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{DIY tutorial} sunshine girls room makeover

so… this isn’t a photography post.  it’s a little crossover into my personal life.  i don’t have the energy or desire to create and maintain a crafty mom blog.  there are SO many incredible ones out there already, and i’ll point to a few of them below.  but, there have been some {teasings?} requests for me to write a kid’s book- to include photography, DIY, art & crafts, some fun fiction and recipes.  oh wait,

“Bridgette, that was delicious!  I must have your recipe,” said no one ever.

scratch the recipe part.  anyway, since that book is probably never gonna happen i thought i’d share some of our recent DIY adventures here.  the girls begged for new beds so i took to the internet for inspiration.  as usual, did not disappoint!  we followed her plans for the “easiest hanging daybed” which is a little too optimistic a name if you ask me:) i loved this gorgeous execution of it best, by the bumper crop.  a few trips to lowe’s later, we had this pile of commitment.

and just a tip, if you are gonna DIY, let the lady of the house make the runs to the hardware store- alone.  i got eager VIP white glove service with a smile.  They hand picked the best boards for me, cut them to my specs, helped me choose the proper hardware and a happy customer volunteered himself  to load them into the car for me.

if they assume I am helpless who am I to argue??:)

back home, i found a few more eager helpers!

in my research of those who have attempted the floating beds, hanging them was one of the biggest problems.  these are very heavy, and while we opted for 1x4s instead of 2x4s for the decking planks to save us some weight, it was still too heavy and awkward to hold level for any amount of time.  and it took a good amount of time to get all seven 5-inch lag screws ratcheted into the wall studs.  so, we used this resourceful method to support the whole thing and took our time making sure we did quality secure work on the beds that might precariously dangle our beloved children 5 feet off the ground each night.  after we hung the ropes and apprehensively removed the supports, each of us tested it out one by one.  lots of adrenaline  was in the air for sure.  anxiety from us and extreme excitement and satisfaction from them!once i trusted that they would hold up, my nerves gave way to that same excitement, and maybe a twinge of jealousy:)these beds are soooo adorable.  they remind me of camp bunks……which led us to finish the room with a glamping theme {girly glamorous camping}our girls’ middle names, Soleil & Solana, both mean sunshine so i had a little fun with that on their chalkboard wall.  those paintings are a tradition we have.  each year on their birthday they get a blank canvas to paint with their new age #.we had a MALM dresser from IKEA that was begging for a facelift.  before ↑ and after ↓our awesome generous friends gave us this dresser.  it needed a slight repair which i did with wood glue and clamps via this tutorial from emily at merrypad {apparently it’s a common issue}.  then i measured the drawers and headed off to staples copy & print department for a fancy ole $3.19 engineer’s print.  i trimmed it at the shop and applied it with spray adhesive at home.   they make no claims to the prints being photo quality- and while it’s just black and white on lightweight paper, you can see from the close up that it’s not too shabby at all!finally, since they would be sleeping further apart than they ever have {until now they had separate beds, yet each morning i would find them spooned together in one} they insisted on making tin can phones so they can tell secrets without yelling across the room.if that isn’t the cutest display of sisterhood, i don’t know what is.  almost makes it worth the extreme exhaustion and soreness that resulted from our staying up til 2am and spending an entire weekend on this hot pink room:)

*special thanks to my handsome husband who never shuts down my extreme ideas, from moss wall guest rooms to a roofing tin accent wall in our master bedroom.  his sweat and pure brawn got these awesome beds off my pinterest board and onto our walls.  AND we worked together the whole weekend without a single bad word slipping or tear shedding.*

“we’ve come a long way baby!!” 


my tutorial for the dresser makeover is featured on ikeahackers!

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Ashley - The recipe part came from potato soup… so someone HAS asked for your recipe. ;-) Hopefully one day you’ll fulfill my book request.

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megan - this is so cute! I love the dresser, too. Did you modge podge the front or use another type of protective coating?

Bridgette - oh yes! i feel much better now. and tonite i made chicken breasts crusted with the new Jacked Doritos. moving up in the culinary world perhaps after all ;)

Bridgette - no megan. since this is thin copy paper i didn’t want it to bubble. time will tell but it may be too fragile for a kids room after all. i suppose if someone is motivated enough they could do a plexi covering maybe? i figured i would just replace it with one of a thousand updated images i have of them at $3 a pop :)

Monique - This is awesome!!!!!

Jason Snyder - I love the malm facelift. It inspired me to do one of my own (albeit with a poster, not engineering print)

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Bridgette - I love it jason, looks great! Did you cover it or protecti it in any way?

Erin - Thanks for your pictures and information. I too have been wanting to do this in my boys room and love the Ana White design you used. I have a few questions in regards to how exactly you hung this. I noticed you bolted in to the wall.

Did you bolt both ends/sides that touch the wall? Did you adjust the way Ana White directions stated to have the overhang of the decking boards so the frame would touch the wall?

I am a little pressed for space in the boys room and wondered if I did 11 boards on the deck if you think that is enough room? I know it doesn’t provide for much side room, but will the bed fit comfortably? Especially if I push the mattress all the way to the wall?

Thanks for you input.

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Diane - Not a smart ass comment lol. How do the girls get onto the bed? I am soooo doing this hahaha!!!

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Simone - I love the picture dresser! I just moved into a new home and thought it would be a great idea to put my wedding pictures on a couple night stands in my master bedroom. Can you please, please, please tell me how to do it?

I so look forward to hearing from you!

Amber Armstrong - We just completed a hanging bed where bolted it on the same sides you did. We noticed the one corner sags slightly even with the rope attached and I can’t seem to get the rope tight enough. How did you tie your ropes?

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Bridgette - unfortunately, it just does sag!

Bridgette - the pictures are applied and sealed with mod podge

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