Bedtime Never Felt So Good!

Recently my BFF Shantel took it upon herself to complete a DIY project she found on Pinterest! It turned out so great I asked her to share here on my blog. She's also taken the time to answer a few questions about the project! Check it out:

Interview with Shantel, BFF/Bed Making Machine!

Q: That tutorial is pretty awesome, where'd ya find it?
A: Duh....Pinterest! Here's the link: Build a Farmhouse Bed

Q: The fact that you work for The Home Depot and the mass amounts of the color orange and Behr paint seen in the materials photos, means that you obviously got your materials from there. How much did it cost?
A: Wood cost about $150. I bought three different colors of paint and stain for about $60 and a nailer for $70 (linked below).
That's a total of: $280

Q: What kind of tools did you use? And, did you have to purchase any that you didn't already have?
A: It took a bunch of tools and I had to buy a brad nailer. This one to be specific.

Q: What was your experience level with power tools, prior to the start of this project?
A: Ah.....I work in an enormous hardware store right? You'd think that means I know a whole heck of a lot about all things hardware right? Well, you'd be wrong!  I can handle design you anything, literally, anything. Kitchen/Flooring?  Done!  Backsplash? Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  However when it comes to power tools I know very very little. I have used a drill. I tried an impact driver once.... Just made a bunch of holes in the drywall. So in other words I'm a smart girl but have no idea what I'm doing around power tools! 

Q: I know you said there was a part where your husband had to help you because of a muscle mass issue, which part was this? And, how long did it take you before you had to call in reinforcements?
A: I made the panels without any help. The center part was more difficult. Once that piece is completed you need to attach the 4x4 posts. That requires drilling in 5" screws. I tried everything but couldn't get it to line up. Hubby had to help me with the last inch or so but before that he helped me square up the ends with a fence line and circular saw. After that we attached the top two pieces and realized that while I thought I had purchase straight lumber, I did not. He helped me suck it in so they were straight. I had never done that before!

Q: Speaking of timelines, how long did this project take you?
A: Building it took about 6-7 hours. Finishing it (over the span of a few days to allow for drying times and such) took another 6-7 hours and then assembly took about 1 hour.

Q: That paint job is pretty rad! How did you do it?
A: Of course Pinterest was my inspiration. I looked at probably 20 different pins for distressed wood finishes and then came up with my own. Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Lightly sand the wood until it's a smooth-ish finish.

Step 2: Lightly dry brush the paint over the center of each board. I did not paint all the way to the edges in order to reduce the work in the next step. The key here is to not put too much paint on the wood. You want a very thin coat of paint.

Step 3: Sand again. Here's where you get a bit creative. The more you sand, the more stained wood you'll see versus painted wood. A tip: If you don't want multi-colored boogers, wear a mask.

Step 4: Stain. Use a brush to get into the corners and between the boards. Make sure to wipe away any excess stain. I used old socks for my rags. I worked in small areas and dipped one sock into the stain and wiped it on one board at a time. Then I took the clean sock and wiped it off. I wiped basically all of it off, but it depends on how much of a stained look you're going for. Note: This is a very messy step. I wore gloves and I still have 3 brown fingers. It's been three days...not the sort of style statement you want to make, trust me.

Q: Finally, any tips or tricks you figured out along the way?
A: Oh man.... Tons!  Take your time to line up everything before you put in any hardware. The straighter, squarer (yep those are words) you make it in the beginning the less trouble you'll have later. 

I had all my wood cut by the lumber associate at Home Depot. Took him 20 minutes and would have taken me 2 hours. 

Straps and clamps are your best friend. If your wood is curved or bent, straps and clamps will help straighten just about anything. 

Torx head screws are better than Phillips. I had Phillips and wish I would have had Torx. They grip better and wouldn't have stripped out as easily. 

This sucker got heavy. My bed room is upstairs and was a pain to carry up but we waited to measure and cut the side boards until we had all the parts and pieces ready to assemble. 

Oh and I tweaked the plans. Since I have never, ever made anything before I didn't want it to break when I sat on it for the first time and I wanted it to be strudy. So I kept the metal bed frame and built this around it. The bed is still being held up with that.  

All in all it was a great project!  The plans included the cut sizes and everything. Without that I'm not sure I could have done it on my own!  

Ta da! Finished! 

Shantel was good enough to share the type of paint she used as well! Be sure to check it out below the photo!

That's it! Thanks Shantel for being awesome and sharing this project with me! And who knows? Maybe multi-colored boogers is a new trend? Or not...

PS If you'd like to read more about the proper way to stain, check out this link from Minwax!

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