Sunday, March 28, 2010

One project down...

a hundred more to go.

At least, that's the way it feels.  Always a project going on in a house with a handy husband and three growing kids.  The next ones on the list are the master bathroom (halfway done) and the family garden (can't wait for this!).

But now, introducing Gabe's completed room.  A mix of little boy and big kid...Legos and Hot Wheels and whimsical prints, along with a desk for "homework" and video games.  Holding onto that young part of my last baby... I'm not the only one, though.  Gabe goes from loving his new digs to missing his old Thomas bed, in a matter of minutes.

Living up to my goal of frugality, I tried to re-use as much as possible from his old room and other parts of the house.  The curtains are the same, as is the chalkboard.  I bought the wooden letters, three white frames and a pack of Basic Grey scrapbook paper.  The desk and the bed are new, as are a few of the containers for holding toys.

Okay, enough talking, on to the photos:







Joe built this closet with the pocket door when we converted this room from a loft to Gabe's room years ago. We don't have a dresser for him; the drawer system works great to be able to see what clothes go where, and helps Gabe pick out his clothes.  I got rid of his bookcase (which took up a lot of room) and moved the books onto this shelf.


Although he does talk about missing his Thomas bed, Gabe really is loving his new loft bed from Ikea.  I love having the space beneath for his gazillion Hot Wheels!


This was such a fun project (other than scraping off that wallpaper) and we're all happy with the results.  Even Elijah and Isabel are a bit envious of the new bed, although it's way too "kiddish" for them to want it in their own rooms.  It's okay, though; Gabe is willing to share with them and host a "campout" in his room over spring break :)

10 comments:

Brandy said...

OMGosh! That room rocks! All your hard work has definitely paid off.

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh wow... looks so nice & orderly! And what a cool bed!!! I wanna sleep under the stars like that... without creatures crawling into my bed... stars in the comfort of INSIDE - that's the way to do it!

Suzann said...

LOVE it!!!! tell Gabe When I come I'm sleeping in his room. LOL

Honorary Indian said...

It looks awesome. It's inspiring me to get moving on that gift Animesh gave me for my 40th....a master bedroom makeover...with a decorator! WHOO HOO!

Can't wait to see the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie. We saw "How to Train a Dragon" today and absolutely loved it...

Happy Spring Break! Wish ours weren't already over!

mep said...

The room is awesome -- so crisp and clean and campout ready! That bed is so cool, and I am mighty envious that your home now has a hot wheel zone!

CaraBee said...

You guys did a fabulous job! Such a fantastic big boy room for Gabe! He's a lucky boy.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Cute cute cute!!!! i can't wait to do the girls' rooms... someday.

Natalie said...

LOVE IT!!!! My friend has those IKEA beds for all three of her boys and swears by them! You did a great job - the closet looks amazing. WOOHOO for you!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire
http://www.mommyonfire.com

debi9kids said...

what an adorable room! That is the same awesome loft bed I keep trying to convince my husband we should buy for my son Keith :)
someday.....

brainella said...

It looks fantastic! Want to come help with my home improvement plans? Well, we have to actually come up with a plan first...and then some ideas, and then...well, nevermind. :-)

Very well done!