A VERY "GIRLY" ROOM
Big sisters need their own space!
SHOP OWNER: Andy Wright
LOCATION: Allen, TX
I recently finished a new bedroom for my three-year-old daughter, Hannah, and couldn’t be happier with the results. Our second child is due in about eight weeks and I wanted to do something special for Hannah. We decided to use her old bedroom as the nursery and do a complete remodel on the guest bedroom to make it just the way she wanted it.
I built the bed about a year ago and it was the first piece of furniture I attempted. The wood is poplar and birch plywood with a hard maple trim. The plan came from the New Yankee Workshop. Norm painted his green but I decided to go with white. The bed also has a trundle, which sees plenty of use when our friends from out of town, who have a daughter Hannah’s age, visit.
The tall dresser, from a plan in Workbench magazine, consists of poplar and birch plywood. I was faithful to the plans, although I did make a few modifications. These included dovetailed drawers instead of the locking dado used in the original design and some extra reinforcements on the rear feet. I further modified the plans to only build the three-drawer dresser by cutting off the top half. The drawers are the same size from both pieces and all of the trim details are identical. For the mirror frame, I used some leftover maple I had in the shop.
All of the pieces were painted with waterborne enamel from an HVLP conversion gun. The maple details are finished with polyurethane except for the knobs, which I sprayed with Krylon brand lacquer for the sake of convenience.
I painted the bedroom pink, purple, and blue at Hannah’s request. All of the colors are from the Behr Disney collection. I finished the room off by installing the crown and chair rail moldings.
It is a VERY girly room, and Hannah absolutely loves it. Everyone who comes to our house immediately gets marched upstairs to see her “princess room”!. . . Andy Wright
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