both of my children have always been climbers. brandon climbed out of his crib and into his toddler bed at 13 months old so i was ready for little madison to do the same.
This is the IKEA KURA BED which they now make with only white panels not the blue. We decided to take the whole thing apart and paint it white. I have no pictures of this process and truthfully regret starting this project in winter. I had to work around the weather, and it took forever to complete. I used spray on primer to cover each board as well as the blue side of the panels. It took several cans and left it a bit more lumpy and drippy that I had hoped for. Some light sanding fixed most of those spots. (oh and I had to sand the blue panels before painting as well. I then choose a super glossy white paint and proceeded to cover my driveway in paint... er... paint all of the pieces of the bed white.
I knew that I wanted to stencil a pattern on the white panels so I found a fantastic MARTHA STEWART STENCIL and headed to the home improvement store to choose some paint. The kid in the store sold me on this super shimmery glaze. Looks awesome as a finished product but I neglected to read the label that it takes 24 hours for the glaze to dry. Very short stencil + very long panels being painted+24 dry time between each stencil application = very awesome patient friend needed. My go to crafty friend Caitlin painted most of the shorter panels for me to which I am very grateful for. I kept wishing that my other crafty HEIDI had lived closer to me during this seemingly never ending project so that I could have bribed her to help too.
While wandering through the IKEA as is section, we happened upon a great deal on bed base slats. Seems they had just discontinued this particular style so we got it for about $30. It has springy slats and each side of the bed can adjust up and down. This proved to be great for a little girl with a stuffy nose. the whole thing was already assembled and fit perfectly inside the existing bed structure.
Madison LOVED her new bed. And it looks awesome in her room. We decided to reassemble the bed with out the lowest ladder bar. We didn't really want her to have access to the top bunk until we could trust her to get down safely by herself. She was just 1 at this point and loved to climb anything. We found her on top of her brother's full size loft bed and knew we would have to do something. Honestly, we didn't even tell her that the top bed existed so she didn't even think to try to climb up there.
The last thing I need to do is bribe my seamstress mother to make a new canopy for the bed tent. I just need to buy the right material :)
in the future, I might add a platform with drawers underneath to make it a bit higher and to add some storage space. I saw an awesome picture of this idea and thought it was a great idea!