'Big Girl' Captain's Bed

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Project by PGreene posted 05-21-2009 03:43 AM 3910 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is two now and my second is on the way, so it was time for her to move into a “big girl” bed and make way for the little sister in the crib. I built this out of some pine I had sawn about a year ago and I was really happy with the result. The headboard and footboard are beadboard, but everything else is the pine. I painted it all with 2 coats of primer and 4 coats of enamel, all sprayed on. The drawers are 10” deep and are made form a single board. They are finished with a coat of shellac, two coats of gel stain and six coats of wiping varnish. I used Blum full extension undermount glides and cast stainless pulls. the side rails come off to convert into a regular twin bed. Luckily my daughter slept the entire night in the bed without complaint!

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 05-21-2009 03:47 AM

Hey Patrick
This is one fine bed with great details for a lucky daughter from a good dad.

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 04:10 AM

Great bed. I really like the design of the bed overall and I really like the rails, especially with two on each side. It looks well built. It also looks like you put a very good amount of time in on the finish and it pays off.

-- Don't delay, do it today! If God is your Copilot, switch seats.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 04:12 AM

very cool! 这样的床真是又实用又漂亮!

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#4 posted 05-21-2009 03:41 PM

Patrick, This bed is awesome. Nice work. I was in the same situation and built my daughter’s bed. You can see it on my projects list. Very similar, but you went much further in your design. I love the drawers and the side rails. I hope your daughter loves it as much as mine did.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 09:55 PM

Truly amazing… What brand of paint did you use for the finish?

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 10:42 PM

Josh –
I used a satin enamel topcoat by Valspar and the primer was Kilz 2. I don’t have any plans other than my random scribblings on the marker board in my shop. If you need some specific dimensions I’ll be happy to measure it up and send them to you.

-- Patrick

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#7 posted 06-22-2009 05:51 AM

Great looking bed!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 11:00 PM

How much would a bed like this cost?

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