“What was that?”, I yelled out to the boys. Loud noises are a suspicious sound in our house!! This time though the loud noise indicated that the roller blind in the boys’ room had fallen off the wall, screws and all!
Initially I was annoyed because it meant working out how to reattach the blind to the wall. Would I need to drill new screw holes? What could I put up in the mean while? But then I realised that the blind falling off the wall was actually good news in disguise! How? It reminded me of these gorgeous new blue curtains I had bought for the boys’ room about 6 months ago to replace their old blind.
I had been putting off using them because of course, I wanted the room repainted first, and the skirting glued in, and the curtain rod changed etc.!
Well maybe now was a good time to paint the room and do everything else I had in mind. So instead of just rehanging a blind, I am going to be moving the boys temporarily out of their bedroom with the furniture. That means the changes I have been wanting to make for ages, can happen.
The boys’ room gets to have a makeover!!
So first here’s what I am starting with…
And Also Before
This is a small room, which has to be for both my boys. It measures 2.8 m wide by 3.15 m long. Our house has only 3 bedrooms, so the boys who are 18 months a part, do need to keep sharing a bedroom. For the most part that works well! My 10 year old daughter has the third bedroom.
In the past I have had all 3 kids sharing this room, when the youngest was still in a cot. We have also previously had the beds put together as a bunk bed but found that the kid sleeping on top got less cuddles at bedtime. I so didn’t like climbing on to the top bunk every night to say goodnight to them! So two single beds it is!
Boys’ Bedroom Ideas: Keeping
Storage wise they share a large pine chest of drawers. I love the colour it’s painted in but over time it has lost a few of its handles. (Actually the story is I took them for another furniture project one time and never got around to replacing them!) So I do need to buy some more pine knobs. I’m undecided about whether to give the whole chest of drawers another coat of paint or just clean them up. The drawers are staying!
Can you see in this photo the lovely patch of fluoro colour on the wall next to the drawers? The walls definitely need patching and painting!! Rather than go with another blue, I plan to paint the room in a neutral colour, Dulux Hog Bristle. Most of the house I’ve already painted this colour. The black text in the corner is from a wall decal of the verse, Joshua 1:9. “Be strong and of good courage…” It should hopefully peel straight off the wall!
Decorating Tip: Wall decals are such an affordable and easy way to add interest to a room. Go with an inspirational quote or a scripture verse or animals, trees etc. Plus, the great thing is there are simple to remove especially if you are renting.
Now this artwork doesn’t look too bad but I will move the original beach painting to another room in the house. It used to hang in my grandparents house. Still thinking through ideas for how else I want to decorate the walls with input from the boys, of course.
This retro style blue lamp shade was a $5 find from Kmart a couple of years ago. It will stay!!
Boys’ Bedroom Ideas: Not Keeping
Both of the boys’ beds will be replaced with secondhand pine beds. Currently Mr D’s bed is a half of a metal bunk bed. Mr S’s metal bed recently broke and he’s been using this vintage single bed below made from jarrah. However it’s too narrow for his mattress or any modern sized single mattress now days. Gosh single beds have gotten bigger in size over recent years! So my thoughts are to break the bed done and re-use the jarrah in another project. Maybe for shelving for the industrial pipe type bookcase I want built for their room.
The Plan: The Boys’ Bedroom Ideas
Under bed storage on rollers (to make)/ blue doona covers (already have)/ skirting to be attached over existing laminate floating floorboards/two wood beds to be sourced second hand/ handles for chest of drawers/ walls in Dulux Hog Bristle & trim in Dulux Gloss Antique White/ wire baskets for storage/ blue curtains (already have)/ industrial pipe shelving (to make).