32. Sneak peak at our upholstered platform bed!

I’ve talked about it so much I’m sure you’re probably sick of it, but the majority of our upholstered bed is finished!  It’s the knockoff version of Restoration Hardware’s Alder Tufted Platform Bed.

Adler Tufted Platform 56" Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Adler Tufted Platform 56″ Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Their model is 56″ tall and cost $2595…before shipping.  Yikes.  Ours will come out to 60″ tall, and if I’ve done my math correctly…$226.97!

That’s right, we built a similar bed for about 8% of the cost!  My original budget was $250; obviously I am super proud of myself for keeping things under my spending limit!

I finished the main part of the headboard last night, which definitely turned out to be the most labor-intensive part of the project.  My hands and fingers are still sore today!

Brace yourself for some awesomeness…

TADA!

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The only thing I think I want to fix is the top…I’m not loving how tight I pulled the fabric.  I’d rather it be a more flat edge instead of scalloped.  Anyway, it’s by no means perfect, but I think this headboard came out AMAZING considering I’ve never done any tufting in my life.

I am patting myself on the back as we speak.

I can’t wait to show you the final product once we get everything assembled!!!

XO,
Gabriella

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16. I love me some linen.

Spoiler alert!  I got the fabric in for the upholstered bed I’m building from scratch.  You know, that beautiful bed I keep referring to over and over again?  I bought 8 yards of a pretty, neutral linen/cotton blend from fabric.com.

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It’s seriously the perfect color, and spot on with the inspiration photo, don’t you think?

Adler Tufted Platform 56" Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Adler Tufted Platform 56″ Bed (Restoration Hardware)

If you are interested in the deets, this fabric is the Essex Wide Linen Blend in Natural (by Kaufman), and you can get it here.  Make sure to check for discount codes as well!  I found one for 10% off orders over $40 (code: corner13, good through 1/28/14), and fabric.com ALWAYS ships free when your order is over $35.  You can apparently only use this code once (unless you order with a different email), so make sure to take advantage of it!

Here is the total spent on materials for the bed so far:

Batting, upholstery needles, and two kits for covered buttons – $24.79 (Gotta love Joann sales and coupons!)
8 yards of linen and upholstery thread – $59.51
Total – $84.30

I plan on purchasing the wood for the platform portion of the bed this weekend, probably on Sunday.  We will hopefully get the platform built on Sunday as well, because I’m tired of getting in and out of bed when our mattress is on the floor!

Here’s to a productive DIY weekend!

XO,
Gabriella

 

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12. It’s my birthday! Here’s what I want…

Whoop whoop!

I’m 28 today!  I know that’s not a “special” age, but I feel really loved this year.  So many people have called, texted, and sent Facebook messages, and a bunch of my close Milwaukee friends will be joining me and my husband for dinner tonight at one of my favorite restaurants: Maxie’s Southern Comfort.  I’m already salivating over the thought of fried green tomatoes and a perfectly poured Pimm’s Cup!

I know I haven’t written anything in FOREVER.  I’m so sorry!  To make up for it (somewhat, at least), I thought I would tease you a little with my birthday wishlist.  Well, I really only want two things: a Keurig and a new bed.  Specifically THIS bed:

Adler Tufted Platform 56" Bed (Restoration Hardware)

Adler Tufted Platform 56″ Bed (Restoration Hardware)

I seriously love how chic and elegant it is!  But let’s talk about the price tag.  It’s on SALE for $2195; the original cost is $2595!  Um…what?!  I would laugh, but the “want” I have going on is strong.  So what do I do about it?  I plannnnnnn.  Get ready for it: I am going to BUILD this bed.  I know you think that I am totally wack-a-doodle, but my husband and I have already built a table (tutorial coming soon!)…and that thing required gluing, screwing, sanding, staining, and waxing.  This will only require gluing, screwing, and stapling of fabric, with a little bit of sewing required for the tufted buttons.  I know that I can pull this off!  I even went so far as to plan out all the cuts (based on two different building plans I found online) and estimate costs.  Materials should cost me around $300-350, and the whole thing could probably be done over a weekend.  Wishful thinking, but I KNOW I can get it done.  My poor husband must be getting tired of all the “projects” I bring home!

XO,
Gabriella

 

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