Montessori Inspired Mountain Range Bed from 2x4s

 

Mountain Range Bed and Bookshelves

 

I was looking for some inspiration on the internet one night for my sons new big boy room. I found this picture on Pinterest. I loved it! So I decided to take it a step further and make a bed that looks like mountains with built-in bookshelves.

Inspiration Inspiration

Material list

2x4s

1x4s

Painters Tape

3.5 inch screws

3 inch screws

Paint/primer

Stain

Filler or caulk

 

 

Tools

Table saw

Miter saw

Band saw

Nail gun

Angle finder

Drill, Flat edge/square, level, measuring tape, Sander, pencil, painters tape

 

Cut List

 

 

**Recommend watching this video before cutting half laps.

Half lap video

Step 1

Assemble the frame where the half flaps are with (4) 3 inch wood screws (counter sunk)

bed frame view 1

Step 2

(Make a 2 inch spacer out of scrap wood for in between the slats) Screw the slats into the frame every 2 inches with 3 inch wood screws. Two screws per side. (Countersunk)

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Step 3

Fill the holes with wood filler or caulk. Let it dry. Then sand, prime, and paint.

 

**Highly recommend watching these videos before moving on.

 

Watch next video on using the angle finder and how to cut acute angles!

 

Video of cutting angles

Step 4

Set the cut 2 x 4s (for the mountains) on the wall with one screw to make sure they all fit together good. After your test fitting take them all down and sand. Stain and poly. Dry. Replace on the wall. Attach all the 2 x 4’s to studs in the wall with 3 1/2 inch wood screws.mountains 4

Step 5

Sand, stain, and polyurethane the cut 2 x 2s and the 1 x 4s. Attach the 2 x 2s to the wall in the studs with 3 1/2 inch wood screws. Then attach the 1 x 4s to the 2 x 2s and the 2 x 4s with 3 1/2 inch wood screws

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We love our new bed! He loves being able to get the books off the shelf and read. He has slept like a baby in this new floor bed from the first day. I also love how it’s Montessori inspired! For the downloadable PDF click here!

 

Check out some of my older posts on his new room! Or his old playpen.

How To Frame Topographic Maps Quick and Easy

Quick and Easy Frame

 

I have 5 topography maps my husband picked out for our sons room. They didn’t make it into his nursery. So now that he’s in his big boy room I’ve decided to make some frames and hang them up. 

 

Frame

I don’t want glass in them and I want to make sure they are secured to the wall very well because my son really likes to wake up in the mornings and kick the wall until I come and get him. 

 

Before

 

I used scrap pieces of wood as my trim. I had cut the rounded edges off of some 1x4s for another project. So they were about 1/4 inch thick and 3/4 of an inch wide with rounded edges. You can also just buy some trim pieces from Lowe’s and use those. 

My maps were 32 1/2 inches x 21 inches. I decided to cut my long pieces 32 inches from inside corner to inside corner at a 45 degree angle so it would over lap the map by 1/4 inch on each side. Then I cut my smaller side pieces to 20 1/2 inches inside corner to inside corner so it would be the same.  

*Tip- make sure to measure on the outside of your marked line before you cut! You can even make an x on the side your not using to make sure you cut on that side of the line!

frame diagram 1

Now is a good time to paint/stain your trim pieces if your going to. I used mounting tape and a level to tape my maps to the wall. Then I started on the bottom left map, on the top trim piece. I laid the trim 1/4 inch overlapping the maps (on the top and side) and used my nail gun to put 1 nail in the middle.

Tip– you can hold the side pieces up to make sure they are 1/4 inch overlapping the map as well.

Then I went to the right side and lined up my corners and used the level to make sure it was going straight down. I nailed 1 nail in the middle. Then i shot a nail at the top and a nail on the right side of the top piece close to the corners. I then did the same thing to the other side. I fit the bottom piece in and leveled it with the level. I nailed the middle first then the sides. 

frame diagram 2Next I did the bottom right map. I lined up the top trim piece so that a 1/4 of the map was covered on top and sides. Then laid my level from the top of the left side map trim to the top of the right side trim piece. I shot a nail close to the corner and the middle. Then I framed the rest in the same manner as the first frame. Checking with my level periodically to make sure both sides line up perfectly.

Next I move to the top left map. I start on the bottom piece. Make sure it’s over lapping the map by 1/4 inch on bottom and sides. Then check to make sure it also lines up with the bottom maps trim. Use level to make sure its level then shoot a nail in the middle. Repeat the framing process on the other sides. 

Move to last piece start with bottom trim piece again. Make sure it’s overlapping by 1/4 inch. Check to make sure it lines up with the left side map and the bottom map. Then check with level and nail. Repeat framing on the rest of the pieces. Checking for level and matching the other maps! 

Take your time only nail 1 or 2 nails at a time so you can manipulate the trim pieces. Because they are so small, they warp really easy. I also checked for level in the middle and each side of each piece because my trim pieces were not perfectly straight. 

 

Frames After

 

You can do it too! Make something quick and easy and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! Did you catch this one? PVC Pipe Playpen

pvc playpen

If you have any questions or ideas send me a message on instagram or leave a comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!

 

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DIY Window Upgrade on a Budget

Farmhouse Window Trim

You ever have a project you just can’t seem to finish?

That was these windows for me! It was suppose to be a one day project during my sons usual 2 hour nap. 1st day he only slept 30mins so I didn’t get much done. 2nd day he would not sleep at all! 3rd day he fell right asleep but woke up in 15 minutes to poop! So after changing his poopy diaper he would not go back to sleep. Needless to say I didn’t get anything done. Finally the forth day I got it finished!

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Tools

Finish nailer (you could probably screw them in but you would have to do a lot of filling)

Finish Nails

Miter saw

Drill

Screws

Tape measurer

Pencil

Square (for marking a straight line)

Caulk

Paint

Paint brush/roller

Cut list for window  

(this is for my window measurements = Bottom 35.5”-Right 37.625”-Left 37.5”-Top 35.875,” Adjust accordingly)

1 – 1x6x8

42 1/2″

42 7/8″

2 – 1x4x8

36 7/8″

36 3/4″

42 1/2″

44 7/8″

1 – 1x2x8

43 7/8″

42 7/8″

 

Instructions 

  1. Remove existing ledge. I used a pry bar, box knife (to cut existing caulk) and a hammer. Loosened it up and wiggled it out!
  2. Pull up caulk or other things that make the new piece not fit good. 
  3. Measure out your window on all 4 sides (especially old houses). Bottom 35.5”-Right 37.625”-Left 37.5”-Top 35.875”
  4. Start with the window seal piece. Measure bottom of window then add 7” to account for the two 1x4s on the sides. 42.5”
  5. Measure how far in the 1×6 will go. 4.5”
  6. Cut you 1×6 to length. 42.5”
  7. Next mark on each side how far in the 1×6 will go and then mark a 3.5” line from the side to make the square your going to cut out.  (Picture)bottom of window
  8. Cut out you squares on the 1×6
  9. Cut your 1×4 to the same length 42.5”
  10. Fit your 1×6 onto the ledge and secure with the finish nailer
  11. I used a clamp to hold the 1×4 under the 1×6 then nailed it
  12. Next measure the two sides from the top of the 1×6 to the top of the window opening. L. 36.875” R. 36.75”
  13. Cut your two pieces of 1×4
  14. Line up to the sides of the window and on top of the 1×6
  15. Nail in place
  16. Measure from the top of the outside corners of the 1x4s 42.875”top of window
  17. Cut your 1×2 and 1×6 to length
  18. Add 1 inch then cut another 1×2 piece 43.875”
  19. Add another inch and cut a 1×4 piece 44.875”
  20. Space the 1×2 where there is a half inch overhang on both sides
  21. Then do the same with the 1×4
  22. Drill holes along the top bottom edge and screw the 1×6, the 1×2, and the 1×4 together ( TIP – clamps are your friend, just make sure they are all lined up before you screw together, and try not to let the screws go through the faces, drill a longer hole if you need to) img_1074
  23. Place the 1×2 on top of the 1x4s and nails into wall and into the 1x4s 
  24. Next put your 1×6,1×2, and 1×4 on the 1×2 and nail into wall
  25. Optional I had a big gap between the window and the 1×6 so instead of caulking the crap out of it I put a piece of quarter round and nailed it to the 1×6   35.5”
  26. Caulk all seems and nail holes. Wipe smooth with a wet towel
  27. Paint ( I used a white semi-gloss)

 

BEFORE & AFTER

You can do it too! Upgrade something thats been bugging you and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Like my friend Erin at thediynuts.com. She made an awesome ombré hexagon wall! Check it out here!

Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message on instagram or leave a comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!

 

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11 DIY Wood Projects for 2019

My Top 11 DIY Project Goals 

2019

1. Barn doors for the hall closet and the laundry room.

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2. Table for our coffee station and all my collectibles in the kitchen (cutting boards and rolling pins)

I want it to be a mixture of these two. I want shelves for my metal baskets but a big drawer to hide the coffee overload.

3. Kids coat hanger

My kid has more coats than my husband and me combined!


4. Kitchen storage that rolls out

5.Built-ins for playroom

I need something for the tv, crafts, toys, shoes, and more coat storage!

6. Air return cover

We are currently putting an old mantle around it and I can’t stand how hideous the grate is! It takes away the beauty of the mantle. I think I’m dreading this project the most. It seems very tedious.

7. Laundry sorter

8. Kids farmhouse table and bench

9. Porch swing

10. A kid’s tower for two littles

My son uses the one I made last year every day but he’s getting tall. I want to make one that adjusts for two kids heights.

11. I have my Mamaw’s old tator bin like this one. I want to revamp it a little to match our kitchen. Then my son can use it as his play kitchen.

I didn’t make a project for each month because I figured I would take a month off when I had this sweet baby.

You can do it too! Start making things for yourself and don’t forget to enjoy the process! Soak in all the memories and embrace the imperfect! Thanks for checking out my new projects for this year! I am currently learning a new program to start drawing up my own plans! If you have any questions or ideas send me a message or comment below! I hope we’ve inspired you! Please post or send pics of your finished projects! And don’t forget to pin to your Pinterest boards for later!!