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07.24.16 / DIY Trundle Tweak

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Mabrey has a real bed! We actually finished the bed several months ago. Then things kind of came to a halt while I searched for mattresses. More on the mattresses in a minute, but first I wanted to share how we gave an inexpensive, generic bed a unique look.

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The catalog image of the bed is horribly styled, but I liked the clean lines, trundle option and price tag. I knew it would look better with paint and different hardware. I originally shared my plans for the bed here, then changed my mind on the brass handles and opted for kid-friendly leather pulls instead. (You can see the mood board I created for Mabrey’s room here.)

When the bed arrived, Steve and I were impressed with the quality for the price. The wood was solid and the finish was super smooth with a slight sheen. We almost hated to paint it, but it wasn’t part of my vision.

trundle tweak putty

Before assembling the bed, I filled the knob holes with wood putty and let it dry.

trundle tweak sand

Then we took turns lightly sanding the surface with a random orbital sander to scuff it up for better paint adhesion.

trundle tweak paint sprayer

We decided to assemble the bed before painting it mostly because we didn’t have a way to prop up all the individual pieces. There was no way I was painting all the slats by hand with a brush, so Steve busted out the paint sprayer. He covered the driveway with a drop cloth to protect it from overspray and applied two thin coats of Benjamin Moore pine grove (#511) in semi-gloss, mixed in the ADVANCE line. You can read more about the ADVANCE paint here. It’s a great option for painting furniture or cabinetry because it’s self-leveling and provides a high-end finish.

We let the bed off-gas in the garage for over a week before bringing it inside. Once the bed was inside, Steve and I decided our dream kitchen includes cabinets painted Benjamin Moore pine grove. It’s SUCH. A. GREAT. COLOR.

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I did some measuring + math then pre-drilled holes in the trundle for the leather pulls and attached them with the provided brass screws and nuts. (Depending on what mattress you use, you may need to trim the backs of the screws so they don’t catch on the mattress.) I absolutely LOVE the leather handles against the olive green!

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For the price (I spent <$350 for the bed + trundle…essentially $175 per bed not including mattresses), I am extremely happy with how the bed turned out. The one thing that irks me are the pre-drilled holes on the side of the headboard and footboard meant to be used for a bunk bed conversion. I could have puttied them, but who knows? We might need another bunk one day.

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Believe it or not, the toughest part of this project was finding an eco-friendly trundle mattress. The mattress needed to be less than 8″ deep in order to slide under the bed easily. I found plenty of mattresses that would fit, but they weren’t exactly green. I really wanted to use Brentwood Home since I had great success with one of their mattresses in my bedroom, so I shot them an email to see if they offered anything that met my specs.

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They promptly replied and pointed me toward their kids’ section. (I had no idea they even had a kids’ section!) The Bamboo Gel 7 checked all the boxes and it was well priced at $205. Winner! If you’re ever in need of an eco-friendly mattress, I can’t recommend Brentwood Home enough. They have lots of options at different price points for cribs, trundles and larger beds, too. They even have changing pads and nursing pillows! (Totally unsolicited.)

The trundle isn’t on a track; it rolls on four casters. When pulling it out and sliding it in, you have to keep it parallel with the bed or it’ll get wonky, but it’s really not an issue since we use the trundle so infrequently.

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Slowly but surely, Mabrey’s room is coming along. (Did you spy the wall coverings?) I’ll be sharing the full reveal next month along with a complete source list, but I wanted to share the source of the sheets because they’re so pretty! Mabrey couldn’t decide which set she liked most, so we bought a set of each to mix and match. They have little tags on the long sides that read “SIDE” for easy bed-making. So helpful!

patterned sheets on top bed – Threshold performance sheet set in neutral, Target

blush sheets on trundle – possibly pink vintage washed sheet set, Target

Hope you’re staying cool!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

85 Comments

24.July.2016

Great job on the bed; it’s gorgeous! I love that your kid’s rooms have a grown up feel, but are still super kid-friendly. I am in the process of re-doing my boy’s rooms at the moment. Thanks for the inspiration! PS That wallpaper is everything!

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I love it Dana, you’re good! I was just looking for an olive color for some furniture too, so perfect timing! I can’t wait to see the inspiration overload on next months reveal! Love the wallpaper!

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24.July.2016

The way you bring your visions to life is always so impressive! Love everything about her new room!

And those new target sheets with the “side” and “top/bottom” tags are the BEST. I’ve always loved their sheets, and that new addition was a very pleasant surprise when I bought a few new sets a few months ago!

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replied on July 24th, 2016

They’re ingenious, aren’t they?! Seriously, one of the best inventions ever.

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replied on July 25th, 2016

And don’t forget the double elastic – they are perfect for taller mattresses. Love these sheets.

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replied on July 26th, 2016

YES.

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25.July.2016

Love those target sheets – we have the same ones on our queen bed ! And love those leather pulls. all looks amazing !!

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25.July.2016

Dana, not even joking this bedroom transformation makes me want to be your daughter. ;) Ha, Mabrey such a lucky girl! :) :)

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Haha! The trundle is open ;)

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25.July.2016

I have the Hemnes bed from Ikea with similar lines- I kind of want to paint it now!
The room and bed look so cool. Awesome job.

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25.July.2016

I love everything about this room! I had to pin it straight away. Great job!

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Thank you!

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25.July.2016

I’m curious about if your Brentwood mattresses have had any off gassing, and if so, how long you had to let them sit before the smell went away? Also — did you use the same mattress for the bed and the trundle? I’m looking for a non toxic mattress for my three year old’s big girl bed!

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replied on July 26th, 2016

The Bamboo Gel has no odor whatsoever. For the top bed, we did splurge on the Palmetto since it’s something that could follow her to college. It smells a little like wool, but that’s because it’s real wool. There are no chemical smells!

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So gorgeous! I love that this room fits with your home so well and doesn’t scream “little girl”! It’s beautiful!

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25.July.2016

Which paint sprayer do you use?

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25.July.2016

Love her room! So textured and lovely. Are both mattresses the bamboo gel 7? That’s such a great price point, but I wasn’t sure if the 7″ mattress would be supportive enough for the long term when they’re teens/young adults? Any thoughts/advice?

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replied on July 25th, 2016

Currently mattress shopping for my kids – ages 3 & 6 :)

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replied on July 26th, 2016

We splurged on the Palmetto for the top bed since we think it will be something she could realistically take with her to college. It’s great! Smells a little like wool because, well, it’s real wool.

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Thanks Dana! Brentwood seems like a great company with great products, but I had never heard of them before. Very much appreciate your opinion.

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Way to go, mama! I’m loving what you did with this space!! Those walls are perfection and the bed is amazing! Now I want to give my daughter’s bedroom a refresh. ;)

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25.July.2016

I used Benjamin Moore’s Great Barrington Green in the Advance line for my kitchen cabinets – I absolutely love it. It will soon be paired with white subway tile + marble-look quartz counters. It’s a great color that bridges vintage + modern looks. Funny enough The Makerista did her kitchen very similarly but it a glam vibe versus my craftsman.

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replied on July 26th, 2016

I have all the heart eyes for dark green kitchen cabinets.

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25.July.2016

Great work, Dana! Can you share the sources for the wall mounted light and stool? Thanks!

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replied on August 3rd, 2016

In a previous post, HouseTweaking gave the source of the stool as the Skogsta Stool from Ikea.

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25.July.2016

I love everything in this room! Your little lady is a lucky girl.

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25.July.2016

I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of olive, so wasn’t in love when you posted the bed pics a while back. But wow! This combo looks great! Also not a fan of wallpaper usually either, but love this wall. What are you doing to me Dana?! :)

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replied on July 26th, 2016

I’m not usually a fan of wallpaper either. I can’t commit to that match pattern. But one wall in a tiny bedroom is perfect.

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25.July.2016

Just out of curiosity, does Mabrey have a say in the paint color or decor? My daughter is almost four and has a melt down if even her socks aren’t pink so I’m in awe of how you can design a room and execute it without having to compromise with a four year old. It really is inspiring!

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replied on July 26th, 2016

I think it helps that she has two older brothers. She likes to wear dresses sometimes, but that’s about as girlie as she gets. She plays so rough! The other half of her room will have more color. She picked out paint for a few things there and the colors she chose were pink and gold. More to come!

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25.July.2016

Have been anticipating this reveal since you posted about transforming her room. Found your blog around 6 months ago and have loved it ever since (and have shamelessly spent hours scrolling your old posts!) Love your visions!

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25.July.2016

Love the bed color and the leather pulls! I really like those sheets too. I love a small scale pattern on sheets instead of just a plain solid.

“Might need another bunk one day”? Have some news to share?? ;-)

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Just for guests! In a larger bedroom one day. Maybe.

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25.July.2016

I would love to hear more about you paint sprayer. I’ve been debating whether or not to invest in one for my home projects.

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25.July.2016

Thanks for the info on the Brentwood Home mattress! It is exactly what I’ve been looking for to put in my 10-year old’s new loft bed. Mabrey’s room is wonderful!

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25.July.2016

Um, I’m going to need you to source that little elephant for me STAT,

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Target!

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Hmmm, didn’t find it.

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replied on July 26th, 2016

I should’ve mentioned it was from a while back :(

25.July.2016

“I could have puttied them, but who knows? We might need another bunk one day”

?!?!?!?!?

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replied on July 26th, 2016

Haha! I just meant in another house for guests or something.

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26.July.2016

Love the bed and the leather pulls, but it’s the arrow wall that stopped me in my tracks! Is it wallpaper or did you hand paint this? So cute! I would love it if you would hop over to our Totally Terrific Tuesday party today and share this post with us!

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replied on July 26th, 2016

It’s wallpaper!

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26.July.2016

I don’t think I have ever seen two accent walls in one room. Except for your boys room of course. The bed turned out nice. The pulls are better than your original knobs.

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replied on July 26th, 2016

I break all the rules in kids’ rooms ;) Haha.

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replied on July 27th, 2016

Really there is no such thing as rules in my book. When do we get to see the other side of the room?

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replied on July 28th, 2016

Soon! There have been some issues hunting down the dresser after the MALM recall with everyone going in to select new dressers. The good news is I got my hands on one yesterday!

26.July.2016

I’m curious about the original color of the bed. I think we will get the same one for my daughter’s room and I know we aren’t up for painting, so we’ll go with either the natural or the white. Is the natural color really rustic looking or could it just look like a classic light wood? I tend toward simple, neutrals (scandanavian? Midcentury?) look… Thanks! This room is so great!

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replied on July 27th, 2016

The natural wood is more of a Scandi look…light with very little knots and light grain. It does have a satin sheen to it (it’s not unfinished wood) that is very smooth and should hold up well if you don’t want to paint. I would definitely recommend switching out the knobs though if you aren’t going for a country vibe. Changing the knobs will completely change the look of the bed even if you don’t paint it.

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replied on July 28th, 2016

Thanks so much! I don’t mean to ask millions of questions, but what kind of knobs would you recommend? Thanks again!

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26.July.2016

I LOVE this so much! Would you mind sharing the source of the throw at the end of the bed? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! Good work!! ;)

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27.July.2016

Are you doing a whole room post? Wondering how the space is with a twin bed in there. It looks like her bed takes up one whole wall but that can’t be right, right? We are moving soon and our girls’ room will be 10×9 so I’m thinking Kura bunks but we also need to fit a crib and a dresser for baby #3 coming in November. I might be overly ambitious but hopeful :D

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replied on July 27th, 2016

…And I just reread it and saw about doing a whole room post. So I’ll wait patiently to find out if it all fits :)

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replied on July 27th, 2016

The room is ~9’x9′ so the bed does take up most of the wall (and the room). Work with whatcha got!

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27.July.2016

It’s gorgeous! I love the turnout so far. I’m working on finishing my nursery for a baby boy due in October. We have painted the room with one wall navy and the rest alabaster white. The crib is white with natural wood accents. What are your thoughts on the dresser/changing table being this olive/pine green you used? I want to avoid a preppy feel with the navy! Would love your thoughts!

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replied on July 27th, 2016

I think the olive would look great with white and navy! Maybe add some caramel leather accent…a footstool or something.

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replied on July 28th, 2016

Thank you!! I think that would be a perfect addition with our glider :)

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27.July.2016

Looks beautiful! What type of mattress did you use for the boys’ bunk beds? I’m looking for a chemical-free mattress that will fit the Ikea bunks. The Bamboo Gel could work, but I was hoping to find something a little more supportive.

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replied on July 28th, 2016

We have IKEA mattresses on the boys’ bunks. Then, we needed something ASAP and I didn’t have the time, patience or energy to look for anything else.

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28.July.2016

Hi hi! This is SO great. I have a (hopefully) quick question about the bed, which I’m considering for a bedroom in my house that is pulling double duty as a guest room and a really extensive craft room. In your photos it looks like the footboard is slightly lower than the headboard, but in the sourced photos they look even. I much prefer them uneven. Did yours come at different heights? Did you cut it down if you didn’t? Am I seeing things? :) Thank you so much, this post is so timely for my project!

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replied on July 28th, 2016

For the twin bed, the footboard is indeed lower than the headboard. It might be different for the larger sized beds in the same design.

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28.July.2016

LOVE! What is your trick for keeping indigo throws from bleeding/leaching/rubbing on lighter fabrics? Any tips for finding cute ones at reasonable prices?

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replied on August 10th, 2016

Ours are all vintage and have been previously washed numerous times, so fading hasn’t been an issue. I don’t mind some wear and tear for a less expensive price tag.

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31.July.2016

Hi. Love the room. Just wanted to comment on the lightbulb above Avery’s bed. I would never bring this up to the “normal” mom but since you seem to care so much about being eco-friendly you may want to switch out that bulb! Fluorescent bulbs are so bad for the environment and so bad for our health too.

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01.August.2016

Nice result! The canvas green and leather straps give the bed a real boy scout/adventurer type feel… not sure if that was intended, but it’s no bad thing!

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01.August.2016

Coolest kid’s room, ever! I was wondering how you keep your indigo throws and pillows from rubbing color onto your lighter fabrics? Any tips for finding good indigos and batiks?

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replied on August 10th, 2016

The indigo pillows and throws in our home are vintage and have been washed previously, so fading isn’t an issue. I think I’ve purchased every single one of them from various etsy shops. I just look for what I like from shops with excellent reviews!

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03.August.2016

Where did you get the stool? I am looking for something similar for my new kitchen island.

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replied on August 10th, 2016

IKEA!

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03.August.2016

For the holes in the headboard, I’d buy rounded wooden plugs at a hardware store; get the right size to fit snugly but not too tightly into the holes. Paint them before you push them in. You can gently pry them out later if you want to.

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04.August.2016

Nice choice with the leather pulls! I think that’s more cohesive with the room’s overall style than the brass handles would have been.

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04.August.2016

That blue mud cloth is to die for. Is it vintage? Did you find it on Etsy?

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replied on August 10th, 2016

Yes and yes ;)

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04.August.2016

I love your house! It’s so inspiring! :) It’s one of my faves!

I bet you could use paintable caulk to fill the holes on the bed. I imagine it would come out when/if need be. :)

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replied on August 10th, 2016

Perfect idea!

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05.August.2016

What is the source for the comforter? I am in need of some new bedding for my daughter and it looks perfect.

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replied on August 10th, 2016

I actually stole it from the boys’ room. IKEA was here last winter for a photo shoot and left duvet covers that the boys really liked, so I’m using their white linen ones in Mabrey’s room. See them here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2015/08/18/bunk-beds-made-easier/

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07.August.2016

Hey Dana! Thank you for the mattress find! We’re looking into getting the same one for our 2 year old as he transitions out of our bed, but onto a separate mattress right next to ours. Is it (the bamboo gel) pretty firm? Any bounce? Does mabrey think it’s comfy?
Thank you again!

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09.August.2016

The bed looks great’ Love the leather pulls.

We found an even better option for a child’s room that needed a spare bed option, but also storage. The Ikea Brimnes is a twin bed, with two huge drawers underneath. But, you can pull the base out and it becomes a king size bed. We keep a second single mattress in the garage, but Ikea sells thin mattresses that you can stack on the single. For $300 it is the best piece of furniture I’ve bought in years.

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17.August.2016

I have been waiting for your full post with the sources for everything. But if you have a minute could you tell me where the white bedspread is from. Is it a duvet? I am looking for something for my girls room. Thanks. The room turned out great!

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replied on August 17th, 2016

You can read all about the linen duvet cover here…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2015/08/18/bunk-beds-made-easier/

A crew from IKEA brought in different duvet covers for a shoot in the boys’ room last winter and the boys liked them so much that we kept them. So I’m using the white linen in Mabrey’s room!

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17.August.2016

THANK YOU so much for your quick response! I love your blog and style.

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22.August.2016

Love love love the bed color & leather pulls. I too am running with the wild & free vibe in the nursery for our son (due in 8 wks!) :) I HAD to have this look in the room so I ran out and bought the exact same paint for a side table/future nightstand. First time I ever used the Advanced paint and it. Is. Awesome. (It’s curing in the garage as I type). And I’m pumped to order the leather pulls but one question: I can’t quite tell what color yours are- did you order the Tan or Chestnut from that etsy shop? I’m thinking Tan but wanted to double check to be sure before I click ‘buy’!

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replied on August 23rd, 2016

Tan!

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30.September.2016

I recently found your blog and I am totally in love with this bed. I might just have to do something similar for my daughter’s big girl room. She’s only 15 months though so I might be getting ahead of myself!

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