When we moved in, I did a quick post taking you through our apartment. Lots of things have changed since when we first moved in, but one of the biggest changes has been in the girls’ room! There were several reasons for changing things, but one of the biggest reasons is that ever since we moved in… Sophie has been sleeping in our bed.
It’s true. It took her over two hours to fall asleep in her bed. Whether for naps or bedtime, it took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. (said in true Sandlot style). And we probably could have been more firm about the whole thing and insisted that she sleep in her bed, but we weren’t so we basically had Charlotte in her own room, and Sophie was sharing a bedroom with us. Let’s just say it was not working out.
So, we decided that perhaps if we got her into a real “big girl” bed, that she would finally have a reason to love sleeping in her own room. The most important decision became, do we get her a simple single bed and then get Charlotte a matching one when she was ready or do we get her a bunk bed and have Charlotte take the second bunk when she’s ready.
We talked extensively about both options, each having their own pros and cons, but ultimately decided that we wanted the floor space that bunk beds offered. Plus, when we went to look at beds, Sophie loved (read: obsessed) laying in the top bunk of all the beds, and was less than enthused about the single twins. So, we went for the bunks.
So we hit up Sir Craig and his freaking amazing list and found a bunk bed set in our budget ($80). We could have gone for something new, but decided that $80 versus around$150 and higher was the better option for us. Especially after seeing the beds in person, they’re a super sturdy solid wood, we didn’t feel like we were getting something unsafe or anything. Sold.
In the end we ended up spending less than $250 on the whole set-up (though we still have to buy duvet covers for the blankets) including bed, two extra pillows (we already had two on hand from Sophie’s toddler bed), bed sheets, duvet comforters for both beds, pillowcase sheets for the two extra pillows, mattresses and mattress protectors. Not too shabby.
So without further ado, the new and improved girls’ room!
Pretty sure my camera lens needs to be cleaned… embarrassing.
Anywho… so when we got the new bed, we asked what kind of bed Sophie wanted. You know what her answer was?
“I need a princess bed!”
“A princess bed?” responded me, “Why a princess bed?”
“Because I’m really like a princess.”
Yep, so the hunt for princess sheets was on. Except, and all you big Disney fans will have to excuse me, I didn’t want a bedroom-turned-shrine containing all things Disney princess-y. It’s kind of like how I have this thing against clothing with the Winnie-the-Pooh characters, I also apparently have a thing against Disney princess paraphernalia. Makes no sense, I know, but it’s the way I roll.
Update: Just so you know, I have nothing against Disney princesses and little girls loving them. We have our fair share of Disney princess movies, Sophie’s favorite book right now is Beauty and the Beast and is often caught singing a medley of Tangled songs in the grocery store, I just didn’t want to turn the room into a tribute to them.
So instead, we compromised. Sophie got her lovely princess sheets, and I got to cover them with a white comforter so they weren’t overwhelming. Everyone wins!
And yes… my daughter’s other favorite book is the National Geographic Dinosaur book. We keep it diverse here in the Bean household.
On the edge of the bed are some cheap-o hooks from Ikea to hang the girls’ jackets and hats. Things I’m too lazy to hang up on a hanger and it also makes them easier for the girls to grab them when we are about to run out the door.
For those who are wondering what they’re attached with, it’s actually 3M strips… although I’m not convinced they’re going to make it for the long haul (baby coats may be small, but they’re still heavy) so we’re eventually going to drill them in.
On Charlotte’s side, not much has changed other than that she’s now on the wall that sits opposite Sophie. Having the crib on that wall opened up the room from the hall and also makes it look bigger when you’re inside. We like it.
Another big change, is the dresser. I’ve posted twice now about how I bought the dresser off of Craigslist and then painted it, but then it turned yellow, so I painted it again. Guess what? It turned yellow again!
So after uttering all manner of swear words, and feeling slightly better, I sanded the sucker down again, put more stain blocker and painted the whole thing white and then skipped the poly top coat. The result? It’s been three weeks and no yellow. So happy.
Artwork! A clean dresser top! No yellow! I could just kiss myself with joy!
Honestly though, I love the way this turned out. I’m hoping to add some shelves on the right side next to the hanging pictures but one step at a time. This was a big overhaul, the shelves are number #245 on my list. I’m on item #53, we’re getting there. You also get to see the calendar Sophie and I use everyday to teach her about things like the month of the year, the day of the month and other great lessons that make me feel like a productive mother. Yeah calendar!
In the middle of the room is the girls’ little table where they like to draw, play with their doll house and slide the chairs out and push them around the room (that last one is only something Charlotte finds entertaining).
Voila! Girls’ room is now about 75% of the way finished. But who knows, maybe we’ll decide we want all lime green furniture and I’ll have to start painting furniture all over again. Good thing I’ve got a plethora of sandpaper just waiting to be used!
What about you guys? Any rooms asking for a facelift? Cold weather driving you inside and you’re realizing some furniture needs a little re-arranging to help fit everyone during the hibernation months? Painted any furniture white recently and then pulled all your hair out because it started turning yellow (for the second time)? Okay, that last one was me…