King farmhouse bed, black distressed finish

Submitted by CaraRene13 on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 22:24

After seeing one in the brag posts and reading pretty much every one of the farmhouse bed plans,I too modified the original farmhouse king plans to create a four poster bed. The 4x4s are untreated Douglas fir. I cut each 4x4 only once. The top posts are 35in. and the bottom are 61in. I personally think the bottom posts are too tall but my husband really likes them the way they are.Since this bed was his birthday present, he wins :) The post caps are 1x6s cut to 4.5 and 5.5 squares then stacked on each other.
I used 1x4 furring strips to make the headboard and footboard panels instead of 1x8s. I made the wide center panel from a 1x8 I had on hand. This made the total width of the headboard and footboard 76 in. (between the 4x4 posts) As I did not wish to use a box spring, I used 2x6s for the side rails with 2x4s spanning the width of the bed. I then ran a a 2x4 down the center and mounted a 5th leg, made from a 4x4, under the center of the bed. The 2x6 side rails are covered by a painted and distressed 1x10.

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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Black distressed finish. After my initial sanding I applied a base coat of Valspar signature in Cracked Pepper and a second coat of color place black onyx (because it had it on hand and wanted to save money) if I had it to do over I would use two coats of the Valspar. There is an amazing difference in the color and finish of these two blacks...I then sanded the edges and applied minwax early American stain to the sanded areas. Please forgive the dark picture. it really does not do the finish justice...I work nights so we keep our bedroom very dark. This made photographing a black bed quite difficult.
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Wed, 04/03/2013 - 22:55

Thanks :) We're very happy with it. I finished it a couple weeks ago.
I also built the nightstand on the right side of the bed (left in the picture) from the mini farmhouse table plans. I modified it so I could use scrap wood I already had and to fit the odd angled wall of our bedroom.I also did not want to make another trip to the store since its a 50 mile round trip for me.
I absolutely love Ana and the plans on this site!! My to-do list is a mile long ...