Monday, January 26, 2009
the new room!
So this weekend was busy as usual...we managed to get the girls all moved into their new room and I am sooo happy with how it turned out. Why don't I let you take a quick look around and then I'll share some details...
We bought these bunk beds from Ikea and Graham just painted them white. It was so much cheaper to paint them compared to some of the other bunk beds we looked at. Thank goodness my husband's a painter! For the duvet covers and sheets, I ordered these sheet sets from Pottery Barn Teen. I knew I wanted to do their room in pink and orange and couldn't find anything that I liked in fabric stores, and then I came across these on the PB Teen website...it was meant to be! (just a note...Pottery Barn doesn't ship to Canada. My sweet big sister ordered and shipped them here for me...thanks, Nik!) The large frames above the bed are from Ikea as well.
My mom used the flat sheets from the sheet sets for the tops of the duvet covers...it worked out so perfectly! She also sewed the cute accent pillows and the curtains (which you'll be seeing soon). Again, soooo lucky to have a mama who is an amazing seamstress. Thanks, mom!
Next up is the dresser and bulletin board. Remember this bulletin board that I did last year? I did the exact same thing this time, but I also spray painted it hot pink. So stinkin' cute! I figure this will be a good place for the girls to display artwork and any pictures they want up in their room. The fridge is running out of space! (both the dresser and bulletin board are from Ikea...are we seeing a pattern here?)
And here's a peek at the curtains and the big wooden "P". Again, the curtains were sewn from one of the flat sheets, and a good friend cut the girls initials for me. Also, the hot pink paint color is "Wazzup" by General Paint. It is the perfect color, exactly what I wanted. But I'm warning you, only use this on one wall...it's very intense and would be overwhelming on too many walls! (I think the light pink balances it out quite nicely.)
My mom also made these little bags with the girls initials on them from leftover fabric. So cute...my kids love to collect things and carry them from place to place, so these will get lots of use around here!
On the wall opposite the beds is the girls Barbie house from Santa and this storage shelf from (surprise) Ikea.
Above the toy storage I have these shadowboxes displayed with the girls blessing dresses in them. These dresses are very sentimental to me as they were blessed in them by their daddy when they were both around 6 weeks old. (and sewn by Nana) I did Payton's a looong time ago and I've been meaning to put Gabby's in a shadowbox as well and just finally got around to it. This is such a sweet reminder of their individual blessing days and you can do something like this with any kind of baby outfit that has sentimental value to you. I hope that when the girls get older they'll appreciate that I kept these safe for them!
(frames from Ikea)
It took me a while to decide what toys I wanted kept in their room and which ones were being banished to the basement. After watching the girls play, I saw that they love their dolls. So this shelf is jam-packed with barbies, polly pockets, groovy girls and little plastic people. I purposely left the top empty 'cause they love to have a surface for their dolls to play on. Already, it's been working like a charm...they are in barbie and polly pocket heaven. (and I am loving that everything is organized!!!)
And a quick look inside the closet:
Gabby's clothes on the top rack, Payton's on the bottom, dress-up clothes and laundry on the floor. Dress-up clothes are an absolute MUST for my kids...they both change about 5 times a day, so this stuff HAD to have a space in their room. (And since this picture was taken I've added 2 clear plastic bins on the top shelf for clothes that they out-grow.)
And last but not least, toy storage under the bed. The perfect spot for larger dolls and toys that need a place in the room, but that I want hidden when not being played with!
So there ya have it! I told you, it was a big job and definately a team effort. Graham painted the walls and put the beds together on Friday night, my mom did all the sewing (I helped a little!), Graham painted the furniture and I did all the "projects". It seems like that wouldn't be too hard on my part, but it took a long time to decide exactly what I wanted to do, where it was going to go, how it was going to work, etc. Then on Saturday Gray and I moved everything in and spent the day organizing all the clothes and toys and cleaning cleaning cleaning. Payton and Gabby were sooooo excited when they saw it for the first time. It was very worth it to see how happy they were!
Now it's time to start thinking about the baby's room. Oy.