I finally gave Husband Mine an ultimatum over Christmas (please excuse the tardiness of this post...): Bed must be finished by our anniversary, or I buy one.
You see, he decided several years ago that he wanted to take up furniture making as a hobby. As in, "I want to build bookcases and beds and end tables and coffee tables." He has been saying since the day we bought our mattress (which was delivered the week we moved into the house 2+ years ago) that he wants to build the bed. Which he started last spring. And then abandoned because he didn't like how heavy it was. So, he decided to start anew. Two years after we moved in, I still find myself sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Which really doesn't help with the whole "look how finished our bedroom is" thing. Hence the ultimatum.
And let me tell you, folks. I've been saving my pennies. It's not that I don't have faith in him. I really want to. It's more that I'm a realist when I come to that man. He is a perfectionist, so he has a tendancy to stop doing something if it's not perfect. Like our bed in round 1 for example.
Since I'm a visual person, and I just believe everyone is exactly like me, here are some pics to give you a sense of what the general idea of the bed is. Our "inspiration pieces" if you will.
We started with this great bed from West Elm:
We loved everything about it but the price. Oucheroo. So, we took the idea of the storage bed (note the drawers on the bottom), and kind of combined it with this great headboard from Ikea:
I know, the headboard looks a little goofy, but you have to imagine it behind a solid headboard. Those shelves are pull-out. They stay hidden in a box-like headboard...kinda like this one, also from Ikea:
It's okay to ooohhh and aaahhh over my fancy photo-editing skilz (note red arrow).
SO, combine the two pictures, and you have a basic idea of what the finished product is rumored to supposed look like. I see that bed in my mind's eye, and imagine the sweet lamps we just got (hello, Home Goods score!) perched on top of the headboard, a slim bench in the same color at the foot of the bed...then come the bookshelves in the corner and the small chair in front of them...the floating shelf on the wall to the left of the bed...I've got it all planned out.
All I need is a bed to get it started...