Almost finished. (Just a few little decorating details here and there and two more mattresses to purchase.) Company ready. (We've had visitors!) And now blog ready. (But please cut me a little slack on the pictures. My indoor-room-without-a-source-of-natural-light photography skills are nil.)
If you need to catch up on The Bunk Room posts, Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. And just a warning: this is a long post. (My longest post to date, in fact, but I would rather finish this up project than have several more posts on it.)
We took inspiration for the room from the old Western Stagecoaches, which used to run through Colorado, primarily in the 1800's.
We are so excited to have these six bunks finished! We chose simple, white bedding for the sheets and coverlets and topped each bunk with a western-inspired, red-striped throw pillow.
This bunk room (found on Pinterest) served as the inspiration:
Each bunk also has a shelf at the headboard for each guest to set keys, a wallet, cellphone, watch, etc. The vintage-inspired lanterns and tin signs were all found on amazon.com.
The Big Bed
Six bunks for the kiddos and a queen-sized bed for their parents. John built and stained the bed frame in the garage, took it apart, brought it inside, and reassembled it in place.
Pinterest provided the inspiration yet again:
John designed the bed frame to have 14 inches of clearance underneath for guests to stow their luggage in order to keep the floor space open.
We went with the same white bedding as we used on the bunks. I made pillow covers for three large, square pillows from a white sheet and ordered the cowhide pillow cover from an Etsy shop, InteriorLuxuries.
The End Tables
There is very little room on either side of the bed, so John stepped up to the plate (again) and offered to build the end tables. They needed to be tall enough for the bed, and I wanted them to have shelves for selected books.
Rather than use the same stain for the tables as we had used on the beds, we decided to go with something lighter, and for our tastes, a bit more whimsical. We went with a bright blue stain, which took me a bit out of my comfort zone. It turned out to match exactly the light, bright blue in the bed's quilt. I'm so glad we gave it a shot! The color is best represented in the second "End Table" picture above.
The end table shelves hold selected books with western or Colorado themes. There is a shelf with picture books, an interactive story book, and a couple of Nancy Drew mysteries for the kids. Another shelf contains the entire Lumby series. (Oh, my goodness. One day I will write an entire blog post about Lumby.)
On the other side of the bed you can find a group of books about life in the Old West, in addition to Ree Drummond's story The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story. My sweet sister-in-law, Melanie, stood in line for hours at a bookstore one day to meet Ree and surprise me with a signed copy. Truly one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.
And last, but certainly not least, is a memento of John's young adulthood. John's dear grandpa handcrafted a cowbell out of sheet metal, then hand-stamped it and presented it to John one summer after John had been out to Grandpa's farm for a long summer visit. It makes me tear up just to think about it. Every time I see that bell I can only smile. We have made the most wonderful memories out at Grandpa's farm. I love that we have a piece of those memories in this room.
The Linen Cabinet
The Linen Cabinet. Or as John affectionately calls it "The Piece of Junk Furniture". Why? Because in an effort to not buy any more building materials, he made the entire cabinet out of leftover materials. He swears that every single piece of the scrap wood that he used was bent and warped. I don't believe him. I like it. A lot.
This time IKEA gave us some ideas:
We used some leftover paint for the color, but if I had it to do over again, I would have gone with a color that is a shade or two darker, so that it wouldn't blend into the wall as much. I'm hoping to fill the shelves of the cabinet with colorful quilts, which will help, I think.
On top of the cabinet we placed two hurricane lantern lights, purchased from amazon.com. I love them for this room. The flames flicker like candles when turned on, and they glow with a soft, warm light.
I wanted to have a guestbook for visitors to sign on the cabinet top, but I didn't want a traditional guestbook. John and I came up with the idea to order a few of the Time-Life Books: The Old West Series from amazon.com. (Remember those old commercials?!) Each guest chooses a picture that they think most represents him or herself and signs his or her name to it.
So, for example, if you flipped through these books, you might decide that you identify with one of these cowboys...
...or one of these outlaws...
...or this fine-looking gentleman...
...or maybe a talented musician...
...or maybe this rough and rowdy, sharp-shootin' cowgirl...
...or just maybe a Dodge City lady of the evening named Squirrel Tooth Alice who chose to take this photograph with her trademark - a pet squirrel.
I don't even know what to say.
A print of two cowboys firing at stagecoach robbers. This picture started the whole theme for the room. I found it, and the print of the sheriff and his gal, at imagekind.com. The vintage photographs are of real stagecoaches and their passengers. The top photo is of the old Deadwood Stagecoach. Love.
If you are still reading, thank you so much for sticking with me! This room has been a labor of love for John and me. It has already welcomed such special people, and I look forward to it welcoming many, many more!
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's late - the best time to view the bunk room, with all the lanterns turned on.
I think the next time that I need some quiet Mom Time, I'm going to pop some popcorn, grab an ice-cold bottle of Coca-Cola, and curl up in one of those bunks with a Nancy Drew.
If you should come and stay and happen to find a piece or two of popcorn on your bunk shelf, I have no idea how it got there.