We had seen some posts floating around Pinterest of beds built with drawers underneath to save space (like this one). I immediately LOVED this idea and even found plans to build them on Ana White's amazing site! I soon realized that basically all this was was a bed build on top of a dresser and set out to convince my amazingly handy husband to figure out how to do a thrifty-er version! We ended up with this amazing bed that we all LOVE. (Disclaimer: if I were a "real" blogger, this post would be full of beautiful pictures, however, it's just me blabbing about my projects so... you know. You get messy rooms and clothes and stuff everywhere, because that's life around here!)
We found the dresser at our local Goodwill for $15! (I wanted it when it was $30 but the hubby thought that was too much and snagged it when they put it on sale!)
It is not solid wood but is very solid and sturdy and I knew I would paint it anyway (and I have a very hard time painting over wood...)
This is the first picture I took of the process, already sanded to scuff it up a bit for paint, and minus the drawers.
We painted it that lovely deep purple, and awesome hubby figured out how to take her existing bed and put it on top. I believe he screwed the actual sides of the bedframe into the wall, and also added some 2x4 brace posts as well. It is also screwed down into the dresser (obviously not in this picture yet, since we switched the position!). You can see above how this does leave a good size space behind the dresser. We had thought about adding a little bookshelf door that would swing out, but for right now, her hamper sits right in the hole, and it's used as a fun little hideaway! Eventually, it will be great to store things like larger or out of season clothes, etc.
A nice big 1x10 with some matching curves cut into the top makes a nice guardrail so she won't fall off in the middle of the night.
And some matching paint to bring it all together! The sticker just adds the finishing touch, we got it from Icon Wall Stickers when I won a giveaway...just pretend it isn't slightly crooked! (The little clothes labels I also won in a giveaway from Crafterhours.)
She will be sharing her room with her baby sister and this helps consolidate furniture so much! We love that its a "fun" bed to sleep on since its higher, but is still fairly easy for mom to help make up with sheets if needed. We will probably do another when baby girl is old enough to need one (though there is a debate about that vs. a bunk built up above...). We'll see...