Welcome to Brenna’s room! 11 year old girl heaven complete with a (recently shingled) dollhouse, a non-pink quilt, and lots of dragon pictures and keep-out signs on the door.
Yep, I’m finally posting about Brenna’s new bed. I’ve referenced it several times– that it was in the plans, that it was in the works, that it was in her room… The thing is, I have been blessed with a daughter with the same room-keeping-tidy skills as I have (next to none) and so getting good pictures of her new bed in her room has been a little tricky. We accomplished the mission today– and I learned that I’m not fun when I just nag and point out every last little thing on the carpet. (Note to self– I really need to work on that and cut her some slack. She knows just as well as I do that I’m just as messy as she is. The thing is, there isn’t anyone living here to boss me around. I just need to remember that no matter who you are it’s not fun to be bossed around.)
Anyway, we got the free plans for this bed from Ana White. Her website is a pretty amazing and extensive resource for building your own furniture. The plans we used are right here. Barry did about 99% of the work with a little help from Brenna reading over the cut list, holding pieces steady as he drilled, and sanding. Brenna picked the paint color and the two of us did most of the priming and painting.
You can see that the end near the ladder is missing the bottom brace to keep the legs square because the original plan was to build the big book case, but once we got it up in her room and were figuring out exactly how furniture needed to be arranged we realized that it would be either the book case or the doll house, we couldn’t fit both. Quite naturally, the doll house won. It is plenty sturdy and stable as it is– and so convenient to wheel the doll house table in and out the open legs.
She already had a desk, so we didn’t need to build one. It fits just perfectly under her bed and she loves to hang out there and draw, sort sea shells, read, type… Her desk has actually gotten a lot more use. I think it must be that everything seems more fun when it’s in a fort.
We made a couple of pillow cases that match her quilt and some cute throw pillows. I was having fun making yo-yos from scraps, so there’s the rectangular pillow with lots of yo-yos and the round one (which I made using this pattern from Cluck-Cluck Sew) with little yo-yos in the center.
Now here’s how she really made her bed–
with all her loves– her baby blanket, the monster Jonah designed and helped make her this past Christmas, Julie (the doll I made a couple of years ago), and Buttercup (the teddy I made her a LONG time ago).
Now to get a crib and dresser and rocking chair crammed into that little room.
Did I tell you IKEA is opening here this week?