Apparently my 4 year old has much higher expectations for Valentine’s Day. I have been asked numerous times this morning when we are going to decorate….I thought we already did! Violet had to give out about a dozen Valentine’s to her preschool friends this week. I prefer to find something that she can make all on her own. Last year we simply painted hearts on card stock and cut those out. This year I found this sweet little bookmark on Pinterest. I tried to find the original source, but it seems they have popped up everywhere so I am not sure who came up with the brilliant idea!
Very simple craft which is my requirement for Valentine’s…they are not mine to make! Violet loved using the hole punch and I helped with the ribbon at the top. She wrote her name on the back of each one and I helped add the ribbon. Skinnier ribbons would be much easier, but these are what I had in my ribbon box. Writing “Love Violet” on 14 bookmarks proved to be a bit much for one night, so there was a celebration when we reached the end. Happy Heart Day!
Last spring my dear husband arrived at our house with a treasure. I had been looking at some very pricey spool beds online as well as eyeing up the one I had as a little girl that is still at my parents house. I didn’t really want to pay oodles of dollars for a bed, and the one at my parents had been painstakingly stripped when I was little, so I wasn’t about to start painting it. Enter spring clean up garbage week! That wonderful week in the spring the usually strict garbage and recycling rules are relaxed and one can find the odd treasure! My husband arrived home for lunch, left to go back to work and showed up again 10 minutes later. He drove past this beauty on his way back to work and rescued it from an unfortunate end. This is what it looked like the day it was rescued….
Initially I attempted to repaint it on my own. Sadly I ran out of hours in the day and sunshine. Have I mentioned our sweet boy isn’t a sleeper?! I managed to get the first few coats on, then it was sent to our amazing local furniture refinisher for the final coat. The base boards wouldn’t work with the 3/4 size mattress we had and we were missing the springs so my husband built a flat base out of plywood and 2x4s. I meant to take a photo of that base, but didn’t think of it at the time. He basically made a frame out of 2x4s and topped it with plywood. He then added a piece to each end of the bed, enabling the mattress to sit lower than the original headboard/footboard allowed. The base was bolted to this new piece of the headboard and footboard. Side rails were stained white and added to each side. Making them a snug fit helped to add stability to the bed so it doesn’t wobble.
I love the finished product. It is comfy and cozy and perfect for Violet’s room. The white bed tones down the pink in her room (never choose paint colours while sleep deprived) and we just need to add art work and photos. We are pretty happy with our spring clean up day find!
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