So now that Christmas has passed, I can show everyone the super secret project I was working on for Addison.

So for the longest time, Addison was sleeping in her crib. She had her toddler rail up and loved the closeness of sleeping in that space. As she got taller, and her bed got “smaller”, I was finally able to convince her that we needed to get her a big girl bed.

I had completed the hours of researching to figure out which bed would work best for a smaller sized bedroom filled with lots of toys. My final decision was the Kura bed from Ikea. You can check it out here: Ikea Kura Bed

I thought she would love having a bed that was off the ground and I love the fact that there is plenty of space underneath for her adventures. This bed is also not as high as a regular bunk bed so that gives me a little piece of mind.

The closest Ikea to me is about 3 hours away depending on traffic. When we finally had the money together for the bed, the little one and I headed to Ikea for her big girl bed. One thing I remembered, toddlers cannot hang on a car trip.

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We were stopped in both of these photos…She passed out within 30 minutes of the trip, make is lonely for Momma

We made our day trip safe and sound, the bed was together and she was sleeping in it by that night. SCORE. This was in October.

Addison was very excited...I had to remove the tent THAT NIGHT...She couldn't feel her ceiling fan (needs the fan to sleep, just like Momma)
Addison was very excited…I had to remove the tent THAT NIGHT…She couldn’t feel her ceiling fan (needs the fan to sleep, just like Momma)
The state of her bed before I added the panels. My awesome friend Shanda picked up the Leaf from Ikea on one of her trips for us.
The state of her bed before I added the panels. My awesome friend Shanda picked up the Leaf from Ikea on one of her trips for us.  We also added hardware to the bed for Addison to hold onto getting in and out of the bed.

So, my original plan was to create a little reading nook for Addison to enjoy underneath, that changed very quickly. Addison started to really get into playing doctor with anything in sight, Mom, Dad, Grandparents, toys and her precious stuffed animals. Soon enough I realized, she needs a doctor’s office of her own. She is also fascinated with the television show “Doc McStuffins” on Disney Junior. I was very excited when I got her the Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Center for Christmas and it would fit underneath her bed. Or so I thought. I had placed her Vet Center on layaway so I popped onto Amazon to see what the dimensions were for the product. The listing did not have the correct dimensions; I did not realize this until after Christmas morning when we put the center together. MOM FAIL. I was very upset that it did not fit but will hopefully come up with an awesome arrangement once I finish getting her room together from the influx of toys. Here is what I did do for her bed and I will try my best to explain how it was done. Earlier I mentioned that it was in October when I got her bed, I started to actually work on the panels for her bed on December 22!!! Enjoy!

Ikea Kura Bed + hand painted panels = Awesome Toddler Time

When I measured the bed, I determined that one piece needed to be 29″x31″ and the other 59″x31.”  I kept my felt folded in half to keep an extra layer down while painting.  I did go through both layers of felt in some spots even.

Night 1:

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Nosey Dog

I started out on my smaller panel.  I cut a measured and cut a section for my panel.  I laid two towels down to cover my working surface for the evening.  One was striped and I did not do this on purpose but used it later to help guide me.  I had the iron set on low to take care of any bumps or wrinkle but I did not need it.  Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.22.21 AM

I then measured roughly where I wanted my window to be placed.  I used a small quilting square to quickly mark off the panels. I tried to use my wheel to cut them but ended up using scissors.  I only cut through the layer that I would be painting.

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I then played around with a few painting sponges I had but ended up using a simple dish sponge that I had hiding in a pack under the kitchen sink.  I used two of them by the end of the process.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.24.50 AMI then stared to lay out my bricks.  I ended up using the stripes on the beach towel to help keep them straight and used the wheel tool to help space them out.  I also marked off where my shutters would be going.  I didn’t know how well I could paint over stuff on the felt so I was trying to avoid overlap as much as possible.  Once I got to the window line, I painted the outline around the window black (It looks sloppy but remember the space behind it will be gone later).  I then poured out some hot pink paint to do the shutters and adjusted my workspace.  Then…..

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.25.37 AMI knocked the plate onto the floor.  UGH!!!!  I said a few choice words and ran into the kitchen to get stuff to clean up my hot mess.  I turn around and my dog Hazel is starring at my with a nice trail of pink behind her.  Long story short, I spent the next 2 hours of my evening cleaning up the paint off of the rug, hardwood floors, kitchen floor and a little off of the dog.  By the way, paint polish remover really helped. Moving on….

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.26.20 AMI finish the shutters, did some more bricking.  I then called it a night.

Night 2:

I pulled everything out and got busy, Christmas was only a couple nights away and I had lots to do.

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I wanted some grass at the bottom so I measured up about 4 1/2″ and creased the felt to know where my grass line was.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.27.40 AMI then took a paint sponge (one of the natural looking ones) and sponged the green on for my grass.  I was going to blend some of the darker color in but decided I wanted this to look more “cute” instead of “realistic.”

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.28.33 AMI then added on some flowers using a circle sponge to save time.  I then added in some stems.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.30.36 AMI had some animal stencils so I decided to add a few creatures on the project.  I also cut a second sponge the same size as the other brick but also cut it into two pieces to add in a few different size bricks.

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Small panel was complete at the end of night 2 🙂 Although I wish I would of planned out the spacing of the bricks around the flowers better, I loved how it was starting to come together.

Night 3:

I had help from my dearest friend Keri who was awesome for hanging with me and helping me get this thing done (you rock Girlie)

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.32.00 AMTonight we worked on the floor since the piece was so much larger.  I laid everything out just as before and we also worked with the extra felt behind the panel. I measured out the piece and trimmed it. I decided not to block the ladder on the bed for this project.  I also added a door about 5″ from the ladder and made sure there was room for a sign between the door and the window.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.32.49 AMKeri tackled the window while I trimmed out the door and then started to work on the bricks. I stared using the stripes of the towel once again to help guide me but then decided to make the row above the window just a little bit closer so it would fit.

My Partner in Crime
My Partner in Crime

I then searched the house high and low to find something that was big enough to trace for the sign.  I wanted to paint it separately so that if I messed up with the writing of it or want to change it I could.  I used a cake decorating spinner and a cake board to do the circles for it.  Keri stared working on the sign while I continued to brick it out.  I also used the cake board to see where the sign would be while I was placing the bricks.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 12.34.16 AMI then used the same method to do the grass as I did for night 2.  I also added a few higher areas on purpose.  I also decided to only have the flowers around the door.

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I added the few flowers and even a caterpillar.

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The other critters where stenciled on and little details were added to jazz them up.  A few other highlights were also added to the flowers.

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Night 3 was complete.  I was originally going to add some clever saying to the sign but decided I was too afraid I was going to mess up the sign so I only added “Addison” to it.  I have some tips that you can add onto your bottles to write with and used those. I don’t have a photo of the sign when it was completed but you will see it in the final shot 🙂

The following day:

I called my mom and Addison went to her house so I could figure out how I was going to mount these and see how it was going to look (without her knowing what I was up to.

I stared with the small panel.  I pulled back Addison’s mattress to discover a nice little space between the frame and the wood planks that hold her mattress.

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I stuck the panel in this space and took a quick peek.  I was in love already.

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These photos show you where I snuck the fabric between the two.  After thinking for a few seconds, the light bulb went off.  I could quickly sew down this area and place something here to keep the panel from slipping through.  I decided to use a small tension rod I had in the house.  I marked roughly where I should stitch to make a loop to hold the rod. I quickly removed the panel from the bed and set up my sewing machine.

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I stitched a loop in the fabric and then place the panel back in the slot.  I then ran the tension rod in and in that moment, I felt like a genius that it all worked out.

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The small panel. Finally finished and placed.

Now onto the large panel.  When I was in the planning stages, I was going to use some of the super magnets to hold this piece in place.  When I priced them at the local store, it was almost $9 for three magnets.  No thank you.  I decided to use some industrial strength velcro that I had at the house. The velcro was located by the magnets in the hardware store so that made me think to use it.  I also used the velcro to place her sign on.

I do not have photos of me placing the velcro on.  It’s been a week and I am having issues with the velcro holding onto the felt so will look into another option when needed.  Possibly use the sew on style velcro.

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First photo with the large panel in place.  I quickly took everything down and hid it until Christmas time.  Once Christmas morning was here, I waited until she was playing with some of her new toys, I snuck into her room and placed them back on for her to see.

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Addison checking out her new office, or at least that’s what she calling it for now.  I have some lights and other details to add on the inside and will update the post when I get it all complete.

Thanks for reading.  Feel free to comment with any questions and check out the rest of the blog while you are here!