Today I am joining Bobbi at Revolution of Love (altogether heartening and holy and wonderful blog that reeeealy makes you wish you lived on the Monterrey Peninsula and not Central Flo) for her first Pinterest Party link up, where any and all can join in to showcase their Pinterest pins they have actually succeeded in creating. Can't wait to be inspired by everything others have done! [And I cannot figure out how to "grap a button" on this blog thing, so I just copy and paste the image, so tips on what I need to do would be appreciated before I have to resort to Google.]
Okay, let's get this rolling!
Here is the pin, or actually the source of the pin I started with:
It is from Ikeahackers.net which is just the neatest website where that showcases all sorts of projects people have made from Ikea projects, really amazing stuff like today I saw featured a gorgeous wine bar made entirely from ugly Ikea book shelves. I could get lost on that site and emerge several days later with a million homemaking ideas none of which I will ever employ because I have spent the last fortnight on the computer and have dishes and laundry and dirty faced kids to deal with. But I digress...
This project starts with the Ikea Kura bed that looks like this:
We wanted to replace AnneMarie and Naomi's twin beds with something that would take up less space, but wasn't quite as dangerous as a traditional bunk bed. I loved this idea, and while I am not at all handy, I married the right guy.
We found a barely used Kura bed on craigslist for a hundred bucks, bought some wallpaper and mod podge, pre-finished-cut-to-size melamine boards, and some pieces of wood Obi had to route lines into to hold the boards for the bottom bunk. (I know this makes no sense, but Obi's not around to correct any of my verbal wrongdoing, so on we go.)
We had originally planned on painting the wood frame white, but when we actually got the bed, the wood looked warm and interesting, and their room is mostly white, and we thought it would look a little less little girly if this bed carries over into at least their pre-teen years, which we are shooting for.
It took us (I did nothing but apply wallpaper to the panels) about a day of work and about $150 total. Not bad.
And it is so much fun! Not very high, Isaac can easily scale his way up and down, and the bottom bunk is basically on the floor and is almost like a secret hideout.
So though I mostly curse you for the unrealistic expectations you place on all of us (flat abs in 7 minutes a day be cursed!) I do thank you, Pinterest, for seriously coming through every once in awhile.