I feel like this blog has been so silent lately…but real life has been busy, busy, busy! We’re making progress every weekend with converting T’s room to a shared room for both girls.
So what have we done in here so far?
– Fresh paint on the walls (Valspar Polar Ice…it’s the perfect shade of gray with blue undertones)
– A new loft bed!
– Two new dressers, &
– A display ledge for breakables and sentimental items that spans the length of the dressers.
The biggest change was adding a loft bed for T to sleep in…someday (here’s the one we got – don’t judge). Most days the ladder stays in the office, because a certain little sister loves to climb up to the top. She’s pretty good at climbing up, but getting down safely is still a bit of a challenge. T can’t wait to start sleeping in her new bed, but I’m thinking that is probably going to wait until she starts summer break.
Until then, we let the girls use the loft as a play space. They love to bring up magnet dolls, all their LeapPad and Leap Reader products and any coloring projects. For the most part, they play safe – for the most part.
Another favorite thing to do is to take a large blanket and create a tent between the loft bed and the foot of the toddler bed underneath. I love how the L-shape configuration works so well for this, and T especially loves to have it up. (The blanket was made by her oldest cousin, and is one of the inspirations for the room’s multi-colored palette).
I also made sure to leave a space for the old toddler vanity. It was something that the Husband and I originally bought for their oldest cousin close to 8 years ago, and was gifted down to T when she turned 2. I’m amazed that we still have all the pieces though the “talking” part of the vanity has finally given up the ghost. Since it no longer talks, I’m very tempted to take the time this summer to attack it with some plastic-friendly spray paint. Any thoughts?
As for dressers, I spent hours agonizing over what to buy. What I really longed to do was to find an old thrifted dresser and spruce it up with some paint and fun knobs. Unfortunately, that is an outdoor project, and winters in Maryland are just not conducive to outdoor projects. The other concern I had was size. As I started thinking about all the clothes the kids have, I realized that a 6 drawer dresser just wasn’t going to cut it.
So we did the easy thing and got two 4-drawer Malm dressers from Ikea in white. They look really nice as is – the clean lines allow all the other colorful items to really stand out. But I’m determined to spruce them up somehow. It just might take a couple months for me to figure out exactly how that’s going to happen…
I feel like we’re thisclose to getting the room finished, but it’s always the finishing touches that take me the longest. Still left to do:
– Add functionality and storage to the loft area
– Find a new home for those stuffed animals
– Re-install the flower lights
– Install the corkboard wall (from the inspiration board)
– Organize hair accessories & kiddo jewelry (how does it multiply so quickly?!)
– Storage for off-season & between-size clothing
– Fun wall art.
Maybe there’s more work left than I thought….
What do you think is a must-have for a kid’s room?
Are there any projects you can’t wait to do when winter’s over?