The Top Secret Lumber Yard Project is finally complete, and my husband, Tom, is owed a huge round of applause. He worked his rear off in the 105+ degree Texas heat so that my dream bed would become a reality.
In all of my adult life, I’ve never had a real bed. When I was single and on my own, I had a mattress, box spring, and bed frame. When we got married, the tradition continued. Even when I made my old toile headboard, it was simply attached to the metal bed frame. Back in July, I did my best princess pout, and he agreed to build me a real bed. I have a REALLY good princess pout, y’all.
We found building plans online at Ana White’s website, but Tom did quite a bit of redesigning to make it how we wanted it. He’s actually going to do a post here soon explaining his tweaks for anyone who is interested. Tom did all of the designing, measuring, cutting and attaching. I did all of the sanding, painting, glazing and polying. This bed is truly handmade.
The grey stain + black glaze was the perfect combination for this room, and it really plays into my modern vintage style. This is the first piece of furniture I have ever stained, and it was both harder and easier than I imagined. I’ll soon be sharing with you what I learned in the process.
In the meantime, I’ve put the brown nightstands on notice: they are next items on the chopping block. Or painting tarp.
Have you ever built a piece of furniture? Do you ever plan to?
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Wowie, I love it! I love the whole room. You really are amazing, Linds!
Gorgeous Lindsay! You and Tom did a great job.
love it! i absolutely love the more rustic edge it adds, especially next to the modern chevron wall- looks great!
It’s perfect. Can’t wait for your tips on staining. I’ve been wanting to use a gray stain on my damaged dining room table.
The bed looks great!
My husband built our bed as well. He built it about 3 years ago right before we bought our first house. Therefore the color of the bed isn’t exactly what I want but I finally got him to let me stain it darker. I wrote about it a couple weeks ago here beautyfortheeye.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-love-my-husband.html
Elina Katsman says
I’ve been begging my hubby to let me build our own bed…..I think after seeing this he might just say YES…You are awesome!!!
Gina (Lady Goats) says
Looks great! Is that one of Ana’s plans?
I have been going through a process over the past year trying to create a hand-built home. I’m *ALMOST* halfway there (if my hubby would help, it would go SO much faster!). However, I think you REALLY lucked out. Our master bedroom is VERY low on the to-do list.
I haven’t had one since I was a teen, so I’m excited for you to have a bed!
GREAT job! It looks so fantastic–and perfect for your room! I am in the process of building my own harvest table–read, I have the materials and need to start assembling!
We built two twin-sized beds for our twins. 🙂
I would love to do a King size Farmhouse bed for our Master, but I have just settled into the Back to School grind, and I feel like my “to do” list is a mile long. Yours is beautiful! I love the color choice for paint and stain, too.
Are the plans from Ana White? Love her stuff!
Looks amazing L!!! Your poor husband probably wants to kill you now, like mine….
Had to look back at to see the before, and compare. Nice work!
Cindy M says
Wow!! That is one Gorgeous Bed!! Your Husband is very talented!
I can’t wait to see the complete bedroom reveal! I’m sure it will be AMAZING! 🙂
Great job! Love the stain/glazing combination. Perfect for the room.
Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says
Love it Lindsay!! The bed, the color, all of it!! Amazing job!! Can’t wait for all the deets!!
Amazing! I wish I was as handy as your hubby. I’m totally coveting your bed.
Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless says
It looks great! I really wanted to make her farmhouse bed (we’ve had just the metal frame for 8 years), but my hubby hated it. So instead, we found a bed for about the same price that we both loved. It works!
Ashley Ez says
That is GORGEOUS! And I think that it would be a great bed to upholster too.
Laura :) says
Yowza!!! That is lovely!!! I love the design and the color is just perfect!!! It suits the room so well!!! Nice job!!!
I’ve made some furniture with my dad. He’s got an awesome garage of tools and gadgets and a lot of know-how and so we build things together and I love it!! My favorite was a large dollhouse I designed for my daughter for Christmas one year. My crude drawings became a sweet memory for us. 🙂
SWEET, love, love, love the color…
My husband just built us that same bed…LOVE it!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! How did you come to know the deminsions of the bed? Do you mind sharing?
Yo, Lindsay! I just made a bed. Out of a reclaimed-Truss… OK..It’s not a real bed, yet. We still have that dorm budget metal frame, but I still have pieces of the Truss that will, some day, in butween cleanin out the litter box and beating Algebra into my son’s head, and sweepin up Monster Black Lab hair, and nursing my poor lego stabbed feet…oh, I forgot what I was trying to say… Oh, WILL become a bed…
Man, now I guess, I’ma have to follow you so I can come back and stalk~~umm, comment on yo’ awesomeness some more…
Beautiful Progress. I love Christopher Lowell too. I must be really old because I remember him in his first show “Interior Motives” . Love your blog
Marge Fredrickson says
Beautiful work! Do you have any suggestions for a wall unit that is behind our bed? We had it made to fit the entire wall behind our bed. I love the piece but the wood is oak and the stain is dark. Any suggestion to bring it up to date
Tiffany Boren says
I just stumbled upon your gem of a blog the other day. I’m looking for tips on how to paint some cabinets I scored, for next to nothing on Craigslist (thank you very much!), that have found a comfy home in my garage for the last 6 months and are crying out for a makeover which will allow them to adorn our laundry room walls. 🙂 Low and behold, I find this post about staining and I do believe, my fair lady of Texas, you have converted me! I’ll be hitting the home improvement store tomorrow for some supplies to get these puppies prepped and ready for my dear sweet husband to hang after he returns from some good ole’ Army training. He always loves to come home to my new “creations”. Yeah..he’s my biggest fan. 🙂
Thanks for all the helpful tips and gorgeous pics of all your hard work. YAY for husband and wife DIY teams!
Artsy Nifer says
I’m in love with your blog! So inspirational. Can’t wait to start my projects I’ve been planning. xx
Thank you so much!!
do you have your version of the bed on here? I LOVE your version better than the original from the other website!
Can you please share the brand/colors/process you used to stain your bed? We are building Ana’s fancy X desk and I really want this grey black finish you have going!
Did your husband ever put up the adjustments he made to this bed…
Lindsay Ballard says
No! That loser. 🙂 I’ll check and see if he still has that info. I’m scared that it was on my computer that crashed.
Dying for the tweaks he made! Love that side railings were added!!
Marisa McCroskey says
WOW. I absolutely LOVE your bedroom makeover! I have been “clinicly obsessed” (lol) w chevron for a while now, I just can’t get enough of it. The colors you chose are perfect and compliment each other beautifully:-) This room is fabulous!!
Hi Lindsay! Wondering what combination of Grey Stain and Black Glaze you used to achieve that color?? Thanks!
Just wondering if your husband ever did a post explaining the tweeks he did to your bed. I’m planning on building this bed in the next couple months and it’s so hard to decide exactly how to do it! So many little changes you can make. 🙂
Looking to see if your husband was able to put up the explanation for the bed frame I love it and want one!!!
Where are the staining and glazing colors and directions. Please reply. Thank you so much! I love it!