Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Mahogany Bed Saga Continues

Or concludes, rather. I was going to title this post The Guest Bed Gets A Happy Ending, but that just sounded wrong, if you know what I mean. But before I tell you what happened (after this), let's recap.

It all began with a bed. A bed that I loved. A Big Heavy Mahogany Bed. Below is a picture of it at The Downtown Townhouse.

Double click on the photos for a close up view.

The challenge? Getting The Big Heavy Mahogany bed up the modest arched stairway in The Historic House By The Water.

So the arch and I decided to part ways.

And I thought our problem was solved.

Until yesterday, anyway, when Contractor Douglas came back to mud the walls. He and I decided to haul The Big Heavy Mahogany Bed up the stairway.

Which was a mistake. (I make a lot of mistakes.)


Because we got stuck.

That's Contractor Douglas. Doesn't he look sweet? (And I'm not just saying that because he looked at me with pure shock and awe yesterday while declaring, "You are not thir-teee? Nooo?! Really?" It would have been nearly perfect if he hadn't pronounced 30 with the disdain of a person about to eat live worms for breakfast.) He's just as nice of a guy as he looks, too. I know, because after being stuck in that stairwell for a couple of hours he was still smiling just like that.

The thing he's holding is the foot board of The Big Heavy Mahogany Bed. You probably can't tell, but it's wrapped around both of those walls. It was like playing Twister. Don't ask me how we did it. If I had a clue, then we wouldn't have been stuck. We just happened to finagle those legs into that one-in-a-million position that ended with us hugging the center of the stairwell. It turns out that the few inches that demolishing the arch earned us, wasn't able to allow us to quite clear the risers with those extra long posts. And we couldn't take the arch up any further without relocating a stud. Which meant that we'd have to... you get the idea. The whole thing was going somewhere that I didn't like.

So this morning, we tried something else.

Contractor Doug and his father, Contractor Bobby, came up with the idea to remove our non-functioning back window, climb the bed (piece by piece) up the back roof on 2 ladders, and then pull it inside of The Guest Bedroom window.

Aaand, guess what? It worked, it worked, it worked! Finally, the bed was in the room!

Oh joy of joys. Seriously. It felt like Christmas morning.

And all in the nick of time for our out of town visitor tomorrow. Phew.

When it was all over, they repaired the window. I'll be slapping some touch up paint around the room later today, and moving on to the furnishings and window treatments.

So that's the conclusion of The Big Heavy Mahogany Bed Saga.

I think things panned out pretty well. No one took a nose dive from a ladder, and I was eventually retrieved from being smothered by that foot board on the stairs. Eventually.

I'd call that success. Or at least a happy ending. (But not that way. Sheesh.)


Steven Anthony said...

giggle.....that was allot of work ...thank goodnes its a beautiful bed;)

Mrs. Chic said...

Wow, what a day! I love your bed

Kelly Muys Wood said...

Thanks! It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

Yay! I can relate somewhat. We had a hell of a time getting our queen size bed upstairs to our attic bedroom. We ended up having to take the box spring apart and re-build it. Then when we decided to move our bedroom down to the main level, we couldn't get the box spring to come down. We ended up wrecking it and buying one off craigslist. Stupid beds.

Kelly Muys Wood said...

I know, Kristi. Andy was out of town for this whole thing, and the first words out of his mouth when he read about this on the blog were, "But what are we going to do when we move?"

Details, details...

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Kelly, I have a bed similar to that, and I can't believe we have the same light weight down comforter as well. My husband likes nothing heavy to sleep under.

I am so pleased you have your beloved bed now in your home! Congrats!

craftosaurus said...

Fun post! I smiled all the more for the similarities to this:

So yeah, I can relate. (By the way, for the "what are we going to do when we move" question, in my case, the answer was "specify in the P&S agreement that the bed can stay with the house... and hope the buyer goes for it!") It'd be trickier for you, though, because that bed is gorgeous!

Kelly Muys Wood said...

Great minds think alike, Tina and Crafto!