{how to: build a loft bed}

I thought that this bed was going to be super hard to build.
But in actuality, it was pretty simple.
I showed my farmer this design...
he didn't even read it, he just built it.
And it is extra strurdy… farm style.

Here is how it went down:

First we measured the size of the mattress and built a frame that it would fit into using 2x6's.
{he added an additional 2 inches on the length for the headboard to be added on later}
He added those three 2x6's to the bottom to hold and stabilize the plywood that is to be put on top of them.
{ps. supposedly using plywood instead of slats may void your mattress warranty… just fyi}
Now… you sand. I recommend an electric sander.
Sand it good. Real good.
 Once the plywood was secured, we put our boys to work staining the bed.
Can you tell who is the tidier of the two?
{the stain that I used was Minwax 2126 Driftwood}
 While the boys were staining, my hubby whipped up the stairs.
He used two pieces of 4x4's for the sides {71 inches in length} and 1.5" dowels {2 ft in length}.
To drill the holes, he used a 1.5" flat drill bit… like found here.
Again, sand, sand, sand.
Nobody needs any splinters on their bed.
 And then, stain, stain, stain.
And seal… we used a sealant like this.
 At this point we also cut the extra pieces of 4x4's for the headboard and the railing. 
We used 6 pieces of 4x4's for the railing, and they were cut to the same width of the bed.
 For the railing we cut an additional two pieces… and measured and cut those once we secured the bed on the wall… to be more exact.

Now… this is when we started to really farmer rig the bed.
As you may know, I am super pregnant, and holding a big ol' bed frame sturdy while my farmer drilled it into the wall wasn't going to happen.
We pre marked all of the studs on the wall, and then my farmer cut a bunch of 4x4's to the exact height we wanted the bed to stabilize it while he could drill it.
It worked surprisingly well.
We used heavy duty screws for the whole project, like these, because they are super sturdy and also look fancy.
Now let me preface this next part with saying that our house is old.
It was the original homestead… and my hubby is 4th generation.
This means, our walls aren't the straightest.
Because of this, my farmer rigged up this contraption...
I was in charge of raising the jack to push the bed even with the wall so it would be flush...
 while my farmer drilled.
 I don't foresee this being an issue with anyone building this bed though. :)

Once the bed was in place, we measured, cut, sanded stained and sealed the railing.
And then attached that.
 As you can see we were super scientific, and it just so happened that the box of screws with my farmer's wallet on top was the exact height that we needed.
I held the box steady, and my farmer drilled the railing into the wall...
 and then to the top of the stairs. 
 Next up we drilled the 6 pieces of 4x4 to the wall to make the headboard.
You have to do this before the last railing since it attaches to the headboard.
Lastly, drill the final piece of railing to the headboard and stairs, and voila! 
Throw on the mattress and bedding, and you have the cutest darn loft bed around.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the design… heights, lengths, etc.

To see the entire room reveal click HERE.



{boys shared bedroom reveal}

I am so excited to share with you all Brody and Beckam's big boy room!
I kept a lot of the same decor that was used in Brody's solo room, and just added to it to create a wilderness/camping theme room. 
I love how it has all come together.
What do you guys think?
The boys are loving it, and really enjoy sharing a room together.
Fun, fun!!

Project details…
Loft bed: Farmer built.
Upper bedding: Serena and Lily
Lower bed frame: West Elm - no longer available
Train Table: Pottery Barn Kids
Baskets: Land of Nod
Teepee: Moozle
Deer Head: Cardboard Safari
White lowercase name letters: etsy shop going-ga-ga
Moroccan Pouf: Overstock
Frame and backing of deer: Barn wood - perks of living on a farm. :)
Blue metal chairs: Pottery Barn Kids
Campfire set: Land of Nod
Lantern: elightbulbs
Log side table: tutorial HERE
Artwork: done by myself
Wire basket {clothes hamper}: Land of Nod
Carpet: Overstock

PS. Loft bed tutorial coming soon.



{oh hey, friday | a day in the life of a farm boy}

First things first.
It's October and fall has arrived, which of course means…
we've got a pretty new Oh hey, Friday button.
Priorities people.
Karli snazzied this up for us, and it should definitely be on your post today. 
Speaking of your post, should you want to join in on this fantastic link up, here's how…
1 | Go ahead and write up a post about five things.
2 | Paste the html of the button above on your post.
3 | Link up at the bottom.

Easy as pie.

Moving on.
This "boy mom" bizz is pretty awesome.
Probably night and day from "girl mom" bizz.
But awesome nonetheless.

Let me share with you all what a day in the life of a farm boy looks like.
These kids are living the life.
And here are just a few reasons why...

1 | clothes optional
I may need to start a series purely based off of the attire that they choose to wear around here.
While these undies are not a staple for Beckam 100% of the time yet {please, oh please, let them be soon though} these boots are. 
Hot, cold, wet, dry, church… it doesn't matter.
He would wear them always if I allowed.

Brody is equally as in love with his boots, but luckily understands that they aren't for certain occasions.

2 | farming around
Typically these little dudes do most of their farming with their daddy.
They love to irrigate.
And they love to ride in tractors {or any machinery} even more.
Unfortunately I'm not always around to get those awesome pictures.
BUT, they are farmers all day long at home too.
They drive their tractors around nonstop.
They wash their machinery.
They sort through their harvest and deliver it to neighbors.
And they take especially good care of their animals.
The best little farmers I know.

3 | horsing around
When they aren't farming, they enjoy their fair share of horsing around.
This usually entails playing "bucking bull" in which you literally get bucked from the "bull".
Or, you may just get a diaper full of urine thrown at you.
Most unfortunate if it gets you smack dab in the facc.

This also can include some fun "airplane" flying, or some other super imaginative idea.
{Beckam is the passenger who was just served some fresh blackberries… not a bad flight to be on.}

4 | day trips
 While we do spend a majority of our time on the farm, when we head to the big city we go all out.
Like buy vegan donuts and stuff our faces.
 This day will usually include gymnastics and a trip to Costco… and if we are really planning ahead the zoo.

5 | early mornings
Lately, these little farmers love their life so much, they don't want the day to waste away while they sleep.
SO, they awaken at 5. Or 5:30. And maybe 6… if we are lucky.
Some of the early morning activities that happen before 7am around here include {but are not limited to}… legos, painting, car races, and eating lots of fruit leather.
These guys keep us on our toes.
They are constantly on the go, and thank heavens they are starting to play better and better with each other!
Love my little men!
Happy weekend, and happy October to you all.


{diy log side table}

Don't mind my slight absence, I've just been binge listening to the Undisclosed podcast… the follow up to Serial. 
So addicted.
If you were a Serial fan, you should be listening too.
In addition to that however, I've still been finishing up the new bedrooms for our growing family...

The boy's shared room has a bit of a camp/wilderness feel to it.
I wanted to add some elements to it that were rustic and useful… and decided to go with a log side table.
Pottery barn kids sells one HERE for $200.
That seemed outrageous.
Especially considering the wood pile we have behind our shop.
SO I decided to make my own.
This was nice because I could choose my own size.
Their room certainly isn't massive, so i didn't want it to be too big.

Here is how the process went down the other day….

1 | Choose your log.

2 | Rummage through your husbands tools and find a hammer and chisel.

3 | Remove the bark from the outside of the log.

4 | Once all of the bark has been removed, use and electric sander to make the log smooth and free of any splinters.

5 | Wipe the surface clean and then seal with a protective finish… I prefer water based for easy clean up.
{We had excess from the loft bed that we built - win!}

6 | Apply a second layer of sealant and let dry.

7 | Bam! Finished.

I would say that from start to finish this took me about two hours. 
I hammered it out during one of Beckam's naps last week.
AND I am super happy with how it turned out… especially since it cost me zero dollars.

Stay tuned for the DIY loft bed tutorial hopefully sometime next week.

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