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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.

 

Last Day of Kindergarten

I can NOT believe it is the last day of Kindergarten for our oldest. My goodness. Wasn’t I just worried about whether or not he would ever take his first steps and now here he is writing “Thank you for being my teacher” onto note cards for his two teachers.

 

 

Just like Patrick’s teachers, Michael’s teachers got a note with a Target gift card. With Michael’s teachers I put the note and GC in a bucket from the dollar spot at Target because all year the teachers stressed the importance of  being a “bucket filler” to the kids. Bucket filling comes from this book and it is super cute. Give it a read sometime.

I even found Target GCs with a dog in a bucket. I am thinking that I am pretty clever this morning. Excuse the photography. I was clever but very rushed. No time to mess around with settings and try to get a good shot. The card with the phrase “It takes a big heart to shape little minds” is a printable from Bitsy Creations that I edited a bit in GIMP and made into cards.

 

The irresistibly cute school bus cards are a free printable from Caravan Shoppe. I love them so much that I printed out four and wrote a little note inside for each of Michael’s bus drivers and the aide that rides the bus too.

 

 

 

 

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