When I discovered Ana’s site Knock-Off Wood, I fell in love. There were so many projects and awesome ideas; my head was spinning with all the things I want to make. My husband probably groaned when I told him about the site, but he is good natured about it and offered to help with whatever I wanted to do. Plus we have been married long enough for him to know I am a little crazy and am prone to wild ideas.
The first project we made was the child’s adirondack chair. While reading the site one day, my 6 year old saw the chair and wanted to make it. I thought it made a good first project and something he would like doing. He loved it, he helped make the list, shop for the wood, mark of the measurements and put the chair together. He informed me he needs a workshop of his own to go with his chair! I wonder where he gets the wild ideas.
The next project I knew would be the farmhouse bed, I love the design. Ever since the movers broke our bed years ago, we have been without a bed frame; we just have the metal frame for the bed to set on.
I printed off the plans; we measured our bed, made a few adjustments for the size and went shopping.
Pine Wood – $95.00
Screws - $9.00
Wood Glue - $4.00
Sandpaper $13.56 (huge 50 pack, what a deal)
Primer – Had Kiltz
Paint – Had leftover from painting a room, Edwardian Linen by Ralph Lauren
Stain – Had English Chestnut from refinishing kitchen table
Furniture Wax - Have had forever!
Tools – We used a miter saw, drill press (hubby had to play with his new toy), drill, brad nailer, and sander
WOOD FOR FARMHOUSE BED
CUTTING AND ASSEMBLY
We cut all the wood pieces at one time and assembled the bed in our living room. While I do not recommend turning one’s living room into a workshop, the heat here is unbearable it is what worked to get the bed together. We used a brad nailer and 3 ½” screws.
SANDING AND FILLILNG
After assembling the headboard and footboard, we filled in the screw holes. I also filled in the seams on the post with joint compound, wood putty would have worked but joint compound is easier to work with. The plans call for 4x4 posts and we could not locate untreated ones anywhere, so we put two 2x4 post together and, while the seam did not need to be filled in, it was my personal preference.
Filling seam with joint compound
After the filling and sanding it was time to paint, the fun part for me. After a good coat of primer, I painted the bed a cream color called Edwardian Linen by Ralph Lauren. I had a ½ gallon left over and it was the exact color I wanted for the bed. I then took screwdriver and notched all the grooves in the panels so they would take the glaze better and stand out. Next I used Minwax English chestnut stain to glaze over the paint. This glazing method is fast and works well if you have a partner, you have to remove the stain quickly of you don’t you will end up with a very dark piece of dirty looking furniture. I put the stain on with a sponge brush directly on the grooves and then wiped the stain off in a circular pattern from there.
Glaze with English Chestnut stain
I did not want to poly or varnish the bed. I used furniture wax for a protective finish.
ASSEMBLE THE FRAME
We assembled the bed in the bedroom; it was hard enough getting the headboard in there. We did not make the wood frame for the bed to sit on; we left the metal frame and built the bed to surround the frame. To attach the rails to the headboard we followed Ana’s method for using 2 2x4 she has shown on the farmhouse bed for California king bed. As seen here: http://www.knock-offwood.com/2009/10/farmhouse-bed-save-158100_7467.html#uds-search-results
To attach the rails to the footboard, we used an L-bracket.
It took us a week to make and finish the bed, working on it when we could squeeze in an hour here and there. One thing I would do differently, I would sand the wood before assembling it, trying to sand around all the edges and nooks was a bear.
I LOVE the bed, it is beautiful, and was hand made by me and my husband. I can’t think of anything better.