Things have been crazy busy this week, but I wanted to pop in to share our progress on this little man's room. It's been two steps forward, one step back. But I'm staying positive. Let me elaborate....
I'll start with some positives. The floor is still looking awesome. Here is is after being installed (with freshly painted walls, but trim needing to be dealt with).
I'm psyched about the rug (more on that purchase here). And I found cute, fun, inexpensive bedding. We'll be swapping out the single bed for a double, so he needed new stuff.
These are the sheets, which were on clearance for $16.99 for the full sized set (plus 10% off thanks to my sister) at HomeSense. I bought an extra pair of pillow cases too for $4 (minus 10%).
I'll be pairing these fun sheets (which Benjamin loves, by the way. He shouts "go go" whenever he sees a car/truck/bus and this bedding incites the same reaction. Too cute.) with a simple grey striped duvet and shams from West Elm. Ben doesn't actually sleep with a duvet yet, but more often than I care to admit one of us is in his bed with him so it is nice to have there. As he grows, this will obviously become more and more useful for him, too.
I bought this duvet cover on a recent trip to NYC to visit Ben's godfathers who are temporarily living there. (If you're curious, you can see a bit of their home and more about Ben's baptism right here). Still need to buy a duvet insert.
I also picked up some inexpensive artwork from HomeSense that I'm excited about, but haven't taken photos yet. I'll be sorting through what we have already (art and framed photos) and with the few new things experimenting with art combos and arrangements in here. More on that when we get there... For now the artwork is looking like this. Just piled up, leaning in corners, and stacked in baskets.
Keepin' it real :)
Here is how the room looked earlier this week. I had intended to take pictures of it as the week progressed, but renovations in the bathroom on the floor below his room stalled our progress. Essentially, our contractor found all kinds of bizarre wires in there leading up to Ben's room -- wires which shouldn't be there. He tried to remove them by simply removing baseboard in Ben's room, but almost immediately found two junction boxes hidden behind the drywall (you never bury things like that -- you always want access to them). We are lucky he found them. One didn't even have proper end caps on the wires. Scary. Anyway, the end result was that they had to cut a few rather large holes in the freshly patched, sanded, primed and painted walls. But c'est la vie. Repainting won't be a big deal, just slows us down a little. Okay, back to the photos:
Progress has been made.We bought two dressers (the tall and the long Ikea Hemnes dressers in white). The long is going under the first window, and the tall behind the door.
With the help of my awesome mother-in-law and brother-in-law, both of Ben's dressers were assembled on Tuesday. Here's a quick snapshot, complete with a gaping hole in the wall next to it. Ha.
I also ordered a new light that should arrive by the end of the day Friday. Hopefully it will go up next week so I can show it to you.
So as you can see we are making progress, but also dealing with the unexpected as it pops up. Here's where we're at in list form:
Benjamin's Toddler Room Makeover - To Do List
- Paint trim
Replace the old door
- Prime and paint the new door
- Deal with the random wires coming out of the walls
- Replace the dangerous ceiling fan
- Replace the boob light
Find a huge rug (read all about our awesome rug here)
Clothing storage (since there's no closet) -- pair of dressers?
- Some toy storage (use what we already have - baskets, bins, etc.)
- Style the tiny built-in bookcase
- Possibly buy or DIY some cute bookends for the bookcase
- Window treatments - ideally, blackout cordless roman shades
- Add some new artwork (buy and/or DIY)
- Hang artwork (old and new)
- Arrange furniture, accessorize, etc.
- Babyproof (outlet covers, bolt furniture to walls, etc.)
- Install a video baby monitor
We've come a long way from where we started.
I think we're all getting super excited. Move-in day is near!
See you soon!