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Boys Room Decor and L-Shaped Loft Bed

We get a lot of requests for more photos and information about the L-Shaped Loft beds we built for the boys.

Here is a rundown of the answers to the most common questions we get.

Cost: under $100 in lumber

Size of Room: 95″ x 121″

Size of bunks:

The loft beds are 116 1/2 (the baseboards account for the 1/2 inch) and 100 3/4 inches long.

Width: 41.5″

From the top of the mattress to the ceiling is 3′

They mattresses are standard size inexpensive twin foam mattress

I wrote about how we built the boys’ L-Shaped Loft Beds back in March in this post. Read through the comments for even more information.

This post talks about the bookcase support and the ladders.

While all this building was going on I decided to tackle the wallpaper border (read even more here) and removing the popcorn ceiling.  Because I am crazy.

At the end of all of the building, scraping, sanding and painting we stained the loft beds, put the room back together and hung up curtains that I made.

That was ten months ago. This is what the room looks like today.

The curtains are no longer hanging on the loft for two reasons, one: the boys were naughty and playing too roughly in their room so I took them down as a punishment and two: the IKEA Deka curtain rod didn’t hold up to the daily abuse use of the curtains by the boys and the weight of the lined curtains I made. The rod became slack over time and didn’t look good. I have plans to put up a solid wood rod in the near(ish) future.

The boys are still using the chalkboard dresser from June 2012. Now there is art hanging above the dresser. The “art” on the bottom row are book jackets from David Shannon books that are favorites of the boys and matched the decor so I hung them in frames that I got for under $3 years ago at Target.

The Bro-Bots print is something that I made for the boys. I thought the chevron back drop for the Bro-Bots was trendy and fun and Tim and the boys thought they were tire tracks, that is what I call a two-fer! You can download the print here for free. 

The under part of the loft is all about encouraging reading. The bookcase, fun moon light, couch and rug with oversized pillows is a book lovers paradise. The boys love hanging out under the loft just as much as they love sleeping up top.

The bookshelf is a mess but keeping things honest, that is what it looks like. When I straighten and “stage” the bookshelf it never lasts long because our boys love books and the love of books is great but rarely neat.

I love how the room turned out. It isn’t exactly like the mood-board I made when I first started the room makeover but it is close and gives the same feel of young boys and brothers that I was going for.

The room makes me happy and the boys love it. I would say that that is a two-fer too! More photos here.


365 Day 26

Challenge: “2pm”

2 pm we were cleaning. At 2pm today the boys were scrubbing the kids’ bathroom clean for the first time while Tim and I were on top of the boys’ l-shaped loft beds changing sheets. Yeah. Read that again. The boys scrubbed the kids’ bathroom. Life is good. It took two hours of cleaning but the boys’ room, Elise’s room and their bathroom are clean. I only stepped on two Legos and I didn’t curse so that, on top of the kids’ clean rooms and bathroom are a total parenting win for me today.

I took a few photos of the boys room when it was all picked up. People have requested to see more photos and info on the L-Shaped Loft beds we DIYed a while back. I will post more photos and more info tonight.

Photography note. The past 10 photos I have posted for the 365 have been shot in manual. They have not been the best but I am starting to wrap my head around ISO and that is an exciting thing for me. I am improving and I have my friend Christine to thank for pushing me to do this 365 photo challenge. So thanks Christine!

De-Popcorning a Ceiling

I did it all by myself because I am crazy, stubborn and awesome. Tim wasn’t on board with this project. He is logical and didn’t see the purpose of taking down the popcorn when the only problem with it was that I didn’t like the way it looked.

Here are some truths about Tim and my marriage. Tim helps around the house (a lot) even though he works 60 plus hours a week outside of the home. Tim will help with whatever I ask him to help with because he is a hard worker and he loves me. I spent years honing my manipulation skills on my little sister. I could totally take advantage of Tim, but I love him and I won’t do that. Not that I don’t love you Beth but Tim and I share a bedroom. We never had to share a bedroom. It is never a good idea to piss off someone you share a room with, just ask my college roommates. The second reason I didn’t ask Tim for help on this one is that I know someday (in the very near future) there will be a project I want done and I will need his help. SO… this project I did all on my own. I did it to bank some Honey Do points that I plan on cashing in on… Oh I don’t know… maybe an entry way makeover?!

So this is how I did the de-popcorning.

I put Elise down for a nap. I covered the room in plastic.

Elise woke up from her nap.

Elise and I picked up Patrick from school and I sat them in front of the TV with a snack. I filled my squirt bottle with water and then proceeded to squirt, wait a few minutes and then scrape. I did this 2 square feet at a time for as long as I could get away with it.

*TIP* wear socks so when you leave the room you can take them off and not have to worry about tracking the muck all over the place.

It took a total of 2 naps and snack movie times to get it all scrapped. The “popcorn” came off pretty easy once it was wet. I held the scraper at an approx. 20 degree angle and just kept scrapping. It was messy, wet, pasty and I can’t believe that people put this stuff on ceilings. Gross.

After the ceiling dried completely (the drywall was never wet wet, just damp) I had to mud all the nicks and dings in the ceiling which happened during another nap/snack time.

The mudding dried for 24 hours and then I sanded during another nap. I wrapped a piece of high grit sandpaper around a 2×4 to make the processes easier. The scrapping was messy but nothing compared to the sanding. The sanding was horrible. I wore a mask and my glasses. Every 5 minutes I would have to take off my glasses and clean them because the film was so thick on my lenses that I couldn’t see. I kept the window open but it still was awful.

When the sanding was done I cleaned all the mess up, vacuumed for the 100th time during this project and then wiped the ceiling with a damp cloth. When Tim came home that night I put up a coat of primer. By then it was weekend and the next morning I was able to put up a coat of paint. Beth came down for the weekend to visit. She played with the kids while Tim and I prepped the room for staining.  By that evening Tim and I were staining the lofts.

Could this have gone faster with help? Absolutely.  It would have been way faster if I could have worked outside of the nap and snack window of time but it doesn’t matter. It is done now. I got a fantastic arm work out in the process and best of all,  I saved all my Honey Do points for another project.

Verdict? The room looks great. The boys loved that the “pricklies are gone!” Even Tim said it looked good.  Will I do every room in the house? I don’t know. I know I would tackle all the bedrooms DIY style but before tackling big areas like the open floor plan of the main floor I would price out what a pro would charge because sometimes paying a pro is worth the price tag just to keep your free time free (Tim taught me that).

more pics of the process here.



Sneak Peek: Boys’ Room

The boys’ room is almost done. The boys have slept in their new beds the past few nights and are loving it.

I still have to get some art back up on the walls, fill the bookshelf and touch up where Tim left some Dark Walnut stain hand prints but other than that, the room is done.