Friday, October 31, 2014

Creating a bed nook.....( and overcoming obstacles )

DIY bed nook

John says - This is absolutely ridiculous -
John says - This is STUPID
John says - The room's too small - this is ridiculous
Suzan says - You already said that
John says - I can't believe you're hanging a curtain there - the room's small enough - this is absolutely ridiculous

3 times............................

GET.  OUT.  OF. THE.  ROOM.  PLEASE...................................
Obstacle no. 1 taken care of.

Now for the second one and this is huge - we couldn't get the box spring upstairs.
For the first guest room we were able to cut the box spring and fold it in half since it was a spring ( coiled ) one.
Assuming this would be the same, John began sawing away
( Yep - right through the gauze - don't ask - we had plenty to fight about last night - this didn't seem worth it at all )

You cut the 3 main pieces of frame like this

and then simply fold it over

John says - There's nothing " simple " about this
John says - I don't know anyone else on this earth that does this crap
Suzan says - Trust me - people do this - in fact a lot of people do this that live in little old houses
Suzan says - Because a double fits in and I want to create a nook

Except -

Suzan says - Oh oh - there's no springs - we can't fold it in half because of all the wood slats
John says - Oh well - there goes that idea - we'll get a single bed - and he gets up to walk away
Suzan says - No way, Jose, we'll just cut the entire thing in half and then re-attach it upstairs - in place
John says - I only see one of us with a saw in his hands
John says - I'm really at the end of my rope with all of your sick ideas
Suzan says - THEY'RE NOT SICK IDEAS !!!!!!!!!!
Suzan says - taking all the fabric off to one side so you can remove those'll be easier for you that way, trust me
John says - EASIER FOR ME????????????????????

They were just stapled in - so they were in fact quite easy to come off - here it is with all the horizontal slats removed

Suzan says - Aw c'mon - you just have to saw the 3 main piece of wood now and it's done

Here's how it looked when it was done

Suzan says - Could you please stop shouting?  You're giving me a headache

It was incredibly light to carry upstairs LOL

We placed it on the bed frame and John reinforced where the 3 cuts were made

and then he nailed the slats back in ( I patched up where the fabric had been cut )
I only kept the fabric on the sides since the mattress is going to hide everything else..................everything else was cut up and thrown out

Obstacle no. 2 taken care of

A bed skirt would have been difficult - ( plus I didn't have one LOL ) so I cut up a drop cloth - folded it in half - and stapled it along the edge of the slats

Obstacle no. 3 - done !
And there you have it -
By hook or by crook - I've we've created a nook !!!

DIY bed nook

This tiny little space took me over a week - not the room - just the nook - so that's all you're going to see
( and by the way the entire room is basically double the size of this -

The " curtain " is a duvet cover I had on hand ( you can see that post HERE )
Did you notice that little window?
I put the matching pillow case on it - I can fold it to whatever size I need ( shorter in the day ) again I didn't cut the sham at all - just simply folded it - the top part of the window only shows roof lines and tree tops so I didn't think it was necessary to cover that part ( unless there's a chimney sweep in the area, it's perfectly safe)
 I also painted a frame around the window to give it a little more substance

It's not easy getting photos of this small area, let me tell you but I'm going to do my best to show you
" around " lol

I added a mirror to my wood plank " glam " frame - and installed 2 reading lamps on the wall -

A picture of the Eiffel Tower - and benches that I actually used to read on once upon a time !!!
( and fell asleep on one sunny beautiful afternoon )

The mirror is painted white and distressed ( a long long time ago )

And I guess that's kind of it .................almost ready

DIY bed nook

but not quite

John says - Why do you always work a$$ backwards?
Suzan says - I don't !!!
John says - You've decorated half the room - and you still have to paint the floor on the other side
Suzan says - It gives me hope when I can look up and see the other half done

He doesn't even realize I've only painted half the ceiling also LMHO

Oh and here's the seller's photo from MLS and how it looked when we visited the house

Later on in bed...................

Suzan says - Maybe our next place should be a loft
Suzan says - You're becoming quite the carpenter you know
John says - The next time I move it'll be in a pine box
John says - In fact - that may be the next project I work on.....................

Have a wonderful day everyone - and weekend for that matter.
I'm praying I'm finished this room by the end of it -
Please don't let it take another week

Much love,

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  1. Oh my Suzan! I don't know what I would do without your funny stories. You guys just keep me laughing...:) The bed nook turned out beautifully. It's amazing what can be done in a small space. My guest room is ridiculously tiny, but I love it! Have a beautiful weekend. Fingers crossed the rest of the room doesn't take too long.

    Hugs, Vicky

  2. Normal everyday real life ! Fantastic idea.I was so into it-like a novel "Giggle".Brave strong lady You are.It turned out gorgeous, I'm sure He will see that later ; ) Denise

  3. I can't believe how similar our conversations go between hubby and wife...except THIS John calls me Tweedle-Dee just to add to the "tick-me-off" factor. I caught your vision right Can't wait to see it all done. (someday) xo Diana

  4. This room looks great, such a huge change in the best way! But I can't believe you can get John to do the things you get him to do. How fast do you guys get past the squabbles?

  5. It looks wonderful, the perfect place to cozy up with a book and snuggle against the pillows. I have never heard of cutting a box spring in half and I'm just amazed that John was able to pull that off! Can't wait to see the rest of the room when it's ready.

  6. I LOVE it! You and John did a great job of moving that box spring (minus the springs). I had heard of this before, probably on your blog, about cutting the wood and folding the box. Clever!! The nook is adorable. What a cozy spot to sleep or read. Sweet. Sweet. I hope you get the rest of the room done without any issues. A good weekend to you.

  7. It looks beautiful!!! Sometimes I feel just a wee bit sorry for John, lol, but it passes quickly, lol, have a great weekend!!

  8. Very cute! I love the bedframe.

  9. It looks fabulous! Now about changing the bed...reminds me of crawling on the bunk beds while trying to get the fitted sheets around the corners. If those bunk bed rooms had looked this good I wouldn't have been spewing vulgarities quite so much I'm sure.

  10. Way to make it happen!! Y'all sound similar to us when I get ideas!!

  11. ahhh...the sweetest nook, EVER !

  12. John should be proud of your ingenuity!! Silly man...

    It looks great!

  13. The nook looks so cosy and so chic. John is hilarious... I wonder why men keep fighting with us... We know what we are doing... most of the time!

  14. I absolutely adore reading the conversation because we have those too! I bet today he thinks you're a genius....right? If not today he will think that when the other 1/2 of the room is finished. By the way, I totally understand doing half the room and decorating it. You just have to know if your vision is coming together. You were right!

  15. Oh, dear john, it isn't like there was a bed nook BEFORE this bed nook! Also, you Do know that you just voided the warranty on the box springs, don't you? Love the entertainment...and how the place is coming along! Keep up the good work!

  16. You tell him Suzan...way to go!!! Oh, and that bling mirror - on planking - within a frame.... I would kill for that! ;) Nicely done....oxoxo

  17. I love it. You did a great job, my friend.
    Hugs from here

  18. LOL - you are so fun.
    You did a great job. I am very proud you got through all your obstacles. Including John. LOL

  19. It's a beautiful nook Suzan! Well worth all the drama! So cozy! A great getaway! I totally get why you wanted to tackle this project. Love the mirror on the wood!

  20. Susan, what does John know?? It looks absolutely are quite a talent. Let the men speak and then we do what we want anyway!!

  21. Hey! Puddles! I got to see them! And just smack're always right anyway. =D


  22. That was so funny. I guess it wasn't at the time, but your little nook turned out great and it was well worth the time and effort.

  23. What a Big improvement from what that bedroom looked like before and what it looks like now. You and John have done an amazing job in transforming your home to your liking.
    Susan, I love how you 'framed' around the window. How very clever. I admire those adorable pillows as well. Perfect for that room. Also like the mirror you added to your framed planks.........perfect fit.

  24. Oh Suzan, it's beautiful! Cutting that in half worked great and good for John for doing it...even if he was reluctant!

  25. I say it looks so cozy and comfy that it was well worth the effort!

  26. You two are hysterical. Like Lucy and Ricky. Try to resist saying "I told you so" when people compliment your fantastic success.

  27. Drop dead gorgeous! Seriously! And now you have a special place to nap when you're tired of finishing the other side. x Patty

  28. looks fantastic!! wow, love it. Glad you were able to make the bed frame work

  29. Looks like a warm and inviting little nook. I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. And to think I just went out and bought a new split box spring when I could've sawed it apart and reassembled it! Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  30. Susan I LOVE it!! I came over from Uncommon Design and I'm so glad I did! If you have time I'd love for you to link up tonight at 8 EST to my little party Twirl and Take a Bow...I know everyone would love your project! ox

  31. Oh my, love reality. Great little nook, very inviting. I suspect that you never get bored.

  32. I've got to admit I gasped when I saw you were cutting the bed frame in half but hey, it works and I'm going to remember this idea. Your bed nook is so pretty - what a difference between before and after. As always, thanks for the laughs too - I always enjoy your antics!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    1. That's ok - I think John gasped too Marie LOL
      Thanks so much

  33. So awesome! What a perfect little place! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

  34. Love your bed nook Suzan. I think small spaces are so hard to redo because it's so difficult to move around. Can't wait to see the other side.

    1. Thanks so much !!!
      I'm having " issues " with the floor on the other side - stains keep coming through - sheesh - I'm so ready to be done in there !

  35. Love your little nook - I could would love lying there and read for a day or two or three. Thank you for sharing at Share It One MOre Time. Cathy

  36. It's so pretty! We used the same sheets. :)

  37. Love how you keep it real by showing the unfinished side of the room. The nook is perfect! It looks like a great place to steal away...

  38. The nook is super cute Suzan! Can't believe John really gave that box spring a workover. Can't believe it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  39. LOL! Priceless! I don't know whether to applaud you, Suzan, for your persistence when John gives you grief, or give kudos to John for continuing to assist you in carrying out your decorating schemes (which by the way are always worthy of assistance. Always.). I got such a kick out of this. I have a weakness for nooks and yours is fabulous! xxx ~ Nancy

  40. Are you sure we don't have the same husband? lol

    That nook is adorable. I really want to do something like that for my daughter's room. What preteen wouldn't love a nook?!

  41. Love the nook! Tell John Happy Wife Happy true Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

    1. John doesn't get that " happy wife " thing - at all LOL
      Thanks so much Lisa !

  42. I love bed nooks and this one is gorgeous! Poor John, he may argue with you, but he did do it didn't he. Love the conversation! Does he even know how famous he is? LOL!
    Blessings, Deborah

  43. Replies
    1. But it gets very tiresome showing him I'm right every single time LOL
      Thanks Pam!

  44. You know it's beautiful but truly I love that in spite of the whining John loves you so much he never says no. Deep down he knows he's got a gem of a wife :)

  45. Oh my word, you are so funny and this little nook is way too cute. I love it. What a fabulous idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  46. This is so funny! We just cut our box spring as well. It had springs in it though, so we just bent it enough to force it up the stairs. Your nook is awesome!

  47. Okay, you amaze me! That nook is fantastic!! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you a little later on for Before & After Wednesday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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