18. Make Your Own Bed

Here at This Green House, we don’t provide our guests with maid service. They have to make their own bed. Literally.

Our Goddaughter, Laura, and her partner Adam came over for a last visit before heading back to London. They arrived around noon.

We have had a houseful of WWOOFers for the last three weeks, so private sleeping space is at a premium here.

In lieu of some cool outdoor adventure, I proposed to Laura and Adam that we make them a bed! In the studio! Using only materials we have on hand! No buying anything!

Being the good-natured people they are, they agreed to the challenge. Didn’t bat an eye. Those two are up for anything.

Some months ago I purchased a futon from the Sally Ann store. I neglected to get close enough to smell it, until I got home with it. The previous owner must have sprayed eau de cigarette on it. Ask me how hard it is to get cigarette smoke smell out of a futon.

First, I removed the cover, repaired a tear, sprayed it with Febreze, and machine-washed it.

Next, I sprayed the whole mattress with Febreze and hung it over an outside railing, under cover for four weeks. I replaced the cover (what a struggle to recover it all by myself – Imagine a heavy, awkward, giant floppy pillow going into a pillowcase.)

Finally, it was fit to come inside.

Now, how to make a platform for this mauve monster?

There were the dairy casesĀ  from staining the shingles. They’re strong. They’re free.

There was a big piece and some small pieces of 5/8″ plywood. Combined with some extra fill-in plywood to make a firm, level platform (the studio floor is sloped to the drain in case of sink overflows or dye spills), Adam fashioned a platform on top of the dairy cases.

We found an abandoned piece of plywood wide enough to make a headboard. It had to be cleaned, too. Its height limited the size we could make the headboard.

Laura and I looked for a good shape (a la Moroccan window) and drew a pattern onto newsprint. Checked it on the wall.With the jigsaw, Adam cut the plywood, while Laura and I decided on the colour scheme. We’re working with an existing retro colour scheme of grey, turquoise, lime green and bubble gum pink.

We looked at scads of fabric pieces large enough to cover the headboard:

Finally, we agreed that this purple that daughter Tess brought back from Burkina Faso would work best with the existing scheme. (I know, I know, there is no purple in the retro decor.)

I found some thickish quilt batting almost exactly big enough (with a little patching). Cut it to shape, and glued it onto the plywood.

Used the pattern (plus 2″ all around) to cut out the cover. We glued (Tacky Glue is amazing stuff) and stapled the fabric onto the back of the plywood. Then found some hardware (from D’s old hose pump for sluicing out his boat motor) to hold the headboard at the right height, screwing it onto the bottom of the headboard and then into the wall. We added two screws to the back near the top, and they just hang in one of the slots of the existing slot wall.

A bed skirt covers those attractive dairy cases. Made the bed, using Tess’s winter quilt.

It looks quite inviting, doesn’t it?

If you come for a visit, we can get to work making cushion covers, privacy screen, curtains, a light fixture, and a bed drape. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Linking to:

Apron Thrift Girl Thrift Share Monday

Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special

Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Cozy Little House Tweak-it Tuesday


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