Building a Queen Size Bed Frame Part 3

It’s done!!! My mom is so cool!

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Building a Queen Size Bed Frame Part 2

Routering & Staining

Here’s the progress on the bed so far:

 

Most of the pieces have been cut and are in the process of being sanded and stained. We decided the caps above and below the posts were too skimpy, so this is what they will look like on my bed:

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Isn’t that pretty!? On the footboard, we are thinking it will be routered like that, except it will be a shelf that extends across the top of the footboard. So I believe the remaining items are to make the footboard shelf, the mattress support, the curved top of the headboard, add trim to headboard and footboard, and of course put everything together. I’m excited!!

Building a Queen Size Bed Frame Part 1

Ashley Constellations Poster BedI’ve finally convinced my husband to let me get a guest bed! Gone are the days of having guests sleep on yoga mats, swimming pool floaties, and that heavy sofa mattress that is such a pain to pull out of the couch and lay on the floor. So I was shopping around on the internet and found this gorgeous bed that I love (pictured right).

The cheapest place I could find it was at that link. After shipping, it comes to $315. BUT! I’ve got an awesome mom that is in to wood-working. She agreed to help me BUILD the bed! By which I mean, she does all the hard work and I run around and sweep up saw dust and hand her wood. :)

Stain Color

Stain Color

So she specced out all the wood pieces we would need (with some help from the Ana White website) and we headed off to Home Depot. Actually, first we went to Hobby Lobby to make sure we could find an iron piece that I liked that could go in the headboard. In the original bed, it’s probably not iron, but I think it will look even prettier with the iron piece I found. This bed, for instance, looks really pretty. It’s got black accents that tie in the iron. I’m thinking my bed will probably look best if the stain is a dark brown (not as dark as the original) with black accents to tie in the iron. Pictured right is what we’re thinking the stain will look like. That is before the lacquer goes on though. I’m learning all kinds of things about wood now. :) The lacquer is the coat that goes on top and makes the wood look really shiny.

Wrought Iron Decorative Piece

Wrought Iron Headboard Piece

 

Anyway, here is the iron piece I found at Hobby Lobby. We’ll probably knock off that top spade piece to allow the headboard arch to be a little more shallow. After using the 40% off smart phone coupon that Hobby Lobby seems to always have, the piece came to about $20. Not bad at all for such a big piece! (It’s 3.5 ft long.)

The next stop was Home Depot. First we priced out everything before putting it in a cart to make sure it would be worth it to build it and not just buy it. We tried to go with the cheapest pine wood available. After everything was all said and done, it came out to $230. My mom said the rest of the supplies (stain, sandpaper, etc.) would add on an additional $40. Hm… so either buy the bed for $315, or build the bed at $20 iron + $230 wood + $40 stain = $290. That was a little discouraging. However, the bed would be higher quality because it would be solid pine wood instead of particle board and laminate. Also, my mom was planning on building the bed frame with supports so that there would be no need for a box spring. That means more storage space. Ok, so you can get a box spring if you buy a mattress with it for $10. That means that the home-made bed would save me $35 total and be better quality. I still wasn’t quite convinced it would be worth it.

Knotty Alder Plywood

Knotty Alder Headboard

So I did some research on nearby lumber yards. Lumber yards sell wood by the board foot. A board foot is 12” wide, 12” long, and 1” thick. So, if you need to calculate how many board feet is in a piece of wood, you take the length x width x thickness (all in inches) divided by 144 inches. We set out for lumber yard that seemed like it would be the best option for our small project. Their website said they catered to larger corporations as well as small DIY-ers. We looked around at the options and found that knotty alder was actually a lot cheaper than pine, a lot prettier, and even a bit of a harder wood. The guy helping us showed us a huge knotty alder plywood sheet that was just gorgeous. He picked it up and we both oo-ed and ah-ed as it caught the light. Since trying to lift it myself, I am now properly amazed at how easily he hauled that thing around! I ended up getting almost all the wood I needed there for $130 – a really good deal. They didn’t have the 4×4’s that we needed for the bed posts or the 2×4’s we needed for the mattress support, so we picked those up at Home Depot and Lowe’s. There were cedar posts marked down to 70% off so we sorted through them all and picked out the 2 straightest, nicest ones. That came out to $8. All the 2×4’s came out to $18. The only remaining wood we need is the arch at the top of the headboard and the thin piece of trim at the top of the headboard. We may be able to get the arch out of the plywood I already bought and the trim will only be about $4. So, the total cost should come to $130 knotty alder + $8 cedar posts + $12 2×4’s + $4 trim + $20 iron + $40 stain, etc. = $214. Pay $100 less for a bed that will last forever and have more storage space? Yes, please!!

Yesterday, I helped my mom run the cedar posts through the planer. She pushed them through one end and I pulled them from the other end and handed them back to her. It was amazing what a difference it made. Those posts were so rough and full of splinters before, but afterwards they were so smooth and soft and shiny! My mom did also sand them down with sandpaper after the planer.

So here’s what we’ve got for the foot board so far:

Footboard

Pretty Footboard Coming Along

 

I’m so excited!!

Jerri’s Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is AMAZING!!! It’s dangerous! I got the recipe from my husband’s grandma. I didn’t realize I even liked carrot cake until this recipe. YUM! Now it is one of my favorites!! Seriously, don’t make this unless you’re willing to suffer the consequences! :)

Carrot Cake Slice

Cake:

2 c flour
2 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 t cinnamon

Mix with mixer in a large bowl and add:

1 1/2 c vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 c grated carrots

Mix with mixer about 3-5 minutes. Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Icing:

1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
1 box (1 lb) confectioner’s sugar
1/4 lb butter
2 tsp vanilla

Cream cheese and butter until soft. Add sugar and vanilla. Frost cake.

Homemade Oreo Cookies!!

These homemade Oreo cookies are soft and delicious. They are not exactly like Oreo cookies, but I think they’re even better. :) Enjoy!


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 335° F.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salts. (Fluff up or sift your flour unless you want very dense cookies!)
  3. Combine melted butter and sugar in a separate bowl. Add egg.
  4. Add dry mixture 1/3 at a time. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, you may need put in some elbow grease for this last part as the dough is very stiff.)
  5. Roll out grape-sized balls of dough.
  6. Coat the bottom of a cup with sugar and smoosh the balls of dough so that they are a bit thicker than an oreo cookie.
  7. Bake cookies for 6-7 minutes on parchment paper. Watch closely! You don’t want them to dry out! When you first pull them out of the oven, they should be really floppy and impossible to move with a spatula. Let them cool for a couple of minutes and they will firm up, but still be nice and soft.
  8. While the cookies are baking, whip up the filling. Put in a sandwich bag and cut off the tip so you can pipe the frosting on the cookies easily.

Ingredients:

– Cookie – 

  • 1 ½ c Flour
  • ¾ c Dutch process Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 10 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 1 ½ c Sugar
  • 1 Egg
– Filling –

  • 8 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • ½ Cups Shortening
  • 3 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

References:

I made a couple changes to this recipe: http://snapguide.com/guides/make-homemade-oreo-cookies-1/

Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese – Easy, Healthy & Pretty

Here’s a dish that K and I recently included in an Italian-themed dinner we put together with some friends. I love it because it’s healthy and really really easy for how “pretty” it looks.  It’s also really delicious and refreshing – especially if you’ve got home-grown tomatoes. I just use salt and basil to bring out the flavor. My dad used to always salt tomatoes when I was growing up. I thought it was really weird. In this case, I don’t think it’s weird. It’s delicious. But he also salts watermelon. That one is definitely weird. I put my foot down there. :)

Ingredients:

  • fresh tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella
  • salt
  • basil

Directions:

  1. Slice & salt tomatoes.
  2. Slice mozzarella.
  3. Arrange on plate.
  4. Sprinkle basil on top.

44 calories per piece

(assuming you’ve got 1/2” slices of tomato with 0.5 oz of mozzarella)

Introducing the FitBit One

I recently got a FitBit One as a gift from work and have got to say that it is really, really cool!

It’s basically a tiny, smart pedometer that syncs to your computer and/or smartphone to track your progress. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned and even floors climbed. It’s got an accelerometer in it in order to collect the movement data. It calculates calories burned according to complex algorithms developed by FitBit based on your age, weight, etc. More details on exactly how the algorithms were developed here: http://blog.fitbit.com/?p=69

The FitBit dashboard tells you lots of informative things. I like that it illustrates how many steps you took at what time of the day. Usually my graph is somewhat U-shaped (because I get up in the morning, go to work, sit at a computer all day, and then at the end of the day I see that I need to get in more steps so I go for a walk or a run), but I decided to share the stats of one of my “better” days in the picture below. :)

FitBit Dashboard

FitBit Dashboard

You may have noticed the “Sleep” tile in the picture above. Yes, it tracks your sleep – sort of. It doesn’t just magically know when you’re asleep. You’ve got to press a button on the FitBit to tell it when you get in to bed and out of bed. But once you’ve done that, it does provide some interesting information in the morning. It tells you supposedly how restless you were last night and how many times you woke up. Now, if you move around a lot in your sleep, it’s going to think that you keep waking up. My FitBit often thinks I wake up like 20x every night – which is definitely not the case. I must just move around a lot. I wonder if the times that I’m restless coincide with the times that the train goes by. That’d be interesting to look at. Now, the sleep pattern depicted below on the right is my husband’s. I was curious what my FitBit would think about his sleep activity, since he’s always been one of those people that hits the pillow and is absolutely out in like 5 minutes. According to the FitBit, it’s actually 3 minutes. Haha, life is just not fair!

The final feature that I’d like to talk about, I find very useful. The online dashboard allows you to set a weight goal and then log your food throughout the day. It provides real-time data to show you how many remaining calories you can eat that day and a meter visualizing how well you’re doing at any point in the day.

Smarter calorie estimates: Your Food Plan sets each day based on your historic activity levels. It will calculate how many calories you burn each day on average, and base your suggested calorie intake on this. As you wear and sync your Tracker throughout the day, your Food Plan adjusts dynamically based on whether you’re exercising more or less than that average, so that your goal remains as accurate as possible. And as your activity trends change over time, your Food Plan’s starting estimate will adjust to your new activity levels as well.

Calories in vs calories out: Additionally, many of you wanted a way to judge how well you were doing at any one point of the day. You can now view your total calories burned compared to your total ca lories eaten, and see whether or not you are currently within your plan’s deficit goal zone. So if you’ve just logged your lunch and wonder how you’re doing for the day so far, you can see how your total calories burned so far for the day measure up against the total calories you’ve eaten. There’s no more guessing if you’re behind or on track so far for the day. With this meter, it’s always clear where you stand.

http://blog.fitbit.com/?p=558

Very cool! Immediate feedback for me is so important. Now if I could just get a tool to accurately and automatically log all my intake calories for me… One day the technology will exist, right?