When I can’t do I plan. And plan and plan.
We are all eagerly awaiting moving into our new home. The little ones especially are all super excited about their new rooms. My 2 boys currently share a room with an angled ceiling, no closets, and a footprint of a mere 7 feet x 9 feet (63 square feet) which is smaller than many closets!!! I had to literally build custom furniture into the room piece by piece in order to give them a place to sleep, a place to hold their clothes and room to walk in and shut the door. I did the best that I could, but the reality is that it is a super tight space for one child let alone 2 especially a a tweener (#1) and a crazy rambunctious 8 year old(#3). Not to mention that I think they have the smallest wardrobes of any boy in the county and it’s still hard to find a spot to put it all. So we have been planning their new rooms.
This will be the first time since #2 came along that #1 will have his own space and #3 has never ever had his own space before. They are both excited but the thing that I find amusing is that when #3 describes his new room to everyone the first thing out of his mouth is that he will have “the smallest room”. Yeah, he’s right but the fact of the matter is that his new room, the smallest room is over twice the size of his current shared room and bigger than the master here at the farm!
I have decided to give each child a say in their rooms to a point, and based on their age. The littlest one the least amount of say and the oldest the most.
The Plans: ( and we all know plans change! ) Nothing, and I mean nothing will be purchased until we move in and then I fear my credit card will melt from the amount of stuff I will have to buy simply because they don’t have anything!
Both boys will be taking with them their mattresses and plastic totes with their clothes, that is all that is removable from his room.
I have decided to give him quite a bit of say in his room, and knowing him he is going to want to do a lot of it himself ( this one is a real hands on kinda guy) he would paint his own room, sew his own curtains and built furniture if I would let him! The only thing is he is not so good at watching details and taking time and care and gets super frustrated when things don’t come out perfect so I won’t actually be allowing him to do all that. He also has HUGE ideas and I have a tiny budget!
He will need: a desk, a chair, a bed frame, a dresser or two, and shelves and bookcases galore! Oh, yeah and a closet
He is going for a rustic, woodsy, log cabin, camping type theme. I have shown him how to pin things on the internet and set up a board on my pinterest for him to add things to and given him budgets for certain items. $200 for a bed, $100 for a complete bed set (bedskirt, comforter/quilt, and pillow sham) or $60 for just a comforter/quilt.
I will be giving him certain items that have been sitting around in farm storage that I inherited for his room as well, a claw foot desk, and my father and grandfathers decoy duck collection.
He has requested hardwood floors in his room. And has found the bed of his dreams on ebay, a rustic timber framed number. ( Okay I found it he described it to me and I found 5 options and one of them he fell in love with.
For his bedding he didn’t like anything I found, but once he started looking he picked things I never would have based on what he told me he wanted, so once he narrows that down, we can figure out wall colors ( he has asked for blue walls… but we will have to see after his bedding selections are complete).
I am thinking of putting a high shelf around the room for his decoys and some well placed floating shelves for his trophys, art pieces, and ever growing collection of books.
Because so much $$ will be going towards his dream bed and new bedding, and hardwood floors, everything else in his room will be sourced used, at auction, on the internet or from the Tall Man’s belongings that are gathering dust at his parents house.
I am hoping that this room will last him till college with minimal changes ( possibly a new bedspread at some point or change of wall decor)
This room despite his complaint’s that it is the smallest I think is going to be AWESOME! He has already said he wants to keep his current comforter (which is only 2 years old and has been rarely used in his postage stamp room) and full of bright vibrant colors motion and movement which is just like him! Plus he is so easy going and never gets anything new or just for him almost anything I do he would be overjoyed with. ( I guess that’s the problem with being the younger boy in a their fathers family in which the oldest boy and 1st borns are kings, and the exact middle child 0 you aren’t a bog kid nor a little kid…)
He will need a bedframe, a dresser, a closet, and some where to read and draw. And a closet.
He has requested carpet and his current bedding which is a vibrant sports theme. I am thinking that I am going to go with black wooden furniture in this room to not add any more color and paint the walls the light green accent color from the bedding. That will allow me to put up some great artwork or wall vinyls with out getting to busy and to keep it clean as well as childish and easy to adapt as he grows older and his tastes change. I am assuming that this room will be needing an update in around 4 – 6 years as he outgrows his childhood and becomes a teenager.