World War II era Youth Bed

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Project by niftynoel posted 02-04-2015 04:02 AM 922 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The mostly solid maple youth / junior bed here was mine beginning when I was about 2 years old in 1945. My mother and her sister each bought one during the war, circa 1944, for my cousin and for me. I used mine (c’mon now, I was out of it well before age 16), and then each of my boys used it. By the time my first granddaughter came along 2 1/2 years ago, it was in pretty rugged shape. So, I decided to strip and restore as best I could. The three animals at the foot all came off during stripping, so I made new ones of 1/2 inch poplar. I am not experienced at spray painting enough to trust my work, so I hand painted it with very good paint, small foam rollers, and brushes. Finding a fresh mattress was a challenge, but I finally found a mattress store in Snover, Michigan that could get custom sizes. It is a great mattress and was under $200.
So, we’re into generation 3, expecting that both of my grand-babies will use it.. and who knows how far it’ll go.

-- Noel

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 05:03 AM

Great job, I am sure it will last for a few more genrations

-- Norman

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 03:43 PM

Super job Noel. That is a bed worth restoring. Great design, solid wood, and fond memories. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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