Picket Fence "Flower" Bed
Sarah Shaw Guinn embellishes her picket fence "flower bed" with a dinner bell, metal daisies and a checkerboard pattern.
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Sarah Shaw Guinn is a true Texas gal, complete with a southern drawl and a fun, adventurous spirit. She loves to create crafty things and if she can make it from something recycled even better. Her colorful kids' beds and day beds are the perfect blend of craftsmanship and ingenuity. Sarah hunts down old picket fences and with her artistic eye turns them into something truly special.
Materials and Tools:
old fence panels and posts
wood screws and wood putty
decorative dinner bell
2 metal daisies
metal rails for slats
power drill with countersink drill bits
garden hose and water
work gloves and rubber gloves
sticky notes, tape measure, scissors, foam brush
latex paint and water (jar to mix paint and water)
mattress, throw pillows and sheets
fence post caps
1. Disassemble the fence panel using a pry bar to remove the backing from the fence pickets. Wear work gloves. Remove all the nails from the pickets using a hammer.
2. Wearing safety glasses and work gloves, measure and cut the posts, pickets, rails, clothes rod and slats to the appropriate lengths using a miter saw.
3. Mix latex paint and water at a ratio of 3/4 paint to 1/4 water and paint the side and back pickets. Let dry.
6. Build the back frame of the bed using two 2x4s and two fence posts. Lay the 2x4s across the posts drill and countersink the holes and screw the 2x4s to the posts.
7. Attach the pickets to the 2x4s on the back frame with wood screws.
8. Assemble the sidepieces in the same manner.
9. Attach the sidepieces to the footboard. Attach the sidepieces to the headboard. Attach metal rails to the backboard, sides and footboard. Place the wood slats on the inside of the wooden rails.
10. Fill all screw holes with wood putty and sand the piece thoroughly. Wash everything with a garden hose. Attach fence post caps to the two front posts.
11. Attach a decorative dinner bell to one of the back posts.
10. Attach a metal daisy to one of the front posts. Attach another daisy to the top of one of the back posts.
11. Place the mattress on top of the slats. Make the picket fence "flower bed" with sheets and throw pillows.
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