Thursday, March 15, 2012

DIY Ana White Twin Bed {Rustic aged finish}

There is some major crafting, building and cleaning out going on at my house!  My parents are here visiting and my Mom has great crafting and sewing skills.  You better bet there was a pile of unfinished stuff just "left out" in the craft room for her in case she got bored.

Today I'm going to show you how my son's dinosaur room is coming along.  His bed is an awesome Ana White  plan!

You can see the plans for the kentwood bed at Ana-White but I'll share a few building pictures and some tips. After cutting out all my wood I used my Kreg Jig® to make pocket holes in the back of the headboard.  LOVING the Kreg Jig®.  It really has changed the way I build things and makes it so much easier.


I used wood glue and my nail gun to attach the 1x4s to the plywood.


I carefully measured the spacing between the 1x3s then glued and nailed them down.


Then I assembled the rest of the bed. It took about 3-4 hours for me to cut all the wood out and assemble the bed.  The hardest part was attaching the 2x8s to the headboard and footboard because they are so heavy!  Total cost was about $60 for all the wood.


I used my favorite wood aging technique to give the bed the rustic look.  I did the same technique for my teenager's rustic headboard, and farmhouse desk.  I rip up a couple of steel wool pads and put them in a mason jar and pour enough vinegar to cover the steel wool.  Then put the cap on and let it sit in the garage a day or two.  Then brew a couple of bags of breakfast tea and brush the tea mixture onto the wood and let it dry overnight.


Then just brush on the steel wool/vinegar mix and the wood should start changing.  If the wood hasn't darkened enough I just do the tea part again and repeat the treatment a few hours later.


After the wood dried I dry brushed a little silver metallic paint randomly around the bed to give it a little shimmer and texture.


The bed got a few coats of polycrylic to protect it's finish.  I didn't wood fill the nail holes because I wanted the rustic look.


Love how the bed turned out!


The Wild and Free print is by Katie Daisy from The Wheatfield.  


Other dinosaur bedroom projects:
Grey Dresser
DIY Penny Tray
Dinosaur Curtains and Desk
Dinosaur Pillow
Leather Letter
Nightstand makeover
Desk Caddy