I am quite proud of ourselves.
We spit this room out in record timing....... a month and a half.
That is pretty good for us.
Let's just say, I shamefully became my dear sweet husbands slave driver.
As always, he delivered just what I dreamed up and did some amazing work in this room. Let me take you on a tour of this tiny 10 x 12 bedroom turned functional and roomy.
What used to be avoided, is now a playful bright retreat for the little girls to spend hours in.
As usual, I forgot before pics, but here are some during.
Pretty 1990 builder basic, with some very dark brown walls. It felt like a cave.
We had a twin bed in there and a crib, plus a dresser and nightstand (not seen). That pretty much took up the whole room. They never played in there. It was just a dark sleeping room.
You can see my husbands process of putting up the plywood panel's with a 2 inch gap in them. I have covered more details on the walls in this post here. We came up with this method mostly from trying to cut cost. I wanted planked looking walls like our other room here, but we figured we could have a similar look for less by spacing them. This style of planking was also much quicker to install.
But did you see that light fixture. My girls thought they were snakes coming out of the ceiling. Poor kids.
The closet got the doors ripped off and my husband built in some shelving and walls.
You might also note the painted rope used as crown molding. Cheap and unique.
He also cut me an adorable scallop to frame off the closet. Now it is a sweet little cozy spot with some fabric scrap bunting.
As always, we did things as thrifty as we could.
And as homemade as possible. That is how we roll.
I think the beds are the real eye catchers. They came about as I was trying to solve a few problems with the small space. I knew it would open the room up to put the beds along the far wall, but that meant each bed could only measure 63 inches. Twins are 73, and cribs are too small for my 4 year old.
In comes my hubby and Ikea to the rescue.
I told my love I wanted beds that looked like crates on wheels. Then came a hesitant, "Oooookay dear. Whatever you say." (I'll give you more details on the beds in the next post).
Then I told Ikea I wanted adjustable mattresses. And who knew they had already read my mind and had just the thing in exactly the perfect size.
Then I drug my girlfriend 2 1/2 hours away to Ikea so we could go get them.
I was one happy woman.
But of course my genius husband took it one step further. You can reach under the mattress and lift up for storing blankets and out of season clothes. It is great.
All in all both of the beds cost 60 dollars for the wood and $140 for the mattress's. That is a steal.
While I was at Ikea I snagged their 4 dollar sheets and 3 dollar white fleece throws. I had to hem the sheets from the bottom to fit the bed.
The pillowcases came from my mother's vintage linen's that have been passed down. Not sure who made them, but somewhere along the lines of grandma or great grandma.
The comforters were made by me. I cut apart an old twin comforter we've had for years and covered it to make a down comforter. Then I basically sewed a big pillowcase with ties for the duvet cover. Both came together for $15, the price of the fabric for the duvet.
We fold them up on fancy days ...
and lay them out on realistic ones. Either way, I think they look great.
My mom gave me some old plate racks she didn't like in her house any more. I painted them Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, and used them for book racks. Thanks mom.
All the girls think the beds are pretty fun. The 2 year old has taken awhile to adjust to a big girl bed. She likes to explore at night time. Yikes.
I'll add here, the rug I found at a thrift store for 8 dollars. Love it and it washes great right in my washer.
Above their beds are these cute frames I've been working on collecting for years. They are kind of hard to find. The above Bessie Pease was the first one I fell in love with at an Antique store. I'm so excited to have a cute place to display them now. The frames are old Victorian Flue Covers they used to use to cover the holes from old stove pipes . . . . . . I think.
I hung everything with old rusty square head nails. They are buggers to get into the wall. You should see my thumb.
Their baby blessing dresses made from their grandmother are also on display. It seems a shame to stick those in a box.
We needed a place for friends, and the thrift store again delivered with a $5 cradle (painted, of course) and a $2 box screwed onto the wall.
On the other side we used a rusty old planter for her friends, and my husband made that stool from scrap wood.
I wanted some alphabet art, so I found these vintage fairy print off's on Etsy and fell in love. My girl loves fairies. I simply printed the fairies on some fabric paper you can put right into your printer (Joann's). Then I cut and sewed them on some soft brown linen with all the raw edges exposed. The hubs screwed it into 2 pieces of wood.
$5 dollar Alphabet art.
The Raggedy Ann's also came from their grandmother when they were born, and I couldn't pass up the 8 dollar wooden milk jugs from an antique store. That was a splurge :)
The horse was a $1.50 from ......you guessed it......a thrift store. I planned on painting it white but then fell in love with the browns when I put it in the window.
This 3 dollar stool needed some white paint and some grain sack love. And as weird as this sounds, I think that stool is my favorite thing in the room.
I love it when they plop down on it to draw on their chalkboard.
The chalkboard - love/hate relationship. We've enjoyed some fun classroom play, but I haven't enjoyed the chalk mess.
In the cozy spot, I made the patchwork pillow, and my mother-in-law/girls grandmother made the beautiful crochet rose pillow. I love how her mad sewing skills and love touch all parts of this room.
Hang in there - I am almost done.
Behind the curtains are their well hidden clothes, dirty hampers, and a few toys.
The curtains were made out of a $2 thrift store king size bed sheet.
My husband also made the toy box crates. And he has plans for those posted previously here.
My girls love having some dress up clothes and hats at their reach. Little do they know, I was just trying to color coordinate. They tried to put a snow white dress up there and it got the boot pretty quickly.
I saw a button heart on Etsy here, and just had to make one myself. I love how it looks on the white wall.
We needed more storage in the room so my husband made these boxes out of scrap wood and a rope handle to slide under their bed. They hold toys and their socks, panties, slippers, and such.
Finally I will mention the doll house. Found it at a garage sale for 15 buck a few years back.
I hope it doesn't bother you too much when I mention all the cost and thriftiness of the things we use for our spaces.
I'm just out to prove that you CAN have a beautiful home for cheap.
I'm also determined to use the small spaces we have to their full potential. This room used to be so crammed, no one went in except to sleep. Now 3 girls can play in there at the same time and have plenty of options.
It just takes a little creativity and smart organization.
And maybe a little help from a handy man and Ikea.
The little ones are pretty happy with their new space.
I think I will be too as soon as someone learns to stay put in their bed until the sun comes up.
And just for fun, thanks to free phone editing apps, I know the room looks cool when illustrated as well.
Since this post was long enough, Check out this post to read details on the construction of the beds and the walls.
As always, I would love to hear what you think!
As always, I would love to hear what you think!