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The amount of unfinished projects around this house  is unreal.  Dan and I are famous for starting something and then leaving it to start something else.

This weekend was no exception.  We decided that Wes should have his own bed.  Just like his sitter before him, his first non-crib bed was a double mattress on the floor.  It made the most sense to us since it was the lowest profile and if he were to roll out, he’d barely feel it since he was already so close to the floor.  But at 3.5, a bed of his own became the priority.  We did what any modern parents would do and we hopped in the car and headed to Ikea.  But we weren’t impressed with the selection.  A cool kid needs a cool bed.

Frustrated we left empty handed.  And by empty handed, I mean with a lamp because it is almost against the laws of nature to leave Ikea without making a purchase.

On the way home, I remembered a site my friend Katie told me about.  Have you heard of Ana White?  She’s a stay-at-home mama who builds furniture (tons of furniture) and posts all the step by step plans online for FREE.  If you haven’t ever checked it out, do.  Now.  Trust me.

Ana’s plans include all the materials you’ll need, the cost you can expect, the cut list and very detailed pictures.

We chose the Camp Loft Bed because we somehow jumped from having his bed as close to the floor as possible to having his bed as close to the ceiling as possible.  We are potentially no in right minds.  But then you knew that.

We found the plans Saturday evening and by Sunday evening Dan got to work.  a few hours later (split up by a flu day in the office) Dan finished his project.  The kids were nonchalant about the whole thing.

Or not.

Here it is.  THE bed.  In need of some TLC (a.k.a. sanding and a paint job).

Today, after pre-school, Wes insisted that he and I hang out in his room and have his snack on the platform.

Seriously.  If you want your kids to go to bed earlier, stay in bed longer and want to play in their rooms for hours at a time, this is the project for you.  I mean, hell, I think I want one, too.  Dan did an awesome job.  Wes agrees.

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