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How to DIY a Fabulous Outdoor Zen Daybed Using an Old Mattress

Have you thought about converting your old mattress into an outdoor daybed?

You just bought a new mattress and now you have to discard the old one. Of course, as you probably know discarding mattresses are a nightmare.

They are clunky and most people just throw them in a dumpster (when they can find one), or on the sidewalk on “bulk trash” day, or they have to drive to the nearest “dump”. Which is also a nightmare with all the rules about when and if they will accept your mattress.

Donation places won’t take them as easily (maybe because of fear of bedbugs), so a lot of times mattresses just sit there by the side of the house or in the garage taking all that space. 

Until now!

How I Came Up With a Way To Repurpose An Old Mattress

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When I bought my new memory foam mattress I was in heaven. It was nice and firm, and it was great to wake up refreshed.

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Anyway, my old mattress was very high quality, it was still in good shape and it still had some life in it.

I didn’t want to throw it away but I knew no one would take it other than bulk trash. I felt bad about sending something perfectly good to the landfill. Plus, you all know I try to save the earth as much as I can.

My solution: Why not reuse that mattress and make an outdoor daybed?

I have this area in my backyard that has a lot of trees and even in the hot Arizona Summer, it’s a cool spot to hang out. 

I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a daybed under those trees? It would be the perfect place to read a book and drink some iced tea in the afternoon and “chillax“!.

Of course, I wanted to save money so I decided to build it. The project was very simple and the secret is in the bolts holding the whole thing together.

Materials for the Day Bed

12 boards (2×6)- See Measurements in the image below

  • 2 boards for the header and 2 for the sides.
  • 1 for the headboard
  • The remaining boards for the slats (you can also use 2x4s or even 1x4s instead, but I wanted the slats to be sturdy, so I used 2x6s)
  • Some scraps for the “side tables” and 2 (17-inch pieces to support the headboard)

daybed measurements from old mattress

1 2x4x80in board: for the center of the bed frame.

2 1x2x75in boards: for the inside frame to support the slats. Pieces to support the middle board.

1 4×4 post: for the legs (cut into 12in each)

Box of Wood screws (3in long)

12 (6in) round head screws with bolts (decorative and sturdy to support the weight of the bed and mattress  

12 (4in) round head screws with bolts (for the headboard)

4 Casters (optional)

4 “L” brackets to support the “side tables” (If you are adding the side tables be sure to get a bracket that supports the weight of the boards)

Liquid Nails or Wood Glue


Phillips Screw Driver 

Wrenches to tighten the bolts

Putting the bed together

Start by cutting the boards to size using my schematic above. Consider the size of your mattress and give at least 1 inch more to give room for any bed covers to fit in.

I started with the frame first. Glue each corner with liquid nails or wood glue and use wood screws to join them together. It will make things easier when you are trying to add the bolts into the frame.

Glue and attach the inside boards (1x2s) to the side of the bed frame (level with the floor). This is where the slats will rest on.

After attaching the side boards, flip the frame over (this will be how the frame will remain when the daybed is done).

Measure the distance from the top of the side board (inside the frame) to the top of the frame (this will tell you the distance you have to level the middle frame).

Mark the measurement on each end at the center of the head and foot of the frame.  You want to make sure that the center frame is at the same level of the boards inside the frame. See image below (this is “under” the bed). 

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Attaching The Legs

Once the frame is ready and stabilized with wood screws and glue, it’s time to attach the legs to each corner of the frame. (Note: the boards you see on each corner in the image above were only temporary. Please ignore them).

To attach the legs you will need to raise the frame first or work on it upside down using a piece of 2×4 to level the legs with the same level as the inside boards (the slats will rest on the legs too).

I wanted the legs to be sturdy so I drilled two holes on an angle, straight through the post on each corner of the head and foot of the bed. See below (sorry, the image is not the best). Place bolts and nuts and tighten to make sure the frame is not wobbly.

Then on the side of the bed, I drilled another hole for one bolt (making sure that I didn’t hit the same spot as the two bolts).

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The Headboard

I chose to make a simple headboard with one board only. I thought it had a nice Zen looking style with a clean line.

Before attaching the headboard, lay the 2x6x76in onto the floor and select where you want the vertical support boards to go on the headboard frame.

I chose to put each board in the center of each side of the middle frame.

You can certainly move them closer to the edge or the middle but I thought this would make it more stable.

Attach the vertical boards with the edges level with the horizontal board first. I drilled on an angle just like the legs. See detail image below:

daybed frame from old mattress before paint headboard

I did the same with the bottom part that was going to be attached to the frame. See below image:

daybed frame from old mattress before paint

When I took these pictures I haven’t started blogging about my projects so I know I’m missing a couple of step by step pics of the back of the frame and how I attached the side tables but it’s easy.

The Side tables

Of course, no Zen retreat is complete without somewhere to put your tea on. Enter the “side tables“.

They are basically shelves attached to the bed. But how cool is that? No need for extra furniture. It’s all in one piece.

Before attaching the headboard you should install the “side tables” when you have the bed upside down (bottom up). That way you can simply lay the 2x6x17in board on the floor by the side of the bed and attach the “L” brackets without having to work “under” the bed.

Before attaching the headboard you should install the “side tables” when you have the bed upside down (bottom up). That way you can simply lay the 2x6x17in board on the floor by the side of the bed and attach the “L” brackets without having to work “under” the bed.

If you do this after the headboard is on then you can just raise the side of the bed you are working on with a bucket or something to have better access to install them.

Next Step: Paint!

I chose a dark brown color because it closely matched the color of my pergola outside. I love how it turned out:

daybed from old mattress image after paint

Notice I added casters to the legs?

Well, I really didn’t have to do that since the daybed was going on grass. I figured it would be easier to drag it around if it had wheels but forgot that they would also sink on the grass. Sigh! 

At least you get an idea what it looks like with wheels in case you are doing this for a cement patio. Then you definitely want wheels.

Installing them is easy. Simply flip the bed frame on its side and screw the metal brackets onto the bottom of the legs (they come with the wheels) and that’s it!

I didn’t paint the slats because that would be a waste of good paint. They were going under the mattress anyway.

My Zen Daybed and Repurposing that old mattress

Here is the final product before the mattress went on:

Daybed from old mattress front view outside

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And now, with the mattress and a cover I made for the daybed:

daybed from old mattress under pergola

Giving an extra twist to the Zen Style Daybed

Because I just can’t stop crafting, I decided that my zen daybed retreat was missing something.

Oh! Yes, Curtains!! 

So I got some burlap and made these curtains to give it an extra zen look to my daybed (tutorial coming soon-psst, it’s no-sew!!).

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daybed from old mattress final side view

Notice the paint color for the stencil was similar to the bed cover?

Isn’t this the best place to read or what?!

Before I go, you must be wondering what happens to the mattress when it rains.

I bought a sturdy plastic sheet and wrapped the mattress on it really well before putting the new cover on.

There is some waterproof mattress covers out there too. But I just thought a sturdy plastic would do.

Status Update:

I made this bed at least 2 years ago, and everything, including the mattress, looks good. Except for the terracotta cover: the sun really did a number on it. I will be replacing it soon.

If you don’t think you have the skills, or time to make this daybed but you like the design, here are some fabulous outdoor daybeds that you can purchase.

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I hope you enjoyed this project. I so happy I was able to save a mattress from going to the landfill and got my Zen retreat in the process.

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How To find Inspiring Pieces for Your Next Bathroom Remodel in a Jif

Finding inspiration for your next bathroom remodel is no longer a struggle.

I’m glad the days of “leg work” are gone. Remember when you had to drive in every direction to visit the available stores in your area just for one project?

It was even worse when all of them carried the same “boring” styles.

If you are like me, you want things done yesterday. And I‘m not the most patient when it comes to shopping for products and accessories. I want to see them all. NOW!

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But how do you find everything for a bathroom remodel in one place without ever leaving the house?

Thank goodness for the internet!

There is nothing better than online shopping for someone who is not interested in driving all over to find each little item for a bathroom remodel. 

And who has the time to drive around anymore?

Lately, my go to online store is Amazon.

You can see everything under the sun in one place. Which saves you time and money too. Imagine being able to compare prices with their multiple associated vendors without ever leaving the site.

Plus with Amazon Prime, you get 2-day shipping on most purchases. Imagine how much you can save on shipping if you buy a big honking item like a vanity or a heavy mirror (psst, you can try it for free for 30 days!).

Here’s a link if you wish to sign up for it: 

I know I sound like a big fan but with a busy life like mine, time is money.

Inspiration for my bathroom remodel

Even when I’m diy-ing a project or looking to buy items to complete a project I first get my inspiration on Pinterest. Then my next step is to shop online.

Take a quick look at my two bathroom remodel projects: my downstairs bathroom and my powder room. I found the inspiration for both of these projects online (see my inspiration images below).

And if you love any of the pieces I selected, simply click on the image and you are redirected to the source where you can buy them.

How easy is that?

Unique Farmhouse bathroom decor pieces I found on Amazon

Starting with these oh-so-cool accessories:




The farmhouse toilet paper dispenser is fabulous! My other personal favorite is the wood shelving in the above image.

For my downstairs bathroom remodel, I ended up skipping the traditional medicine cabinet and opted for a rustic wood shelf with little storage trunks to hide the “medicine”.

The trunks were even big enough to hide an average size can of shaving cream.

Here is my “medicine cabinet” in more detail:

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Who says you need to stick with a traditional medicine cabinet? A little creativity and you can accomplish the same purpose without being boring.

The vanity: Queen of the Castle

The vanity is the anchor of any bathroom project.

Unfortunately, due to a major budget setback, I ended up not buying any of my inspiration vanity pieces below.

Repurposing my old vanities and creating something similar for both my downstairs bathroom project and my powder room projects was the only other option.

But if your budget allows, these vanities “scream” farmhouse style and they will not break your budget (unless the main pipe bursts in your adjoining laundry room-sigh). 


               Aren’t these vanities fabulously farmhouse-y?

Notice the “Shaker” style doors of the white vanity above? They look a lot like the doors on my own DIY vanities.

I hope you enjoyed my inspirations pieces.

Stay tuned for more inspiration posts from my adventures in shopping and DIY-ing around the house.

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How to Transform Your Powder Room on a Miracle Budget

Transforming your powder room on a limited budget does not mean it should look cheap. You just have to be wise where you are spending your money and the final result will surprise you.

Follow me on my continuous journey to bring my house to this century, one project at a time.

Today, I will be showing you how I managed to transform my powder room from the 60s into a modern farmhouse chic design for around $350 bucks.

But first, I want you to savor the “before” images as they will give you a pretty good idea how bad things were.

The powder room before transformation

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The top left image is the overall look of the bathroom. The image on the right is the “fabulous” (yuk) light fixture from the 80’s.

The bottom left image is the old metal sink covered in rust and chipped paint and the faucet. Don’t get me started on that faucet!

The bottom right image is the opposite wall from the sink. As you can see, pretty dated.

Let me tell you a secret. It used to be worse!

When I moved into this house, the wallpaper was this ugly purple ribbon print with pink flowers. It was so ugly I never even took any pictures.

Anyway, to protect my eyes from any damage (the wall was that ugly!), I slapped on a new wallpaper over the old. I had found this wallpaper at a thrift store for less than $3 bucks for 5 rolls. So for a temporary measure, it wasn’t too bad.

It was enough to cover the entire room and at least make it look semi-acceptable until I had the money to really transform that room.

Taking the wallpaper out

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Now that I finally could work in the powder room, the first thing I had to to do was remove the newspaper.

Let me tell you, it was pretty tedious work.

The lifesaver was using a wallpaper remover. At least the wallpaper would come out like “butta” once you applied the remover.

But it still took about 2 days to get it all out. Remember, I had two layers of wallpaper to remove.

Here’s the powder room without the wallpaper.

Notice the lovely 1965 Pepto pink walls? 

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Refinishing the walls – materials

After the wallpaper was removed, the walls were in pretty rough shape. To refinish the walls you will need the following materials:

After pulling all the wallpaper you will see that there are parts that are scratched, dinged or that need smoothing. 

In my powder room, the walls were uneven because the top wall had the wallpaper but the bottom wall had paneling at some point in its life. So over the years with paint and wallpaper, the wall had some issues.

You may not need to do all this if your house is newer or the walls are in better shape than mine.

Applying the compound

Simply pick up a small amount of joint compound and smooth it over the wall. Like applying icing to a cake, or butter to a piece of bread (it’s not hard to learn this).

Apply the compound as needed and make sure to keep the amount even to cover all the details and defects. You will need to let it dry overnight and then apply a second coat.

Then it’s time to sand the wall. If you have “raised” areas with the compound, use the rougher grit sand paper (60 or 80) to “level” the raised spot. If the wall is mostly smooth then use the 220 for a smooth baby skin finish.

After your walls are dry, you can paint them.

The vanity transformation

Since I needed this project to meet a certain budget, I decided to save some money and restore my vanity.

There were many reasons I needed to do that. One, this vanity fit perfectly in the space. There was also a weird thing the builder did for the sink to fit in the space (see image below) so I didn’t want to risk having to restructure a new vanity just to fit in the weird space.

If you prefer a new vanity, below I gathered some ideas I found when searching for a vanity that could work in that space 

Here is the vanity “before” restoring it:

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To see how I transformed this vanity, check out my post about my vanity transformation from another bathroom project I worked on.

The techniques are the same and even the color and materials are the same. I wanted them to have the same style since these bathrooms are both downstairs. The only difference here is the size of the vanity.

Here are the “after” pics for this vanity:

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And here, after cutting the sink and the butcher block to size:

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Wall feature

After installing the sink and butcher block, it was time to install the wall feature. Since it was a very small room I wanted to add some “wow” factor to it.

So I chose a mosaic glass tile backsplash. I decided that I was going to apply it in a vertical line instead of the typical horizontal backsplash.

There are several ways to apply a backsplash if you are not comfortable with tiling. I am old school and just tiled with thin-set like any other tiling job.

But there are easier options like peel and stick tiles, or tile mats if you want to use your option of tiles but you don’t want to work with thin set. These are not the cheapest options but they are an option. 

The materials for my wall feature:

I won’t be teaching you how to tile today, but there are some good videos on Youtube on how to tile a wall. It’s not that difficult.

The tricky part is cutting the tile. If you are using glass tiles it is easier to cut them with a manual saw.

If you are skilled with the wet saw it goes much quicker for sure. Be prepared to have 200 cuts on your fingers by the time you are done. If you can use gloves then do it. I just can’t work with gloves.

Once the tiles are on the wall, then apply grout. Clean up the grout with the sponges and rags. Be sure to cover your butcher block with plastic before working with water and grout.

It’s pretty messy. Plus you don’t want the grout getting on to the surface even if you seal your butcher block really well.

The tiled wall

Here’s the wall after tiling:

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The lighting is not the best at this point because the only light (over the sink) was not installed yet.

And here’s the light fixture I selected:

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Some similar styles that were my inspiration:

After installing the light fixtures I added some Edison lights to give it a “vintage” industrial farmhouse look to the powder room.

Here they are installed:

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Finalizing the room:

After installing the lights, I added an oval mirror I found for about $25 bucks. Even though the room was white and gray, I wanted the mirror to have a silvery gold frame just like my other bathroom.

Finally, it was time to add the sink with plumbing (not my favorite part) and new faucets. I did splurge on the faucets ($99) because this room gets a lot of traffic when guests are over and a cheapie would not last.

I also wanted it to match with the other bathroom faucet.

The final product

It’s hard to believe this is the same room. Here is the final product. I’m so happy with the result:

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My favorite part was decorating the powder room. The mirror was the first piece.

Then I wanted to add some storage over the toilet bowl for TP, an extra hand towel and a splash of color with an orange flower bouquet since the room was so white and gray.

For added style, I found this wooden star (left image) for sale for less than $10 bucks.

It serves a dual purpose: It’s a great looking wall piece but it also serves as a night light so guests can find the light switch when they enter the room. Even the towel ring was less than $5 bucks!

Here’s another angle. You can see the mirror a little better (the circle in the middle is actually a mirror on the opposite wall):

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Pardon the lighting. It’s a very small and dark room.

Here’s yet another angle:

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For the opposite wall, I just chose these round framed mirrors (also dirt cheap) and hung them with command strips to make sure people didn’t knock them out when they used the powder room (yes, the room is that narrow).

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Total cost for this project was around $350 (mostly because of the butcher block, about $80 and the faucet about $99). The rest was the tiles (about 9 pieces at about $9 bucks each). I already had thin set, tools and paint from other projects.

The decor pieces were about $40 bucks total.

I hope this post inspired you to start your own powder room project.

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