Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bunk Bed redo

When My oldest was ready to move up from toddler bed to big boy bed we found this at a yard sale and got it for a steal !!!


I LOVED this bed !!!!  It was so neat with so much potential but when my 2 oldest needed to start rooming together in a TINY little room we needed bunk beds. BUT with hubby unemployed at the time I had to resort to craigslist bartering. After a week I traded the really cool bed (that it killed me to part with) for these…


And yes my boys are typical messy boys. I KNOW you can see the toys everywhere don’t pretend you can’t.  We all know they’re there. LOL…

Anyway…the bunk beds remained as they were until we decided to do the room swap/ redo. Now I want all the furniture to match/blend. Yay it’s time for my fave thing, PAINT !!!!! I love how a simple coat of paint can breathe new life into any tired old thing.  (kinda like taking a shower and shaving your legs can make you feel like a new woman after a hair raising day with your kids. I have 3 boys I KNOW these things.) I broke out the sand paper and roughed my surface a bit and then started priming…


And after the priming and 2 coats of white satin paint I realized the red dinosaur stamp treatment that my 4 year old had so generously given the side rails was bleeding thru no matter what I did.  On to plan B.  I sanded the side rails back down and “colored” the rails. Orange on the bottom for Rew and blue on the top for Bub. Then the safety rail got a coat of dark blue paint. Now we have this…


It took 4 coats to get that orange right… Orange is just as bad as red when trying to get an even true shade.

Next I added bedding and we get the finished product

bed6 bed4

Yes my boys are still messy, we haven’t gotten to the organization stage yet or the floor scrubbing. LOL ! There are paint splatters everywhere on the floor.

OH !! I almost forgot Rew’s FAVE part of this redo. He has the bottom bunk and hates that its so dim under there so I added a tap light and TA DA !!!


He loves it ! It’s his own light and he is in charge of turning it on and off and all the other things about a tap light that would amaze a 4 yearold.

That’s my bunk bed redo.  I took plain old dark wood bunk beds and made them bright cheery boyish beds that blend with  their room and match their other furniture and are “color coded” with their fave colors !! I have many more projects going on in their new room so keep checking back for more fun boy stuff !!




P.S.  I am linking this up over at Seven Thirty Three for the What Are Little Boys Made Of  weekly round up. Head over there and check out all the cool boy inspired crafts and projects !!


Life in Rehab said...

Now how did I end over here again? Oh're BRILLIANT with furniture redos! This is really cute, and boy, do I get the color coding with two boys in a room!

MamaBug said...

Great paint job! We love our bunk beds...and might I say how impressed I am that you made the beds? That's sooo hard on bunkbed matresses!

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

Ha Ha... they don't get made every day. It's hit or miss. Today there was pictures to be taken so of course they got made. LOL

Sharon said...

wow Steph!! It's awesome in their room! I can't wait to see it in person! I love the colors too...wasn't sure how it would turn out at first since it is so much color...but I'm really impressed! Love you and hug the boys!
PS Check out my post about Bretta and then go vote for her! :-)

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

We just bought my son one of those loft beds. Super cool. However, for having to trade the "really cool bed" I think they got an EVER cooler bed! I love that they each get their own color for their bunk... gives them their own special style and space! GREAT JOB!

Thanks for linking with What are little boys made of?

whimsy*couture*sewing*tutorials said...

Beautiful bunk bed redo! I need some inspiration because my little boy is growing up wanting a bunk bed, too!:) I found you through NFF from THE GIRL CREATIVE!

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