Little Big-Girl Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Tea Granny on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:49

This bed was my 3rd project from Ana white. I'm just getting around to posting it now....

The headboard and footboard were made 2 inches wider than the original plans to account for my wider crib mattress. For my mattress width (28"), I required an extra 1x4 for the headboard and footboard center panels (7 instead of 6), along with 2 1x3s. This meant that I needed to add one extra 1x4 to my shopping list. I only required one 1x6, at a 10 foot length (since I didn't make the arch on the headboard).

Most of the work was done on our backyard deck, my outdoor workshop. I usually enjoyed the company of a little chipmunk as my "helper". He became very tame over the summer, allowing me to pick him up and pet him. At times, he would sit on my lap or ontop of my shoulder while I was working on a project. He was always with me, just hangin' out. I'm not really sure how long this project took, as I was usually distracted by his company!

I really enjoyed making this project! Our daughter was SO excited to sleep in her new big-girl bed!

Thanks Ana for the great plans!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Wood, $28.45. Paint, $36.97 per gallon (I already had the paint from another project)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Construction grade spruce + select pine for the side rails
Finish Used
Behr Premium Plus Self Priming Paint - I had 2 separate gallons of this in different colours and finishes. One was semi-gloss white (I found this to be too shiny, and the shade too cool). The other gallon was a flat finish, in a Farrow and Ball colour "Pointing".
Since the walls of the room are already in the "Pointing" colour, I wanted to keep the bed whiter than the walls, just slightly off white. I ended up mixing some of both gallons together. The result? - a lovely eggshell finish in a warm white colour. Perfect.
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:01

You did a great job! I love you "little helper" in the first picture!

In reply to by dmcarwin

Tea Granny

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:40

Hi dmcarwin - Thanks so much for your comment!

I love my little helper as well. You, however, must be a VERY busy lady! With 6 little helpers??? How do you ever find the time for all your fabulous projects? You truly amaze me!

In reply to by Tea Granny


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 15:35

You are so sweet, I don't do projects in a normal time frame, they are more like, cut the wood one day, sand the next, build another, etc....It is rare I do a build all at once, for obvious reasons! But I truly love it and so I make the time for it when I can! I just checked out the rest of your projects they are fabulous!

Tea Granny

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:07

Oh, yes. I certainly know about the non-normal time frames. My projects are done during nap-time or in the middle of the night. I finished a play kitchen at 4am on Christmas Day! Cutting it close - after numerous 4am nights, a couple all-nighters ...and about 40 hours later. I definitely was an elf in the workshop.

The play kitchen is pictured in the background of my second photo for my Toddler Chalkboard project. I used Ana's plans and another plan as my inspiration, heavily modified the measurements. I have not had time to post it yet, but soon....

Okay, so I've just checked out your blog! Wonderful.


Sun, 08/09/2015 - 06:51

This is gorgeous!!!!! My daughter will be two in two weeks, and while I'm not quite ready for a big girl bed, and we don't need her crib for another baby yet, I'm so excited to finally find the perfect plans when I am ready. You did a GREAT job, it's just beautiful. When I compare this to the $400 plus beds in stores I just shake my head and say THANK YOU ANA for giving us great alternative options. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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