The original room was cute, with a captain's bed and trundle that resembled something from Pottery Barn. I don't have a good picture of the whole room, but he also had a ceiling height bookcase at the foot of the bed, a tall primitive cabinet as you walked in the door, and assorted toys.
I had done a French wash on the walls and ceiling when it was a nursery, and while we still loved the warmth and texture, it was starting to get a little banged up. I have slowly been switching out the fake wood trim for white trim, so this room was the next to get an upgrade.
Bye bye, brown! Hello, Behr Creek Bend! We also added crown moulding. The old ceiling fan went away, and we replaced it with something more industrial looking, for a mere $25 at Lowe's.
I wanted to keep a more industrial boyish feel to the room, so we made the curtain rod from a galvanized pipe and fittings. Also, this puppy is NOT pulling out of the wall like the last flimsy curtain rod. The large flat plate that anchors it disperses the weight/force of dragging the curtains open and shut. I re-used the drop cloth curtains that we already had in the room.
The original bookcase was cut down a few feet and attached to the wall under the head of the upper bunk, both for storage and support. The bed frames were lag screwed to the studs all along the walls. My husband then added the decking, and the kids had their first sleepover! The lower bunk is only attached along the back. It has a couple of legs set back under it for additional support. I wanted to leave a gap at the head to allow room for the curtains to hang. I prefer floor length curtains to half length.
A ladder was added, which also provides support to the upper bunk. It was amazingly sturdy! The Bumper Crop used ropes to anchor and accent, but I wanted to go with chains. The ropes I looked at were either too stretchy, too expensive, or the kind that gets the slivery fraying.
Under the top bunk is a cozy little hangout. We put in lights by each bed for bedtime reading. I think the lights are one of my son's favorite features.
The bedding came from Marshall's last year. I was so excited to find a simple, bright set for a low price. Once I put it on the beds, however, all I could think was..... Caskets! Yikes! Look again... Do you see what I mean??? I am planning on adding throw blankets, putting more pillows on, and possibly lining the pillows up the back wall more like little sofas to camouflage that creepy little visual. lol Any suggestions?
The sweet little desk came from Craigslist. He ABSOLUTELY LOVES having drawers to stash all of his supplies in. He also likes watching our friends coming and going through the window.
I wanted a place to display his collection of Matchbox vehicles, and found this cute old printer's drawer at a local antique store.
I still need to paint the closet doors white, re-hang the bedroom door, and put some license plates above the car display. The big work is done, however, and I am SOOOO happy with it! The kids love it! Even the dog approves... ;)
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