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Our homemade bed

I really wanted to wait for our whole room transformation to be done before posting, but I thought it’d be done by now and we’re not even close….here is JUST the bed.   My hubby is VERY handy.  Likes to build things.  Build furniture. In May we upgraded from a Queen to a King mattress…so I guess that means…new bedding, new bed, and how about an entire room transformation?  Ok!  The hardest part was deciding exactly what I wanted.  Originally, I wanted a sleigh bed, and he had plans (in his head) for doing that.  But after research, I knew I wanted more straight lines.  Above is the bed he built…with a plan that stemmed from this Remodelaholic tutorial.  I went to our local Restore and got a bunch of old kitchen cabinets.   

This is the look of our Master just before our new bed.  He build the headboard a few years ago.  I have never had a REAL bed, and I wanted the whole shebang…headboard, footboard, and connected with the sideboards.

While waiting for the bed to finish….this is our temporary sleeping quarters.  By the way, we tested out a bunch and ended up getting the icomfort mattress from Serta.  Mainly because of the cooling gel memory foam, my hubby doesn’t like being warm. He is also in the health field, and he see’s a lot of injury’s resulting in years of sleep on bad mattresses.

Here, we have my boys prepping the cabinet doors.  If I knew better, I wouldn’t have purchased particle board with a thin layer of plastic stuff on top.  $3 each…I just didn’t know better.

Then we got some lumber….

And I know I have pics somewhere of the process, but I can’t seem to locate them.  Check Remodelaholic for details and a plan.

She looks pretty, doesn’t she?

We enlisted the kids with the priming and the painting. Not because we needed the help, but because I wanted them to feel a sense of ownership in helping in this project. I kept going back and forth on what color to paint the bed.  I wanted to do yellow at first…but then didn’t know how to plan the side tables and bedding and drapery with that in mind.  THEN, I found this beauty and was THRILLED!  Metallic silver–LOVE it!!!

They only sold them in little jars at Home Depot, but this new Martha Stewart paint line had some really great colors!  I love that it isn’t just grey, but metallic!

Then we got the room ready…

The back of the footer would not be seen, so we didn’t mess with it…still in its original condition.

This badboy is HEAVY.  Maybe I was slightly groaning as we carried it. (In my jammies, here).

Then my hubby set to work to assemble it.  He had all the calculations in his head and had it all figured out.

Voila!!!  I really do love the silver.  A lot.

I just found the bedding on clearance at Target.  I have had big plans to make one, and my friend Debra and I have a plan of how we will sew it…but its just a low priority right now.  My friend Amy is currently making drapes for me, then I will paint the side tables, then some pillows, then maybe some wall paint….

more pillows to come…though my hubby is not excited about an excess of pillows, I tell him it will hopefully inspire me to make the bed every day!

Here is some of the fabric that I will use to accessorize the room with pillows and on the wall, etc. Drapes are turquoise and white.

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  1. It turned out great!

  2. That paint is awesome. I can’t wait to see it all in person.

  3. Looks amazing! You did a great job! Love the bedding!

  4. Great job!! I love it!

  5. I LOVE this!! my hubby is deployed right now but this is definitely going on his to do list for when he gets back! :)

  6. beautiful!

  7. how lucky of you to have a builder! first picture is gorgeous. what a score on the bedding!

  8. Love the bed and love the colors!!!can’t wait to see it all put together with the fabrics!

  9. Wow! I am sitting here drooling over your awesome new piece of furniture! And you guys made this?? Oh my goodness. It is absolutely stunning!

    Please share this at Show & Share–others have got to see this. :)

  10. What a talented pair you are!

  11. It’s beautiful! My husband is also handy (he’s a woodworker/general contractor) and many of my favorite pieces in our house are ones we’ve made as a team, my design, his skill.
    Would you mind sharing where you got your gorgeous fabrics displayed? Love them. And I like the Target bedspread, too.
    We’ve been working on an approx. year long (mostly done.. but life’s been full & busy & we don’t tend to get things done as fast as we once did.. oh well, slow & steady!) transformation of our kitchen. This post is an inspirational reminder to share on that some day soon.
    Hapy DIY-ing! :)

  12. Looks amazing! I love it! We built our own bed a couple years ago too, and though it’s no where near as complicated as yours, we were still pretty dang proud of ourselves for it! :)

  13. oooh!! I love it! The colors are awesome and I agree, that silver is perfect!

  14. Please share which bedding you bought from Target…I immediately went to their website searching and couldn’t find it! I really hope it isn’t all gone now! I would love that for my bedroom! It looks amazing!

  15. Kristen Duke says:

    Thanks everyone…now to keep it clean! The fabric is all from I can narrow it down by color and sift through them. The bedding, looks like it is out online (I got it clearanced from $99 to $69 for bedskirt, comforter, and pillow shams) but the link is here for a closer look

  16. I LOVE how it turned out!!! Guess what? we have the same bedding. even the same pillow from Target. Great minds think alike, lol! love the metalic paint–now i need to paint something that color!

    xoxo, ashley

  17. Great job!! We are making our own bed too right now out of 2 old doors from our house. Closed up two doorways years ago and they were sitting in the basement just waiting for us. Love that you used old cupboard doors, neat idea.

  18. That looks so nice! How great that your husband built it to. What a fun way to involve the whole family!

  19. Oh my goodness it looks beautiful. So bright and welcoming a perfect place to end a long day and then to greet another. Well done! Hugs

  20. That bed is AWESOME!!! Looks like I need to put my hubby to work to make me one :)

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  22. So are you still sewing new bedding? If so, I would love to buy your target comforter set-I’ve been looking for one just like it forever, but can’t find what I’m looking for.

    Let me know and job well done!

  23. Oh my goodness! I love your bed! It is beautiful! So creative!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  24. Ummmm…Love the new bed. He is handy indeed. Love the fun metallic color you painted the bed as well!

  25. The bed turned out awesome! I am so impressed!

  26. I have been wanting to build a bed, too! (Our mattress is currently on the floor!) This is exactly what I’ve been wanting. But oh dear, it looks like a lot of work. But so worth it! I’ll have to psych myself up to do it! :) Thanks for sharing.

  27. very great bed
    i love it

  28. great bed
    seems very comfortable.
    i will to make one for my own
    do you know where could i find a draw for make in nice bed?!

  29. What a gorgeous bed!!!

  30. WoW THAT IS AWESOME… I seen this thru the linken link just amazing so crafty..

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  32. melissa says:

    this looks fabulous and easy . Did you ever find the pictures of the process would love to see them.

  33. Love, love, love the bed. I was searching Pinterest for anyone who had used this particular paint. It looks fabulous! I’m painting my daughters antique vanity with this silver. She has a great Paris theme going in her room with silver wals & one wall done in black for contrast! Great job!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m so glad you found this helpful, I really love the paint–go for it for the vanity!! The black and silver walls sound awesome, I’d love to see a pic!

  34. This turned out pretty darn awesome! I’ve read your blog a few times and the link seems to be broken for the original tute but I”m trying to figure out what kind of brackets you used to attache the side rails.

  35. This bed is gorgeous and I love the silver!! The color scheme is going to be beautiful when you are all done! I am obsessed with all those fabrics! Where do you shop for your fabrics? Online a lot? Or a Jo-Fabric type place?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I think I bought these all at, they have a great line of designer fabric, and they offer free shipping over $35 I think… great variety!

  36. Hello!

    I was just wondering where you got the cabinet doors from? I have been looking to get inexpensive cabinets for a few projects I am doing. This bed is awesome!



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