Best of PB #3: Platform Storage Bed for a College Dorm Room

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Becky from Reinventing the Ordinary loved the look and functionality of a Pottery Barn storage bed for her daughter’s college room but needed a cheaper alternative. Surprisingly, college tuition doesn’t really leave an extra $1000 sitting in the bank for a bed! Becky created a fabulous $100 version with some beadboard, molding, and plywood that fit their needs (and budget) to perfection!

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Planked Wood King Bed

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When looking for a bed for her master bedroom, Bridgett from Osie Moats knew she wanted something “earthy, simple, and serene.” She found a bed from West Elm that fit her description but mostly definitely not her budget. Of course, a DIY was in order! Not only did building her own bed save Bridgett a pretty penny ($150 versus $1,099), but it also allowed her the flexibility to modify the dimensions to fit her large mattress.

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Geometric Rectangles Daybed

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Erin from One Project at a Time couldn’t help but do “a little happy dance” when she found plans for a geometric daybed over at Ana White. It was just the bed she had been wanting for her baby’s nursery, and Erin was more than thrilled to save some cash through DIY. She pretty much sums it up when she says, “The best thing about DIY is with a little courage and practice you can have West Elm taste on a Kmart budget.”

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Storage Bookcases

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Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic added a set of bookcases to the list of furniture items she has constructed for her daughters’ shared bedroom. Whitney followed plans by Ana White but built on the functionality by creating a cubby storage space on the bottom. The simple addition of the boards will keep toys contained on the shelves and is cheaper and easier than hunting down baskets that fit perfectly.

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White Spa Cabinet

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Kristen from Lipstick and Sawdust decided to try out her woodworking skills by taking on her first cabinet build. The piece was constructed for Kristen’s Jewel Box themed guestroom and totally fits the space with decorative corner brackets and shelves loaded with girly toiletries and books. The one thing I always love about Kristen’s builds is that she really knows how to rock what she’s got and can build a beautiful piece of furniture using scraps she already has on hand.

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Beadboard Headboard

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After making a custom pirate sail headboard for one of her sons, Melissa from The Happier Homemaker couldn’t turn down her oldest son’s request for a headboard of his own. She loved the look of PBK’s Camp Bed but not the $600 price tag. Melissa also wanted just a headboard and not an entire frame. [...Read More]

Mantel Molding Headboard

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Brook from Being Brook has been working her magic on the rooms in her brother’s house. She couldn’t wait to get her hands on the master bedroom, which lacked a headboard. With the help of plans from Ana White, Brook quickly took care of that problem, building a stately white headboard that resembles a mantel. [...Read More]

Blue Painted Dresser

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Centsational Girl Kate was asked by a friend to refinish a pink and purple dresser so it could be passed along from her daughter to her son. With some bold blue chalk paint and nickel pulls, Kate mimicked the look of Pottery Barn Kid’s Camp Collection. Since boy’s can be hard on furniture, Kate protected [...Read More]