Thursday, June 14, 2012

Missed opportunity....

Good Thursday afternoon to you!  Have you had a good day?  It has been a good one here, albeit a little hot.  The present temperature is 87 degrees F! 

If you have been following this blog for awhile,  you will notice that there just hasn't been much at all about any remodeling projects at our house.  The Husband did take up the carpet in the hall and put down hardwood after Thanksgiving, and I included that on the blog back in December.  Well, there has been another project underway, and I was just not thinking about how it would have been good to photograph and include in the blog. 

So, there are just a couple of pictures now that it is finished, and a bit of a background story.

Country Girl hasn't had too many moves since she completed college and began working.  She worked at a church camp for 11 years and lived in a small house there.  It came unfurnished, and that was when we began to help with that need.  We found an old iron bed which we had redone and painted white.  That took care of one bedroom.  She took her bed from home for the other bedroom.

When she left that place of employment four years ago to begin another job, she moved to a very small furnished cabin.  Consequently, all her excess furniture came back "home."  She was there two years, and then moved into the farm house where she and New Husband now live.  That meant the furniture was "on the move again!":-)  

We like to be able to have places for everyone (all the family) to sleep should they decide to come for an overnight visit, so we embarked on a project to see that happen.  Two years ago, when the furniture moved back with Country Girl, I had bought something at a local antique store that I thought might be of service to us.  It was actually on the order of a bench, with the former headboard of a bed as the back, and the footboard, cut in two, attached as the arms.  The Husband added an extra support, and we put the crib mattress on it for Little Munchkin to use for her bed - until she would become too long for it.:-)  It worked very nicely for her during the past year or so.  

Well, the plan had been to take the "bench" apart at some point and reconstruct everything as a double bed.  That is what The Husband has been working on for the past two or three weeks.  Taking it apart was quite a challenge!  Whoever put it together the first time really intended it to stay!:-)

This is the headboard.

After taking the "bench" apart, it was discovered that the footboard had not been cut completely in half; rather, it had been trimmed to satisfy the desired measurements of the "bench."  So, that presented the challenge of piecing the wood to bring the foot of the bed to match the headboard measurements! 

One side of the footboard.

Well, The Husband was successful in piecing the footboard, but oops!  What about side rails?!?  A trip to a couple of Goodwill stores resulted in a real find!  Metal side rails that fit into the slits in the bed frame!  After locating some wood pieces to serve as slats, it was on to the hunt for a new mattress and foundation.  That was our accomplishment last week-end! 

Are you still with me?  This is a long post!  Once I get started sometimes, it is difficult for me to stop.:-)

Thank you for reading.  I truly enjoy your comments.

Next post - Vintage?


  1. Sounds like a neat project, Nellie... We have a big project started at our home.. We're getting a new deck... Don't know how long it will take them --but my birdies (which eat off of the deck) will be sad for awhile while waiting on the new deck... ha


  2. I always enjoy seeing projects like this. It looks great.
    I think you are both very talented. :)

  3. You did a great job on that bed. How fun that the bed keeps coming back to you -I think it is meant to stay there. What an interesting life your Country Girl has led- xo Diana

  4. That piece is just lovely, and fits Country Girl's personality perfectly! You and The Husband are always doing neat things, either outside or inside, and I admire your courage to tackle some of the tasks you have completed. Next time you need rails, give me a call. We have some in storage that have built-in slats! :-)

  5. Your bed turned out lovely, but it did sound like a lot of work.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, this is a copy of my reply . . .
    Oh my goodness, yellow jackets is what we have. They make their nests in the ground. Our house is built on a concrete slab and they found a small crack by the front door and went down there to build their nest and we had a horrible time getting rid of them . . . plus everyone that came to our front door was in danger of being stung. The other bad nest was next to the garden in the back yard right near my wild-sunflower patch. I couldn't pick a bouquet without those nasty bees . . . sorry, yellow jackets buzzing around me. Anything with a stinger is a bee to me. I have not seen many this year, but they are always their worst in last July, August and September. Thanks you, for your informative visit. I need to download a photo description and learn the different species. Have a great day and watch out for anything that buzzes, LOL. Connie :)

  6. I think you need to nickname it the boomerang bed! How fun!

  7. It's a lovely thing that you want to make sure you have room for visitors.

  8. A happy tale, of the saga of a marvelous project.

    Isn't it nice to be married to handy men?!?

    "I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy ... you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."
    ~~Katherine Mansfield

  9. Oh, I love this! Your husband is really gifted to be able to do this....and it looks so 'perfect'! Loved ready your post!


  10. I love re-purposing objects, especially furniture.
    Your husband did a fine job on the bed, looks reallly pretty...

  11. Your husband did a beautiful job on the bed. It looks lovely.

  12. Wow, that's pretty clever what you were able to do with that bench/bed! I was thinking about you this morning when my major professor brought me some dehydrated zucchini slices (essentially zucchini chips). They were delicious! Just another use for zucchini in addition to cakes and cookies!

  13. That is a terrific job on that bed!!! I love things like that and admire all the work that go into projects like this one.

    Happy Father's day to your husband. And a wonderful day to you.