Our Farmhouse bed

I stumbled upon the Ana White website (and subsequently the farmhouse bed plans) via something I saw on Pinterest. I had been bugging my husband for bedroom furniture for years, but there were always other bills to pay. So when I came accross that BEAUTIFUL and super-inexpensive-to-build bed, you can imagine my excitement! I sent a link to my husband, who was equally excited, and a few days later we have this georgeous new bed!

Built from Plan(s)
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Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
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Finish Used
My husband actually mixed some stain shades to match some existing pieces we have, but as for his method, he did use a wood conditioner to allow for more even stain distribution, and then just poly, sand, poly to finish up.
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Fri, 01/27/2012 - 08:20

I asked my husband what his stain concoction was, and he said he used a 1:1 mixture of Minwax's Fruitwood and Red Oak stains. He did first use a wood conditioner so the wood would accept the stain more evenly. Hope this helps!


Sun, 01/29/2012 - 10:21

I really love the warmth of the stain color. I will have to try the concoction on my next project. Thanks again. :-)


Sun, 01/29/2012 - 07:07

I am going to build this. Does the $80.00 includes everything? This will cost me more I think(buy all my stuff from Lowe's).


Sun, 01/29/2012 - 13:36

I think after supplies it was probably closer to $100. I am amazed though every time I walk into our bedroom that our bed was so inexpensive and easy to build! It really is a beautiful piece. I defintely think you won't be disappointed. Happy building :o)

Mariah Papaya

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 05:24

Looks great. This will be my first project -- and I'm hoping it will turn out looking just like this!! Cheers!!


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:11

I have been admiring your bed. It is lovely. So I am seeking your advice. I am wondering how you sandwiched the panels between the 1x4s. I don't see any nail/putty marks through your stain. I am obsessing about how I can finish this bed without like 32 little patched nail holes on the front of the headboard and the footboard. I would really love to stain the bed similar to the color you used but I'm worried about the nails. sigh. Did you use nails? Did you only nail the boards from behind so they are not visible? I have been scrutinizing your bed, but i just cannot tell. if you did use little nails and putty them, you did a great job of blending them in. I don't have a kreg jig, but i think that would solve the problem. hmmmm. I am so worried about this that I can't take the plunge and just make the bed. On the areas that are screwed together, I plan on using wood plugs, but for the panels I'm stumped. The plans call for sooooo many nails. I simply just don't want to see them on the front of the bed. Thanks for anyone that can help. If i were painting the bed it would not be a problem, but for staining I think the patched nail holes would not be good. Any thoughts?


Tue, 12/08/2015 - 17:38

it is probably something stupid simple.  but what are you guys using to connect the side rails to the head and foot board?   mainly the foot board.


Thanks in advance.

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