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  1. Pamela
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    First off……….I live to read your blog. Love your wittiness…oh and your creativity is pretty swell as well. I think like you do, but never did I think people would understand what I meant if I wrote it out; then I found your blog and your “smarty pants” comments and I understand everything you say. I get it and obviously I’m not the only one that gets it. Go figure.

    But about the bed. It is lovely, very lovely! But I have a suggestion. What if you doubled the lovliness and ask your friend “Craig” to find you twin Victorian beds? (And I don’t mean that you have to sleep in separate twin beds like June & Ward Cleaver) This could work to your benefit for several reasons: 1. Will fit easily up the stairs 2. Can be bolted together and a king size mattress will fit 3. King size box springs can be bought in two pieces and will fit in each bed 4. You’ll have TWO lovely headboards to adore 5. If you do decide to sleep apart 6o years from now, you can change it back to twins. 6. No lose situation

    Good luck on your search and rescue mission. I have two victorian beds in my shop right now. I must be a better “Cragslist” puruser than you, I only paid $75 for the one and $50 for the other; both are full size and the one with the highest headboard is just begging to go home with me. “Please, please, please…..I promise I’ll make you very happy in bed every night” she keeps telling me……..I’m beginning to fall for her line.

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  2. Jenn
    January 21, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    Yep, you (Paul) could totally take it apart at the corners (or just before the curves for the purpose of the end of the bed) and expand it to fit the size mattress you want.

    And the short answer to the too-low issue is bed-risers (simple, inexpensive, and work like a charm)!

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  3. Kay
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    I bought a leather sectional couch from my landlord when I moved out – he had it in a bedroom turned into a tv room. The movers couldn’t get it out the bedroom door no matter how much stuffing they took out of it, so I measured the window and voila, it just made it through (after I removed the um window sashes – thank goodness they were new, modern replacement windows. No major carpentry required – just a screw driver and good eyes to see where the spring flew to.). My current residence has much larger doors! Since the Victorians didn’t make queen sized beds, I am going to just make a headboard. Someday. I’m still trying to figure out how to put together twin beds from my childhood since the movers lost the gorgeous maple side rails. All four of them.

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  4. Kathleen Grace
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    Having read so many of your posts (delightful!) I know what a handy guy Paul is. Many of these old beds can be fixed simply by extending the side rails. No problem at all.
    Please do not tell him this was my idea.

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  5. Elizabeth
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    I live in a 900 square foot ‘Hall and Parlour I House’.
    This is my fabulous, big Civil War Bed (that I think we brought in through the front window)? (I don’t remember because it has been so long – kind of how you forget how much labor hurt after you have that cute baby in your arms…) I told my husband that I want a 2×4 platform built for the box spring and matress – so I can finally put the right side rail in place. Right now it is held in place with heavy telephone wire. But you can’t see that because of the dust ruffle!
    It’s the first photo:
    http://bittersweetdesignstudio.blogspot.com/2011/09/project-900-sqft-purging-and-organizing.html

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  6. Diane Amick
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    OK – one of your new missions – I, and the rest of your followers – need a workshop situation with you as leader – to teach all of us poor, unimaginative, slow-thinking Craigslist wannabe’s how to make sure OUR husband/significant other/worker-bee/helper/measurer/cutter/fitter sees the futility of discussing (arguing) about every little item we find/can’t live without and the POSSIBLE problems curtailed after jumping prior to measuring/thinking/discussing/figuring ad nauseum. Don’t they know we ALWAYS win anyway? We need instruction and diagram training from The Queen of Craigslist, so that next time they will be speechless and just accepting of our genius. Where do I sign up?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 21, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

      I gave this some thought… and realized that I am simply more annoying than other wives.

      Getting this stuff is a hassle for Paul, but I guess it must be less of a hassle than being hounded by multiple trolls?
      xoxo
      ps- but we should still have a conference.

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    • Lori
      January 21, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

      I just ask. He knows nothing about home improvement, and he loves seeing me happy. Works…every…time. And, he does not ask how much it costs either!

      Now, computers…I am toast. So, he wins there.

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      • Krista
        January 22, 2014 @ 11:55 am

        I would totally go to this conference. Sign me up!

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  7. Sara
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    I love your blog, a fact which scares my husband. I may have a solution to your mattress dilemma. Here in MN there is a company called The Original Mattress Factory. They make their mattresses right here in the Twin Cities. They can make custom sizes to fit antique beds and it will not cost you a fortune. They also do split queen box springs for the tight stairwells in older homes. I bet they could ship to you. Good luck, that bed is gorgeous! http://www.originalmattress.com/

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  8. Julie Williams
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    This has to be the best buy on the freakin planet for the entire year! Hello! It is
    going to be absolutely incredible in your beautiful home.

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  9. Rebecca Brovont
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    Not to worry, I have actually done this. I inherited by Great Grandparents’ Empire bed made about 1830 by Berkey and Gay in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was handcarved mahogany and massive looking but not the right dimensions for a queen mattress. I had new sideboards made (out of Honduran mahogany) allowing me to specify a new length to the bed and we re-attached the sideboards in a different place on the posts accommodating more width. Problem solved.

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  10. Sharon
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    I bought a 70’s era electric knife to cut down foam to size. Works like a dream, mostly.
    I found it on Craigslist, of course.
    I’m looking forward to Part 2 of the Bed Saga!

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  11. My Crappy House
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    Of course you need that bed. That’s a no brainer. However, why not put it in a guest room as is and hold out for a king size? You’re sure to find something amazingly Victorian in a king eventually, right?

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  12. elizabeth kowal
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    i’m dying of jealously over your new beautiful bed! i wouldn’t hesitate for a second on somehow cutting the mattress to fit!

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  13. Suesan
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    Seriously funny stuff, but it sounds like your husband and my husband are far too weighed down by practical matters that should never get between a girl and her creativity! Go you. I’m a new follower and excited to hear how this story ends.

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  14. Diane West
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    Sorry, I don’t have time to read all the comments right now, so someone might already have suggested this, but…why don’t you get it for the guest bedroom? That way you can have the bed but you don’t have to try to make the king-size mattress fit into a full size bed. I hate to tell you but NO WAY that’s gonna work. Although you could put it into Photoshop and stretch it… 😉
    Actually I have a bed that’s very similar—it’s in storage right now (long story) and I will use it in my next house’s guest room.

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  15. Katherine
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    Don’t worry, you have nothing left to hammer out, as I happen to live in France and I control it. That’s one lovely bed (I suspect) you’ve got there!

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  16. LaurieC
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

    Yayy! I have a bit of sense of humor after all – I laughed out loud this time! Thank you Paul for that. Or it could be left-over joy from doing my EZ taxes on line successfully last night, and looking forward to an early return. No, it was your superb writing, fabulous mental thought processes, and great diagram artwork!… and Paul’s “Interesting.” comment and reply. Thank you for giving me laughter today! Looking forward to “The rest of the story”.

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  17. Tiffany
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    I was having THE MOST

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  18. Tiffany
    January 21, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Oops. I am new to leaving comments, obviously – disregard that false start.

    As I was trying to say, I was having THE MOST disgruntling day today (and yes, in my world, a day can be disgruntling). Your bed post just made me grin and feel like all is going to be well in the world, because you have even better shenanigans going on than I do. I’m not alone!

    As soon as I get home from my day job, put the baby to bed, and can go outside and work on my giant gold Humpty Dumpty frame – the Victorian one that is utterly fabulous (once it’s all glued back together and I finish learning how to faux finish the white parts), and I have great plans for making into a giant magnet board where I will hang smaller frames that I have made magnetic. That’s once I figure out how to add a backboard that won’t weigh 800 lbs, somehow get home the sheet metal that is wider than my vehicle, and convince my husband to help me hang it.

    He hates large, gold, useless things. Fortunately for me, he loves me more than he hates my latest massive craigslist treasure.

    So thanks for reminding me go back to obsessing about my creative project, instead of letting the frustrations of my day get me down. :0)

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  19. Rhonda
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    What a gorgeous bed, and a great price as well! Others have suggested this, but we have actually done it. We have a house full of antique beds (and everything else!) and most all of our beds have had the side rails lengthened to accommodate the mattresses. Works like a charm!

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  20. Carolyn V
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    I can’t wait for part two!!! I miss you when you don’t post. I wish you would post every day- even just random thoughts 🙂

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