left with a hole to screw in the caster.  We needed to drill the hole out a bit to make it big enough for the caster, but pretty simple process really.


The issue we had was in order to have room for casters under the trundle board we needed like 3" casters which are huge, and expensive.  

So, as we are standing in the aisle at Home Depot, hubby spotted these furniture movers. Light bulb!!

Surely I could attach these to the bottom of our platform and they would slide well.  We trimmed our board to fit the mattress and the space under the bed, and we rounded the corners to protect toes.


Then, we attached the furniture movers with liquid nails, and added a couple of straps for pulling - made of a thrift store belt cut into two pieces and attached with screws.

Does it slide you ask??  YES!!  I think it might work better than casters, and doesn't leave marks on the carpet.  The kiddos can easily slide it in and out!


We already had the mattress, so our expense was only the wood ($20), casters for the bed ($12), furniture movers ($8), and belt ($2) for the trundle.  Under $50 for it all!  Far less than purchasing a bed with a trundle!


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#141}

Man oh man these weeks just keep flying by!! How is it possibly Friday again??  


We have had some gorgeous weather around here this past week!  A nice break from all the cold, but I here it's not staying around.  :(

I took advantage of the warmth and did some spray painting - bringing new life to some old frames to use in this sweet gallery wall for my girl.


My boy boarded a plane back to Boston this morning.  It's going to be a long spring of classes and baseball - which he is looking forward to very much.  I am adjusting to this new phase of life with a big kid away, and another on his heals itching to go.  But I'd be lying if I said it was easy.

As usual you guys shared some great stuff!  Here are the ones that caught my attention this week.

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there - thanks!

Katie from Little House of Four built this really cute storage box for her son.  I love the finish she achieved with stain and paint.  

DIY Rolling Storage Box from Little House of Four

These hanging paper hearts Diane made look so fun to make and would be a sweet touch to any decor for Valentine's Day.

3-D Hanging Paper Hearts Tutorial from An Extraordinary Day

This sweet and simple wood heart garland from Lindsay at My Creative Days is a perfect edition for the holidays.

Easy DIY Valentine Garland from My Creative Days

You guys never cease to amaze me with your creativity!!  Keep it up and share this party with your friends!!  The more the merrier and the more the inspiration!! 

If you were featured be sure to grab a button for your blog!


Be sure to check out the other hostesses to see what they picked.  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.



Now let's see what you've been up to this week!!

You remember the rules ;)

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like - recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways...whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it's a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Memory Lane Gallery Wall

So, I think I found my creative mojo folks!!  Yay!! We have been blessed with some beautiful weather around here the past several days, and I took the chance to do some spray painting projects that were on my list.  

First up was to work on a gallery wall for my girlie's room.  She had some pics set aside when she moved rooms that she said she wanted in frames, so I decided since she was out of town this weekend I would do something special with them for her.


Months ago a friend posted a pic on facebook of a bunch of frames she was getting rid of. I don't remember how much I paid for the lot - but it was a great deal!!

So, out of those, I chose the ones that worked best with the photos I had.  I removed all the glass, guts and backs of each frame {tip - somehow label the guts and the frame if you are doing a bunch all at once to make sure you get the right guts back in the right frame}. I chose a glossy black spray paint and went to work.


For the insides, I wanted to do more than just put the picture in.  Not wanting to spend the $$$ on mats, I opted for scrapbook paper and some paper tape. {I think the tape came from the dollar tree - it was bought during the holidays on impulse :) - glad I did because it works great here!}


I simply cut the scrapbook paper to fit each frame and then attached the photo with the paper tape.  {Don't you love that sparkly gold paper tape??}  If she gets tired of these photos, easy-peasy to remove the tape and insert new ones without damaging the background paper or the photo.


After all the frames were ready.  I moved on to the hanging and arranging.  Gallery walls used to terrify me.  But, after doing a couple, I now know that there is no wrong way to do it.  It just needs to look pleasing to you!  :)


The gallery was going above her vanity table, and around the mirror.  So, I first positioned the mirror.  Then, I measured my space, and found a spot in the floor to arrange the rest.


After that was done.  I just started building the gallery.  Two pictures at a time, to get a cohesive look.  


In the end we have something that we both will surely love!!


Who could resist smiling at this cuteness everyday??


My girlie will soon be 17 (in 12 days!) and I hope that seeing these photos everyday will bring back sweet memories!!


So much love for my mini-me :).

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