Pottery Barn Stratton knock off #2

You’ve heard the wise advice, measure twice, cut once.  It is good advice that should always be followed when woodworking.  Especially before you even buy the wood.  Go measure the space you’ve got, to make sure your project will fit in given space.

You know I am working on my second storage bed for one of my boys.  There is currently a twin in there, which gave me false confidence about the space I had for the bed.  Actually that sentence implies that I actually had a thought in the first place about spacing.  I, in fact, did not.  Not even an inkling of a thought.

Luckily the Heavens were smiling on me as my oldest was carrying the bed up with My Man, saying “Wonder if the door is gonna close once this is in there?” .  It does close.  Barely.

It’s all because of this:

I’m sure that there are some “heating duct rules to live by” that I am oblivious to, but when a room has a shortage of blank walls to put furniture in front of, it is eternally frustrating when one has a heating duct in front of it.  This room has the door into the room, two huge closet doors and 3 windows.  This very small space between the windows in one of 3 blank areas I’ve got to work with.  Oh well, the door does actually close, so disaster was averted.

And the bed is in the room!

Before (and I am so embarrassed about the dust ruffle being ripped–especially because it’s been that way for years):

Pottery Barn Stratton knock off #2

If you missed the first one I build for my daughter, it’s Pretty in Pink {Pottery Barn knock off} The reveal!   Her bed has routered edges, which I skipped for this bed and that post has pictures of the build as well as links to more specific directions/photos on parts of the build.  The plans for both beds come from Ana White’s Stratton knock off plans but I modified it to a twin.

I used a new paint I found recommended on pinterest.  I love how it went on, but I’m not sure if it will be as durable as the polycrylic coats I usually use as a topcoat that I skipped with this project (my usual painting process is here).  It also doesn’t have that smooth-as-silk finish I like, but it is still pretty smooth.  Only time will tell about the durability, and if anyone is interested, I will post in a couple of months about results.

Benjamin Moore Super Spec paint

I’m glad the bed is done, but now that it is in his room, there is so much I want to change (does anyone else think the wood furniture all needs to be black now?  I hadn’t anticipated that…ugh!).  I would love to be able to work on one room at a time to completion, but it seems that the big projects are taking precedence right now.  And there are so MANY!  I’m starting to miss my sewing machine :)

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18 responses to “Pottery Barn Stratton knock off #2”

  1. Jaime says :

    K you have been BUSY!! Oh well about the duct, I have that same issue with radiators (clearly these annoyances were probably layed out by a man with no thought to furniture!). And yes I think the desk and other pieces need to go black, that was my first thought even before you mentioned it. But that painting is soooo time consuming so do something fun first! Love the build, really, really impressive.


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      My thoughts exactly about the duct lay-out (sorry guys!) I’m going to have to resign myself to the painting I think. The hubs kept saying “You’re not going to have to paint the rest, are you?” and I really thought the bed would mesh with the rest if I could integrate some more black in the room, or with matching hardware. With the bed actually in there, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case. Darn it! I hate being wrong :)


  2. Sandra @ Sawdust and Paper Scraps says :

    I wish intake and outflow vents would just always be placed in the ceiling! Then they would never be in the way and practically no one decorats their ceilings. So we pay a little more in our heating bill because all the hot air blows in at the ceiling instead of floor. I could live with that.


  3. Sue Petz says :

    This bed is beautiful. Is there a measured drawing and materials list for this? I woudl love to make one in a full size.


  4. Donna says :

    I am about to do this in my son’s room. Very nice job!


  5. Yara Aguilar says :

    I really, really love this. I want twin beds for my kids, currently they have metal bunks and a trundle that I can’t stand. I’d love to make them beds like this. Off to explore more of your blog ☺


  6. Terrie says :

    What was the approximate cost to build this bed? It looks gorgeous!


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      Thanks Terrie! I actually priced out what it costs to make this bed for a price estimate for a friend who was considering having me make one for her. It was $360 which included everything–even the glue and screws. That is central Ohio prices…from what I’ve heard, the price of lumber can vary according to your location. Hope that helps!


      • Shawnna says :

        You did a great job! I have been searching high and low for beds for the boys’s room. Maybe I should just make my husband build them:) Where did you find the cute bedding for you son’s room and for your daughter’s room?


      • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

        Thanks Shawnna! I definitely recommend putting these on the honey-do list–they hold a TON of stuff in otherwise unused space. I actually made my daughter’s bedding out of two twin sheets that I sewed together. It is super easy to do and a lot cheaper than ready-made duvet covers if the sheets are priced right. My son’s bedding is over a decade old. All I can remember about buying it was I was excited about the price because I liked the color and quality of it. I’m not much help, am I?? :)


  7. Beth says :

    I have the whole vent thing going on too and I’m getting ready to attempt a queen size platform bed with storage similar to yours. I’ve been thinking of incorporating the vent into the bed with an extension of ductwork that T s out both sides of the bed. Also would like to incorporate a set of dog stairs into a drawer. Then when I’m gone the little booger can’t get on the nice bed covers.
    Of course these are ideas and we will see if they actually become reality.


  8. Shawnna says :

    Love the bed. Where did you get the bedding? Thx!


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