Shared Boys’ Room Mini Makeover

 

No we have not been burgled. This is the “before” shot of the boys’ room. The aftermath of Christmas, going away on a mini break and general school holiday slack-heartedness (is that even a word)? I know it’s hard to look at, but it’s real and I’m sharing it so we can all be even more excited when I post the “after” shot in a minute.

The first step is to GET RID OF STUFF.  Sort the STUFF into three piles – Keep, Chuck and Donate.

If your kids are anything like mine, they form an immediate and unbreakable attachment to anything that looks like it is headed for the bin.  Mine have even been known to retrieve stuff from the bin and return, hugging it like a long lost friend.  Hence, I find the “chucking out” part of the clean up is best done when the kids are not home, if at all possible.  I am ruthless – if it has unfixable broken parts or missing parts that will never return, it’s gone.

Next step is to donate toys they have outgrown.  We always involve our boys in this as it gives them ownership of the process and also teaches them about community and that good ole gratitude I am always banging on about.

We sometimes choose to sell a few items if the kids are saving for something special, but most are donated on.  We especially like to help families in need who are moving into a new home for one reason or another.  That’s another story for another day.

Once all THE STUFF IS GONE it’s time to find new homes for everything that remains.

The big old chest of drawers was on it’s last legs after serving us well through pre-marriage and the first ten years of parenting.  The shiny new IKEA set (surely they will start sponsoring me soon, right?!) we purchased are perfect for this phase of life. Super dooper affordable, reasonably robust and the deep drawers run smoothly, making my most loathed task of putting washing away almost bearable.  I got a bit carried away organising inside the drawers so I will do another post on that soon.

As this was a mini makeover we opted for some cheap and cheerful linen, some new wooden bunting and a couple of new accessories to freshen things up for the new year.  Add these to the existing original artworks and pieces already in the room and we have the eclectic look we love (OK, the eclectic look I love) without breaking the budget.

Drumroll please as we unveil the boys “new” room …

JW beds after shot

Can we all take a moment to hold virtual hands and focus on the CLEAR floor and CLOSED drawers.   Ommmmmmmm ….

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not your average home makeover

When I was little, my sisters and I would create all kinds of teeny tiny dolly furniture from cotton reels and matchboxes.  If only we’d had one of these fab book shelf conversions to house them all in!


image courtesy of diaperstylememoirs.com

This one comes complete with carefully chosen wallpaper, wooden train track garden path and stacked books for stairs.  These home owners have also added a roof line and chimney using thumb tacks and string.  Oh the possibilities!

If you are thinking about taking on this project, check out the free printables and step-by-step guide on how to wallpaper a dollhouse by our friends at Ferm Living.

Here is another “house” project that could be added to whenever little ones feel creative.  Start saving your cardboard boxes now!

image courtesy of nessadeeart.blogspot.ca

 

 

kid’s artwork – it just keeps multiplyin’

Mention ‘kids artwork’ to most parents and their response will be a mixture of sentimental pride and despair over how or where to keep it all.

As a public service to paper laden parents everywhere, we have scouted around to find our favourite (and ever so simple) ideas to keep those masterpieces both contained AND enjoyed.

Clockwise from top left:

Wires – these are actually curtain wires from our good friends at IKEA * with artworks pegged on with metal curtain clips (image courtesy of loveofinteriors.blogspot.com)

Yellow frames – these are painted onto the wall however I have also seen a similar effect created with removable tape.  Love a bit of whimsy.

Blackboard wall – with frames drawn to suit shape and size of the latest artwork.  Easy to update with a bit of imagination!

Good ‘ole white frames – simple, fresh, easy and affordable to add to as your collection grows (and, boy, does it grow!).  The colours of the artworks really pop against the white too.

*Although it may appear so, we are NOT sponsored by IKEA.  They just have lots of clever and affordable ideas (Mr IKEA, if you are reading this, we are happy to receive a generous sponsorship proposal from you – just sayin’!)

Here is another terribly original idea if you want to take your displays one step further than the wall!  Baking or tracing paper artwork wrapped around existing lamps (be sure to check fire safety of paper)

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Lastly, if you just can’t bear it any longer and need to hide some of it away, these drawers from (gulp) IKEA*, are the perfect solution and can slide under most standard kids desks.

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We have plenty more storage ideas for artwork so stay tuned for those in the weeks to come.

 

 

nooks for books (and their owners)

There is a saying that “children are made readers on the laps of their parents” but I’m thinkin’ these little reading nooks would give mum and dad’s laps a run for their money.

All different in style but each with its own quirky features we love every one of them.  Which one is your favourite?

image courtesy of ohdeedoh.com

 

 

 

 

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And whilst we are on the subject of reading (see what I did there?) how about this for a little weekend project.  IKEA (yes, them again) spice racks transformed with some paint and clever placement on the wall (or chest of drawers) make THE perfect book shelf.

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Happy reading.

hey, stick to the road!

As you can imagine we have quite the collection of toy cars around here.  Not to sound irresponsible (OK, well maybe a bit), our littlest one has been playing with matchbox cars with his big brothers since he was one, or maybe even younger.  Our first born would not have been allowed anywhere near a “not suitable for children under three” toy until he actually hit the magic age of three.  Anyhoo, I digress.

Anyone who has stepped on a matchbox car or piece of Lego in the middle of the night knows that can be a terribly painful experience.  Storage is key.  Hence, we just had to share one of our all time favourite storage ideas for cars – the IKEA magnetic knife holder on the wall.  Handy, easy and looks terribly fabulous.

Do you have any handy little storage ideas for your kid’s toys?