Saturday, August 28

My New Bed

I finished building my new bed today. It will eventually go in the Flamingo Inn.

I still need to make some linens. For now, I just used the mattress from my other bed and a pretty crocheted afghan I purchased a while ago. I think I'll make all white bedding?

I found a white men's shirt at the Mission thrift store today. It's a Calvin Klein shirt, 100% cotton and has a soft white stripe in it. I think it will make pretty sheets and pillow cases. It was only $1.50 and I can make an entire wardrobe full of linens with it! Thanks Calvin!

Here is what the bed looks like without the mattress. I used square wooden dowels for the frame and Star Buck's sticks for the slats. The rest of the bed is thick card stock covered with linen cross stitch fabric. The trim is braided leather.


You are NOT going to believe this, but I made the legs out of BALSA wood!

I think it looks a lot like my inspiration bed, don't you?





27 comments:

De said...

Kathi, it's beautiful! It looks just like the inspiration bed.

I love thrift stores for mini fabric. I dressed many of my saloon characters in thrift store finds. I think your CK shirt will make perfect bed linens.

Lataina said...

Wow, Kathi! It turned out terrific. I LOVE it. =)

Tabitha Corsica said...

Turned out beautifully, Kathi. And the CK shirt sounds perfect for the linens. I would suggest that you make the mattress a little higer than the one your are currently using. Look closely at the inspiration bed...you can see the mattress above the side boards. This bed would have a box spring as well as a mattress to raise it up a bit. This will help show off the pretty linens.

Norma said...

It's fabulous! Agree with Tabitha, there's something extra luxurious about a 'deep' mattress, and when it's dressed with CK linen surely you'll be able to charge a premium for this room at the inn ;)

Cheryl said...

Kathi, you did a great job. You shared your whole process with us too, thanks. Can't wait to see what mischief you get into next.

Caseymini said...

Kathi, the bed is terrific! It is going to be beautiful when it is dressed. I especially like the balsa wood legs. I knew you could do it!

Lainie's Little Things said...

Wow! It turned out beautifully. Just like the real thing. You did a perfect job! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
Hugs,
Lainie

Alice said...

The bed turned out well! It will be fun to see it with a mattress and linens.

Dawn said...

The bed turned out great! I'm looking forward to seeing it dressed.

Carolyn said...

It is wonderful....you must be so pleased! And the shirt was a good find and a great idea!

otterine said...

It turned out so well! What a perfect mini copy! :D

Mini Me said...

It's beautiful! I love the trim!

Jill said...

Oh Kathi, you so totally nailed it. That bed is GORGEOUS!!! ((Squeeeeel!!))
Hugs,
Jill

Margaret said...

What a fabulous job you did on the bed Kathi, it is so stylish and white bed linen, compliments of Mr Klein, will finish it off nicely!

by Sonya Rotella said...

Fantastic bed!I love it!Very realistic!
Hugs
Sonya

Nina said...

It is very great and luxurious and the perfect bed for your hotel.
Do not forget the little chocolate lay down on the pillows.
Nina

Pan said...

Wow Kathi, the bed looks brilliant! You have inspired me to have a go at making more furniture. I have so many projects on my list to see me through the Autumn/Winter. I am going to be very busy I think! Pan x

Wanda said...

Fantastic job Kathi. It looks terrific, and I agree you need a box spring or thicker mattress and it will be perfect! You should be proud of your accomplishment.

Kathi said...

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments and suggestions! :D

Debbie said...

Beautiful Bed Kathi. Well done you, it really looks like the full sized version. xxx

Sans! said...

Kathi!!!!! I am so thrilled for you . This is an exact replica in 1:12! Congratz!!!! Yo must be so pleased :).

Clara said...

Igual, igual. La has calcado. Me encanta. La idea de hacer sábanas blancas me parece genia, las camas quedan más limpias y los armarios de ropa de casa tambien.
Besos Clara.

Ascension said...

No te podia haber quedado mas exacta al original, me encanta!!!!!
La ropa blanca siempre queda mas bonita para la ropa de cama y en los armarios.
besitos ascension

Josje said...

Well done, it is looking beautiful!

Kim said...

Kathi- it's perfect!!! Hooray for the balsa legs too! I think you did a gorgeous job- I would love, love, love to stay at the Inn and get to sleep in this bed!

Maria Jose said...

You always get what you intend ! Congratulations for your bed,is perfect !

Sarah said...

Wow! That is so lovely and perfect!