Is it Thursday already? I am so excited because Thursday means we are closer to the weekend which is awesome because weekends rock. Also for the next 5 weeks it means I get to share my progress with this one room challenge madness! I explained all about it last week, that post can be found here. The room of my choice to redo is Caleb and Gavin’s shared bedroom. It was in major need of a big boy overhaul to fit their big-ish boy selves. I debated redoing my master bedroom, lets be real though. I am never in there, ever. I am making some function to it, but the pretty is slow to come. In this home happy kids… happy life!
The to-do list is as follows-
Paint wall a neutral tan or gray
Paint trim white
- Build bunk beds (working on it)
- Build steps to bunk bed with storage cubbies under them
- Create reading nook
- Create gallery wall with boy’s names
- Make LEGO table that can have storage under it
- Make a valance for windows
- Update art work on walls
- ORGANIZE and CLEAN out toy’s!!!!
We can now mark two things off of the list! Granted it was two of the easiest to do, and really the first step that made sense. I know paint, I know how to paint for sure. We painted their trim white to match the rest of the house. We are now 95% white trim in our house. My bedroom is all that is left. Sanding and painting one bedroom’s trim, no big deal. The whole house, really big deal. My fingers will still cringe at the sight of sand paper.
I selected a boring beige for the wall color. I know, I know. Blah! Hear me out, I plan to whoop it up with color, pattern and pizzazz in this room. Not to mention the constant stream with clutter of toys and mess. This room will have plenty personality. I wanted to keep it fresh, light and airy. My first plan was to do a gray, but my house is all kind of gray so I felt things needed to be a little different in here. Queue neutral tone option #2, beige.
This fan is outta here! It is very functional, and we do use the fans in our home a lot in summer. I close the windows and turn on the air conditioning when it is a absolute must. I like the windows open and breeze blowing in for as long as I can. However, this fan will now pose a few risks with the built in bunk beds going in. Decapitation or one of my children grabbing the fan blades and going for a fun ride are all very real risks now. This is coming down.
Which lets me day dream about the ceiling light situation. It is my job! I have to get this room done, let me peruse the internet, stores, and Pinterest my sweet husband Dale. Hours of research need to happen. My hands are tied. Did I mention I love decorating? This One room challenge is stressing me out, I have so much to do and zero time to do it, but I now have a legit excuse to shop and get inspiration online.
The mattresses that were on the floor needed to come out of the room. They are now banished to the hallway for the next few weeks, resting next to our family command center. Well, one mattress is still in the hallway, the other one is on the floor in Nora’s room and all three kid’s are camping out in there. They are enjoying this way too much and we might have issues when we break up the permanent, even on school night sleep overs.
Although, when all is said and done these bunk beds will be where they rest their heads. I think Nora may want to camp with them. This is the beginning! Built in bunk beds are underway. I am beyond giddy to see this happening! I have planned for these to be from floor to ceiling, which means adults will be able to sit comfortably on these beds.
It pains me to say that eventually my boys will be adult size, most likely while still in high school. They will still be rocking the top and bottom bunk bed status so these need to fit them well. It also helps for now, both Dale or I can sit and cuddle or read with them in here without being cramped.The plan was to paint these a dark blue, I am already going against that plan. What will be the first of many revisions I am sure is that these are going to be painted white. I wanted the drama of the dark blue, but realized my kids bring enough drama. Making this white will help the room still feel big, and allows for eventual color and theme changes. Not that I am ever doing this again. These boys will be sleeping in a car themed bedroom with a LEGO table until they move out. Deal with it my little men!
This is where we will bury the bodies, kidding, KIDDING! The rectangle against the wall is where the steps up to the top bunk will be. They are going to have cubbies inside them for toy
The rectangle in the center is where the LEGO table is going to go. I wanted to make sure there was enough room to walk around, pull toys out, roll around, wrestle. Usual boy bedroom happenings. Neither of these pieces have even begun to be built, I have a sketch on a piece of paper with arrows and scribbles of words. Seems legit. I have some work to do!
This shelf is getting a makeover as well. I am planning to paint this the planned bunk bed dark blue. I will get the blue in here somehow. I also am going to attempt to shave off the bottom of this. I need to move this to under one of the windows, but it is too tall to sit under it. This is not made out of real wood so who knows how the cutting of portions of it will go.
I keep it real around here, this is a before picture. Just the kind of picture I like to show off to new readers, toys obviously organized and not overflowing with piles of dust. Nailed it. We are also slowly going through toys, making donate, sell, or keep piles. I have one boy that is a hoarder in training who wants to keep everything. The other likes organization and is happy with his LEGO’s and that is it. Should be interesting. I am taking donations now for my boys obvious need for therapy in the future. “It all started when my Mom entered the one room challenge and that piece of shredded paper was thrown out….” I can see it now.
I went shopping also! There is a Home Goods that just opened about 30 minutes away from us. This was my first time here, I told Dale I was going to “look”. I looked and then purchased. It actually was a successful trip. Not too much money spent and I got these amazing tin containers. This is the new LEGO homes. These will slide under the LEGO table. I also found a few things at a Goodwill that I am going to up cycle for their room. I am going to be mixing new pieces, old ones of ours to be made over, new build pieces, and upcycled things. This is the best kind of mixing, I love all of these types of projects for very distinctly different reasons.
Lets all admire the pretty colors of the tin containers for a minute…. ooh, ahh!
Just to refresh your memory, this is how the bedroom looked. I will not be doing too many wide shots of the process for this challenge. There is a million things going on, and things are changing constantly. I also need to share certain things at certain times. I cannot give away everything. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? I am almost certain that this saying pertains to decorating and showing off the full reveal too soon. Right?
I checked off a few items on my to do list this week. I have a ton of hours nailing, sanding, cutting and painting. I also have hours of shopping ahead of me. I wonder if I can sneak away with no kids to do some
damage shopping. If I gain nothing from this challenge, me getting to shop alone would be reward enough.
Be sure to follow along with me on my social media accounts for sneak peeks throughout the week with this challenge. Also, be sure to check out the other participants of this challenge, go here for that. If you are also joining in the One room challenge leave a link in your comment or let me know through social media. I would love to connect with fellow home decor and blogging crazy’s and swap middle of the night painting stories.
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