Dun dun dun… Daybed!

It’s here, the long awaited, much talked about (let’s see if you even remember from this post about it) Daybed! It turned out so great…but alas, it is still not Quiiiiiiiiiite finished. It still needs some paint on the ol’ timber, but who knows when that will actually get done. So here in all it’s (mostly) complete glory are the details.  Or the Deets as you young folk say.

First we needed a plan. And the plan was a daybed. I really wanted this daybed from West Elm.

However, we at The Smithocracy are cheap cheap cheap. So if we don’t want to spend it, we build it!

We scoured the internet for some plans and we found this great little site.

The Design Confidential

Rayan Turner is the person behind this site. It has so many great ideas for the DIYer and this is where we found some plans for the perfect daybed. To see what we found go here. But here is the idea.

We now had a plan, now we just needed action. Dan studied the shopping list and gathered the necessary materials.

Careful careful measuring. Then time to grab the crew and do some cutting.

Once he had all the cuts needed, we ended up with this.

Yep, a pile of wood. BUT a pile of wood that is cut to correct proportions.

I little bit of roughing out…

A little bit of screwing in…

We are starting to get closer…

A little closer…

Feeling good now!

And voila! Done!

If only it was actually that easy.

This project was only supposed to take a couple hours, maybe a day at tops. We took about three days on it. For two reasons.

1. There were a couple flaws in the plans that Dan had to correct. I couldn’t tell you what they were. I just know there was a long hour of grumbling coming from the garage at one point. (Don’t tell, but this may have had a tiny bit to do with the fact that some of the plans were misread by a certain handy man)

2. Now this was the main trouble.

Every single screw stripped out on us. EVERY ONE. And there are A LOT of screws in this thing. So this caused a lot of headache and arm ache and possibly some glaring.

However Dan powered through it and we ended up with this masterpiece.

Here it is debuting as a guest bed.

We plan to paint the wood a satin grey color. We are also going to add another set of cross bars on the side to help hold the bolsters up better.

They tend to fall through…all the time.

The Smithocracy verdict is that we LOVE it! It is so handy in my office. We use it to watch very important things like The Legend Of Korra or Madd Chadd videos. It has also come in super handy for some fun guests.

For those of you that are more detailed oriented.

The wood and materials was around $40 and purchased at Home Depot

The Mattress cover and bolsters are from West Elm

The Mattress is from a local place called Austin Consignment. No the Mattress was NOT consignment. ew.

The Large Pillows are from IKEA

And the yellow pillow and bedding is from Target.

I think the total for this project, including buying a mattress was $300.

Not too bad I think.

So thank you to The Design Confidential. Without your plans, we would still be daybed-less. And that would be so sad.


DIY 101

The avid reader may have noticed I promised some DIY projects and it is about time to come through on that promise.  “But Tannie,” you may ask, “how can you possibly do a DIY project when you are so obviously without a home?”  Well good reader, that is an excellent question.  Which is why this post does not actually have a DIY project in it.

See I tricked you, but only a little bit.  Let me explain.

When we finally move in I have all types of wonderful projects planned. And I fully intend on sharing those projects.  Some of those projects will include, but are not limited to; tiling, building furniture, landscaping, painting, wall art, etc.  All types of fabulous things to get your hands dirty with.  However I cannot do those things now.  Well I could, but I think my mom would object to me experimenting on her house.  So the plan is to do some smaller more craft like projects. Just to get the ball rolling.  Now those who know me best, know that I do not exactly, how do you say…ahem, LOVE crafting. However I do appreciate a good project here and there.  So just in this weird time of my life I will do some craft style DIY projects.  Then, once we are in the house we will bring out the big guns.  I feel there are enough “craft” blogs out there, that I really don’t need to try to fit that niche.

So what could I possibly have planned for our first project?  Well I will tell you…

…next week.  ;-)

But here is a clue.  Lets play “What Is It,” shall we?

scrap woodAbove are some scrap pieces of wood I picked up from our house.

What could I possibly have seen in these sad little discards?

Comment and share your theories with me and next week, on the same Bat Channel, same Bat Time, I will reveal the final outcome.  Hoping of course it ends up looking like what is in my head!

I look forward to hearing your speculation!

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