New Bedroom #4: End of Phase 1!

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Blog entry by Dave Durham posted 04-27-2009 04:54 AM 1998 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Some Assembly Required Part 4 of New Bedroom series Part 5: Night Stands Finished »

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:

And now…

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

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 05:15 AM

Thank you very much for sharing this project with the level of detail that you did.
Your pictures and descriptions are of tremendous help to everybody thinking of tackling a project like this.
I notice your pictures are also very well exposed and evenly lit….perhaps you have a second hobby involving acronyms like “SLR” and “F-Stop??”

You said the materials came from Lowe’s….but I’m not sure I have seen 4×4 oak corner posts like those at lowes. Did you glue together some thinner stock?

Thanks again and keep ‘em comin’!!

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 05:33 AM

Why yes, I do visit those 3 letters often (SLR), you can see some of my stuff here:

The posts from Lowes are 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” x 36”, so I gang 4 together in a glue up for a 3”x3”x36” post.

Thanks for the comments.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 06:43 AM

Hi Dave

I was just thinking about you and your bed the other day. You are a true designer and craftsman. Exquisite design and detail on your bed and bedroom thus far. I had no doubt in my mind that your project would beautiful and a show place to be proud off. Looking forward to the next pieces you are planning on building.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 07:47 AM

Well then…a craftsman in two mediums….and in both you have tools of which I am supremely jealous. :-)
A little off topic, but here’s my flickr account I just opened:

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#5 posted 04-27-2009 08:02 AM

nicely done! now you can actually have a good night sleep after a long day of woodworking…

does the boxspring sits on the 2 side rails? or on the floor?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 04-27-2009 08:54 AM

Thank you sir. The box springs sit on slats that span the side rails. Originally I was going to use 7 Poplar slats but I added 6 Oak ones too (the mattress is heavy), so there are 13 slats total.

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#7 posted 04-27-2009 08:58 AM

Thank you for the kind words. I think you’ll like the design for the night stands. They’re small but “interesting”.

I really like your curtain picture.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at

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#8 posted 04-27-2009 01:04 PM

Dave, this project turned out great. I really enjoy the look of this bed. This has been an enjoyable series to follow so I am looking forward to seeing the next series.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-28-2009 08:46 AM

Thank you. The rest of the room will be a series of projects – some big, some little. But each will bring me a little closer to a finished bed room. No rest for the weary…oh wait, I do get rest…in my new bed!

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at

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#10 posted 04-28-2009 09:42 AM

man the bed turned out great…good job….we are really into that same, A/C style…I thought the window turn out very nice….room looks great…thanks for the post….looking forward to the rest

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#11 posted 05-01-2009 06:54 AM

Thanks. I think I’m going to do some research into the different A/C styles. There’s more than I thought.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at

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#12 posted 05-08-2009 09:51 AM

Hey there. One more quick question for you. The side rails look thicker than 1 inch stock. I supposed they are? I also suppose people will be shocked to hear that I thought I could build a bed with 1 inch stock side rails….do you know if that would be okay for a twin bed given that they would be something like 5” wide?


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#13 posted 05-08-2009 10:06 AM

Yes, the side rails are thicker. They are two 3/4” thick boards glued back to back. The rail the slats rest on is another 3/4” added onto that. They’re thick and solid. I can’t answer about 1 inch stock for your twin. I tend to over build. the 1” may be fine, I just don’t have any experience with that combination.

-- Dave Durham - California - see me at

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 05:54 AM

good work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 05-13-2009 06:51 AM

Thanks for all the fine details. This helps a lot. Looking forward to the night stands.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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