I'm finally getting to building a king size bed for us. It's either now or in 2.5 years. That's what pregnancy will do to you. It lights a fire under your ass to get stuff done. I have 8 weeks to go till my due date. So it is on!
I spent the last two Friday's at E and K Vintage Wood. It's the same place I picked up the reclaimed wood when I did the bench project, except they've moved and grown. Man! Have they grown! The first Friday I went by myself to their showroom on the Westside near Venice. They have some amazing European Chestnut that was gorgeous....but out of my price range. All of their wood is amazing actually and their showroom is inspiring. I stuck with the same Douglas Fir I bought when I did the bench. I was interested in the thickness and width. I was looking for 2" thick and a width of 12"-18". They had it at their warehouse so I did a pickup a week later.
This last Friday I kept P out of school and the two of us hauled across town to pick up the planks. I love doing projects like these with P. I think it's important to involve kids because they pick up so much just from being there. If anything they gain a familiarity with DIY projects that I believe gives them a confidence to try new things as they get older. Maybe not! Who knows really, but I know it's what I got from tagging along with my dad on his home projects. And here I am trying to pass on the same to my kid.
I would have loved to look around their warehouse more. I'm so in love with all of the wood. Even their scraps look like amazing material for unique projects. But, when you're 7 months pregnant the last thing people want is for you to walk around a warehouse that has nails, etc all over. And much less with a 4 year old in tow. I remember walking around the original warehouse back in Sun Valley when P was 2. It was a fun juggle but I totally get it seems crazy to others.
We now have our four planks! The guys loaded them up in the car! I drive Ford Flex, which I love, and love even more after this adventure. Four 7.5 foot planks fit comfortably on one side while P rode on the other behind me. The front seat folded down nicely so the wood laid flat from front to back. Loving this Ford Flex more than I ever thought!
I have a bed design in mind and I've talked it over with Dave. The only thing that might change is the headboard. I didn't plan on having one. He would like one. Easy enough.
My only issue so far is that since I'm pregnant I can't sand the planks. All that wood dust would not be good for me right now. It's a lot of wood to sand. Fortunately Dave has some friends who have industrial sanders and he's going to try get them the planks this week. In the meantime I'll be doing some drawings so he knows what I want. He's going to be doing most of the heavy lifting. I'm looking forward to doing this project with him. I figured we made it through a bunk bed we can make it through this....I hope!