Saturday, October 29, 2011

Barn Doors Train Bedrom: Guest Post {AKA Design}

Today is the last day to link up YOUR Round 4: Home Décor project! Prizes will be given to the top 3 viewed links. GO HERE to enter yours. Linky party open until Saturday, October 29th @ 6 pm MST.

Our second runner-up this Season was Shannon & Dean {AKA Design} with their Barn Doors Train Bedroom.

Those Barn Doors immediately caught my eye, and the train table underneath is AWESOME!!!

Let’s here from Shannon & Dean how this room came together.

We so cannot believe that Crafting With The Stars is over! What a fun time! And a TON of work. But boy did we get some great projects done for the house! Thank you, Tam and to all of you who participated in the voting! :) This was definitely an experience.

For the fourth and final round we turned our attention to our son's was the one room in our house that hadn't been featured on our blog...mainly because we hadn't given it much attention in the (almost) two years we've lived in this house. After we emptied it for the makeover, this is what it looked like:

And this is what our hallway looked like:


Let's get back to the room, shall we? Most parts of this makeover are pretty straightforward, so I have to apologize that there's not too much of an actual tutorial. But I will give a run through for each part with all the details where possible.

The Walls
We painted with paint we had on hand that conveniently lent itself to the color scheme we were going for. Yay for happy coincidences! The colous are Behr Antique White and Behr Stepping Stones. I first cut in with a Purdy brush and then filled in the rest. No taping necessary - easy-peasy!


The Bed
We turned the bed and centered it on the end wall to make it more like a day bed. Dean also raised the bed with some off-cut 4x4's (screwed securely to the frame underneath) to make it high enough to leave room for the rolling train board. We covered an existing duvet with a new duvet cover from Ikea and added some pillows to plush up the space for lounging.


The Side Tables
We used pvc pipe and caps attached to some stained pine shelving pieces to "build-in" the bed. The size of the tables was cut to fill the space evenly on either side of the bed.


The large mounted train plaque came from Dean's Mom and Dad, and the framed art is old public library materials (they removed it from their resources and gave it away). The heavy black metal hooks came from the dollar store (how cool are they?) and the lanterns are, of course, from Ikea. :) I hand painted the Railroad Crossing Sign between the doors onto two scrap pieces of wood that I wood-glued together.


Rolling Train Board
Remember our dining room table makeover? Well the old table top found a new home as Jonah's rolling train board (more upcycling). By attaching some casters to the bottom of each of the four corners, we can now roll his carefully planned and laid out trains and tracks out of the way at night! (Stepping on those things hurts almost as much as stepping on Lego. Come on, you know what I'm talking about - OUCH!)


Barn Doors
Now the bad news is I must tell you that Dean made the rails and hardware for the barn doors - and I can't give you a tutorial on that. I'm sorry. He works in metal fabrication, so he made them on his own time at work. If you do a google search for Barn Door Hardware you can find quite a few suppliers. BUT I can tell you that he made the barn doors from super cheap PLYWOOD and some leftover wood. Yup, plywood! He just cut each piece to fit the height and width we wanted and added some large Z's with scrap wood. I stained it with a couple of foam brushes (um, because the plywood sort of chewed up the foam - oops!) and some Minwax Dark Walnut stain.


We still have the rest of the room to finish: some more custom train artwork (I'm thinking an old fashioned chalkboard train schedule), some shelves for books, and a wall with maps and clocks. But until then, we have a really happy little boy!!

We hope you've enjoyed our projects and will come to visit us at {aka}|design!


Shannon & Dean


I am so happy to hear those barn doors were made (and not an incredible find), because that means I can make them, too!!! Party smile

What’s so amazing about Shannon & Dean throughout this competition is they did all of their outstanding projects while also hosting Thanksgiving (Canada), and getting ready for a TV appearance (Steven & Chris show airing this Wednesday). All of that AND they made the top 3 EVERY.SINGLE.ROUND!!!

Congrats guys!

I highly recommend following along with AKA Design so you can see more of their remarkable work!


  1. Oh how cool is that?!! Love the barn doors and the hardware is fantastic!!
    And that rolling train table is just perfect...nice way to recycle too! Cool!!
    Love the room...well done!

  2. Thank you Sue Ann! Our son sure loves it!

    And thank you Tam again for the contest and the lovely compliments!!



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