a whole new world

Finally, David’s bedroom update!

Way back in 2013, I wrote about wanting to do this (here) and I had full intentions to start right away but the project kept getting neglected… funny, considering he’s an only child and they tend not to get neglected but I am happy to say (show), after a lot of research, it’s done.

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I will be the first to admit, I got major inspiration for his room from a post I read here. I fell in love with the atlas wallpaper /red bunk bed combo and used them as my starting off point. We searched high and low (haha) for a bunk bed in the city that was affordable but not cheaply made.

We found a beautiful locally made bunk bed but it was + $1000 (unfinished) and was too big for the room. We thought about buying online (here or here or here) but again, very pricy and not quite what I wanted. We also thought about buying and painting the Ikea bunk bed but shipping and paint would cost more then the bed itself.

So, in the end, I convinced Mike to build it. Reason being, it’d be sturdier than Ikea’s, cheaper than the other 3, no shipping and we (Mike) could paint them red! The other great thing about D.I.Y. is it’s attached to the wall – meaning it saves a few inches of space in the room because there’s no gap between the wall (and baseboard) and the bed. We also added an extra foot to the length of the bed to allow room for custom boxes at each head to serve as built-in nightstands. Clever eh?

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Because I am an honest and a non-professional interior designer, I think it’s fair to share some of the problems we encountered.

First and foremost being the Wallpaper – apparently (from the amount of cursing I heard), it was not easy to hang. Matching up outlines of counties is hard, especially in an old house with wonky walls. Once it was hung it looked amazing for a few months until one particular time-out session when David decided to draw some run-away escape routes… on his wall. Hard to resist when you are stuck in your room with a marker and a ten-foot long map. So many possibilities. I was really mad until I realized he could be the next Columbus… or Cabot!

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The second lesson learnt was the paint. We used Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk. It was our first time using the product and the colour is great but the purpose of the paint is more for refinishing old and/or ugly furniture. Not raw wood. It was expensive and soaked up a lot of paint. I think it would of been smarter to shop at a big box store instead. Opps. Still, read about the paint – I highly recommend it for what it’s intended for (and stay tuned for an upcoming post featuring the paint again).

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Live and learn. Here are some more pics:

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So that’s it. I hope you enjoyed. Sweet dreams.

Links to stuff: paint / wallpaper / bedding, dog stuffie, chair, shelf, step stool, caddy, carpet(s), dresser pull handles, star light / curtains / Blinth number poster / door hanger / dresser (yard sale)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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  • Oh yes I do!
  • Don’t tell Nancy, but I kind of want this
  • Do you tuck in?
  • I love wreaths and don’t care what you think about that
  • I am rewatching this and yes, it is as good as you remember
  • Good jeans run in this family
  • I was just talking about Family Ties. Go girl
  • I was done with pumpkin until I saw this
  • Easier said than done … Lately i’ve been wondering what it would be like to go back to a full time office job. Would I miss the flexibility? Would I miss working from home? Would I miss Henry? YES! But sometimes all of these perks can be tarnished because freelancing is bloody hard and stressful. Thoughts?

Have a lovely weekend! I think it’s time to haul out the Christmas lights and tear apart David’s room. I convinced mike to build custom bunk beds… something like this but with a railing would be nice.

Oh and why have we not discussed this?

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kijiji’in

I do not have the greatest luck when it comes to Kijiji but from what I’ve been told, practice makes perfect and I don’t practice.

Kinda like grade eight band class and my trumpet…

Anyway, I am always envious of my friends who score amazing stuff from Kijiji, the Value Village and even Frenchys, and I never understand why I have no luck! Then, I realized, it’s probably because I actually don’t spend enough time looking. For that one J.Crew sweater, she* probably sifted through 50 bins. So, with this being said, I am going to practice and share some finds I found on Kijiji Halifax. I have set my filter to a 50 km radius.

To start, I am going to select some key words that interest me. Even though I don’t need anything, it is always fun to browse. And speaking of looking… for frig sake, if you are posting furniture, take a picture!

Lets start with my favourite word:

SCANDINAVIAN

haha, the first think that pops up was:
Vintage IKEA hall table – early ’80s design ($45).
Um, I don’t think this is what I had in mind. 1-$_35

The second (and only other) item was:
6 teak chairs ($240).
With awesome fabric, these would be amazing… and doing the math, that’s $40 a chair. Not bad. 2-$_35

Since there are not a lot of SCANDINAVIAN items listed, I tried TEAK and found 25 pieces of furniture! Here are some goodies.

Wow, this whole title sings to me:
Mid Century Modern Danish Teak Extendable Dining Table ($450).
Darling, if only I had the space. 3-$_35

This is nice too but I am not sure about the leather top. I am also not sure why there’s a question mark in the title:
BEAUTIFUL WALNUT LEATHER TOP DESK CREDENZA TEAK? MID CENTURY ($350) 4-$_35

Why do people not give prices. It makes me angry:
1960s Danish teak credenza with hutch 5-$_35

Moving on… DANISH may be a word used more than Scandinavian. Nevermind, just a repeat of everything I’ve already seen.

CREDENZA: 10 items

Solid Wood Dresser/Credenza **Delivery Included** ($75).
Not loving the colour but liking the price. 6-$_35

At this point, I feel like I am seeings more and more repeats so I am heading in a new direction.

BUNK BED: 26 items

Red Metal Bunk Bed Frame ($100).
I love the red! I had my heart set on solid wood but the colour is calling me. Mike thinks the railing at the top is not 5-year-old friendly.  7-$_35

Argh, not a lot of bunk beds. How about something I would love but do not have the room for: BEDROOM SET: 10 items

Not much out there for my liking but this set was probably the nicest:
Canadian Made Wooden Bedroom Set: Sleigh bed and 2 dressers ($1,850) 

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MID CENTURY (these words make me nervous – I feel like a lot of people don’t know what mid century is): 30 items

Mid Century Modern Walnut Occasional Chair (2 for sale) ($200)
Someone took the time to reupholster them in neutral grey rib weave resistant fabric. Bonus. 9-$_35

Eames Lounger (unique mid century replica) – Own a classic ($600):
At $600, this guy is not only offering a chair but a whole lot of explanations: This is a unique find from a few years ago that I refinished myself, and I just don’t have the room for. It does not come with an ottoman. This is NOT an original eames brand lounger, so let’s get that out of the way so you don’t get too excited. However, this is not a ratty vinyl modern chinese knockoff either (Which cost over a grand I might add). It’s real leather except the arm rests and dates from the 70’s. (I guess the knockoff’s started from the get go, and this is one of them.) Now for the oddities: The previous owner’s cat scratched the leather. It’s in the pics, but the leather is picked at (no rips). The base is not fixed like the eames original. The base on this is fairly beat up metal with new plastic feet, and it reclines. I myself like it better. (Have you ever sat in a real one. They’re not all that comfortable, especially with a laptop, or trying to talk to anyone else in the room.) This one is. I find it quite comfy, (you can fall asleep in it reeealllllll easy). The originals are tinted orange. This one is stained with more of a burgundy. It is also kind of creaky (I think in an endearing way), but if you’ve sat in a knockoff at project 9 or attica, it’s not as machined as that. This looks like an eames lounger, but feels like a lazy boy..in a good way. 10-$_35

That last guy’s post got me thinking about how I can smooth talk people into buying my stuff

Bosch Washer/Dryer set ($250): This set has survived not one but two floods! And, although they may roar slightly louder than a kitten, they still work! We (and the guy who assessed them) recommend a new motor for the washing machine however this team would be great for a cottage. Bosch is a great brand and both you and the environment will love them. Call today before they get swept away *again.

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Please let me know what words you search for and if you have scored anything truly amazing. All of the items found above (including my washing machine set) are still available… unless someone else bought them. Good luck!

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*she: Sarah, Amanda, Sabrina, Georgina…

leaving it to the pro

I’ve been thinking about an update to David’s room as he’s now four and it’d be fun to make a change to what’s going on in there. David’s room is small, like all of the rooms upstairs, (10×10 ish) and it has a teeny-tiny closet. The room was done before he was born so it’s somewhat neutral (although you can tell I had an inkling it was a boy = pale blue walls and orange accents).

I thought it’d be fun to show David twelve themes of boyish bedding… after all, he’s the pro when it comes to what four-year-old boys are into these days. Let’s just say, our tastes differ a bit but that’s to be expected.

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all snapshots are from The Land of Nod!

Drum rolllllll, and the winner is “oh-bouy” – nautical, boats, beach, blue, red, grey and yellow. Shall we dive in?

The number one item on my (David’s) wish list are bunk-beds! What kid doesn’t want an extra spot for sleepovers? In a small room, you need to maximize your vertical space too! Also, it’s important to not overdue the theme too much – no need for sea sickness.

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Here’s the low-down

  • A: Neutral curtains over an existing pull-shade.
  • B: A fun coastline bed-side light.
  • C:  These wall hooks are the best – I actually have a few spots in my home where i’d happily hang these guys!  Should I buy in bulk?
  • D/G: A slim teak desk and a foldable chair will leave less clutter but offers a space for homework.
  • E: A rug, which matches the curtains, will warm up the room.
  • F: Fun linens with a pop of colour!
  • H/I: Books books and more books – the nightstand and the red caddy will fill up.​
  • J/K:  Matching bed and dresser.
  • L:  With a desk long dresser, bunk-beds and a nightstand, there is no room to sit – so a pouf will float around nicely and act as a seat or table.
  • M: Wire bins – for socks, toys, and whatever else can be put in there, rather than on the floor!
  • N: The small closet will turn into open shelves – boys don’t need to hang much, so let’s maximize some storage space and use funky neon green shelves.
  • O: What nautical room is complete without a pipe-smoking seagull?
  • P: The world map – not THAT nautical, but I think every kids needs to know where they stand in this big ol’ world of ours.
  • Q/R/S/U: A sham to match the linens, a nautical quilt, an anchor pillow and a flag throw pillow completes the theme and can easily be swapped out when/if his taste changes.
  • T: Some fun desk decor.

So when is this happening? Probably not right away because landscaping is at the top of our list but it’s fun to have plan. – xomeg

oh, and just so you know, here’s what the room looks like now

Before

psst… The Alphabet and Number prints will find a new home downstairs… technically I purchased them for my baby-to-be, but knew they’d always have a place on my walls regardless of what happened to the nursery.