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Baby Doll Bunk Bed – Part 2

We moved on to the next phase of the project, the remaining assembly!  If you read part 1, we were just getting the assembly started.  Although we had to wait a few days to continue on, we finally found a night that worked!

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With the bed assembled, my wife got to join in the fun and help my daughter with making the actual bedding.  To do that, they hopped in the car and headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics to let my daughter pick out her own fabric.

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It was a toss up between some rainbow powered dog bone pattern, or what I referred to as the bambi print.  So as I sat eating lunch with my older son, a text came in asking us which we preferred.  My son immediately voted for the rainbow explosion, while I thought the bambi print was more suitable.  There was no response to let us know which one she choose, but when she arrived home, we learned she agreed with her dad’s choice!

I thought she was going to be super excited to get started on the sewing right away, I was mistaken.  It wasn’t until the next day that my wife pulled out the sewing machine and the two of them began the process.

My daughter jumped in and wasn’t afraid to give it a go!  Since she likes doing a lot of art projects, she is no stranger to scissors.  However, I thought she might be a little intimidated by the sewing machine, I know I am!  My wife got everything setup and in place, and my daughter looked as if she had done this before!  She’s a natural!

I was very impressed by my wife, not because she knows how to sew and I don’t, but because she took the idea further than I expected.  My initial thought was that they would just construct some pillows that would act as a mattress for the dolls to lay on.  That’s where I was wrong!  Once they had the mattresses sewn, my wife suggested that they also make small pillows, along with some sheets!  I believe my daughter was also surprised because she seemed excited at the suggestion!

Now what my wife and I didn’t know, is that the joke was on us!  As fast as my daughter was excited at the thought of the sheets and pillows, she was also quick to be done with this portion of the project.  A friend rang the doorbell and invited her to come out and play, so she immediately dropped the project and bolted out the door.  I’m not sure if she just wasn’t interested anymore or she was just itching to get some fresh air!  Needless to say, my wife was a good sport and finished up the remaining sewing.

You may be asking at this point, where is the info or measurements used to create the mattresses, pillows, and sheets?  I wish I could answer that too!  I would have to ask my wife how I translate sewing to text, because like I said before, I don’t sew!  Other than the obvious, she measured the inside of the bed frame and worked from that.  I can’t tell you what type of stitch they used or what settings to configure on the sewing machine.  It’s just not a skill I possess! Maybe my wife can teach me one day!  Or even my daughter at this point!  She knows more about sewing than me!

For the last couple nights the baby dolls have had a much better rest!  I haven’t heard as much crying coming from my daughters room, unless it’s my daughter doing the crying!  Even though the bedding portion of the project is complete, we’re still not finished.  The final step will be to paint the bed frame.  What color you may ask?  Pink of course.  Plain and simple.  This was probably by far the easiest decision that was made on this project!

Once again, stay tuned and I’ll share the final phase of the project so you can see the end result!  Hopefully it will inspire you do want to build, sew, and paint your very own as well!

 

Baby Doll Bunk Bed – Part 1

Several weeks ago, my daughter and I were out shopping.  She was on a mission to exchange all $32 she had on a gift card, with some kind of toy(s)!  If there is one thing she is determined to do, it is to spend money and every last penny at that!  Unfortunately, I can remember being just like her!

As we walked through the store and perused the toy isles, we undoubtedly landed at the baby doll section.  Even though she has plenty of baby dolls to run her very own baby doll daycare, she always needs just one more!  As she looked, she began to settle on one item that included two tiny baby dolls that were accompanied by a miniature bunk bed and I believe two miniature rocking horses as well.  If memory serves me correctly, the package deal was going to cost around $26.

As I looked at the item more and more and realizing that regardless of all these toys being over priced for the quality you get, I felt she could make her money go further.  I also believed that she would quickly shove the new toys into a corner once we got past day three with the toys at home.  I convinced her to look at two items she could buy for essentially the same price and would probably play with more.  I also used the opportunity to promise her that we could build a much better bunk bed and she wouldn’t have to pay a dime for it!  With that, she was sold, and now daddy and her had a project!  Oh, and we did leave with the other two items I suggested!

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Since we celebrated Easter a day earlier and the actual Easter day was a glorious one weather wise, we busted out the table saw and the free pallet wood I had and got to work.  I asked my daughter to start by drawing out her idea.  I wanted her to see how the project needed to start, it needed a plan.  Although she likes to draw, this task was quickly turning into frustration, so we turned to the good ol’ Internet to find something that worked.  We settled on the following project from ana-white.com.

With the plan in place and after I got some initial pallet pieces squared and cut down to size, we measured out the various pieces we needed.  She would measure and I would cut.

One interesting tid-bit about my daughter, you may think the project took two days because she is wearing two different outfits in them.  Not the case.  My daughter has a tendency to increase the laundry chore a bit in our household.  During the time I was cutting the measured pieces, she decided some new clothing was in order!

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Next, she loved using the wood glue.  Mostly it was because of the fact that when it dried on her finger she could peel it off.  As she began putting glue on, I explained to her that I would let her use the air nailer next.  She was intimidated by the thought of using the tool, but after she shot in the first few nails, she enjoyed it!

I requested that she avoid shooting me with a nail but I don’t think she made any guarantees!  Thankfully I didn’t feel any metal enter my fingers.  She enjoyed the air nailer so much that when she started sanding the first section of the frame while I started to arrange the second end piece, she asked me not to do the nailing so that she could.  I can’t say that I didn’t have a smile on my face watching her enjoy the process!

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It was fun listening to her try another new aspect to the project.  She was being introduced to a lot of new tools and sanding was becoming a quick favorite as well.  After she sanded for just a few seconds, she would rub her hand along the wood and say, “it’s so smooth!”

I am really hoping that she is really enjoying the benefit to building things and seeing the result of her hard work.  Ok, really I just want her to have fun and be proud of what she built!

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She started to see how the bed was coming together as we connected both bed frame ends.  We were only able to connect a few more pieces before it was time to call it quits for the day, but I could tell she was loving what she had learned.

At this point the bunk bed is only half way done. But in the few hours that we spent on this project, I’ve truly enjoyed watching my daughter get excited about using new tools, seeing her work become a reality, and anticipating working on it again. So stay tuned fort part 2 of the project where I’ll share the finished project!

In the mean time, please share any projects you may have worked on with your kids, I’d love to hear about them! It might inspire our next project!

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