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And the bed! It works!

This makeover started almost a year ago and was completed last fall, but I just came around to putting it down in writing.

And so... another 'before' photo!

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Now everyone needs a ‘before’ photo… :)

Everyone needs a 'before' photo :)

I finally had had enough of the dark office/ 2nd guest room, so we decided to give it a makeover (and by ‘we’, I mean I decided ;)). I had the brilliant idea to salvage the pullout mechanism from an old sleeper sofa and turn it into a bench, which can be tucked away when not needed, but can become a bed when guests are in town. Ha! How’s that for a challenge for my husband?! But he rolled his sleeves and started building. For the next couple of months the garage was turned into a work room.

The old pull-out sofa

The old pull-out sofa

The folding mechanism from the sofa bed

The folding mechanism from the sofa bed

And a materials photo :)

And a materials photo :)

We started by building the bench, a large box that would hold the pull out mechanism and have extra storage on the sides. Next came the two shelving towers, we built them onsite by framing the picture window. Everything was finished with crown-molding and painted crisp white.

The bench underway
The bench underway
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Another view of the bench construction

I was thrilled my vision was quickly becoming a reality. Seeing the progress, I was inspired to paint and decided on the upholstery for the bench.

The seat is getting dressed
The seat is getting dressed

My secret to making tufting easy? Pegboard and Dove ice cream bars! Yes, I said ice cream bars :)) I always keep the little wood handles, they make the perfect pegs to wrap the thread around and secure the buttons. And the pegboard, with it’s many holes, makes it super easy to attach the buttons … full proof every time!

My chosen fabric ready to stich
My chosen fabric ready to stitch
Stapling the fabric in place
Stapling the fabric in place
The completed bench with cushion
The completed bench with cushion
And the bed! It works!
And the bed! It works!

So, we thought we were done … the paint had dried, the picture window had become a cozy reading nook … the pullout bench idea worked like magic …  aaand then, SURPRISE! We found out we were pregnant!!! Ha! How’s that for a challenge for me to convert the ongoing project into a nursery?!

And so... another 'before' photo!
And so… another ‘before’ photo!

The room remained untouched for a couple of months, mainly due to an overseas trip and the lack of urgency on my end. But the bench/ pullout bed was completed and I could not have been more proud of my husband! And then as I started growing, it became clear that putting this off was not an option. We searched low and high for a narrow dresser for our little girl and when it became inevitable that cute, practical and fitting our room does not exist, it was time for the daddy-o-to-be to save the day … yet again.

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The dresser needed to fit here!

I saw an open shelve dresser online that looked like a dollhouse, so we created our own version with doors (I loved the open look, but it wasn’t practical with a lil one in the room). We simply used any scrap lumber we had left and outfitted it with gold sprayed feet and handles.

Back to the tools...
Back to the tools…
Our cute but practical dresser
Our cute but practical dresser

Tell me this is not the cutest little girl’s dresser you have ever seen?! And it can become a playhouse one day … lucky little peanut!

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The rest of the room was girlyfied (yep, I just made a new word ;)) with fuchsia and yellow accents, a princess chandelier and a branch mobile with hand-stitched birdies.

Elsa's room finished!
Elsa’s room finished!

As I am writing this, Elsa is turning 9 months (oh my, how time flies!). Our sweet little peanut is a happy babbling machine, pulling herself on anything she can get a hold of and trying to walk … by now it feels like there have always been three of us! Those pillows and stuffed animals are no longer neatly staged for a photo op. They spend more time on the floor, acting as wrestling partners for the lil one, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope this project will inspire you to create your own version, and if you do, I hope you will share your experience!

Sonia :)

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Sonia

Ever since we moved to the Northern suburbs of Chicago 4 years ago and purchased our first home, we have embraced our DIY skills. It is so rewarding to see an idea come to life and to be able to say ‘we did it’.

My hubby is a sommelier (a.k.a cork dork, as he calls himself), we love to cook and wine and dine our friends at home. Life is busy with full time jobs and a happy, full of curiosity and life, lil 9-month-old girl (and we would not want it any other way!).

I also enjoy making wire jewelry and one day, when we figure out how to balance work and life again, I hope to start making and selling my creations again. Until then, my creativity will be directed to DIY projects throughout the house (I feel bad for my hubby already ;))