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King Farmhouse Bed

April 13, 2011 |
posted by boxermum
About This Project


From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$150
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Antique White Finish: *Primed with white primer *Painted with Behr Silk Pillow - Satin finish *Sanded edges to expose wood (rotary palm sander and palm block sander) *Applied Minwax English Chestnut Stain over whole surface using foam brush being sure to saturate exposed wood areas *Used old T-shirts to wipe away excess stain *Sprayed with matte clear sealer (Krylon)
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This is beautiful!  Very nice

This is beautiful!  Very nice work!

Cheers!

posted by stcarroll | on Wed, 2011-04-13 22:34
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Nice!

Your bed turned out beautiful. I am now working on a modified version of
the farmhouse bed and have been toying around with the big question:

To distress or not to distress?

I
think your version may have convinced me. It looks great, timeless.
Even with the crisp-clean board and batten on your walls, I must say it
is a nice contrast. Good Job!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2011-04-19 00:41
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Distress


I struggled with the same question and I have to admit I'm so very happy I chose to distress.  Believe it or not, the white I painted the bed (Behr - Silk Pillow) before using the stain was the exact same paint I used on my board and batten wall.  Distressing and wipe-staining totally warmed the piece up, but it still flows perfectly with the white in the room (because it's the same!).  We're preparing to build matching Farmhouse Night Stands now and have decided to distress the bottoms using the same technique and use the stain (Minwax Chestnut) on the tops and I'll definitely be posting pictures of those when they're done, too.

Thanks for the comment and Good Luck with your bed!

Josey

posted by boxermum | on Wed, 2011-04-20 17:20

bed

I am strugglingt to finish this bed and yours looks amazing.  Can you please tell me how you connected the frame for the bed to sit on to your headboard and footboard. i keep thinking that mine is too heavy. I would really appreciate your help.

thanks
Racheal

posted by Racheal (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-04-20 13:41
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Frame Issues


Racheal,

I had the same fears and issues so we decided to not use the metal frame for our bed.  Instead, my husband built a frame from wood.  He screwed the frame directly to the insides of the 4x4 posts that flank the head and foot boards.  Then we covered the frame with the siderails.  The wooden frame was screwed in low on the posts - I believe following Ana's measurements from the floor up (if memory serves, 21 inches from the floor).  This allowed for the boxspring to nestle down and in and then simply place our mattress on top.  Our bed is markedly higher than it was when we only used the metal frame, which we've come to really like.

I hope that helps, if not, feel free to ask more questions.  Good Luck!

Josey

posted by boxermum | on Wed, 2011-04-20 17:26

frame

How did you drop the box spring down in the frame? Also, would you mind sharing where you got your bedding?
Thanks
Mindy

posted by Mindy (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-04-26 23:09
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Frame & Bedding Sources

We just built a raw wood support frame that consisted of a 4-sided wooden frame and then attached support beams from 1 side to the other. We then attched this frame to the insides of the 4x4 posts that flank either side of the head and foot boards (my husband placed some kind of paper membrane between the 2 wood surfaces to deal with squeaks - update: rosin paper). The siderails are not functional, except that they keep the boxspring in place, they simply hide the sides of the boxspring - so that's the "dropping down", behind the siderails, that I think you referenced.

The bedding is all from Pottery Barn:
Quilt & Euro Shams - Silk & Velvet reverse sided pick-stitch in Sandlewood
Duvet Cover & Standard Shams - Marie pattern (discontinued but probably still available on ebay)

posted by boxermum | on Wed, 2012-09-26 12:23
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directions

Would someone send me a link for the directions to build this bed? I can't find them any where!

posted by jenni78016 | on Mon, 2012-01-16 12:36
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For jenni78016

This is the link for the directions:

http://ana-white.com/2010/01/plans-how-to-modify-farmhouse-bed-to_09.html

posted by boxermum | on Mon, 2012-03-05 23:08

Another frame question

Just wondering...what lumber did you use to build the raw wood frame? Would you mind "describing" it to me? Thnx

posted by Tasha Cordel (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-15 21:24
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Hi Tasha, I think we just

Hi Tasha,

I think we just used regular 2x4's. The best way I can describe it is that it looked like a very wide ladder. My husband is building a second bed (queen size) for one of the guest rooms now, I will try to remember to take pictures when it happens. We're currently working on a bathroom renovation (including building a vanity) and so it could be a few weeks to a few months before that happens. Sorry I couldn't 'be of more help today!

posted by boxermum | on Tue, 2012-05-22 14:18

Perfect - thnx

Nope - thats perfect; I get whatcha mean! Thanks. Good luck on the reno :-)

posted by Tasha Cordel (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-22 17:29

Awesome Finish

We followed your paint and stain choices to the letter and were rewarded with an amazing looking piece of furniture!.... ThanxJosey

posted by CindyLouHoo (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-12 13:28
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Happy To Hear It!

Hey CindyLouHoo -

I'm so glad to hear you like it! We're still really happy with it, too. Have you shared pictures?

posted by boxermum | on Wed, 2012-09-26 12:17
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Can you tell me how much

Can you tell me how much stain you wiped off? I have used a small piece to work on the finish and I still feel that it is to dark.
Thanks

Jill

posted by jgriffin | on Mon, 2014-02-03 12:03
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This is absolutely fabulous!

This is absolutely fabulous! I now know what my next project is going to be - Thank you Ana!

posted by Dustcovereddiva | on Wed, 2012-10-03 18:05
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Paint and distress finish

Your bed is just beautiful! Can you elaborate on the finish. I followed the paint and stain finish as you described and it looks significantly darker than your bed. Is it possible that I am not removing enough of the stain? After the primer how many coats of paint did you apply? Did you brush or roll the paint? And I am assuming you sanded between coats, right? Maybe its the wood, did you just use pine? Sorry for all the questions, But I am getting ready to make the bed and night stands and I am using the current piece to get the technique down. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Jill

posted by jgriffin | on Mon, 2014-02-03 10:06

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