It’s taken over a week of hard work (not to mention the odd injury) but the girls new bedroom is complete! We still want to add or change a few things, but it will stay as it is for a few months, until we can afford to do anything else – both our free time and our avaliable funds are scarce after this project!
A few “before” photos:
(these panoramic shots make the room look bigger than it is!)
The good news is, both Georgiana and Lydia are utterly delighted with their “special new bedroom” – completely over the moon. They have shown it off via FaceTime to my parents, and Georgie tried to drag James’s Dad up the stairs to see it earlier today, despite him having the full tour of it yesterday already. Georgie’s BFF Sophie has been invited in to see it, too.
We had no hired help, and only had childcare for three of the days that we worked on it – thank you very much to James’s Mum (aka Granny) and Karen (aka Sophie’s Mummy) who took time out of their Easter week to look after our pair of scamps. We were able to do some of the fiddliest/noisiest jobs whilst child-free, which definitely saved us some tears – both ours and the girls!
What we did over 8 days, 2 of which James was at work:
- Emptied the room
- Stripped the wallpaper
- Sanded the walls, and all the woodwork
- Washed the walls with sugar soap, and rinsed
- Removed an old heating duct, and two heating vents
- Patched the subsequent holes in the walls and floor
- Painted over the bits of pink walls to prevent it showing through the new wallpaper
- Hammered all the nails in the floorboard in another few mm
- Painted the ceiling
- Sanded the floorboards
- Painted the woodwork
- Hung the wallpaper
- Varnished the floor
- Built & customised the “ikea hack” furniture
- Also, hoovered a lot. A lot a lot.
I don’t think it will come as any surprise to admit that we are both still shattered several days after finishing! We didn’t finish the wallpapering until 2:30am on Easter Sunday morning. I was touching up the skirting board paint on Easter Monday in my PJs so it would dry out by the time we were in there after breakfast to build furniture.
So, without any further ado, here it is:
The much longed for bunkbed complete with toddler friendly steps to avoid the “Lydia can get up but she can’t get down situation”
Storage area for clothes, toys & the bedtime story basket.
Lydia’s chest of drawers, their “vintage” iMac G3 for watching DVDs. We want to add some shelving above this.
A stool to boost up to the first step, a potty for Lydia who has decided to start training herself, and their megablocks for bedroom play.
Baskets for bits-and-bobs on the windowsill, and some of their DVDs for relaxing in their room with.
The bed tent on the much longed for bunkbed
Toy & board book storage at the end of the bottom bunk.
Lydia’s bed, and a mountain of soft toys.
Snuggled down to watch the Alphablocks.
Inside the bed tent – toy storage on the wall above her pillow.
Their much loved lampshade.
Still using their charity shop bargain Winnie-the-Pooh curtains for now.
Georgie really likes sitting on the stairs, on one of their pillow pets.
They’ve had this green rug for a while and it works perfectly with their new floor, furniture & wallpaper.
Well there you go – what do you think? As I said, the kids couldn’t be happier, and we are quite pleased with what we’ve accomplished! It’s a huge transformation and the room is so much nicer now – the girls keep asking to go up to their room to relax or play.