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The boy’s bedroom has been a work in progress for a LONG while now. This next step in the progress has me possibly more excited than the rest of the projects.
Ana White has done it again with her amazing tutorial for a book shelf (or shelf of any kind) made from an old pallet.
I am just going to share a bunch of pictures because Ana’s tutorial explains it perfectly. Wanna know the coolest part of this project for me? I did it all 100% myself. I picked out the pallets I wanted (free YAY), I cut them apart, I put them back together, I sanded them, I painted them, I sanded them again and then stained them. Last but not least I hung them on the walls myself! Nate’s not gonna get much credit for this room once it’s done and that makes me more excited than you know.
On to the pictures…
I’m still not ready for the full bedroom reveal. I keep thinking we’re getting closer (and we are) then I think of the 20 other things I still want to do and get a little discouraged.
I have a question for you (hopefully you read this far). I’ve been going back and forth and back and forth on the ladder for the beds. When I painted the beds we didn’t think the ladder was available (long story short these are my husband’s bunks from when he was young and the ladder was found later) and so it didn’t get painted. It is the original color as the beds were, right now I am loving the wood and am not in a hurry to paint it, it matches the tops of the dressers and desk but I’m not 100% sure it isn’t laziness that is making me so happy with it still being wood. My friend Katie told me tonight that she likes the wood too so now I am putting it to a vote – if this was in your house would you paint the ladder or would you leave it wood? HELP!
Since I’m not ready for a full reveal yet I’ll share the links to the old posts for the beds and dressers in case you want to see how we’ve gotten to this point:
Thanks for reading and hopefully I’ll have more and more to share in the next little bit!
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Leave it wood. I like the contrast.
I like the wood look. 🙂
Thank you Kim.
I’m going out on a limb and saying Paint! 🙂
But if you’re done… and you’re tired of painting, they look fine natural like that, too.
Thanks Rachel, currently it’s still unpainted but it may not always stay that way.
I know I will be of no help, but part of me says keep it as is because it matches the tops of the dresser and nightstand, and it also ties in with the non-painted areas on the bed … but then part of me says to paint and stain it to match the book shelves (which look awesome, by the way).
Thank you Stacey. I still haven’t 100% decided. It is currently still wood but I could change it any day. Some days I just love the way it looks and other days I think it would be fun to paint it a color. We’ll see what ends up happening. Thanks for the comment about the book shelves, I love them!
Love the bookshelves! I just discovered that I have a good source for free pallets so I’m adding these to my to-make list for sure. Popping over from the Entirely Eventful pallet roundup 🙂
For what it’s worth, I like the ladder a different color.
And I have a question– we have very similar beds, also from when my husband was a kid! I am wanting to use them as bunk beds for my two small children, but I worry about not having any kind of rail along the side. How old are your boys? My son is not even 4 yet and I worry about him rolling off the top bunk. Have you had any trouble with your boys?
Thank you Lorene. I LOVE having pallets on hand. Seems like there is always something to do with them.
Do you have a ladder like this? It does have a bit of a rail.
My boys are 6 and 4 and have been sleeping with them as bunks for well over a year and a half now and we haven’t had any rolling issues. You can get a rail from places like babies r us or online. I just found this one
It would probably get you past the years you’re most worried about.
Thanks so much for coming by!!!