Monday, January 31, 2011


This is a one-subject version of my usual long-winded blog. I just had to tell you the bed saga …

I wanted a king-size bed but the trailer bedroom is obviously too small for that to be possible so I settled for a queen size (the same size as the bed in Penny the Pace. We bought the bedstead early last summer for $20. It was an old, miniature version of a maple four-poster. I knew I was going to paint it from the start and we stored it in the bedroom at the trailer until that time arrived.

A few weeks later we were at another garage sale and talking to the folks having the sale about our plans. They asked us if we had found everything we needed and we responded, “Yes, except for a queen-size mattress and box spring.” One couple at the sale offered their queen set to us for free if we could wait for it for a few weeks or a month until they bought their new king-size bed. We were tickled and exchanged phone #’s.

Well as you know, this renovation has taken months longer than we were estimating. When we took possession of the mattress and box spring we put it into storage in Gloria and Les’s basement and just last week, Phil finally moved this huge set to the trailer.

Guess what? It didn’t fit. The bedstead was 76 inches long and the box spring is 79 inches! So, my ingenious hero sawed the rails in half and lengthened the whole thing with 2 X 4’s replacing the 2 X 2’s that were there. He filled in the space created in the rails with 1 X 4 pieces, caulked the seams and repainted the rails. Voila! It worked and my new bed was ready for bedding. I wanted my bed high enough to save my back when changing the bedding or folding clothes so Phil had added 6 inches to the legs with blocks of wood. Well by the time all was said and done, I have a VERY high bed. So high, I need a high stool and even Phil’s feet are a foot from the floor when he sits on the side. It is hysterical but boy is it comfortable. Great granddaughter, Carly calls it the princess bed and I’m trying to decide if I should put a pea under the mattress to see if I can feel it … LOL!

Haven’t decided what kind of closet doors to install and there are still a few things I want to do in the decorating department but we are close … very close to being able to move in. Yahoo!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time ...

Julie Joy (can't get my signature to print for some reason???)


  1. Bedroom looks lovely...Great job!!!

  2. Progress, out most important product! Your new place is coming along beautifully!