Final Score: Flood: 0 Redesign: 10
We did it! We managed to get Eddie's room completely made over before he returned this afternoon!
It was five days of really hard work, lots of paint, lots of screwing nails in, a few trips to Ikea, turning a locker into a dresser, sorting through thousands of legos, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning....so much cleaning and dusting and cleaning.
When we decided that we were going to look at the bright side of a flooded room, which was to take this as an opportunity to update Eddie's room. It is his room, so I wanted it to represent him. What better way to find out what he is thinking, than with a redesign questionnaire!
Almost everything on this list is doable! Except that whole TV part, sorry dude, strict rule in the Quam household that no one has a TV in their room. Even Mom and Dad, we live in bedroom TV free zone.
So here is our before shot, I wish I had a true before shot but when you realize your kids room is flooded, you don't run to grab the camera to take a few before photos. You just want to get that nasty stuff out of there before mold starts to take over.
Here ya go, the after:
Here are more pics, because they tell the story much better than I can
(sorry for the bad iphone pic)
(again, bad iphone pic)
Old set of lockers in our storage room
To a chalkboard locker set that also seconds as storage for clothes (pics of that to come soon)
Eddie did ask Mark tonight during their long talk, why I want to paint everything with chalk! Ha! I guess I do go a little "chalk paint crazy". He doesn't like the texture of chalk, he said he would like to have whiteboard lockers. So I think I will surprise him next week with whiteboard lockers.
If you look back up on that questionnaire that I had Eddie fill out, you will see that he listed his three favorite books. I wanted to include those books into his reading nook design, so I found pictures of a cover from each of the book series' and then I printed them out and framed them. Then I put little lego dudes in the shelves. Lego dudes actually make great decorations. I think they would be cool to frame.
Hi Little Lego Dudes
(Don't mind the touch up paint in this pic)
I love this artwork. This guy actually has a ton of cool stuff in his etsy shop. Check it here.
A lamp full of legos!
This was actually really time consuming. I had to gather all the legos from this
I only wanted primary colors and "traditional" shaped legos. It took a lot of time to dig those out.
Eddie enjoying his hanging chair, in his new reading nook
We do pits and peaks* at night before bed. Which is just letting us know the best part of your day and the worst part. Eddie's peak, was his new room and he didn't have a pit (he usually doesn't) happy guy.
*We got pits and peaks from the Kardashians, yes I said the Kardashians. Ugh. Ok, we were watching an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, it's a dirty little secret that isn't a secret anymore. They were talking about their late father, who would also ask them what their pit and peak of the day was.
We loved it, we had to implement, so we did and it happens daily up in this crib. Talking to your kids is the most important thing you can do. Raising them to know that they can tell you the best and the worst, is the only way to do it. So is decorating their room with only who they are, and what they like in mind. I'm glad Eddie has a place to play with his friends, read and sleep in a room that represents who he is, because he is incredible and deserves a space that is incredible.