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.
Love how the bed turned out!
The Wild and Free print is by Katie Daisy from The Wheatfield.
Other dinosaur bedroom projects:
DIY Penny Tray
Dinosaur Curtains and Desk