6 months ago we took down the bunk beds and my vision was side by side beds. I wanted it to become a bedroom, less of a playroom since they don’t play in there like they used to. These days they are building legos in the garage, riding bikes outside, or playing in the backyard. Unfortunately the only beds I liked were $700 a piece from Room and Board. Not going to happen, although I have had them in my shopping cart on and off for the past few months. Instead we decided to try and build them. Let me rephrase that, Aaron decided he would build them. I had shown him some photos of beds made from pallets and he agreed that would be perfect. Plus, he didn’t think he had to spend a dime making them. With wood scraps we already had, the bunk bed pieces, we were good to go. And then my little nephew made his appearance the project was stalled. But better late than never! Aaron worked every spare hour he could on finishing them. Gunnar’s bed was complete a few weeks ago, and then it was only Sawyer’s whose was left.
The total cost for the beds? Well, he did spend a little, but on tools. Which he secretly wanted anyways, but total it was still under $130 for the sawzall and the poly finish. He used the slats from the bunk beds and built the headboard and footboard along with the sides of the bed from spare wood. We sanded down all the wood we were going to reuse from the bunk beds. We wanted a rustic/modern edge to the beds and that’s exactly what we got.
I ordered their bedding from Etsy. I envisioned what I wanted the bedding to look like and had a hard time finding it. So instead I had it custom made by this Etsy seller who was fantastic to work with. About a month after placing my custom order guess what popped up on West Elm’s website. Yep, their gray and white striped quilts. Oh well, I love supporting handmade sellers so I wasn’t disappointed.
We also moved out the rug that was in the center of the room, and we added these wall decals, also purchased on Etsy, but their shop doesn’t seem to be there at the moment. But if you search wall decals you will find a ton of options. Since both boys snowboard I thought it was perfect.
Here’s the final product. I haven’t photographed the far right wall where their dresser is since I am hoping to change out their navy one for a mid century modern one eventually.
A closeup of the footboard.
My boys love it and I am so happy to give them a new space to enjoy. It can be hard sharing a room with a sibling so I hope I can always reinvent it and find a happy medium to please them both. Thanks to Aaron to worked really really hard on these!