Two years ago, I found a bed on the side of the road. I sanded and stained it, and set it up in HJ’s room. It was cute, it was a work of labor. And it was uncomfortable. It creaked. It didn’t have a box spring.
But I also didn’t do anything about it.
Then one day, 3 little monkeys were jumping on the bed. And, BOOM! It broke. Split right down the middle. It could maybe had been saved (probably looking crappy, but saved), but it was not worth it. So for the past 6 months or so, HJ had no headboard. In fact, for a few months his mattress was even on the floor.
His mattress was actually a hand me down from one of my friend’s childhood room, so it was around 30 years old. Lucky me, for Mother’s Day my dad bought a mattress and bedspring for HJ ( I swear that wasn’t sarcasm, I really was happy about it).
I kept my eyes peeled for new headboards. I knew HJ needed a bookshelf one, because his room is full of his treasures. And his dresser was packed full of treasures.
Then I saw this one for sale:
Not great, but I saw potential. I had to work the day of the garage sale, so I asked a friend to confirm it was real wood. And to then throw it in her minivan and drop it off. It was real wood, and in great shape. However, they had to take the seats down, drop kids off, etc. just to deliver it for me (Thank goodness for friends like that).
I stared for a few days before deciding what to do with it.
I went with a navy chalk paint (Dutch boy brand), and the stripes are in a cream (non chalk paint).
I sanded and wiped down the bed and put about 3 coats of paint on. I was going to do stripes down the top, but decided just on the shelf portion would be enough. I then finished it off with a matte protector to help keep the paint form chipping (hopefully this helps!). I also painted a sweet little note to HJ on the bottom on the shelf…I wonder how old he will be before he sees it!
HJ loved decorating the shelves with his treasures. It is so fun to see what he thinks are his “prized possessions”. The drawings are from our local art festival, the book on top is a pokeman card book. The penguin is something he typically dislikes, so I am not sure why he got a prime spot. He also was sure to put a picture of Ty, his light he falls asleep with and his fox mask. You know, the important stuff.
Now I am ready for our next diy project. On that note, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a wash tub and/or bar cart let me know!