Category Archives: DIY

Spool Bed Rescue

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….

Spool Bed ~ under the pine tree blog

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.

Spool Bed ~ under the pine tree blog

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!

Spool Bed ~ under the pine tree blog

 Spool Bed ~ under the pine tree blog

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Fingerprints on the Fridge, The 36th AvenueA Jennuine Life


A Christmas House Tour

In December my Mom hosted a Christmas House Tour as part of a fundraiser for her church. I was enlisted to help serve refreshments and show folks around. It is important to have someone to test the almond bark and ensure it is ok to serve! It was a rainy day, but still cozy inside and the perfect afternoon to visit with folks and show off my Mom’s house. Here are a few photos that I took throughout afternoon. Enjoy!

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Miss V’s room is very small, so I am constantly trying to think of ways to give it a bit more “oomph”. This idea was meant for the baby’s room, but then I decided it would look much better above her bed. In the spring we will replace the snowflakes with something new. We just used a couple of white powder-coated hooks to hang it. The branch is not very heavy so it didn’t take any elaborate plans to do.