Thursday, July 22, 2010

Building a Daybed- Thanks to Knock-Off Wood

If you haven't "met" Ana from Knock-Off Wood then you are missing out on something wonderful. Not only is she ridiculously cute- that girl knows how to use her power tools, and I don't mean a staple gun. She has industrial sized miter saws...She takes DIY to the next level by showing us how to build our own furniture. And not just simple pieces, but gorgeous furniture that you'd want to keep for years to come.

Anyways, as you can tell, I'm smitten with Ana and her site. So I just couldn't wait [for David] to build something...I really liked the plans for the daybed (similar to the Stratton Daybed from Pottery Barn). And we had this space in our Breakfast room that was really wasted space. So I thought it would be a perfect reading nook. 

Considering neither of us have ever used a saw before, let alone cut trim, I am so proud of how our daybed turned out. So don't be afraid to try it. If we can do it, I'm pretty sure everyone can! To be honest, I think it looks better than Pottery Barn's! And considering it cost the same amount as their shipping? We couldn't be more pleased.

Here it is...(click for a larger view)

Yes, those are the same baskets as in my bathroom (I can't resist at $6 a piece).

A view to give you an idea of how the room flows...

Another shot...ahhh...I love it.

It still needs a cozy throw and some toss pillows, but I just love it so much, I had to share!
I hope you'll be inspired to build something of your own!

To see more of the Breakfast Room: click here!

To see the Kitchen Table Before & After: click here!
To see the Breakfast Room Before & After: click here!


I linked up at The Weekend-Wrap Up!

19 comments:

merideth said...

looks great! ok, those "feet" . . . did you get those simply by using trim that was a little more narrow than the space from the "shelf" of the box to the floor? if so? what a happy accident! i love it! it gives it a . . . daintier? . . . feel!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow!! i can't believe you had never even used a saw and yet you went to town- you did a fantastic job! it looks great and the colors are so soothing. i could take a nap there!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

Thank you for leaving such kind remarks on my blog. You have some great ideas here!!

Anna See said...

Love, love, love it! I bet this will be a favorite perch for years to come!

KiraAJ said...

love it! looks awesome

Kara said...

Great job Caroline!! I'm actually in the ending process of building my second one of these too...it's amazing how easy Ana makes it all...I'm addicted to building!!! Where'd you find your top mattress? Love love LOVE the final result!!

Ana White said...

Caroline, I LOVE your bed and the colors are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful spot to read a book!

Jesse said...

This looks great! I love that site!

Nancy said...

Don't you just love all of Ana's plans? You guys did an awesome job on the "Reading Nook"!!!

Nancy

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

I love Ana's plans. I tweaked her ladder table plans to make stools for my deck.

citymouse said...

Great job! Since we are always working on one project or another around here, I can appreciate your DIY-spirit. Our house is 107 years old and I love it!

Tenille Gates said...

it looks fab ♥ Great job! I must agree with you...that Ana has some mad skillz ;0) I plan on attempting one of her furniture plans myself one day..thanks for the inspiration!

Spoiled...but Not Rotten said...

Great job! It turned out beautifully! I really have been wanting to do something like this in our guest room. I have always been to scared to do it myself, but maybe I shouldn't be, huh?

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a cute idea! I love it. Great job with the power tools!

Rambling Renovators said...

That turned out great! You are inspiring me to tackle my own project.

Stacey said...

I love this! Where did you get the fabric?

Laurie said...

Love it! Now where did you find the baskets?? Ian having such a hard time :(

angie b said...

I'm new to Anna's site, thank you for the pictures....all pics help, Im working on my first box right now, you may have said already and i missed it...where did you get the baskets?
6 bucks?
thanks in advance,
angie b

Chelle said...

I'm making these beds too and would love to know where you found the baskets for so cheap?!