I'm now 2 months in and said, "Forget it! I'm doing it now!" I found a really great, super easy plan from Ana White. (I'm super obsessed with pretty much everything that she does! Check her out...You'll become a groupie too!)
She put together this plan based on a bed that one of the sisters at Shanty-2-Chic put together - another site that I'm pretty much obsessed with!
Here is the inspiration which would have cost me at least $500:
This project started with me at Lowe's at 8pm on a Friday night. I finally purchased a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. This has been on my wish list since the beginning but it frightened me a bit! I ended up going with the R3 which was about $40 versus the R4 which is closer to $125. A random man at Lowe's talked me into the R3 because of its versatility, mobility and the lower price point. This is the best purchase I have made since started my DIY journey...well, second best, after higher end screws!
The first night ended as most of my first nights do! Wine? Yes, please...
Next I put together the base of the frame using 2x6's and my new Kreg Jig! After watching a couple of YouTube videos and reading the manual I was fairly confident I could do it correctly. Let me tell you, this was super easy to use and I was quickly becoming the Pocket Hole Queen! I will be using this is every project that I do from now on!
Pocket Holes! Super easy and so clean looking. Not seeing my screws!
From here it was a matter of attaching the top to the bottom. I used wood glue and self-countersinking trim screws. Using my clamps also helped keep everything in place as I attached it.
I attached these with wood glue and 2-1/2" wood screws.
LESSON: Watch where your ponytail lands as stain is not, I repeat NOT, easy to get out if it falls into the can of stain!
And I'm not the only one!
Next up, the headboard...Hopefully, this will be done in the next couple of weeks!