Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed

Remember when I shared my boys Rustic Transportation Room – last year? Here is the tutorial for the Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed that I made for them. I love the rustic plank look and they are really sturdy and perfect for my little boys!

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They are pretty easy to make and don’t cost a lot money, money, money either!

Here is a list of the supplies you will need:

Headboard:
(2) 2×4 at 48”
(2) 2×4 at 35”
(10) 1×4 at 25”

Footboard:
(2) 2×4 at 20.5”
(2) 2×4 at 35”
(10) 1×4 at 13”

Optional Rails:
(2) 2×4 at 75”
(4) 2×4 at 36”
1 plywood board at 75”x39”

Step One: Cut all your wood to size.

Step Two: Dado your tops and bottoms – the 35” pieces.

Some people have really fancy dado blades — and then you have us. We do not have really fancy dado blades so we fake it and it works like a charm – all you need is a table saw!

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Use the table saw guide and set your width – a 2×4 (on the side) is 1 1/2” wide so the middle would be 3/4”. You want to cut out the wood between 1” and 1/2” for the middle. Lets start at 1/2” and work our way over!  Set your saw blade depth to cut a hair more then 1/2”.

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Run all your 35” pieces through the saw.

– anytime you operate a saw or any power tool please be careful and use it responsibly.

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After you run all your pieces through the saw – move your guide over by 1/8” and run them through again. Then move it over and run them through again. Do this until you have cut through a 1/2” of space.

You will have some small pieces of wood that did not get cut out. Simply reach in with your fingers and break them out. You can run them through the saw again if you need too.

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After you break all the little extra pieces off you will have nice dados.

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Step Three:
  Use a Kreg-Jig and drill two holes on each end of your 35” pieces. Remember to stay 1/2” away from the side with the dado.

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Step Four: Use your wood glue and pocket screws and attach your 35” piece to the top of the 48” piece.

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Step Five: Measure down 27” from the very top and make a mark. Attach your other 35” piece BELOW the line.

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Step Six: Simply Slide all 10 of your 1×4’s into the grooves. These planks are what make your planked farmhouse twin bed.

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Your 10th piece should lay flat with your 2×4.

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Step Seven: Use your wood glue and pocket screws to attach your other leg and you are done!

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You can follow all the steps to make your footboard too. The bottom piece of your footboard attaches 2” from the bottom.

Step Eight: Stain (or paint) your headboard and footboard your desired color. I used Minwax Classic gray. I adore this color!

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I cut rails for the bed because I didn’t have any. I listed them at the top if you need too as well. Use the smaller pieces as cross braces so your plywood stays nice and solid.

I also like making my own rails because I can customize them. My oldest boy has space under his bed for storage containers, but my younger boy is closer to the floor – the height is a little different but the beds still match!

#winning!!

Also, assemble the rails and head/footboards in their room – just a tip!

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Enjoy our Planked Farmhouse Twin Bed!

Let me know if you have any questions! and as always if you make one of our projects I would love to see the result!

Have a great day!
Amanda

Boys Rustic Transportation Bedroom

Hello Everyone!! Don’t faint or have a heart attack or anything but yes… here is a new post! And it’s a good one too!! We are revealing our son’s bedroom – a boys rustic transportation bedroom!  Remember how I said I would do this weeks months ago and then sort of dropped off the blogging planet… well I am apologizing in style with their room reveal and I hope you enjoy it!

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Their room has been my baby and the room that I am the most proud of right now. Spencer was gone working a lot and I personally built and made {almost} everything in their room. It was truly a labor of love for my sweet boys!

I started with the board and batten and all the trim and worked on it from there.

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Their bedding, bed skirts, curtains and pillows are all from the Peak Hour fabric line by Riley Blake and was all made by me!

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This side of the room is Quinn’s room – he is my five year old. His bed is a little bit taller and I love it! He has about seven bins of toys under his bed and I love that we can slide them under there and they are out of sight.

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At first I had his colorful crates on the floor at the end of his bed  but decided to mount them to the wall and use them as shelves. I am so glad I did because I love having them on the wall. You can find the “I Love You Most” printable here. 

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I bought a galvanized tub off of Amazon and we toss all their stuffed animals and blankets into it. It makes for easy clean-up but still matches the feel of the room. You can find a tutorial for the barn wood closet doors here.

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I got the large letters for their room from The Wood Connection and mod podged the paper on them. I attached them to the end of each bed with a couple nails.

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In the middle of the room is their dresser. I love their dresser! I built it to be the perfect fit in-between their beds. You can find the tutorial for the toy truck bookends here.  The fun rug is from Target!

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The other side of the room is for my sweet two-year old, Zachary. His bed is much lower to the ground and we cannot fit very many things under there. His bed is the same headboard and footboard as Quinn’s we just didn’t put the frame up very high.

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Above his bed are the planked truck art and the easy one-hour rustic floating shelf that I built. I filled the rustic shelf with pictures of my awesome boys and some fun traffic signs that I found.

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I don’t really have a lot to say because the pictures pretty much speak for themselves — so I will just let you enjoy them!

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Thanks for stopping by to see their fun room! I don’t have a tutorial for their beds up yet, but you will be seeing it shortly so keep an eye out for it! I tried to link to all the tutorials and posts about things done in their room but if you have any questions please let me know.

Have a great Monday!

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Add Planking Around Your Fireplace

My sister and her husband purchased a new (to them) home this past spring and spent a few weeks remodeling before they moved in. They still have a lot of work to do but are trying to get settled and finish up big projects. I was over at her house helping with cabinets when she asked me about her fireplace. I told her “We should Add Planking Around Your Fireplace” and so we did! And it turned out really very cute!

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Cute right? I love love love how it turned out and I love the wooden mantel! The floors in her home are the walnut wood tile so the walnut mantel totally ties it all together!

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Do you want to add planking to your fireplace too? Here is what we did!

Here is what the fireplace looked like before…

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First you need your planking material. Kait (my sister) had a bunch of 3” wide 1/2” MDF slats from a previous project in her garage so we used those. You can use MDF or you can use utility plywood and you can cut them to the size that you like. I really liked the 3” wide slats. yes, we had to cut a few more planks than if we had used a wider plank, but I liked having more planks on the wall.

To start, I measured across the entire area and had the measurements of 65.5”.  Using a level and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer and 2” pin nails, I nailed the first plank, completely level, right above the fireplace.

Each piece is mitered at a 45 degree angle to lay flat against the adjoining wall. The longer pieces are mitered on both ends and the smaller pieces have a straight edge by the fireplace and a miter on the side against the wall.

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From there we worked our way up the wall and down both sides of the fireplace, using 2 quarters to help us with the width in-between each plank.

She has a light switch on her fireplace wall so I needed to cut out around those.

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I measured the lights and drew lines on my planks and then used my Ryobi Jigsaw to simply cut out the pieces for the lights. You want your lights to sit on top of the planking.

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In order to bring the planking all the way to the floor, we had to cut out a bit of the existing baseboard. I simply used the Ryobi Multi Tool and cut off the baseboard.

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After all our planks were nailed on, I cut two side pieces. Where the fireplace wall and the walls in the room met was a little wonky because of the dry wall and so our pieces seemed off. We wanted nice straight edges so I cut two pieces the length of the fireplace wall and mitered one side to the 45 degree angel on my table saw so it would sit flush. The side pieces also worked perfect for tying into the baseboard.

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And then we were done building and just needed to putty, caulk and paint! We puttied all the nail holes and sanded the whole wall down.

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The only place we caulked were the side pieces next to the wall so there would nice, clean straight lines. Everything else was left alone to give the look of real “planks.”

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When everything was dry, we whipped the wall down with a damp rag and then taped off and Kait painted the whole thing white to match the white in her home.

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While Kait was painting the planks, I built the mantel using the same pattern I used to make the Rustic Shelf in my sons room. Kait wanted her mantel to be a little deeper so instead of using 1×6’s I used 1×8’s.

I built the whole thing in about 10 minutes and then used Mixwax wood finishing cloths in Walnut to stain the whole thing. I let the mantel dry over night.

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We let the paint dry over night.  We almost left it like this! It looks so nice and fresh and clean, but she wanted a mantel over the fireplace so we added it!

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To hang the mantel, I used a 2×4 and using 3” nails, secured it the wall where the 2×4’s in the wall were. The mantel is 5’ long so I cut the 2×4 to be 4.5’ long.

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Then I centered the mantel on the 2×4 and used four (4) 2” screws to screw it into the 2×4 from the top. You can find a tutorial for that here.

And then we were done!!

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All we had left to do was decorate!!

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I love how this fireplace turned out and it is definitely the center piece/accent wall of the room! If you love it too… we would love your pins and shares!!

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Toy Truck Bookends

In our home, we love books! I find my kids “reading” books all the time! I am constantly pulling books out from behind their beds where the books have slipped down when my kids were looking at them before they fell asleep. The hard part for me is figuring out how to display them while still letting them be accessible for the kids. I wanted to put some truck/construction books on my boy’s dresser but didn’t want to just stack them up — what to do, what to do? I was watching my kids play with their trucks when I go the idea to make some fun toy truck bookends… using toy trucks!

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This project is so simple and I made it using scraps from my wood pile and trucks my kids had in their toy box!

All you need are a few pieces of 1×6’s and toys!

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I picked out the trucks I was going to use and figured out my measurements by sitting the truck on the wood – it came out to be about 7” long. I cut the back pieces to be the same – so (4) 7” pieces.

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Their room is stained with Minwax Classic Gray so I went ahead and stained these classic gray too.

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After the pieces were dry, I used Gorilla wood glue to glue the pieces together and then used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to nail them together. I used four nails on each one.

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And then I realized that if I put these on the dresser, they would melt right into the gray and wouldn’t even stand out – so I took them outside and gave them a nice coat of my favorite Rustoleum Heirloom White.

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When the spray paint was dry, I used my sponge sander and roughed them up a bit. I am really glad I did the Classic Gray stain underneath because I like seeing the gray show through.

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Then I used E6000 to glue the trucks onto each side. I glued the wheels and  the back of the trucks and the E6000 held it perfect!

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Then I was done!

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Cute right!!??

So the big question… where did I get the trucks? Sadly, I don’t know where to get them… My son got them as a gift a couple years ago and I stole them out of his toy bin.  But really you guys! Every toy store has cute trucks… just go pick some out!! I think it would be really cute (and I was really tempted) to do a fire truck and an ambulance – you could even do some race cars!

And yes… I owe my kid a new truck… or two!

Have a great day!!

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Rustic Rolling 6-Drawer Dresser

Happy Monday Morning! I am super excited to share my latest project with you guys! If you have been following me on Instagram you have seen a few little sneak peeks! I have been working on a room for my son’s and after I built the headboard and footboard, I knew I wanted a dresser to match.

I measured the bed and measured the room and found out that I would need it to be about 50” long… and it had to be raised up because of the heat vent in the floor – I was in quite the predicament. I knew I had to build a dresser so I turned to Ana White and found this dresser with wheels.  I made some modifications but am pretty much in love with this rustic rolling 6-drawer dresser!

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The plans call for this dresser to be 62 1/2” long – but that was way to big for my space so I cut it down by 12” and took 6” off each drawer and it fits perfect! That is the best thing about building things yourself – you can make them how you want them!

The dresser drawers are nice and sturdy. I built them using Gorilla Wood Glue and our Ridgid Stapler. The glue holds everything nice and tight and I am not worried about them falling apart!

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I asked Spencer for a Kreg Jig for Mother’s Day and he delivered one a few days early! It is awesome because I didn’t have to putty a thing! I simply used my wood glue and pocket screws and built the whole thing without a hitch!

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After it was assembled, I used Minwax Classic Gray and stained the whole thing. Then I sanded it down a bit more to give it more of a rustic feel.

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I love Classic Gray! It is such a pretty color and I am so glad I chose that stain for this room. It is perfect!

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I added some corner braces like the Shanty 2 Chic girls did in the tutorial and love the characteristic that add.

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I found these rustic looking pulls at Home Depot and think they are the perfect match.

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Even though I trimmed off 6 inches of drawer space, the drawers are still deep and big enough. I am loving all the space.

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I also love the character and functionality the wheels give the dresser. It is really easy to move all loaded up and it lifted up from the ground so blocking the heating vent won’t be a problem. The plans call for 6” casters but I bought 5” swivel casters from Home Depot and they work awesome.

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In order to get some good photos of the dresser I had to move it around the room a little bit and push it up against the opposite wall – the wheels made it so easy to move – but really the dresser will go along the wall with the window in-between the boys beds.

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But that window makes it almost impossible for me to get a good “money” shot –

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Their room is coming along so great and I only have a couple more projects and then I’ll do the big reveal… so keep reading!

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Easy One-Hour 1×6 Floating Shelf

How to Sew A Simple Valance

No room is complete without a window treatment so I wanted to show you how to sew a simple valance today. A valance is a great way to bring personality into the room because you can use different colors and patterns and mix and match and it creates a big bang in a small area.

First things first – measure your window and figure out how much fabric you need and make a plan. My window is 52” wide and I wanted the valance to be 14” long. I also wanted a main fabric and two trims.

I wanted the valance to be really full and gathered so I doubled the length. 52”+52”=104”

Add up your length:
2” above the rod.
2” for the rod.
10” for top fabric
2” for trim#1
2” for trim #2

For this valance I picked what fabric I wanted to use – Peak Hour by Riley Blake – I picked the stripe for the main piece and the blue and red/orange for the trim pieces.

I need a yard and a fourth for the main and 1/4 yard for both trims.

I cut the trim pieces into 3 inch pieces to leave space for the 1/2” seam allowance.

The red/orange goes in the bottom so I sewed the three pieces together and then sewed a hem – leaving one side raw.

Then I sewed the blue trim pieces together and with right-sides facing I sewed the two trim pieces together.

I cut the main fabric at 14.5”

I sewed all the pieces together and then I folded it down four inches (with wrong sides touching) and pressed it.

I stitched the bottom and then stitched 2 inches up – making a space for the curtain rod and leaving some fabric to go top.

Then I sewed the main piece to the trim pieces and was done!

You can do so many fun things with this pattern/tutorial! You can have one trim, make it longer, make it shorter – less gather – whatever you want! It is the perfect sewing project for beginners too! Have fun whipping some up!

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Easy One Hour 1×6 Floating Shelf

A little bit ago, I was over at the 733 Blog sharing a recent project I had completed for my boys room!  As you guys know, I have slowly been finishing up and decorating their room and I wanted to add a shelf to their wall so I built an easy one hour 1×6 floating Shelf.

The best part of building things yourself is that you can make them the size, shape or length you want. This shelf is 5 feet long, but if you need/want one longer you can follow the same steps, just adjust the lengths to your measurement. This shelf is a really easy build and you can be waiting on stain to dry in just an hour!

YOU WILL NEED:

(3) 1” x 6” x 6” pine boards
Wood Glue
(1) 2×4
Pin nailer/nails
Wood Filler
Screws
1 x 1 1/2” bolts (optional)
Sandpaper
Stain of your choice.

CUT LIST:

(3) 1” x 6” x 6” at 5 feet. (top, bottom and front/face)
(2) 1” x 6” x 6” at 4 inches (sides)

If you don’t have a miter box, Home Depot will cut the wood for you.

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Pick the piece you want as your face piece. I wanted mine to be knotty and look rustic and old so I picked the one with the most “character.” It even had a little crack in the face.

Glue the entire edge of top piece.

Then using your pin nailer or nails and hammer, nail the face piece to the top piece.

Then glue and nail your face piece to the bottom piece.

You should have a box…. missing the bottom. It should look like this. The face piece for your shelf is the piece on the top in this picture. The shelf face will have nail holes.

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Glue both sides of the side pieces, insert them into the end and nail in place.

Now the shelf is built!! Give it a quick sand to smooth it out a bit.

Fill the little holes with wood filler or if you have a matching putty, just wait and putty when you are done staining.
All the wood in my boy’s room is stained Classic Gray by Minwax so that was my stain of choice.

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After your stain is dry, sand your shelf down again to give it a weathered look – then give it a once-over with Rustoleum Matte Clear Finish Spray.

It has been about an hour and you are done building and just waiting for everything to dry and cure. I waited over night and was ready to hang the shelf up – but first I wanted to add a little bit of character to the shelf. Using the same bolts I used to hang up their planked truck art and to attach their bed rails – I screwed them into the wood.

These are purely for decoration! But if you want some too… measure in 1 1/4” from each side and mark it.

Use a 9/64 drill bit and pilot drill a hole.

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After you pilot drill use your bolt and 7/16 socket bit and drill them in.

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HOW TO HANG A FLOATING SHELF

Now your shelf is built, dry and ready to hang.

Measure the inside of your shelf – Mine is 58 1/2” and then cut your 2×4 to be 1/2 an inch smaller – so I cut mine at 58”.

Find the center of where you want to hang your shelf, use your level to make sure it is straight and screw your 2×4 in the wall at the studs. If you don’t have studs – use drywall anchors – but make sure your 2×4 is nice and secure and level!

Now you screw your shelf into the 2×4 and you are set. To make this part easier, measure in 3/4” to make sure you hit the middle of the 2×4 and pre-drill your screws.

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Before you drill, if you need to, make sure you measure both sides of the wall to make sure your shelf is right in the middle. Since your 2×4 is only 1/2” smaller than your shelf you wont have to wiggle it too much. Then finish drilling your screws into the 2×4.

And now you are done! It seems like there are a lot of steps, but trust me – this is an easy to build shelf and hanging it is a breeze!!

I love how fun and rustic it is and I love the screw accents! I matches their beds and their planked truck art perfectly! Now to decorate the floating shelf! I need some fun frames and cute printable and… trucks!

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Believe in Yourself Wall Vinyl + Giveaway

If there is one thing I want my kids to learn it is to believe in themselves. They can do anything they set their minds too but that they need to be themselves and not what someone else wants them to. I give them a lot of room to be creative and use their imaginations and find their spark. I want them to be independent and strong and motivated to chase their goals and their dreams. I put this Believe in Yourself Wall Vinyl on the wall in their room as a gentle reminder to grow and create and be themselves.

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I used their bed quilts as inspiration for the colors and the art. I designed and cut out each decal with my Silhouette Cameo using indoor vinyl. I just knew these would pack a lot of punch on the empty wall. They sort of tie the whole room together and make it come full circle.

This little wall was the perfect space for it and I love the way it turned out and the fun space it created in their room.

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I love that I was able to cut out my own vinyl and create a custom piece and like I said before, I love the colors. I got the vinyl for this project from Expressions Vinyl and they have been awesome enough to host a giveaway so one lucky reader can spend $25 on vinyl of their own. You can also use code THECONTRACTORCHRONICLES to get 10% off your entire order until April 10.

Good Luck to You All!!

Giveaway ends on April 4th at Midnight MST.

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Boys Trucks and Cars Quilt

Hello Friends! If you guys are new here, welcome! I have been revamping my boys room and have been sharing fun projects like their board and Batten and the Knock-Off Pottery Barn Kids Emmett Bed I built. Today I am sharing these darling Boys Trucks and Cars Quilt I made for their beds.

Riley Blake came out with this fabric line (called Peak Hour) a little while ago and the moment I saw it I knew that was the fabric I wanted for my boys room. It is so fun and colorful with all the trucks and cars and I knew my boys would just love it.

I love all the different patterns the Peak Hour line has to offer and have been using the fabric for other projects in their room as well. There is even a pattern on their site that I loved and used for these quilts. I wanted the quilts to be a bit longer so I added a few inches to the end and sides and they came out quite nicely!

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Zachary is still in a crib but I wanted their beds to match when he was older so Riley Blake was nice enough to send me fabric to make him a quilt as well.

After I made the tops for the quilts, I took them to Eagle Mountain Quilting and they quilted them with a darling car and arrow design that work perfect for the quilt.

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I hand-stitched the binding with their coordinating colors and was done!

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I just love how they turned out and I love the color they bring into their room. I think they look awesome with their headboard and footboard and the bed skirt! I also love Quinn’s quilt with the orange sheets and yellow microfiber blanket I purchased at Target.

I didn’t forget about the crib bedding and will be sharing the crib skirt and bumper pads I made for Zachary next week!

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Build Your Own Pottery Barn Kids Emmett Twin Bed

You guys!! Today I am sharing How to Build Your Own Pottery Barn Kids Emmett Twin Bed that I totally knocked-off thanks to Ana White! But the very best part of this whole project is that I built it all by myself. Usually Spencer is around to help me out when we build things but he was out of town and I wanted it done… you know… that minute… so I busted this bad boy out myself!

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I am in love with this bed but the best part is that it gave me a lot of confidence that I was lacking to start building things! I mostly followed the plans that Ana White made, but had to change a few things up a bit because I don’t have a kreg jig.

I had to attach the sides together by countersinking screws and pilot drilling and using wood filler… but it was worth it! I also attached the plywood to the back by drilling screws through the back. I figured you wouldn’t be able to see them anyway.

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After the bed was built, I used Minwax Classic Gray to stain it. I brushed the stain on…

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… and then wiped it off.

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After the stain was dry I used my quarter sander to sand it down a bit to make it look a bit more weathered.

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Then I gave it a nice clear coat of this minwax express clear protective wiping finish.

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When it came time to assemble the bed, Spencer was home so we worked together and got it done. We changed this part up a little bit too. I used the 2×4’s in the plans, and added a couple braces across.

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If you do yours this way, figure out where you want to drill your rails in and then cut your middle braces to fit. I wanted mine in the middle of the headboard and footboard 2×4’s. We drilled pilot holes and then used 1/4” x 4” bolts to attach the 2×4 rails to the footboard and headboard.

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These bolts are the large version of the ones I used to hang up the planked truck art in their room.

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We used a 7/16” socket bit and drilled them in and I really love them.

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I knew that we would be drilling through the footboard and I did not want big holes, nor did I want to fill those holes and sand them down  in case I wanted to take them apart – which I know will happen one day. I love this option because it looks nice and clean but still a bit rustic.

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After the rails and braces were in place we cut a piece of 1/2” plywood and set it on top and screwed it into the rails to hold it in place.

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We attached the rails at the height of 13” so I can store bins of toys under the bed. The bins are 12 1/2” tall so there is 1/2” of space left. From here you can add the 1×6’s to the sides and then add your mattress. I opted not to do this step so I could add a bed skirt between the plywood and mattress.

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With the rails being 13” high and the 4 1/2” for the 2×4 and plywood and then add the 8” mattress — and the bed seems a bit high for my 4-year old but he loves it and sadly… he will grow up!

The best part of building things yourself is that you can make them what you want them to be!

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