My husband and I decided to swap bedrooms with my three kids to give them more room. Let me tell you, I’m having trouble squeezing two adults with no toys in that room…I have no idea how two four-year olds and one ten-year old ever fit!
I painted the walls and trim of their old room, re-did dressers and am working on the window treatments for my new downsized suite.
The kids didn’t want me to paint their room. Quite frankly, I’m way over the move at this point and JUST WANT IT DONE!!! so I was more than happy with their request.
All of my kids really liked being in my room before, so I guess I get it. It’s their grown up space! They still want all their childhood goodies, though…of course.
We downsized their stuff quite a bit (like minus three contractor bags of toys and stuff animals, a box of movies and two contractor bags of clothes) but we’ve still got a lot to lose if the room is going to feel uncluttered and calm like I want. Again…I have no idea how they ever fit in that smaller room!
So it’s going to be a minute before I paint and polish, but here’s a touch of what I’ve done in there so far!
My daughter inherited a beautiful antique twin bed and that’s what actually prompted the move (we needed more floor space). Up to this point the twins have always shared a bed. From their first night home we figured out that was the only way they slept well at all…so go ahead and scream at me about all the terrible things that could have happened, but we put them together. And guess what? They’re not in separate beds now, either. After about the fourth night of them waking up constantly through the night and being in the same bed by morning I decided they didn’t need/want separate beds. They just needed a bigger bed.
We added extensions onto their bottom bunk (big brother has the top) and made it a full, and they are sleeping beautifully! My husband built simple frames and we used the original side rail.
We also had to cut longer slats and put in some cross supports, but they really weigh as much as wet feathers, so we didn’t put a center support to the floor. We will have to later as they grow, but for now it left me room to slide their twin mattress underneath for future sleepovers. I don’t want two ten-year olds on the top bunk!
I already posted their movie storage…check it out!
Hysterically Ever After hit the nail on the head with her 10 minute stuffed animal solution!
I’m maybe not thrilled with how mine turned out, but just because I used really thin ribbon that I had on hand. I’m going to tweak the process but we’re having this trial run to see how long it takes before they stop returning them to the strip.
It was super easy to do, though. Just knot your ribbon as a placement holder then thread on a few clothes pins, repeat until you have a floor to ceiling strip and hang by a nail. I just used to top clothes pin to create a knotted loop, but the author used a key chain to hang it. Either way, it’s up there and they love it!
My oldest son says it reminds him of the fair. They all really like it… That’s all that matters.
I’m not quite done…at all, but for a starter my mom painted my 10- year olds pretty nursery bear dresser. That made him happy! The missing drawer is long gone, but the plan is to hinge on the front and create a locked space safe from little monsters (a.k.a brothers and sisters).
I didn’t take an after pic…but there it is the background…the blue paint is chalkboard paint…
It was the twins dresser that I gave my husband in my room, so I gave them my husbands old one that I hate so much! I’ll do something with it once I figure out what I want for their room decoration wise. Better yet, I’ll find them a new one and dance around that one when I set it on fire!
We got a really cute shower curtain to replace the closet doors. The kids picked it out…I’d say it’s the perfect mix up of my three kids. My youngest son loves the cat…my daughter loves the unicorn and rainbow (never mind that it’s blowing fire and it’s eyes are glowing red), and my oldest boy thinks the whole thing is funny but likes the mine-crafty looking stuff and pop-tart cat in the background.
So there you have it…the post that was supposed to be three months ago. (I just added the pics and this sentence forward). In the mean-time the title should have changed cause guess what…it will be 4 kids vs. one room in May! Yep…we’re completing our collection…cause four of anything makes a collection, right?)
And…the twins turned 5 this week! I know!! Time flies! I’m gonna try real hard to post our celebration post this week. And yes, the birthday has the bigger room overflowing and in need of a clean-out.
As one of their gifts, my mom, step-dad and I put together this awesome craft space and supplied it as a group gift…
It went in the family room which has now turned into a game room. I dropped it and scratched the crap out of my painted linoleum floor (Cause, no, we have not tore the floor out yet like we were going to a year ago…and, yes, I was hanging the thing by myself instead of waiting for my husband like I should have.) You can find a tutorial at realitydaydream.com, although I have few things to add to make life easier!
Friday is my son’s classroom party and I’ve collaborated with some other mammas for some fun activities!
I rented space at a craft show about a month ago and knocked out some super cute projects for that that I’d like to share for some last-minute gift ideas (cause I only had a week to make it all and pulled it off…so anything on that table would make a quick gift).
So let’s get this show back on the road! You can always fuel me in the comments section below…I love to hear from you!
Oh, and there have been thousands this week via Pinterest and Hometalk checking out the cinnamon dough ornaments we make every year…so give yourself a refresher if you forgot you wanted to do that!
‘Til next time!
Update: I felt bad after I wrote this, so I have a follow up of my dirty little secrets here.