Sunday, November 18, 2012

Big boy room reveal

Remember Boone's nursery? Both the boys occupy this room now so there was a lot of switching, re-arranging, projects and love put into this space. Here is the old baby room....
And here is the big boy bedroom about 90 percent of the way done! (Sorry for the unclear pics) We still need to make Boone's bed to match Sterling's, buy matching bedding and maybe a few other pieces for the wall but you get the idea. The bed won't happen for awhile since we don't need the crib till March. They are such sweet brothers in this space together. I love how much they love sharing a room and we have definitely seen their relationship blossom since becoming roommates!

Here's that lamp from the post before. Isn't it kind of fun? It would of been neat stained for a wine barrel look as well. I wanted to use what I had on hand and you can't go wrong with white. Way better than before and free to us! Still need to paint the inside of the sticks so you don't see "Lowe's" written on each one. I also need to figure out that picture with a map from Paris. I think I'll try and find a fun boy print once I get up to Bellevue again to go to Paper Source! If you are looking for a cheap large print Paper Source is your place! The print is wrapping paper. Their wrapping paper comes in sheets with super fun prints for about 2.99-3.99! Expensive for a wrapping job and inexpensive for a print!
A packed and shared closet full of boy stuff!
An old side table that goes with my old bedroom set that used to be my great grandma's. It's very vintage looking from the front and a little girly with a gold flowery knob so I just turned it around so the drawer isn't accessible = not a million toys and other junk filling it up. Kind of nice. It also had a neat stencil on the back that solidified my decision of a backwards nightstand. We just use a little galvanized bucket on the bottom for books. They love love books at nighttime. The little lamp was free from my moms garage.

Here's a little bit of a breakdown of the room if you want to know where some of the items were purchased and the amount. Honestly it was probably a 40 dollar makeover. Once we buy bedding it will be a little more expensive but I really worked on keeping this room inexpensive using a lot of free pieces and hand me downs.
At the end of Sterling's bed....
That's it for now! We got started on our daughter's room (so surreal to say that) yesterday! We got a lot done only with the help of my sister and mom watching the boys for a 5 hr streak. Very thankful for them! We primed, painted, hung lighting and curtains in her room and I made a mobile. Phew! Today I am working on her dresser/changing table. Can't wait to show you what we have done so far! Just a few more projects and the room will really start coming together. Stay tuned for another room makeover and our new and improved entry way closets!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

two boys + 1 room = big boy room makeover

When we found out we were pregnant with our third we wanted the boys to be roommates ASAP. Here are our reasons for them sharing a room: 1. They were ecstatic about the idea. Sterling much rather sleep in the same room as Boone than have a whole room to himself. 2. We want to keep a guest bedroom available upstairs vs take up all 4 bedrooms and kick our guests to the basement. And having a designated toy room (combined with the guest bedroom) vs. having all their toys in their room is completely awesome. I never have to clean bedrooms! - just a really messy toy room but I can shut the door to that room! 3. Sharing a room makes for good teaching moments (stay in bed and turn off voices) and makes for disciplined sleep 4. It makes for a good relationship between these brothers. They pray together at night, giggle, tell each other stories and read books together. It's all sorts of preciousness to me. I told myself that I would makeover their room to almost completion before I started on our new baby's nursery even after finding out gender. I'm glad we got started early on the boys' room because I am chomping at the bit to start our daughters room. I've never gotten to decorate a little girls room before. SO.EXCITED. I have way too many ideas floating in my head...I need to get them out! You should see the lists I have. Justin looks at the said lists and says "wow, that's quite the list." I love that he will do every single project with me. Man, do I love that man! Okay back to the room makeover. I let Sterling look at some pictures of little boy room ideas and he really liked the idea of two big boy beds with pictures of the brothers above the headboards along with some cowboy theme intertwined. Perfect. Here are some of the projects we have been working on and though the room is not in total completion, it's about 90% of the way there.

Here are antlers from Eastern Oregon. These are some of my brother in laws catches from this year. Love that we can decorate using items from family and from the land. They were pretty fresh so I soaked them in a bleach water mix for a few days. The wood in the picture is what Sterling's bed is made out of. Best part? Totally free. We went to Lowe's looking for pallets and found piles of this stuff. We pressure washed it and let it dry out for a few days.
 I ran into Michael's and found these cheap wood plaques that I could paint and mount the antlers to.
And voila! A set of antlers for each boy. Their antlers match their builds. Sterling's on the left is tall and lanky and Boone's on the right are shorter and wider. :)
Next on the list was smuggling as many paint sticks from Lowe's as possible to re-do the boys lighting. At the first Lowe's I asked if I could buy paint sticks and the gal told me no but she could give me some. She gave me 2. Darn. At that rate we needed to hit up about 20 Lowe's to get the amount I needed. Justin went in after me and she gave him 8. What!? I think he looked like a contractor or something. I was a little disturbed that he got so many more than me. The second Lowe's there was a can of stir sticks out. Score! Justin went in and got a dozen. Then it was my turn and I matched his dozen. Oh yeah! We decided that was enough and felt completely ghetto at that point. I spray painted them white and let dry.
I took an old lampshade and my hot glue gun....
and began gluing around and around. The lamp shade wasn't a perfect cylinder so I need to make them gap at the bottom as the lamp shade got bigger at the bottom. No biggie. I saw this done about 3-4 yrs ago on a DIY show. Of course I can remember a project that many years out but can't remember the simple and probably more important things in life.
Here it is. Still a work in progress...
 We took the existing fixtures from Boone's old baby IKEA lamp shade and attached it to the new lighting.
 Before shade and after shade. Definitely baby to big boy.
Tomorrow I will show you how far we have gotten on Boone's nursery that has transformed into Sterling and Boone's big boy room. They are pumped to show everyone where they sleep. They just love it in there. I'm really glad we have created such a sweet little place for the two of them. I'll be back tomorrow with more!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Give Thanks

I love the holidays! Who doesn't, though? Having Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and then New Year's back to back have my boys going nuts. Sterling even asked me today if Valentine's day would be next? He is pretty excited about all the celebrations and now that he understands seasons he is quite observant at what is next on the celebration list. Leading up to the holidays, October is FILLED with birthdays for us. My sister in-law Chelsey, cousin Joe, cousin Sam, my mom, my Boone man, Garrison and my hubby Justin all have birthday's. Phew! I'm pretty sure we have been having parties every other day and I can't wait for the ones to come. Thanksgiving is one week away and I look forward to sharing amazing food with my family and giving thanks. There is so much to be thankful for. As in the list could be hundreds more like thousands of things long. Family, health, a home, food, friendships, church are just a few and most importantly thankful that God gave his only son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and to conquer death. Amazing.

On a not as important note: decorating. I don't like to over decorate my home for each individual holiday - mainly because of the storage space it takes and the time to put them out and then pack it away. Christmas decorations win in quantity in this home and I think it will stay that way. We did a couple Thanksgiving projects that were simple. My favorite was the free printable that I found off of pinterest from Tom Kat Studio. All you had to do is order it (12.50) and then enter their promo code and it was free, sent to your email to download. Thank YOU Tom Kat Studio for making life easier on us decoration lovers who are slightly incapable of making a simple, pretty and stylish banner. I would of tried it free hand with a crayola marker and been highly disappointed. :) I backed the letters with a brown card stock I had on hand and then taped it to a thick piece of twine. I love the simplicity of it and I love that Sterling reads it everyday and shows it to everyone (he takes ownership in art projects around here and I did let him help me hang it). It's the perfect segue of asking him what he is thankful for each day. Lately it has been "earth" ...minus the "volcanoes." 

...and that fire was made by me (so proud) and I even kept it going ALL day. I love drinking a cup of coffee and listening to worship music in this room. It's a perfect was to start my day.

We also added some "give thanks" to the toy room today on their chalkboard easel. Pretty sure that lasted about an hr without being smudged. Boone has already slid his fingers through the turkey. 

I can't wait to stuff my face and eat way beyond my needs. I'll have one happy baby girl with all the food consumption that is about to go down (at least I'm convincing myself she will enjoy it as well!). Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

...and who else is putting up Christmas decorations the next day?! I know I am!!

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