Kids grow so fast! Â Anna and Lauren had been sharing a twin sized bed for a while . Â Bedtime was growing more and more complicated with the girls telling us they were, “squished”. Â Buying a new piece of furniture, especially a bed, can be a big expense. Â We decided to take the girls to a furniture store to look around at our options. Â Of course, they were attracted to the giant princess bunk beds with slides. Â With the small size of their room Â and our budget I knew this wasn’t the best option for us. Â We brought them over to the day beds with trundles and, although a little disappointed at first, they were soon persuaded that a “pull out bed” was the way to go. Â Then we started looking at prices and, once we bought the bed AND the trundle, it was more than we could spend at the time. Â Jeff and I looked at each other and knew we were going to have to go the route on this one.
We started scouring craigslist for daybeds and Â were a little disheartened that most beds were priced at “new bed” prices. Â While I wanted to give up Jeff kept looking and soon called me in to look at his “find”. Â There on the screen was the hideous white rod- iron day bed with gold accents that I had once had as a little girl. Â Is this be the best we could do? Â As ugly as the bed was, it was cheap and the trundle was included. Â Knowing the magic of a little spray paint, we called, made an offer and picked up the bed that night.
Here is what the craigslist ad looked like…
And here is the bed now. Â I let the girls pick the paint colors.
The colors match the re-purposed quilt quite well.
The final price of the bed with two cans of spray paint was only $46. Â Can’t beat that! Â Something we are learning from doing this daily challenge is to re-think a lot of things. Â Do I really need to buy a brand new piece of furniture? Â Can I up-cycle a used piece to make it work for me? Â How can I stay within my budget but still have nice things? Â How do I create a little less waste? Â These are all things we are learning and re-learning everyday.