I wanted to stop in and share another quick what would Tina do post. This whole series (under post topics) focuses on how I unconventionally solve problems or adapt things to work for us.
Today I’m giving you the down low on that cute daybed I shared the other day here.
That one right there!
Here’s the skinny…..7 years ago I had a space off our old kitchen that was too small for us to use as a dining room but too big for just a chair and side table. I tried a few things there and hated all of them until I stumbled on this daybed from West Elm.
It was the Cutout daybed and I thought 2 things; 1. Wow that is perfect! And 2. I can’t spend $550 on it. Cue the roller coaster that is finding the perfect piece only to dash your excitement at the price tag.
I was not to be swayed away from it, it was EXACTLY what we needed. So in my true “can do” ‘tude I googled and found some building plans for the same basic daybed shape (who are we kidding, most sofa style daybeds have the same basic structure amiright?!) Eureka!! We are going to build a daybed! (Here’s the link to the basic instructions we used)
Here’s an image of Ana’s rendering from the plans for the West Elm Rectangular Daybed, the base we used to build ours. (see link above from Ana White)
So we purchased the wood necessary to make said daybed, including plywood sheets for the back and sides. And got to work. (I already had the paint on hand from a previous project, and owned all the tools and nails)
I’m sorry I have no pics of this process, this was before my days with a smartphone and a good camera. But it was simply a matter of building the frame as instructed while altering the height of the arms. Then got creative with a design. Now this is REALLY technical….. I used a big tupperware bowl and traced circles on the plywood sheets to get the pattern that I wanted. Me = work smarter not harder. Yay for tupperware!! We then used a jigsaw to cut out the circles and put the whole thing together (back to instructions for the assembly)! After a coat or 3 of paint, voila you have the West Elm cutout daybed! And we only spent $50!! That’s quite a savings for the same $500 daybed.
Where there’s a will there’s a way! It’s incredibly versatile and we have used this in a few spaces in our current house now. Here it is in my Mom’s Oasis before it was Mom’s Oasis.
Then I moved it into the basement family room where the kids made it their fave chill spot.
And most recently up into the main living area where I happen to prefer to sit! It has needed disassembling and reassembling a couple of times to fit through some corners but it’s sturdy as all get out and I LOVE it.
Have you built anything to solve a problem in your home?
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