Christmas Light Bed
In one of our bedroom makeovers, we used a seaside theme that included this fabulous four-poster bed with lighted columns at each of the bed's four corners. It's so simple and inexpensive to make out of plumbing flanges, plywood discs and pipe. How cool is that? Give it a try yourself.
1. Cut 2-inch holes in the center of 4 of the plywood discs using a hole cutter and power drill. Wear safety glasses for eye protection when using power tools.
2. Find the center of each of the 8 remaining plywood discs. Attach a metal plumbing flange to the center of each disc and screw in place.
3. For each column, place 1 plywood disc on the work surface with the flange facing upward and thread an 8-foot length of pipe into the flange.
4. Mark the pipe at the halfway point, or approximately 4 feet from the bottom. Place 1 of the plywood discs that has a center hole down over the pipe until it reaches the 4- foot mark. Secure the disc to the pipe with silicone caulk.
5. Using another of the plywood discs with the center flange in place, position the flange on top of the pipe and thread the pipe into the flange. The plywood disc will become the top of the column. Repeat steps 3 through 5 three more times to make all 4 columns of the bed.
6. Wrap each of the columns with 2 strands of white Christmas-tree lights, being sure that the plugs are at the bottom. Position the columns at each of the 4 corners of the bed to create a four-poster look.
7. Staple white sheer fabric around the edgesof the top plywood disc, pleating to create fullness. Stretch the fabric to the bottom plywood disc and staple it around the perimeter of the base disc. Leave the fabric open vertically where it comes together so that you will have access to the lights. Repeat for each column.
8. Hot glue nautical rope around the edges of the top and bottom discs to hide the staples.
9. Stretch mosquito netting across the tops of the columns, securing it with staples.
10. If desired, the posters can be screwed into the floor for extra security.