when the news of this pregnancy started to sink in.. and making it past that first trimester before we allowed ourselves to think about moving forward – the prior year’s miscarriage brought a new reality to things.. but after our second ultrasound we felt we were past the most worrisome part… and then.. .. we realized “wow, we are having a baby.. now where will the baby go?” we love our house.. but it has just four bedrooms and this will be kid #4.. totally not enough for each kid.. not that i think each kid needs a room, but we knew some changes had to occur.. we had two places we could close in and make a fifth bedroom, but we love how open the house is and didn’t really want to do that.. so we decided to have the girls share a room.. a tough sell, considering each girl loved her room and her own space.. the promise of a tacky “dream light” to each sealed the deal.. we also moved Cooper so everyone was displaced and not just Emily.. add another dream light to the promises.. (like $100 by the time we got them – ugh.. why could i not just promise candy).. we didn’t paint or really re-do a lot in cooper’s room.. more on that in another post..
this all started in November.. we pulled everything out of Cooper’s room and the kids closets… EVERYTHING.. pulled out and in to the kids crafting/play area.. if you don’t know me well, let me just tell you.. i do not handle chaos/disorder/clutter well – at all.. in fact.. i get really freaked out and anxious and well, crazy..
here are a few “in process” pictures of the clutter.. left is all the crap out of coops room – yeah.. and the right is all the crap out of the closet and in part of Abby’s room.. i wanted to cry..
I was not allowed downstairs for a little over TWO weeks.. except a quick “is this how you want it?” look..
i could see the clutter from the top of the stairs.. omg.. i mean.. just.. horrible..
that pile was the pile of “stuff” from Cooper’s room that needed to go.. boxes.. cardboard.. the kid is a hoarder.. since we’ve reorganized things and “donated” things he no longer plays with, his room has been so much tidier.. it has been life changing (i really mean this – this was a constant issue for me – the clutter in his room).. we had a lot of furniture to get rid of.. lots of things we just needed to donate.. the kids got $ for the things they got rid of that we put on Craigslist.. Emily made $40!!
OOPS.. see that paint missing – i put some sticky things on the wall.. tore the paint/drywall OFF.. tom was thrilled..
very boring color.. blah.. blah..
so.. you know Pinterest? well.. i don’t go on Pinterest unless i am working on a project.. because it will suck the time out of your life.. but i needed inspiration for the room.. I wanted the girls room to be both of theirs.. and not pink/purple girly.. i found bedding on Pottery Barn Kids.. and Pottery Barn Teen.. and it had Gray in it..
there was quite a bit of gray on pinterest.. i love gray.. i realize it is not cutting edge and that i’m no doubt quite behind the times, but dammit.. i like it.. and i’ve never been a trend setter.. so.. i found stripes and gray .. and told tom.. and waited for his reaction.. “okay.. you want stripes.. okay – get the stuff”..
so off i went, got paint.. and Frog tape… and tom sent me upstairs for the rest of November.. (i snuck down with my iphone a few times)
THEN.. the fun part..
we used tom’s old bunk beds for the girls beds.. but they were dark old stained wood.. tom worked on those for a few days.. 5 coats of primer/paint
i’m sure at this point the “just buy new beds” he told me twice was screaming in his head.. but man.. i just HATE spending money when we don’t have to!
as soon as that was finished.. the rest of the room came together quickly..
i made new lampshades for the girls… girls made some artwork for the wall.. i ordered pictures/Gallery Wrapped Canvases for the room.. (dressed the kids so it would coordinate with the finished room).. the images are from our Christmas Card pictures.. i even had to do some sewing to make the panel curtain i found work!
here are some finished images.. i really love how it turned out..
(tooth fairy pillows by Anslee at Sugar and Blue – you can find her on Facebook.. here… )
I put a canvas of each girl above their bed.. they love them.. i let them choose which image from the session.. (narrow selection)..
20×20 Gallery Wrapped canvas
i wanted a dresser that the girls could share.. i had a very specific idea.. and something that did not match at all..
it is perfect..
put more pics of the girls on top.. again.. they chose the images..
for us, it works.. and i love it.. and we didn’t spend a ton of money.. the girls love it.. they have plenty of space and all their toys have a place..
i’ll blog specifics of some of the bits later..