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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Boys' Bedroom Renovation

I was just looking back through some previous posts and saw that I posted almost a year ago about our renovation of the boys’ room.  I was lamenting the loss of their cute baby/toddler decorations and realizing how much they are growing into independent little boys (ahem, young men).  I finished that post with a promise to follow-up with pictures of the new room.  As I continued to run through my previous entries from this last year, I realized I never did that!  Yikes!  I posted the pictures to facebook, but never blogged it.  
So, here we go.  All the photos as we built it, painted it and put it all together.  Big thanks to my hubby, who built the beds; and my grandpa who built the stairs with shelves.  

The boys decided they still wanted yellow walls.  I found some paint in the remainder section at Rodda for an excellent price and we got to work.

Next, since we were going to be building beds onto the walls, we decided to splurge and go ahead and do a much needed upgrade to the window in their room.  All of our windows are single pain, old sliders.  We want to upgrade them all but...$$$$.  This one window was $115 and well worth the peace of mind to have it in the boys' room.  The other window in their room now looks into our addition, so we ended up just putting a sheet of insulation over it and will hang a poster or something to cover that later.

I have to brag a little...I did the removal and installation mostly by myself (my mom came over to help lift the new window in--it was heavy!!).
 I wish I had pictures of the finished frames on the inside and outside.  It looks tremendously better, and of course, it's better insulated, and safer.

Joe built both of the boys' bunks.  We did Asher's up high like a loft bed.  Cainan's is a lower loft at a right angle.

We wanted to maximize unused space by having the beds up high--not using floor space.  That way we could use under the bed for storage & play.

Cainan has always slept with his dog, Bagel, in his bed.  Asher has always wanted to have his dog, Ozzy, sleep with him but dogs don't climb ladders.  For that reason, we decided to build stairs.  Again, trying to utilize space, we wanted the stairs to be shelves. 

The stairs were a success.

 Ozzy settled right in.

 Bagel had no issues either.

To complete the new theme for their room, we chose red and blue.  Once again, I found great deals in the remainder/mismatched paint at Rodda.

 I alternated the colors on their beds and the stairs.

There's plenty of storage under Cainan's bed for all their foam blocks.  Also, the stairs hook over the edge of Asher's bed, so they can slide as needed to make Cainan's bed, or get to stuff underneath, but I don't have to worry about them falling over on anything (or anyone!).  

I found some cute decals at the DollarTree.  I alternated the sports and space theme on the steps, too (come on, you gotta put space stuff on a blue background!). 

 The shelves and two chests of drawers fit under Asher's bed, instead of trying to cram all of that and their beds into their floor space.  The lifted beds made all the difference in storage and space.

I finished the whole thing off with some shelves up on the remaining space of Asher's bed.  I put some carpet squares that I got from the DollarTree, down on that end of the platform, as well.  It allows him a place to play and store a bunch of his toys.

I added shelves above Cainan's bed, too.

Altogether, I was able to consolidate all of their toys from their "play room" (which is supposed to be our guest bedroom), along with all their clothes and still have play area with plenty of storage.  We are very happy with the outcome and it should serve them well for years to come.

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