Handmake My Bedroom for $200, Furniture Included.

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:33
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With quite a bit a work and a little thriftiness, you can create my bedroom for around $200. And that's getting all new furniture too! Featuring the Farmhouse Bed.


I've come to a design conclusion.  The most important part of good home design has nothing to do with colors, prints, textures or even lighting.  It's a design challenge I would never have understood five years ago, but it's the greatest challenge I face, every single day.  Far greater than living hundreds of miles from a home goods store, thousands of miles from a Pottery Barn.  Far greater than the wrong shade of paint or a tricky room layout.

My design conclusion is that the greatest challenge in making my home look attractive is keeping it clean.  Because let's face it, any room, no matter how amazing the design was, if it's not clean, if toys are scattered everywhere, if you are busy blogging and your kids are eating blueberries on your bed (true story), that room will just look messy.

Five years ago, before my daughter was born, I would never have understood what I am writing now.  Because really, how hard can it be to keep 1200 square feet tidy?  Haha, right?  You know what I'm talking about.

So I've been feeling like my bedroom needs an update.  I took a few hours this weekend and thought, first, I will tidy up the bedroom, clean under the bed (that was scary), wash all of the bedding, and go through any clutter.  And then I will start doing a redesign.  And I moved the bed under the window to clean under it (those weren't dust bunnies, it was a whole rabbit family).

And when I finished, I fell in love all over again with my bedroom.

Yes, there was blueberry stains on the bed, and the bedding was looking muted from neglect (sheets get washed frequently, but the quilts and pillow shams not so often).  And I fell in love with my Farmhouse Bed all over again too.   I was at the drawing board last night creating a smaller scale Farmhouse Bed, but after cleaning my room, the old saying, "if it's not broke, don't fix it" had special meaning.


I often get letters or requests on the finish I choose for my bed.  So while we've got a close up photos, I thought I would share my finish (which looks beautiful still, even with the headboard being used as a bottle shelf at night, and the blueberry stains scrubbed right off).  What I did was before I assembled my plank boards, I used a chisel and scraped the edges of the panel boards to create a rounded edge.  I did this to make the joints between the panel boards stand out more.  Then I primed and painted with two coats of Antique White High Gloss Paint with a brush, in the direction of the wood.  Let that dry completely.  Then I used my hand sander and sanded all outside edges.  And I took the chisel and scraped down the grooves between the boards to expose the joints in the panels even more.  Finally, with a small brush, I glazed the bed with a chocolate glaze and wiped it clean.

I love the distressed finishes because first and foremost, it makes your furniture liveable.  I will never be a person that stresses about my furniture being used.  People come before furniture in my home.  And I also love the depth and character of a multi-step finish.  And lastly, unlike a perfect finish, the more you use a distressed piece, the more beautiful it becomes!  "Love, Friends, Wine & Distressed Furniture - Just Get Better With Time" is my favorite saying to write on a card when I give a distressed wine cabinet to friends for their wedding.

And the best part of my bedroom?  My entire room, including furniture that YOU can go home and build with bedding, drapes, everything . . . right at $200.  And YOU can have it too.  And it's all purchased from a retail store!

Sometimes when I see a beautiful room on a small budget and I think, wow, amazing.  And then I read the fine print . . . flea market find, craigslist find, brought up from the basement . . . things YOU at home cannot go and duplicate.  I'm all about upcycling, recycling, scraps, and it's very inspiring to see what someone else can do on a shoestring budget, but I personally need more than inspiration.  I need instructions.  And I'm so happy that YOU can have my exact room.  It may cost you a little more because I did have lumber laying around, it may cost you a little less because you could have lumber and paint available.  But the bottom line is you can have my exact room on a tiny budget.


Bed: Farmhouse Bed Plans
Nightstand: Simple Nightstand Plans
Bedding: Pottery Barn Neena (cannot believe this bedding was on clearance for $49 for the king quilt and $9.99 per sham a couple of years ago!)
Curtains: Paint Drop Cloth Drapes Instructions Follow


I'm not the inventor of using paint drop cloths for drapes.  Nope, this ideas been done many many times.  But I will tell you how to hang some drop cloth drapes with NO SEWING required.  It's pretty simple.

For each panel that you need, buy one of these drop cloths, measuring 15' x 4'.    Lowes also has a paint drop cloth in this size, and there are two weights.  I used the 8 oz weight because the drop cloths will be double thickness.  All edges are already hemmed.

Fold the drop cloths in half the long way so that your drop cloth measures 7 1/2 feet x 4' total.  Keep the hemmed edges to the insides.

Purchase a pack of ring clips like these.  If you purchased the package of 7, space your ring clips 8" apart on the folded edge of the drop cloths.  These ones are from Joanns, make sure you clip a 50% coupon or wait for a sale and you can get these for $5.

Now all you need is a curtain rod.  This one is on sale for $11.99 at Joanns.  Hang the rod so that the curtains just skim the floor.  Instant canvas drapes!


And while I am loving my bedroom, I feel like it needs to be more.  And I am ready for some small updates.  So I'm tossing some ideas around, make sure you keep checking back for updates.  But the main idea I would like YOUR help on is what nightstand do you think should go with the Farmhouse Beds?  What nightstand design do you think would be substantial enough to sit beside our Farmhouse Beds?  I love the Simple Nightstand, but it feels overwhelmed next to such a large beautiful bed.  What is YOUR suggestion?  I can't wait to hear your advice.

Shown with King Size Farmhouse Bed


Shopping List

Farmhouse Bed
Paint Drop Cloths
Simple Nightstands


Michelle (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:52

This is very inspirational, Ana. I'm currently working on my own bedroom. My budget needs to be as close to nothing as I can get it. Just finished sanding & staining the hardwood floors (with a random orbit hand sander!)and will be varnishing them tomorrow, hopefully, if I can find some varnish for floors that doesn't cost $45+/gallon!
Will be looking at those drop cloths at Lowe's for sure! I never thought of that! LOL!
Love your green paint, too! Do you know what shade of green it is?

Angela and Mike (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 19:53

I've actually been trying to find the perfect end table for the Mason headboard I made. I would love to see a few more nightstand ideas. Can't wait to see what ideas people/you come up with. I'll try to think of some ideas.

JackieSue (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 20:11

What's wierd is my simplest nightstand that I made using your plans seems much bigger than yours. ?? Is that true? Mine don't seem too overwhelmed next to my king size bed, although I haven't made a farmhouse bed (yet) so that could be it. You can see my nightstand at http://jackesueshobbies.blogspot.com if you want. I love the simplest nightstand and I love yours but I agree that it may be a little smaller in proportion with your bed. Although it's still adorable and I wouldn't have thought that had you not mentioned it... =)

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 20:15

Jackie, I think the photo makes the nightstand appear a little smaller and also, I built my nightstand years ago, long before I blogged the plans. When I developed the plan that your nightstand is based off of, I made improvements to the plan, so I think your could be a little shorter and wider (standard nightstand height and width) so that could be what is throwing you off. And my bed is a massive king, and it's white next to the red nightstand. This is going to be tricky for me because there is no space in that tiny room!

Traci + Chippe… (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 21:23

Hello! I just discovered your site a couple months ago, and thank goodness because we are building a house that will need furnishings! And I'm positive our money will be gone by the time that comes! So, I am starting the farmhouse bed and was thinking the simple nightstand was a little too simple for this perfect bed. I did find this one that I would put (a knock-off version) next to my farmhouse bed. Maybe with an open cubby above the cabinet. Maybe I will see some plans someday! ;-) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70180521
thank you for what you do! I will post pictures of my finished products... Thanks to you!

CountryBelle (not verified)

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 23:05

Hi Ana!
One suggestion for you would be to use a stack of maybe 2 or three picnic baskets with a table top on top for a nightstand. (that way there would be extra hidden storage) Or maybe even something with a metal base (wrought iron) and wood (distressed of course) table top. Love your work, keep it up!!

Renate (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 02:40

What if you made a small chest of drawers to use as a nightstand? It would provide storage and visual weight to balance your gorgeous king farmhouse bed.

Tanja (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 02:55

Wow, this whole drop cloth curtain idea is new for me as well! I've been looking for inexpensive solution to line my kids curtains for darker room and this will do it. Love your site!

MrsH120807 (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 03:59

It's interesting that you posted this today. Just last night I was thinking that I really want nightstands to go with the farmhouse bed that we built. I like the simple nightstand but didn't feel like they were big enough for my tastes. I have been eyeing this one one:http://www.potterybarn.com/products/hudson-wide-bedside-table/?pkey=cbe…
I also like the version with drawers. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Amy (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 04:08

I like the idea of a chest of drawers for a nightstand but in looking at your picture again the space seems too small. I think it would feel crowded. What about a floating nightstand with a drawer that spans the distance from the wall to the bed? It could be a bit deeper and chunkier but still leave floor space open for a less crowded feel. I'm also a fan of wall sconces (plug in with cord covers work great) to free up night stand space.

Heather (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:05

We are so inspired by you! After sixteen years of marriage I will finally have a bed frame. My husband is building the farmhouse bed with canopy. We will be using your Hyde Side Tables as nightstands.

Leah (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:07

This doesn't help your request for new nightstand ideas, but I love a floating shelf for a nightstand in a small room. You could put a pretty basket underneath with bed pillow or two hiding your various unsightlies if you need some storage.

Kellie (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:08

At what point did you assemble the bed? Did you do all the distressing to the planks and then assemble at which time you finished the finish on the entire bed?
LOVE YOU SITE!! Starting on the armoire from last weeks post today!! So excited!

Hayley (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:15

Loving the bed. Sounds a lot like mine, with the antique white, distressing, and glazed finish :) We made ours about two years ago, but used antique 5 panel doors in place of the wood planks on the headboard and footboard.
We built nightstands VERY similar to your Simple Nightstand, but since we have a Cal King bed, and lifted it extra high since we're tall, we just made them larger to fit the scale of the bed. Luckily, since then, we've moved into a house, rather then a tiny apartment, so the bed fits better! Oh and the tops of the nightstands are pretty much like a frame with planks in the middle. Great minds think alike, I guess :)
Check it out!

Lee and Beth (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:20

I love your bedroom, Ana! It's beautiful! And like another commenter said, I don't think I would have noticed that your nightstand looks kind of small next to your bed if you wouldn't have mentioned it. It's too bad you don't live closer to us, cause I've actually got two large nightstands that I want to get rid of and replace with your "simplest nightstand". We could do a trade. :)
Hope you have a great day, Ana, and I can't wait to see what you decide!!

Jessica (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 05:45

I have been loving your site for months now. Where was I all this time. Missing out on your plans, obviously. But we just moved and so I haven't been able to make anything yet, but I have a long list!!
The farmhouse bed is one of the items on my list and I seem to have specific tastes on bedside tables. I like a bedside table to be higher than my bed, by just a bit so that my hubby doesn't have to prop himself up on an elbow to see what time it is in the middle of the night.
I also have seen one in a store that had a place that pulled out (like a cutting board in the kitchen) and was covered in a vinyl/leather type material that was for your drink glasses and you don't ruin your wood finish. I would love to have that feature!! I love to have a drink of water available if I need it.
I also like one that has at least 1 drawer, but prefer to have lots of enclosed storage (1-3 drawers), so I don't have to go through all my junk all the time to keep my room looking nice.
Thanks for all the great inspiration. I can't wait to get building and see these amazing new bedsides that I know you'll post!!

MomBrose (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:14

I love the idea of a bookshelf as a nightstand. When furniture can do double duty, it's a win win for me! :)

Leah (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:24

I have a vision of a trimmed box (instead of just a shelf secured to studs, then the drawer sliding in. a floating nightstand!

Domesticated-Bliss (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:46

Wow! I just found your blog and can I say you are not only a lifesaver but very inspirational??? This is absolutely amazing! I have been putting off buying a bedroom set because of the cost and now I am inspired to build this bed!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I'm a new follower obviously!

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:47

I love all these ideas, the IKEA and Pottery Barn nightstands are just perfect, and I love the creative ideas of floating shelves, chests, trunks, baskets. So many decisions!

I wanted to comment to Kellie that I assembled the entire bed in the garage and painted and distressed it as a whole. Then I took it apart (easy to do, and reassembled it in the bedroom.

You all have got my creative mind going . . .. ! Thanks!

April - Team Tottle (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 09:39

I really like the PB Hudson or PB Farmhouse Night table with 1 drawer as opposed to 2 like another commenter said. I also love the idea of a mini chest of drawers as I love having all my books/magazines next to my bed along with a basal thermometer, notebook/pens, etc. I love storage! Or even a slightly smaller scaled console table with 1 or 2 shelf underneath 3 side by side drawers? I can't wait to see what you come up after reading all our comments!

nessy (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 09:48

You are insperational Ana. I was going to get a sewing machine so I could make drapes. I am going to be dying the drapes to match the color to my room, I love the color white but I always find myself washing it like crazy. Thank you Ana.

Blogging with … (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:05

I would like to see a nice big round pedestal table next to the bed. The reason being because it would help not make the room so boxy with the square design of the farmhouse


amy (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:25

I just discovered your blog and want to build this bed as my first piece once we can get our youngest + crib out of our room and upgrade to a King! I have searched LONG AND HARD for substantial nightstands with storage that aren't too big, can move to other areas (as I move furniture a lot), and have some hidden storage since I have toddlers and pets that will pull out anything on a "cute" shelf. One thing I have not seen I think would look GREAT with these beds is something with a top similar in style to the Hyde tables, but with a solid looking bottom, but instead of a shelf or drawers, which in reality don't work so well, have a potato bin/lean out sort of deal. I was thinking maybe with two compartments, so you can store some linens in a larger rear area and personal stuff-books and lotion or whatever you need in a smaller front area. It would go along with the Farmhouse theme, be easy-peasy to reach from bedside, and be such a great piece to use elsewhere too! I think it could be designed to have either one or two compartments, but am not so hot on that aspect, just on ideas. ...Hope that is inspiring! Amy

Laura (not verified)

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 17:56

How about your simple bookcases Narrow or your modular office open file cabinet?

I love seeing pics of your room - even with bed not made up and all.

Loni (not verified)

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 16:46

I know I say it everytime, but I have to say it again. I love love love you, and thank you so much for all your hard work!
As for your bedside table, I actually think the Tryde Side Table (made a little taller, and size adjusted to your needs) would look great next to that bed. Or even the Ladder table would look good too, and give you that extra shelf for books/mags (if y'all are like me and like to read before bed).
Good luck and I can't wait to see what you choose!

Alexis (not verified)

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 07:48

Hey Ana - I love this nightstand from C&B. I've been admiring it for awhile, but not admiring the price quite as much. It's still fairly simple, but a bit more substantial than the night stand you have now. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=1020&f=30514

It might be too similar to your current one for your tastes. Even if you don't end up using it yourself - feel free to hack it for me ;)

Great work as always!

Karianne (not verified)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 11:31

I haven't checked your blog in a while, but wanted to comment. I think your modular office system cpu base would make a great night stand for this bedroom, with a horizontal shelf halfway below the drawer. That's on my to-do list for my bedroom.

Liz (not verified)

Sun, 06/20/2010 - 09:27

I have never thought of paint drop cloths as curtains! I am impressed! How do they do on blocking out light??

Diane (not verified)

Sat, 09/04/2010 - 03:07

Hi Ana!

My daughter pointed me to your site, and I have convinced my husband to make a Farmhouse bed for our guest room. I think we're going to buy the supplies today. I like your curtain idea, but we have had no success hanging curtains in that room. The rod brackets pull out from the wall. I would like my husband to build wood valences for the two windows with brackets on the inside to hold two rods, one for a sheer, one for a heavier curtain to block the wind in winter. He's asked for a drawing. Have you ever made anything like this? Do you have any suggestions for how these could be made? I was thinking it would be nice to have them match the headboard. Thanks!


Megan (not verified)

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 16:45

Hi Ana,

I would love to make this bed for my daughter, however, I can't seem to access the plans. It sends me in loops. I am guessing it is a a bug with the website changeover.

P.S. My husband may ban me from your website because I have too many projects for us planned, thanks for sharing all of your hard work!

ashlee (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 15:16

totally just did the drop cloth curtains in our bedroom!! we have funky shaped windows, so i bought a giant one, cut and hemmed it, but LOVE them!!!! also, we plan on doing the farmhouse bed as well!

thanks so much!
and just fyi- the link for the bed isnt exactly taking you to the plans... had to hunt for a WHILE!!

thanks for all you do!!!--
ashlee bayer

DeeDee (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 16:29

Ana, this is great. I just came across your channel on youtube. I am 26, married and love taking care of my home :) I have always had my eye in fashion and then the other day I stopped myself and realized my true passion is in creating funiture! I'm new at wood working but have always managed to find a way to be around it. Anyways, I just want to say that it was so nice to stumble upon your site before I start my venture! You're great! thanks!

Lora (not verified)

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 11:35

Ana, Thank You so much for all of your plans!! I have so many of your plans on my to do list, and I can't wait to tackle them all!! I have a question for you...do you paint/stain your boards before you put together the headboard? Do you ever paint/stain the boards for a project before you put it together? We currently have the lumber cut for a few projects and are trying to decide what would be easier.

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:00

Ana - I'm starting on farmhouse bed and wondering if you have any tips on how to chisel and round the edges of the planks. I've looked up anything I can find online and most of the sites are concering putting wood flooring in, not chiseling basic boards. Do you have to run the chisel really gently? Did you very slightly round the edges, or a more noticeable round? Also, can some edges be chiseled moreso than others and it look really nice? I'm finding that when I do it, it ends up looking pretty rough. And it's not a slight rounding, it's good and visible. I really love the look of being able to see the joints like in yours. Thanks so much for any advice or suggestions!

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 10:01

I'm assuming these plans are just for the top mattress. Has anyone ever used the boxspring to make the bed taller?

CPS1 (not verified)

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 09:48

Ana, I love this bed. Not much of a woodworker but, would love to build this for my wife. Attached the legs to the panels is doen through the legs into the panels where they are 3 wide correct? Using pre-drilled holes. Also, Attaching the frame to the footboard concerns me. I am a bigger guy. How exactly are you attaching there and getting it to hold. I am having trouble visualizing this.

Thanks for your help. I can not wait to get started.

Cheers - Charlie


Sun, 02/16/2020 - 16:15

Ana I love luv love this farmhouse bed.  I want to start building it!  But I am in the need of storage.  Any chance you have plans for a bed with storage that I can use but use the plans for this head board and foot board. 

Thank you so much!



Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:52

I love this farmhouse bed. I know you use an antique white paint. I’m just curious on what brand you use sensors 1000 different types of antique white paint out there?


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