Phase 1: Done. It’s been a couple of weeks since the last blog but I wanted to finish this phase before posting. As a reminder: The project is a new master bedroom by the end of the summer. Phase 1 included taking out everything, designing and building a new Mission style bed (X-Large), painting, wallpaper, window treatment and new ceiling fan. The end of the last blog had the last of the glue drying on the bed. The next morning I finally got to put it together for the first time, it took up the whole shop:
I thought the parts were big but boy…I’m wondering if you can actually make a bed too big!
Well, it looks like it all fits together. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turned out. The little details catch the light just right.
OK, on to room prep. It needs to be emptied and painted:
I decided to go with a mustard type of orange / brown:
Two coats took a while:
And then I went with a light tan / cream for the ceiling:
At this point I really wanted to see what the bed would look like in the space so I set it up and got a feel for how big it is in it’s final location. The room is about 13’x14’ for scale. The mattress and box springs are still sitting in the living room at this point.
The window affords no privacy because of a jogging path just outside with a perfect view down into my bedroom – which is why the blinds are always closed. So I wanted a window treatment that would let the light in but keep peeping eyes out. The solution is an applique that goes right on the glass. I picked a design that’s arts and crafts ish:
It turned out pretty good and gives me the privacy and light:
Next up was the wallpaper boarder:
It was definitely comical – if you could have seen me wallpapering by myself. It really was a bad Lucy episode. I will forcefully admit that wallpapering is not one of my strong suits. And really, 3 out of 4 corners isn’t bad…right?
Last but not least was installing a new ceiling fan matching the Mission theme. This one is from Casablanca and has a cool digital controller allowing multiple functions with out needing to run additional wires from the wall switch. I also get the bonus of a new ceiling light:
OK. After weeks of work and lots of sweat …. well let’s remember what I started with:
As the McDonalds commercial goes: “I’m Lovin’ It!” It’s exactly what I pictured at the start of this project. Keep in mind I’m 6’2” so a California King bed is like….heaven. It’s great. I can stretch out and not have my feet droop over the end of the bed.
The mattress and box springs fit perfectly. And all the bedding is super comfy.
It’s really solid, no wobble, no creaking.
I’m very happy with the end result.
So much for Phase 1. Phase 2 starts next weekend with the design and building of two side tables / night stands. Keep an eye out for it in the next blog.
I now have a really nice place to lay my head at the end of day. Thanks for your time.
-- Dave Durham - California - see me at http://www.DaveDurham.com