Platform Bed, DIY Bedframe, Queen Bed Frame
Diy, Family

Build A Platform Bed in an Hour

If you have teenage girls you know it is not always easy to please them. In their ever-changing lives the one place they love to go and find solace is their bedroom. It might surprise you to know that it is cheaper, easier and quicker than you thought to  build a platform bed.  This less than one day project will make your daughter feel like a princess. I can’t tell you how many compliments my daughters have received and how many requests I get to build them. Even the most inexperienced diy’er ( is that a word? ) can easily accomplish this project.

TOOLS NEEDED:

* TABLE SAW( you don’t need this as Home Depot will make the cuts for you but for those that want to cut their own )
* ELECTRIC DRILL

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR A 96″X79″ PLATFORM:

* CONSTRUCTION SCREWS ( click on highlight for link to order ) the screws come with the drill bit you will need.

Wood Needed

* Two 2 x  8 x 96″
* Two 2 x 8 x 79″
* Seven 2 x 6 x 79″
* Fourteen 2 x 6 x 93″

TIPS:

* Use as many screws as you feel are needed. I tend to build like I cook…a little of this and a bit of that
* Use Select Pine, you will not need to sand it
* The lumber I used was stamped at some of the ends, we liked the look of this so we made sure some of it was exposed. It will give your platform a more industrial feel * You will need to build the bed as close to the intended spot that you want to place it. I left about 2 feet between the wall, the frame and myself for room to work. It will be VERY HEAVY when you are done so get someone to gently help you slide it into place.
* Finished frame is 96″x 82″. If this is too big for your space ( or too small ) adjust your sizes accordingly.

STEPS:

1.) Take the Two 2 x 8 x 96″ and the Two 2 x 8 x 79″ and create a rectangle frame with the 8″ side perpendicular to the floor. Set the 79″ piece just inside of the 96″ so it sits flush all the way around your rectangle. see picture below Screw all of the corners to secure them to each other.

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2.) Take the Two of the Seven 2 x 6 x 79″ and set them inside beside the 79″. see diagram belowThey should slide in and fit perfectly. They should be touching the floor so it leaves a ” ledge”. Screw them into place to secure them. This is the “ledge” and support that your Fourteen boards will laid on top of and screwed into. Now take another of the 2 x 6 x 79″ – place it in the middle width wise ( like the last two ) and screw it into place.

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Diagram For Platform Bed

3.) Take your last Four 2 x 6 x 79″ and evenly secure them to the width of your frame, they should be touching the floor like the others, leaving a ledge. They should fit perfectly. Screw them into place.

4.) Take your Fourteen 2 x 6 x 93″s and Lay them in to place. Secure them with screws.

If you decide to leave your wood natural YOU ARE DONE!!

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If you decide to white wash it, like we did you’re not done. OOPS! Couldn’t resist!

To white wash you just add some water to some white paint. Paint on the wood in sections and have a rag handy to wipe off as you go. This process is much like staining. We decided to use the white wash for 2 coats. This is where your daughter can make this bed her own. The possibilities are endless! You can paint, stain, white wash with various colors or even stencil the wood work. We did not feel the need to seal our wood but if you have a messy child you might want to take this precaution. I would really like to make another and white wash using a blue or pink paint! Someday….

My daughters both wanted a Mosquito Net to finish it off. They are under 20$ from amazon. click on the link below to order They also added lights around the perimeter of the net. The net was installed to the ceiling and was also very easy to do.

I do not remember the exact cost of the lumber but it was under 100$.

If you decide to build, please come back and leave comments below. I love to hear your experiences and additional tips that you may have!

Next blog will be the desk to match

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Diy, Writing / Blogging

Start a Blog They Say

IT WILL BE EASY, they say.

Hmmm.  I won’t sugar coat this. If you want to read a blog that tells you how easy it is or that you can start a blog in 15 minutes then you probably need to move along and find a different blog. THIS blog is to tell the honest truth, to walk you down the path that I have been on for the past 2 months. Don’t laugh, yes, it has taken me two months to make it this far.  I haven’t made a dime yet so I won’t tempt you with secrets that only I possess. I am technologically challenged. It is true.  Yet, if I have made it this far without quitting or pulling all of my hair out, I am confident that you can too. There must be more of us out there, right? Keep your main goal in sight and you will soon be able to do what you love, which I assume, is to write. The following is a step by step plan to get you started and hopefully if you’re reading this, I can save you time and money.

First: You need to think of your domain ( blog ) name.  When you decide on a name for your blog, you’ll need to secure it with your hosting site. What is a hosting site? It is a site that will support your blog.  It will keep your site running smoothly. There are many hosting sites out there but the name that I came across the most was Blue host. What I love about blue host is that you can also use them to register your domain name, for FREE. If the name you decided on for your domain ( blog site ) is taken, they will let you know and you can then choose another. Blue host also supports Word Press, which is one of many blogging platforms. I chose it because it was recommended by so many and I have been thrilled and shocked by the amount of support they give me. Yesterday alone I had to seek support through their live chat four times. It was to the point where I was truly apologetic. Did I mention that I am technologically challenged?  Click Here to Start a Blog on Word Press

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Second:  Choose your plan from WordPress.  I admit up until this step you may have only 20 minutes into the process but now the fun starts!

So this is where I hope to save you time, frustration and money.  I originally signed up with WordPress for a Premium Plan. Please, save yourself agony and sign up for the Business plan, especially if you plan to make blogging your business.  I was completely inexperienced at setting up a website.  I was immediately overwhelmed. So, not realizing WordPress Business Plan actually has unlimited support, I hired  a website consultant for “advice” and I spent a needless $200.00. He actually suggested that I purchase a theme from another site. The theme I bought was supposed to be compatible with WordPress. Guess what? It was compatible but you would have to dance with the devil to get it to work.  Frustration set in and I contacted WordPress for advice. They suggested I upgrade to the Business Plan and that would give me unlimited access to all of their themes. Why am I telling you all of this? Because step 1 did take me 20 minutes, this far into step 2 took me two weeks. Had I signed up for the Business Plan to begin with, I would have saved time and money. After upgrading, I immediately chose my theme. I am happy enough with it for now ( still learning about it ) so I’m ready to start blogging, finally!

But Wait – What about Affiliate links? Every blogger talks about them like its common knowledge. What are they? How do I find them? How do I embed them in my blog successfully? Why do I need them? Okay, let’s make it  Step 3.

Third:  Affiliates are one way your blog will make money. If blogging is going to be your day job, you will need to promote companies who will reimburse you when someone clicks and buys from their link on your blog.  Some of the following are companies that you can apply to. Amazon, Bluehost, WordPress, CJ Affiliates. Amazon: I just googled amazon affiliates and applied. It was easy and they too offer so much support. You may need to add a plug-in from WordPress but either WordPress or Amazon will help you through the process if need be.  They will also walk you through embedding their links into your siteif you need help, another reason why I love the WP Business Plan.                                                                                  Two more that I applied for are Bluehost and WordPress. CJ Affiliates: Last but not least I went to CJ Affiliates and  literally hundreds of businesses are provided that you can apply to. A word of warning, because you are a new blog most companies  will turn down your application. Just wait a few months and reapply. Honestly, I may just stick with Amazon because in my daily life they are who I order everything from anyway. They carry any brand that you could possibly need.

So Now You’re Ready to Blog, Right?- Ha, fooled you again! Have you heard about SEO’s? That’s Step 4.

Fourth: SEO’s, or Search Engine Optimization. Much of this is taken care of through your WordPress webpage. There are a few plug in’s available for free ( with business plan ) that will optimize your key words even more. Key words are words that you will want to use in the title of your blogs to best be “picked up” by search engines. When you to start writing a new blog, you will be directed to add it to a category ( under post settings ) that you have in your menu tabs, ie. in mine it would be travel, family etc. After you appropriate it to the correct menu, you will want to add your key words into the tag box. A recent post of mine was about  cenotes near Cancun, Mexico. Some of my “tags” were cenotes, Cancun, Mexico, Cancun Mexico, Yucatan peninsula…. you get the idea. Think of it this way, if you wanted to visit cenotes in Mexico, what would you google? Those are the key words that you will need to add to your tag. You can also label your pictures. One trick my daughter taught me was to go to Google Trends, you can type in your key words and see how many people are googling them. The more people who google a certain word, the more likely it is that your blog will show up when someone is doing a search. See my sample below. I typed in Cancun vs. Yucatan. You can see many more people are searching for the term Cancun. Based on this, it would be wise for me to title my blog Cenotes Near Cancun vs. Cenotes of the Yucatan. I still thought it wise to add Yucatan to my tag, just not my title.  The newer your blog, the lower you are on the totem pole for Google, be patient and give it time. There is so much here yet to be learned about SEO’s but I believe in baby steps. I am anxious to see how much more I will have learned in a year!

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Finally, How do You Drive Traffic to Your Blog?

Fifth: Social Media.  Even with WordPress supporting you by helping to make your blog SEO friendly, you can not rely solely on them for traffic. Do you have an Instagram account? Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Google, Pinterest?  I would suggest using all of them as a marketing platform. WordPress has options under the social media tab that will enable you to share to all of theses platforms  as you publish your blogs. I gave up Facebook for Lent, so I can’t help you much there. I do know that you should be joining fb blog groups, especially in your niche. Other bloggers can offer a lot of support! Pinterest– Wow, it should be in its own category. I will be honest and tell you I am still working on this and have learned enough to know that you need to join as many group boards in your niche as you can. They will share your pins and you in turn share theirs. It is a way to get your blogs viewed exponentially.  Group boards to join can be found at pingroupie.com.  Pinterest Schedule Boards, If you were to try to schedule your pins manually ( once you get a few blogs ), it will eat up much of your writing time. For this tool, some genius came up with Tailwind and Board Booster. I love Tailwind so far. They give you so many free pins. Tailwind enables you to schedule your pins for the upcoming month to your various groups boards that you belong to. It also allows you to schedule on your own boards. So, basically, YOU can schedule yourself to sit down once a month and take care of ALL of your Pinterest pins, allowing you more time to write. What I like about joining tailwind tribes is that you can be assured that the blogs they pin are of quality content. Board Booster gives free pins as well but I have yet to check them out.  So far, I have gotten most of my views and clicks from Pinterest so if you already have an account you can easily upgrade it to a business account or you are allowed to have both personal and business. I have both and share between the two. That allowed me to take all of my personal followers with me. What are tailwind tribes? They are tribes of like-minded bloggers that will allow you to share your blogs on their tribe page ( reaching a multitude of people ) in turn, like the group board, you will need to share their pins on your boards as well. When you join tailwind, they will suggest different tribal groups.

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TIP:   One more aspect that I would like to mention is pictures. I feel they are very important in helping to keep your audience engaged, not that I have an audience yet but I’m working on it! Because I am a control freak and like to do things on my own, I do prefer to use my own pictures. There are times however that it just isn’t possible. I have found that Unsplash is an amazing source for free images  and the pictures are gorgeous!!  The above picture is from Unsplash.  It’s beautiful, right?

TIP:  See my disclaimer at the bottom? You will need one of those if you link affiliate ads.

My daughter suggested I make a glossary of terms used by seasoned bloggers that us newbies are clueless to. This is a long blog already so stay tuned, that may be a future blog.

If you are a new blogger I would love to hear your story, your struggles and any advice that you may have. Subscribe to my blog below and I will be sure to check out your blog as well! Happy Blogging and hang in there.


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Diy

Rustic DIY Coat Rack Under $50.00

 Total DIY time 1 hour 15 minutes / Total prep time 24 hours

So, what do you do when you need a 5′ long coat rack for your mudroom?

If you are like me and are in love with Etsy, it is the first place you check. Getting ideas from Pinterest is a definite close second.

I can’t tell you how many beautiful coat racks I saw on Etsy. Considering that I needed a coat rack that is 5′ long and I only had a budget of $50.00, Etsy was out of the question….plus I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to love my coat rack.  I am by no means discounting the value of fellow artisans; they work hard  and I definitely admire their creativity. For this project however, I needed something fast and cheap.

Keeping my budget and rustic design in mind, I set out to my garage. Fortunately, my husband is a saver ie. pack rat. In my garage I found two old ( the older the better in this case ) 1″ x 3″s  that were perfect to cut down to the size I needed. I had some glass antique door knobs in my rehab stash, but I needed something else.  It was time for a trip to my local antique store. I knew instantly when I saw the adorable bunnies that they would be perfect. The shabby chic hooks I found on amazon. Did I mention that I love my amazon prime account? They deliver to my door, in most cases for free.

I have included a link to the shabby chic hooks after my TIPS section.

SUPPLIES.                                                                                      TOOLS NEEDED.     

2 1″X 3″ PIECES OF WOOD     ( HAD )                         ELECTRIC SCREW DRIVER

STAIN                                         ( HAD )                          TABLE SAW OR HACK SAW & MUSCLE

TWO BUNNIES        13.95 each  27.90                          DRILL BIT

4 ANTIQUE GLASS KNOBS.    ( HAD )  

3 SHABBY CHIC HOOKS.            15.49                         

JB WELD EPOXY ( CLEAR )          4.40

CONCRETE SCREWS                ( HAD )

3 DOUBLE SIDED SCREWS  .17each.   .51c

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) Cut 1″ x 3″s in the desired length.

2.) Stain or paint wood in desired color. I used an ebony stain and smeared a bit of brick red paint that I had. I wanted to tie it in with my brick wall. 

3.) Attach your coat hooks of choice. To do this I first used a drill bit so as not to split the wood. You’ll need to measure and come up with spacing that appeals to you. I attached the shabby chic hooks first as I needed to make the two 1 x 3’s into one piece. By attaching the shabby chic hooks to both the top and bottom piece of wood. I then added the bunny hooks. 

4.) Adding the antique knobs…. I gave this step its’ own number because preparing the knobs took awhile. First, turn the knob over. if it still has a 2″ long metal bar you will need to unscrew it and use pliers to pull that bar out. Once this is done, you will need to fill the hole the bar left with your epoxy. Put a q-tip where the screw was so the epoxy doesn’t drip out. Put the double sided screw in and balance it stays level and can dry. I believe drying time is 45 minutes but I left mine overnight.

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*** I DO NOT suggest using the JB WELD cement epoxy. Some DIY’s will recommend this. It will not adhere to metal, glass and wood. When you try to screw it into the wood, the cement will crack. Use the JB WELD CLEAR EPOXY ( 50112 ). It will have a dual injector that you need to activate but the directions are right on the pack. 

As soon as you feel the epoxy has dried sufficiently, go ahead and screw in your last coat “hooks”

Wah Lah- Project done.    TOTAL FINAL COST  $48.30.  

Mud Room Coat Rack, Coat Rack, DIY Coat Rack, Rustic Coat Rack
Mud Room Coat Rack

A FEW TIPS: Antique stores are a great resource for glass knobs  ( usually under $5.00 ) and hooks. Use your imagination when it comes to hooks. You can use almost anything that you can screw into your base. Many coat racks use cute drawer pulls. This is fine for purses or scarves but I live in Michigan ( have you seen the size our coats ). 

Shabby Chic Cast Iron Decorative Wall Hooks – Rustic – Antique – French Country Charm – Large Decorative Hanging Hooks – Set of 3 – Screws and Anchors for Mounting Included

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