Friday, February 18, 2011

Lightning McQueen Bed

For his Lightning McQueen room, my son needed a race car bed.  I wanted a bed that would fit a twin mattress, and the molded plastic car beds from Toys'R'Us and the like were all made for toddler mattresses.  Plus, they weren't really Lightning McQueen, just red race car beds.  

Hubby to the rescue!  He probably was wearing his Superman shirt that day haha!  He laid out a large sheet of 5/8 inch MDF and I covered it in wax paper.  The wax paper became my pattern paper.  I used my son's large talking McQueen toy, the DVD cover, and a scene from the movie (which we left on pause), and I drew out the entire side of the car.  The only area I redid a couple of times was where the driver and passenger window go.  It had to be high enough so he wouldn't fall out of bed, but low enough to allow easy bed changing access and for him to easily get out of bed.  Plus, it had to look sporty without looking like a convertible.

HubbyWe did two layers of MDF in some areas: all 4 tires and large and small lightning streaks.  My hubby cut it all out with his table saw and then went over each edge and side to round them off.  If he wasn't asleep right now, I would ask him what the tool is called.  I can't remember.  We used the red accent paint from my son's room and bought some new paint in yellow, orange, black, and silver.  A paint gun helped hubby us get the blends on the large lightning streaks.

End result: We all love it!  And, most important, when my son walked into the room to see it for the first time, he said, "Lightning McQueen!"





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12 comments:

Ladybird Ln said...

Wow, my son would freak out with a bed like that! You guys did a great job, and I think it looks at least 10,000 times better then those plastic molded beds!

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Megan said...

WOW! That is fabulous. It doesn't even begin to compare to anything you could have bought in a store. I'm very impressed.

~Beth D. said...

My 5 year old thinks this is awesome! thanks for sharing!

Patricia Torres said...

Thats awesome! my daughters always wanted a bed like that!!

Autumn said...

Wow! It looks great. My daughter would be in heaven!! I am forwarding this to my man.

iram said...

wow you people did it your self !amazing it looks so neat and professional

Regan said...

Hi, we are thinking of moving our toddler into a bed and this would be the perfect bed for him as he is very much into Lightning MacQueen at the moment. I would be interested in the purchasing the pattern that you used for the bed if you are willing (and still have the outline). If you are interested, please email me at reganmontgomery@bigpond.com

Pia said...

I would really appriciate the pattern too for my Son Oliver (2 years old). If you will share please send me piatregub@gmail.com

Best regards, Pia (denmark)

Pia said...

I will of course be willing to pay :)

Anonymous said...

I would love this for my son! He is turning 2 this September and I want to make this for him, is there a way you could give me more detail on this bed so we can make it?

Erica

Anonymous said...

You can email me (Erica) at giginimmo@yahoo.com.

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