Making progress on this marathon of a project. John has been working on it every spare minute that he can find. We have both been amazed at how many little details there are in this bunk room. You can read The Bunk Room, Part 1 here to get caught up!
After John finished hanging the stained panels on the walls of the bunks, he set to work on bed rails for the four upper bunks. What do you want the rails to look like? How tall? How many posts and how far apart do you want them? Um...,....a number of sketches later, a couple of decisions on materials, and John worked some more building magic. Simple and rustic. Love.
Next, John hung stained boards to the back wall and two supports for a ladder. He finished trimming out at the ceiling, and now we had to design steps.
What did we want the steps to look like? I have to confess, not being a woodworker, I would never have even considered this detail. I thought, "Just, ya know..., steps. Just regular old steps." But I suppose that would be like someone asking me to sew a quilt. Ya know..., just a regular old quilt. So, what did we want the steps to look like? How many? How far apart? Open in the back like a ladder or closed like a staircase? We thought the ladder would feel more like a western bunk room. John sketched a couple of possibilities out, and off we went. Really love.
We ordered one mattress from amazon.com. (Did you know that you could order a mattress from amazon.com???) We liked it. We will get five more.
Now, the next item took more planning and sketching than the rest. We wanted each bunk to have its own shelf/headboard. A place for a lantern to sit for reading or texting, etc...A place for each guest to place a book or a cell phone or keys or a watch, etc...We went around and around with different designs. Cubbies or no cubbies? A few shelves or one shelf? How deep? How tall? I'm really happy with what we came up with.
With the mattress...
So, the bunks are officially finished being built. I am busy with the fun (to me!) stuff. Sheets, pillows, blankets, a big quilt, wall art. John is busy building and staining a queen-sized bed and a couple of bedside tables.
It seems that I have my very own Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor.