July 6, 2010

My $7.49 Day Bed

My $7.49 Thrift store Daybed

When I left the corporate world I no longer needed a full office.  I turned my guest room into a sewing room and my office into the guest room.....are you still with me?

I needed a daybed, but after hunting retail stores I came to the conclusion, that I didn't like anything they had to offer and I was way to thrifty to pay the price.  Thrift store here I come!  I found a twin bed that had matching head and foot boards.  The price was right, $7.49!

I wanted a rounded railing, so I just took out my jigsaw and cut.

I didn't want to repaint the whole bed so I just took the sawed off rail and had the paint matched.

Now the backboard is just an illusion.  It is a piece of covered plywood hanging on the wall.

I took a sheet of plywood and actually laid a dinner plate on it to get the curves.  I stapled on batting and foam, then covered it with fabric.  I added covered buttons to give it some detail and used 3 huge hooks to hang it on the wall.  It makes it really easy to make the bed!


I finished it off by making some pillows out of vintage fabric, lace, tablecloths, and some fabric scraps I had laying around.  The fabric for the back board and duvet was purchased at a decorator fabric store that was going out of business.  It is a beautiful damask fabric I purchased for $7.00 a yard.  The skirt at the bottom was $3.00 from a thrift store, It was queen size that I cut down to fit.

These are the pictures above the bed, My Mom and I when we graduated from nursing school (A few years apart) ha!

My Mom and Dad's wedding picture, Dad was 17 and Mom was 21 (Cougar)

And my Mom and Godmother in their nursing uniforms.  These frames were .50 each at a garage sale. with a coat of white paint added.

I love this needlepoint I found and framed.

My daybed is going into service in a week as my son will be staying with me before He moves from Orlando to DC (Something about a girl and Love!)  I'll really miss him, who's going to get my Christmas decorations out of the attic, and lug my bags of mulch?

I can't even get these two slugs off the bed!!   Little help they'll be!

Happy Crafting! 
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Marilyn said...

Ingenious. The slugs are adorable.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now this is one outstanding THRIFTY idea and I LOVE it! You were thinking outside of the box and that's so awesome!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Now that's a great find!!!! LOL, yep, my Kodak isn't much help either, ha ha ha


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love how you made the daybed. It is really pretty and unique. Most daybeds are ugly! Good job. I know you will miss your son!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a great idea you had making this into a daybed. The pillows you made are gorgeous and I love the family pictures and the duvet.
Hugs, Sherry

Unknown said...

You are so talented! Not only did you saw and make the day bed, you made the headboard and pillows!! And it all turned out so nice. It's so pretty!!!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your daybed is so cute and looks comfy! Love all the pillows and the long headboard is divine!


Gina said...

At first I was amazed that you found a bed for $7.49, but now I'm amazed at what you've done to it. You are the MacGyver of home decorating! LOL Your daybed looks wonderful!


Awesome job! You are the woman to use "tools" like those.
Love the fabric and pillows. I have a stash of fabric that will someday turn into pillows!
Deb :)

The Decorative Dreamer said...

This is a wonderful idea! I have a twin bed that I use in the guest room/craft room as a daybed too. It is in a large dormer window but doesn't have any arms or back. I love both your ideas for the arms and the back! I also really love your family nursing photos! So sweet. Very pretty room!

Debbiedoos said...

Very cool Carol...my party is up too now!~ I really love the headboard and the fabric pattern. Your cats look super comfy...but they are making me sneeze...you will have to do something about that when I come and visit:) Debbie

Jen T said...

Carol I am sending this post to my mom b/c she has wanted a daybed forever. I think we can do this - how clever! The nursing pictures are really special - what a cool legacy! (and she really was a cougar, huh?) JenT

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Hey Carol! Thanks for stopping by tonight! Your daybed turned out great! What a bargain!

Have a great evening!

Lemon Lane Studio said...

What a beautiful post and such a clever makeover with your daybed. Those slugs are too cute to lift anything!

Gwendolen Elaine said...

It's all beautiful!I love the whole look of the room, but most especially those gorgeous pillows!

Karen said...

WOW I am very impressed by your hard work Carol!!! The bed looks amazing and I can see why the slugs love it...bless them XXX

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I am finally getting some time to make my visits to everyone!!
Carol, I just love this day bed!! I love how you made it and the backboard idea is great and one I may borrow. I would love to do something like this in my new guest room. I have my youngest son's single bed in there and I am not crazy about the headboard. I have been debating taking it off and trying to make it a day bed and the backboard idea is perfect.
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Debbie said...

To say that this jazzes me completely understates it. I LOVE the look! It's so romantic and dreamy, and the thought of how little you spent makes it all the more lovely.
Right up my alley.

And, I woke this morning to read your comment on my blog. Can I be the first to say WOOHOO and congratulations??? We endured the corporate downsize here too. God opened new doors for my husband that he wouldn't have knocked on otherwise.

Your story inspired me! I'd say you are definitely in a "blooming" season.

Anonymous said...

1 word ~ A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Love the room and the slugs are so cute :D
I love slugs but BEAR doesn't :(
Have a great week...

Mari said...



Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Carol, You did a wonderful job on the daybed, everything looks cozy and girlie like and I see the cat took to it very well... ha ha Nice touches on the wall with photos of family and you can't go wrong with to many pillows.... my couch and bed are loaded with them!

Thanks for the visit and leaving a note-

Enjoy your Evening-

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Carol, that daybed is just gorgeous. I love the headboard you made and all the pretty fabrics that work so well together. How neat that you and your mom and grandmother all went into nursing.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wow, how you do that? I just love how you make thrift store item looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing! Found you from the comment you left on my little blog - the blogger party last month, sorry it took so long, never expect any more new comments from there!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You say I'm fun...girl you got it goin on! That headboard is AMAZING!


Unknown said...

OH.MY.GAWD!!! Amazing! Those kitties have the right idea too! LOVE cats and how they always know the best cozy spots.

Great thrifting and use of your talents!!!

Thanks for sharing.


Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Carol~this is an amazing transformation with all the perfect finishing touches. If I were to make any attempt at sawing away...I'm afraid the only thing I'd be left with would be... kindling.
Where did you get that lovely pink wall sconce?
I loooove your *furry* bed decor too!
It was so nice of you to create such a beautiful retreat for them.

Sweet wishes,

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Great Job!! Love the backboard and the colors!! I'd sleep there in a minute WITH the furbabies!!

Diane said...

What a great idea! I am so amazed! It looks stunning!


Debbiedoos said...

OK I am thinking you me, Leann and some other gals need to hook up sometime for a girls weekend....we would have a blast! Thanks Carol for joining in....and of course I will take lots of pics:) Thanks my friend! Debbie

Donna said...

Oh, wow! I just loooove your day bed! the headboard is gorgeous! and I really love your pillows and all of your wonderful pictures. And of course the chandelier! That is right up my alley! Saw you over at Debbie Doos. Cute kitties, too :)

parTea lady said...

Your daybed looks wonderful. I really like how you mixed all the pretty fabric colors and patterns. Your headboard turned out great. What a terrific thrifty project.

southerninspiration said...

WOW, that's amazing!!! You did good, girl!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I know I stopped by earlier but I just had to stop in again to tell you how much I really LOVE this day bed!!!


kath@retromantic antiques said...

So, so, cute! Jig saw huh? I am wanting to get some kind of saw to do some of my own projects. Getting a little old to always have Dad help.lol
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. kath

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Carol!

Love your thrifty daybed! Great redo and those fabrics are wonderful!! Very nice job.

Life in Rehab said...

I had this on my list of links to check out over the weekend, the title intrigued me, so imagine my delight when I hopped over to see who had been kind enough to comment! This is sheer genius, and my favorite kind of price tag- bonus points that you're a tool chick too! I'm following.

JoAnne said...

Hi Carol,
What a great post! I love to read other thrifty shoppers stories. Laughed when you said, "so I took out my jigsaw....". How resourceful, I don't even know what a jigsaw looks like.
It turned out beautiful!

the cape on the corner said...

first of all your cat's adorable. so sweet. and second, that headboard is genius! love it, and what a great thrifty find.

thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your comment on my first stripping attempt. it made me chuckle when you said you paint it or pass it by.

enjoy your weekend!

Unknown said...

I just love how your day bed turned out and the frames are just wonderful :)
Sandy xox

Olivia said...

This is awesome! My husband builds amazing benches out of old headboard and footboards, I am soooooo impressed with your thriftiness and craftiness! Love it!

Lisa Macomber said...

I have been reading all you updates on this bed, love it! OH...I have tagged you with a blog award for being a "Versatile Blogger", please come by my blog and see...


Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love your day bed. You are so talented.The fabrics and vintage pillows are fantastic. I'm sure that was a lot of work. Your slugs seem to be enjoying it too. LOL! They are adorable.
Your latest follower, Annette

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

That is so awesome!!! I love everything about it. What about the chandalier?

Thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment!

:) Michelle

Sandy said...

Love the "Slugs"... oh and I also love the new guest room!
nice job!
Hope your son does not mind the 'frilly nights stay'....lol

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Just visiting from debbiedoos party! What a great idea and price. Everything looks very nice and hopefully the 2 slugs will move over when your son gets there!!!!

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration! Have we met before? If not, I'm Holly. ☺ I just had to come check out a blog with "polka dot" in the title! ♥

nancarts said...

That daybed is amazing! and to think you designed it all...I have never seen a twin bed for $7.49 in any thrift store, but if I do, I will bring it home and try out your ideas.
Love it.

Smiles and Blessings,

Olive said...

Your daybed is terrific. I love your framed needle point. Thanks for visiting my blog. ~olive

P.S. I am a nurse too.

Unknown said...

That IS the most beautiful day bed I've ever seen!! Love it!

Sandy said...

I had to stop by again and tell you.. my guest room is also 'frilly' and my son called last night, he is 'Lt.USCG' and has been working the Gulf, will come by, when he gets a day to drive the 6 hrs down here... Think I need to put the frilly pillows away?,,,, haha
Thanks for your visit!

Charlotte said...

What really makes this beautiful is the bedding! You are so clever! What a great idea!

nono said...

Wow...What a great deal.....it looks absolutely beautiful!

Angela said...

I love what you did,,and the bedding is just beautiful...What a great idea.

Susan said...

I absolutely love your day bed! You recycled and reused and that is always a good idea!!

{oc cottage} said...

This is AWESOME!!!!

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

OM Gosh I have been on the search for a daybed too..your a creative genius..I must get a saw!

Fran. said...

What a beautiful post!! I so love your black and white photos in the white frames! I had to laught at your cougar remark!! I am four years olde than my hubby too! Our friends call me a cougar!! LOL The look you put together reminds me of Granny Chic! which I adore!! You sure are talented!! XO Fran.

Anonymous said...

I think God dropped the imagination bomb off in your head!!! Your fabulous, do you know that, just fabulous. You give me soooooo many ideas. Hugs. Tammy