You guys, we have hit the most dangerous point in every single big remodel project we undertake: where things get functional so it is easy to move on without finishing the project completely. That’s where we are with our kitchen . I am so jazzed to have gotten to this point but soooo ready for a break from that space (aren’t you, too??). So there’s that. And there’s also the fact that our kids are begging for new beds. So now I’m going to unleash my paintbrush and online ordering skills on the kiddos’ bedrooms. First up is my 6 year old boy’s room. Here’s the very basic plan:
Lots of blue, white, sports, fun, and maybe even some orange if I’m feeling wild. The entire room re-do is based on the bunk beds. This kid has been wanting bunk beds since he could talk. Really. And we promised he could get them when he turned six – thinking he’d totally forget by then. But no. His obsession with bunk beds has grown. So we are caving. We went for a twin-over-twin bunk bed to maximize the play area in his room. Many a ball game has been played in here and I think he’d like to continue that when I’m not looking. After narrowing down the bunk bed choices I showed him a few options and he picked this gray one. He likes the color and the stairs – claiming “I always wanted this exact bed!!” – and I like all the drawers to maximize storage. Kid win, mom win.
And because I am a crazy person and can’t stop at plunking in a bunk bed, we decided to re-do the rest of his room while we were at it. We actually gave his room a few updates last year in the form of a framed map over his bed and then a small but very bright (!) mini gallery wall.
But those updates were a little more about what I wanted to put in there than what he wanted #badmom. Not to mention he hated bumping into the book ledge over his bed and recently we took that down. This past summer we also took over his second little closet (incorporating it into our master closet) and had to add in a wall where the old door used to be. Here’s where things are now – one empty wall and another with airplanes he is sooo not into anymore. Womp, womp.
Clearly no staging in those photos.
So this time around, it’s all about him and what he wants for his room. When I asked him what he wanted, he said: SPORTS. Sports everywhere. Football sheets, baseball posters, a basketball hoop, soccer stuff, and more. He is all over the Seahawks, the Sounders, and the Mariners (yes, we live in Seattle). I am trying to give him the sports he wants without it feeling like a sports bar – he is six, after all. So I’m letting go of my “woodsy, industrial, modern teenage boy” vision and embracing the sports. And hoping I can do it in a way that is semi-tasteful instead of garish – we’ll see.
I picked a bunch of options for his room and the ones in the mood board above are what he picked from my limited choices #smartmom. I spent one night this week online shopping so things should start showing up at our front door the beginning of next week. While waiting for all the stuff to arrive, I need to paint his room and prep for the rest of the redo – eek!
To keep myself committed to actually finishing this project, I am joining in the One Room Challenge – with the goal of finishing this room in six weeks. I’ve followed along while others have done the challenge in the past, but figured this is just the thing I need to keep me motivated this fall, so I’m in. I hope.
Anyone else need a break from a big project just to do something fun? Or give in to your kid’s design wishes? Sports-o-rama, here we come…