Luckily, their room, which is on the second floor, is spacious enough for all of that. While it is under the gable and not a complete full ceiling room, I was able to arrange it with the two twin beds under the eaves (enough head space even for adults), and a big floor space in the middle for play.
|A made bed? Who's fantasy world is this?|
|Monkeys, bats, and fuzzy puppies.|
|"We seem to have run a'bureau, Cap'n!"|
The artwork is a collage I put together of patriotic background fabric, an old Life magazine cover that had become separated from the rest of its edition, some vintage post cards, vintage celluloid buttons, and some military themed ribbon and appliques from the fabric store.
I'm a big fan of using or reusing what you already have. These curtains were a Pottery Barn Outlet bargain bin score from years ago, which my oldest son eventually rejected as being too childish for his room. The red/blue stitching picks up the other colors in the room and the decorative stitching in the quilts perfectly. Isn't it nice when things just work out that way?
The rug is an inexpensive one from Overstocks.com. I wanted something I could literally carry out to the driveway and hose down if I needed to (And trust me. I'll need to.)
|I think the design looks like quilt squares. The boys see kites and Stealth Bombers.|
The art is a Hobby Lobby frame with plaid patterned scrapbook paper spray-adhesived to stiff cardstock. A wood craft letter was spray-painted red, and also spray-glued to the design. It's popped into the frame with no glass to make room for the three-dimensional letter.
This one was a lot easier. Joe is absolutely crazy about Saturn right now, and I found an artist's illustration of Saturn from a vintage astronomy magazine from a seller on Etsy. I only had to slide it into the frame, and it was ready to hang. Joe was soooo pleased!
Bonus fun photos:
|Let's play Blue's Clues!|
Can the '90s be vintage already? The photo above is Side Table Drawer, a character in the Nickelodeon's children's show Blue's Clues. All my boys were huge fans, and Noah, my twelve-year-old, loved Side Table Drawer most of all. I designed this piece of furniture for his third birthday, his Dad built it, and I painted it to look like the cartoon. I'm terribly sentimental about this piece. All the boys have loved it, and "she" is like a member of the family. But even Ben and Joe have outgrown her, and are asking for "grown up" nightstands for their beds. (Excuse me while I get a tissue.....)
Now let's get our science on:
Here's a little detail from the shelf, above. A good friend of mine gave me an old mounted rock and mineral specimen box, which must have belonged to one of her parents. We love it! Oh, and RAWR! (From the dinosaurs. Little plastic savages dominate our world.)
I was so in a hurry to get the room to an acceptable level to be occupied that a lot of trim painting got overlooked. I need to finish painting the built in shelf, the built in bookshelf/desk, and the baseboard trim. And while I admit it would make the room look tons better, spending hours with a paintbrush in my hand slapping on just plain white paint doesn't really set me on fire to get going. Can I get a witness?
Toy bins or boxes that corral the mess. At age eight the boys are getting close to being done with the massive amounts of pretend play toys that dominate the younger set. So I'm loathe to invest in an expensive toy chest. Vintage ones can be a safety issue, and are usually too small for our 21st century consumption habits anyway. I need to consider my options before the 3 percent of all Legos ever manufactured in the universe that we seem to own overwhelm that room.
I'm on the fence about bedskirts for the beds. While I think there is a hint of a bare, barracks like feel to their room because they don't have them, I'm not a big fan of them for boys' beds. They seem like in that case, they should be called "sand catchers."
Out of the the four bedrooms, three of them are 95 to 100 percent done. Next up is my room, which will take multiple posts and multiple projects to get done, since it started off in the worst shape. Look for it in future posts!
See Twins' Room Part I here.