With help from Sug and my son I have started to build a bed nook on the upstairs landing at the shore house.
In the fourth installment we built a shelf and headboard at each end of the bed.
The plan was to encase the entire project in a frame made of MDF. We got started on it but ran out of steam when the measurements didn’t work out exactly right.
During the most recent workday at the shore house, with a fresh mind and renewed energy, Sug and I actually made progress on the MDF surround. I recut the right hand side frame to match the measurement of the headboard shelf so the under-bed drawers would be functional. (My original measurements covered too much of the opening.)
While I was measuring and cutting Sug started painting the components which had already been installed with a coat of primer and 2 coats of white semi-gloss — “Simply White”.
Another amendment I made before constructing the front trim was to switch out 2-by-4 bed slats with more traditional 1-by-3 stock which slightly reduced the height of the mattress.
While intermittently painting Sug helped me set up the right side frame.
Together we added a piece to hide the framing under the bed, the box spring, and part of the mattress — I held and Sug secured with screws.
Unfortunately I was unable to finish cutting the left side piece due to the fact that we needed my strong son to lift the MDF onto the sawhorses.
Sug also cut holes into the desktop at both ends so we could easily plug in a lamp, fan, TV, computer, etc.
Next time I want to:
- Finish the left side frame
- Add a piece of cornice across the top
- Add cove molding (or shoe molding) to the sides
- Paint all unfinished surfaces
- Finish the desk tops with edging
- Hang wallpaper inside the frame and on the left and right walls
- Hang artwork, a mirror, and an ancient cabinet
Items in green below have been recently added to the plan. The original plan with the finished items highlighted in pink font:
- Choose a paint color for the ceiling and walls. The trim will be Simply White semi-gloss to match the rest of the house.
- Wash the windows and clean shades. Measure to see if shutters would work.
- Buy paint and prime and paint ceiling and walls.
- Measure the room.
- Draw a plan for the bedframe and nook frame.
- Purchase and assemble under bed drawer from Ikea.
- Purchase lumber for the project.
- Build the frame and facing. Remember to move the electric outlet.
- Paint the facing and visible frame.
- Make the bed with fresh linens.
- Hang art inside the nook. Hang small cabinet.
- Add a lamp to the nook — wall sconce or small brass lamp.
- Wallpaper inside the nook.
- Buy a rug pad and lay the rug.
The next step is to finish the frame then paint the wood and MDF white like the trim in the rest of the house.
This project is
a little way more involved than I expected but we are making progress.