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Takin’ it To the Mattresses.

January 20, 2012  —  Written by Julia 

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Our bedroom has been slowly evolving.  We have painted the walls and our bed frame.  Got some swanky nightstands for cheap.  And I whipped up new lampshades that totally transformed some of the ugliest lamps I have ever seen.  Which means our room no longer looks like this:

Well, some parts do. We still don’t have any window treatments and that OO-gly fan is still in place, but see those box-spring mattresses sneaking out from under the bedframe–they are officially gone and it only took 9 months, which is funny because the project only took around 30 minutes.

When we bought our bed back in 2008, it came with slats to hold the mattress.  And then my parents bought us this great mattress set–the box springs, too.  So, we used to stack the set on top of the slats and you could barely see any of the headboard.  Our bed was so high!  When we moved to this house, we wanted to get our bed set up immediately, and with the looming fan, having our bed as high as we had it in our apartment was a scary thought.  So we just kinda plopped the mattress set inside of the bedframe and called it good…for almost an entire year.

Yikes.  So one night this week, when we both had some energy–we moved our box springs into the third bedroom across the hall.  I love that they are just 2 twin boxsprings, because I know we will definitely use them when Greta and any future children are old enough for a “big kid” bed.  For now, they will fit in nicely with all the other junk we aren’t using in that room.

This is the part when we moved the area rug from the dining room up to our bedroom.  Sadly, it was too small, so we brought it back down to the dining room and brought the slats up for the bed from the garage.  
Having the mattresses plopped inside of the frame for so long really stretched the frame out.  We had trouble trying to keep the slats in place while Chris screwed each one in.  Especially toward the middle, it was really bowed.  Word to the wise–your bed frame needs support, no matter how tired you are when you move into your house.  
Luckily, we eventually got all the slats screwed in with a little pushing and putting some screws in at an angle.  
And then we put our top mattress on and held our breath.  So far we haven’t broke through the bed, so we’re calling it a success.  And having space under our bed with no mattress showing makes me more giddy than I should admit.  It’s just been sooooo lonnnngggg comminnnggg:
Psst.  We have officially ordered a new ceiling fan for our room.  We may have dropped hints on our facebook page.

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  1. Woohoo for scratching a not so fun item off the list! Your room is looking great! Love the lamps!
    -Diana

  2. We so tend to put off the jobs that have to be done, in favor of the prettier more fun tasks. Kudos for getting this off your list!

  3. meaganbriggs3 says:

    What a difference!!!!!!!!!! I really don’t notice those kinds of things right away, but it makes SUCH a huge difference. Um, food storage under the bed in those thin long tubs? yes please! That is what Ryan and I need to do. We only have a metal frame so we are slightly afraid to raise our bed up again. We did one time using the black plastic 6 inch lifters, but Ry jumped on the corner of the bed once with Brinley and the frame went straight through the lifter. HAHAHA it was awesome. We laughed sooo hard.

    I can’t wait to get matching bedroom furniture. That will be #1 when Ry finally has a big boy job. Our furniture is soooooooooooooooooooooo white trash.

    Your room is so inviting and cozy! Good work you guys!

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