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  1. Jessica
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    I work in and live near hagerstown! How this did not show up in my searches I do not know. I see no issue with sawsall! Cool it Paul! Make it work! It’s victorian furniture for god’s sake!

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  2. Cheri
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    OMG your adventures are hilariously fantastic!!! Your “troll” deserves an Academy Award as well as the Medal of Freedom for these rescues! Can I be your side kick??

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  3. di e
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    So you saved me. here in Australia it’s early morning. I have been unable to sleep. You have had me rolling with laughter, bed trolls, short beds and no not surprised that your space-time-continuum-rearrangement didn’t go as planned pmsl can’t wait for that story. Thanks for being you and sharing your world

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  4. Emily
    January 21, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    We had a Cal-King size memory foam mattress that didn’t fit into our new place and ended up cutting it to a queen size with a “hot wire” tool. Hubby holding one side and me at the other. Worked perfectly…Hopefully you didn’t use a saw, that would be a giant mess! But funny to read about…

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  5. Diana C.
    January 21, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    I guess my painting and having my husband re-hang our pocket door in the kitchen rather pales in comparison to your adventures; but hey, I’m just glad not to have to step around the monstrosity everyday to feed the dog. It’s a victory of sorts.

    Next is completion of painting some to-die-for plantation shutters that (sadly) we had to order to fit the window. When I think of what we paid for these new, and all the plantation shutters I have passed up at yard sales, I could cringe. That little factoid was omitted when I realized the kitchen would never look right without them, and convinced my husband to spring for brand new ones… which of course had to be painted a coordinating color right out of the box. My motto is, “When in doubt, paint it.”

    I learned my lesson though; because carefully hidden right BEHIND the almost-finished shutters, is a beyond fabulous ornately-carved, old brass crystal chandelier, that I plan to spray paint a wonderful color and hang over our bed… or somewhere else. Spray paint, you ask? Check Pinterest. They are adorable and this one is perfect! All crystals are present, intact, and will sparkle like diamonds, I made sure of that. It will be my personal invention of French Victorian perfection. I even remembered to check for wiring, and am (pretty) sure all of it is there, so it shouldn’t be much trouble at all to hang… all for $5! It sort of makes up for the exorbitant plantation shutters.

    Can’t wait for Part 2 of the headboard saga; maybe I’ll have the shutters done by then, but don’t get your hopes up. Tell Paul that my husband feels his pain – he just doesn’t know there is another sufferer out there.

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  6. Jacquelyn
    January 21, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    Check with a mattress company. We have an antique bed and wanted a larger mattress. They make something for about $50 that you hook the bed rails in and walla! the mattress fits! We have lots of beds that are 3/4 beds and a regular one that we want to convert to queen. And a mattress shop can custom make the mattress and box springs to fit exactly. Then hubby has no complaints! All is good (from one bed hoarder to another)

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  7. Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh, how I love the troll stories! Cut the mattress…too funny. We recently bought a tempur pedic, and could not get the base up the steps (not one but two curves in the stairs). I also thought a saw would fix our problems (we could just cut the top off the banister) but alas husband would not allow it..so new mattress old base 🙁 and a very scratched wall trying to defy physics.

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  8. Lynda
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    Look at the scrolled part of the side rails. How are they attached? Can they be removed?
    Yes?

    GOOD!

    Now have your DH add a spacer to lengthen the side rails (stained to match of course) then, reattach the scroll work and, voilà! Your bed will now accommodate a traditional length double mattress.

    But definitely put it in the guest room because it is too close for you to sleep in every night for eternity. Besides, lovely antique double beds make your guests feel special, yet not feel the the need to overstay their welcome…

    There are benefits. 😉

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  9. Scribbler
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    I glanced through your comments, and I see someone has already made both my points. But I will tell you anyway because I am a lot like you! Get a custom mattress or have someone lengthen the side panels. A person who knoweth what they doeth can fix it so no one will ever know it was violated.

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  10. brenda
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

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  11. Callie
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Eee I am famous!! And I totally read your post while testing some new hardware for the CERN detector upgrade! Also, SUCH a cliffhanger, can HARDLY wait to see what you do with it. Fabulous find!

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  12. Tracy B
    January 21, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    This is not about the bed specifically, this is about YOU. Every time I get an email alert that you have a new post, I actually get a smile on my face and shout out to my co-workers (whom I coerce to read your posts)-“VictoriaElizabethBarnes” has a new post! And they roll their eyes. Lately, this has been extra important because of several serious hardships I am experiencing. And honestly, you make me laugh out loud, and that is REALLY important right now. So, I want to thank you for being a bright spot on a cloudy day for me, and also for being such a cool lady from Philly-my husband calls me his “Philly babe” even though we moved away 26 years ago. You have a special place in my heart. Thanks. Get the bed- it perfectly matches my dresser (that you may not have).

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  13. Deborah
    January 21, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

    U and I MUST b twin sisters (switched at the hospital n given to separate families) cause our logic and thought process is Exactly the same. Of course u have to have the bed darling. It just Must be. U can have the bed extended easy-peazy. It’s a steal! Love love love it! Thanks for the giggles.

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  14. Glenn C
    January 21, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    Best New Year’s resolution ever.

    ps I love you.

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  15. Carol D
    January 21, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

    I think if you had posted just one more picture of that bed, I would have driven up from Texas and bought it myself !

    I truly enjoy your blog. 🙂

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  16. the misfit
    January 21, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    So I’m about to say something totally horrifying: I’m on Paul’s side here. But before you stop reading altogether, let me tell you why. That’s not the only ultra-fancy bed I’ve seen. So I promise you will find another. And I even live near Hagerstown (well, within an hour). Nevertheless, I have not bought a super-fancy bed yet. For a couple of reasons. One, I want an enormously tall Eastlake bed (which I almost found recently and someone else had already bought it and I was inconsolable). Two, antique beds come full-sized, max (and often in a custom-only size) and I don’t want to pay for a custom mattress (though I hear they cost about the same as any other mattress. Which is fine if you are looking for a new mattress. But I already have one). I don’t want to spend a fortune on getting the bed I want, and having the pieces not work together is so extremely irritating that you will soon grow to hate the bed you thought you loved – and start shopping for another one. I have already done this. My solution was to make the double headboard fit a queen mattress by drilling holes in the bedposts, buying bed extender plates, and screwing the headboard to the plates to a metal bed frame (the kind that are invisible under the mattress). It really was the perfect plan, except that (1) I settled for an antique frame I only sort of loved in order to stay in my budget (an error I doubt you would make), and (2) this means you can’t use the side rails, or, probably, the foot board. I don’t usually like footboards anyway, but it removed the option of using a foot board with curved corners, which is my very favorite kind. It would also mean you couldn’t show off the super-fancy carving on that (unquestionably beautiful) bed.

    What I’m saying is, I am 100% sold on the direction you’re headed in. I think you should have a bed frame that looks just like that one (and a few years back I saw such a frame in a queen size; sadly, it was $2400), just not THAT frame, because it’s the wrong size, and re-fashioning a bed is a miserable process and the hardware will secretly destroy the beautiful damask wallpaper you hung while you are innocently sleeping, causing you untold sadness.

    Do not do what I have done. Wait for the right-sized bed. It will come – have faith.

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  17. Nina
    January 21, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    Hi–Please don’t cut the bed up! Get a custom mattress and box spring made. You saved–if you bought it– so much on that beautiful bed and frame, splurge on the proper-sized mattress.
    Love your blog and your house. Can’t wait for the next installment.

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  18. Linda
    January 21, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    I just posted this on my Facebook page: If you love to shop, repurpose, visit second-hand stores and hunt for treasures, you have to read this. If only she lived nearby, I know we’d be best friends….love her logic. We think alike…if it’s a cute piece of furniture, gotta figure out a good reason why I need it…even if I don’t have room for it.

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  19. Toni
    January 21, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    I’m sure I’m late to the party but build up the height of the bottom of a full size box spring and put your queen mattress on top of it. Since there’s a sequal to this post, I am extremely hopeful that there’s a way to make that work and it could be so beautiful with fabric hiding the built up bits. Oh! I can see it in my mind’s eye and I am so jealous.

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  20. Patricia
    January 21, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    The way I see it, if it WAS originally $1000 and now it’s only $300, you’re getting $700 worth of fabulous bed for free! So you can totally afford the custom mattress and box spring … Isn’t that the way you see it too?

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