Pump Up Your Box Spring – Just Add Legs to It!

Our Bed.

We FINALLY got our memory foam bed in… It took forever to get here, but all I can say is that patience is a virtue – and we definitely got to practice it while we eagerly awaited the mattress’s arrival!

Our originally idea and inspiration... Maybe someday! Either way, I can't wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Our original idea and inspiration… Maybe someday! Either way, I can’t wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Originally, I had grand ideas on what we would do for the bed frame. I wanted a beautiful solid wood platform bed so badly; I even found a free plan online and everything. But I had to stop and be practical… It didn’t make sense for us to make that right now. We are in Washington, in an apartment, and will likely be moving within the next two years or so. The more I thought about it the more it became a bad idea for us to make the platform bed. Then I was simply lost on where to go next. We had a King size bed on it’s way – just no bed frame… So, I went to Pinterest! 🙂

The next plan of attack? Simply add legs to your box spring! *Thank goodness for Pinterest!* The bummer though was that original pin went to a dead site, so it made me brain storm somewhat. I thought it would be easy – that’s usually where I run into trouble and see Blair rolling his eyes at me (lovingly, of course!) – and in the end, it was in fact quite easy. Yay for a Pinterest idea going easily! 😀

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Our bed is finally in!

We bought our box springs off of Craigslist… sounds shady, trust me I know… but I found someone who was selling their’s for only $60 still in it’s original packaging – never opened! Score! And, honestly, you’d be surprised at how many people are selling their brand new box springs on Craigslist. Most of them seem to buy platform beds and no longer need them. Just make sure they come from a smoke and pet free home!

Click on the photos below give for some more details, but basically all we did was:

  • Screw Heavy Duty Top Plates to each of the box spring’s corners. *We have a split box spring so we used eight of these.*
  • Twist the Legs into the plates. *Make sure you use sturdy legs that can hold weight. The ones we used can hold 200 lbs. each.*
  • Put your bed on top!

*If you have a King sized bed, you consider getting a block of wood to place in between the center of the two box springs to support the middle section of the bed.*

Since we were kind of rushing when we put this together, I didn’t paint or stain the legs. At the moment, it doesn’t bother me that they are unfinished, but I’ll probably paint them down the road.

In the end, it cost us around $110 to do this project and about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m in love with it and can’t wait till Blair is home from the field to be able to enjoy it too! Until then, I’m sure I’ll try to take up the entire king size bed – if that is even possible!

The next To Do on the bed is to cover the box springs with fabric so they can’t be seen! I’m using canvas drop cloths, so stay tuned for that post!

Lauren

P.S. Check out Pretty Pegs for cute furniture legs too! They are a little bit expensive for my taste, but definitely gave me some ideas for what I could do to our’s later on!

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Part 1 – Redoing our Bedroom!

King Size Bed.

That’s where it all began. A Living Social deal too good to pass up came our way and we jumped on top of it. A memory foam mattress – king size- for $394? SCORE! And since then my mind has just been filled with endless ideas to make our bedroom some place we both truly love to be in!

Enter the inspiration – a platform bed inspired by Pottery Barn’s Teen Hampton Planked Platform Bed. When originally looking for ideas, I found this bed on the wonderful blog Crab & Fish and fell in love! And once I realized that the amazing Ana White had actually written up FREE in-depth plans for the bed, I knew Blair and I were in for a full on bedroom makeover!

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Below are some additional things I’ve gotten and done already in anticipation of the arrival of our mattress and making the platform bed.The bedroom makeover probably could have come at a better time, especially considering finals and block leave are coming up within the next week… But hey, a little procrastination never hurts!

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Already Home Depot, Big Lots and The Dollar Store have helped me spruce up our bedroom so much!

And the costs so far for our bedroom makeover have been:

  • Redoing the nesting tables: $20.21 not including our Home Depot Military Discount (which, by the way, is 10% off)
  • Curtains and Curtain Rods: $15
  • DIY Bedside Flowers and Accent Pillows: $$3.50
  • King Size Comforter: $70 from Big Lots
  • Spruced up Frame: $3.70 for the spray paint
  • King Size Memory Foam Mattress: $394
  • Platform Bed: TBA – thinking $100 or less!

Grand total including the platform bed project: $602.91

Not too bad in my books! Check out the beautiful DIY Bedside Flowers I’ve already done and stay tuned for updates on this little adventure!

Lauren

DIY Bedside Flowers

Fresh Flowers.

There is nothing quite like getting beautiful fresh flowers. And then again, there is nothing quite like the smell and mess dead flowers make. So to be able to have them for a long time, I made a bedside flower arrangement to wake up to and enjoy!

If you’re a crafty girl like me, this project will only cost you about a dollar. The only thing I bought were the fake flowers from The Dollar Store – everything else I had on hand! Find the steps under the photo below!flowerdiy3

What You’ll Need:

  1. A Container *I used an old silver gravy boat I had hiding in a storage closet.
  2. Fake Flowers *I only needed one bunch! I found mine at The Dollar Store. Most of them are cheesy… but dig around! There are some good ones in there!
  3. Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  4. Wire Cutters *Way easier to cut the flowers this way!

What You Need to Do:

  • Prep your flowers by cutting them out of the bunch – make sure to leave the stems!
  • Bend and play with the flowers to get how you want them to look in the container. *This may take a while to get perfect – don’t worry! Once you like it, take a picture so you can duplicate it in the next step!
  • Take your hot glue, cover the stem of the flower and connect it to the container. Repeat this for the rest of the flowers. *Great thing about hot glue is that it’s super easy to pull up if you don’t like a flower’s placement!

And that’s it! Super easy, cheap and cute project to spruce up your bedside table!

Lauren

DIY: A cup of tea, please

Cacti Teacups.

Happy Friday! Today’s DIY project is a simple project that adds a sassy touch to any wedding. Cacti teacups are not only adorable, but can easily be turned into wedding favors for your guests! It is an easy and fast project, especially if you have your bridal party helping! So check it out! The hardest part is holding yourself back from buying all of the teacups!

The Treasures
I found my teacups at an antique store in Reno, Nevada called Junkees. I absolutely love shopping there, but it is super easy to lose track of my budget.

-So, always keep your wedding budget in mind!-

Look around for the perfect teacups or even gravy boats that fit your wedding theme! Don’t you just love the texture and colors of mine?!  


After finding your perfect teacups, the next step is to buy the cacti succulents to put in them.

-You can find them at Lowe’s, Home Depot or buy them by bulk online.- 

By playing around with the different colors and shapes, you are adding another layer of texture to your table arrangement!

 

I love the purple tips and frosty green color of these cacti!

 

Too cute, right?!


The Supplies

You’re going to need:

-teacups or any other form of container (like the gravy boat) *The number of how many you’ll need will depend on the number of tables you’ll have!

-cacti succulents *Play around with the colors and textures. The more variety, the more pleasing to the eye!

-little rocks/pebbles *To save money, I just went searching out in my front yard for some.

-potting soil *I bought Perlite potting soil, which is meant for smaller potted plants. But after opening it, I found that it was completely white.

So, I ran back to the store and bought a compost soil, then mixed them together.   


First Step: Wash teacups/containers. Then add a few small rocks to the bottom of the cup.

*The rocks allow the water to evaporate because there are no draining holes. If you want draining holes, just grab a small drill bit and put a couple of holes in the bottom.

Be careful though! Teacups are delicate after all!


Second Step: Place 1/4 of a cup of your soil mixture over the rocks. Then loosen the roots of one your cacti and place in the teacup.

-Play around with the position of the cactus to what you like, but remember to be gentle!-

After you get the cactus to where you want it to be, firmly pack some more of your soil mixture around it.

Tip: This can get messy, so place newspaper on your work table before you get started!

-I put the latest issue of the Nevada Sagebrush (University of Nevada, Reno’s newspaper) down. Sorry, Sagebrush! It was a good issue though!- 


Final Product

Aren’t they beautiful? Not only are they easy to make, but are a simple chic additional to any table arrangement.

Whether your wedding theme is vintage chic or Southwestern rustic, these adorable table arrangements add an element of whimsy for your guests.

-They also make great wedding favors!-


I took my teacups and placed them on a wooden table to add another texture layer. 

By adding different heights to the table (candles and the scale), you can enhance your pretty teacups even more!

This table would look adorable with ivory-colored lace and crisp white dishware.

Adding hints of purple and blue in the napkin linens will bring out the beautiful colors in the cacti, too!


A Southwestern rustic wedding would look adorable with white teacups placed on upside down terracotta pots on a rustic wooden table set with a Southwest table runner. 

Adding fiesta colors (turquoise stones and chili peppers) would pump up the visual appeal even more!


-Just remember to play around and have fun! Being too serious during the planning leads to a stressful wedding.-


…and they lived happily ever after.

❤ Lauren