Projects are calling: Bunk beds_A (© Steven Dewall)

© Steven Dewall

At the Williams’ house, space was precious in more ways than one. The two boys not only shared a room, but a bed, too. Their dad, Ramon, decided it was time give his boys their own beds as well as a room makeover that showcases their interest in space.

The boys’ room was perfect for a bunkbed setup that takes advantage of the height of the room to free up precious floor space, so the boys have more room to plan out interplanetary adventures. We chose to paint the bunk beds with metallic silver paint to pop off the stellar blue wall paint, and give the beds an industrial, space-station-like look.

The solar system rug, galaxy-themed sheets and inter-galactic light fixture finish off the space.

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The boys were thrilled, and so was their mom, Tracey, who now has a few more project ideas for Ramon, after seeing what he can accomplish in a single day with a few tools and supplies.

Here’s everything you need to complete this project:

  • Table saw with 12-inch blade
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bits
  • Flute-head screws (1/4-inch radius x 3-inch length)
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • 3-inch framing nails
  • Level
  • Eye protection
  • Self-adhering felt pads for bunk-bed legs
  • Belt sander
  • Orbital sander
  • Sanding disks and belts: 100 and 120-grit
  • 6 2-by-6 planks (8-feet long)
  • 10 2-by-4 studs for the legs and the ladder
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • 6-inch foam roller
  • High-quality paintbrush, 1-1/2-inch angled brush
  • Primer
  • Metallic paint