Monday, August 23, 2010

bedroom re-do, part one: prep!

The countdown has begun:
5 days until I begin!
Andrew will be spending this upcoming weekend with his dad, so Saturday morning begins the crazy HGTV-style redesign! Part one has been deciding what exactly is on my to-do list. Errands, paint, wall decals... I need to compile all of my items before Saturday so I am one hundred percent ready to go.
Picnik collage
Ideas have been swirling in my head and I have gathered lots of inspirational photos for this project!
Here are my main goals:
1. Organization: like the photos above, I need everything to have a place. So key in any child's room, especially my cluttered pack-rat six-year old. :) Furniture needs to have a purpose and function, along with being attractive.
2. A Fantastic Desk Area: Andrew is a crafty kid. He likes to draw, create, and have a space to spread his things out. And with being in first grade now, having more and more homework to work on, his desk area needs to be wonderfully functional and it needs to be a focal point in the room.
3. Modern, Boyish, Yet Whimsical Decor Theme: Andrew is not a toddler anymore, so some things have to go. He needs a room that transitions into a "kid's space" but also including some whimsical childhood details.
4. Streamlined Color Scheme: Navy and Red. That's it. Right now it is a mish-mash of colors and it's driving me crazy. :)

Picnik collage
Ikea has been a lifesaver. I love how modern and cute everything is, and for so cheap. I bought Andrew sheets for $5!! Ikea rocks.

A girl on a budget + Ikea = serious love. :)

Above are some of the pieces I have picked out so far for the room. Just quick sneak peak, but don't fret- I'll have everything completely itemized after it's done. Links, where to get what, etc. Total organization- I've turned over a new leaf, people! :)

I am fairly sure I've got most of what I need, but here are a few dilemmas you might be able to help me with:

1. He's got a bright yellow plastic Ikea desk chair that is driving me crazy. Has anyone used that plastic spray paint?? I am hesitant to try it out, but I might need to do something. Paint it white? Paint it red? Help, please. :) It was cheap, but I hate to spend any more money than I have to, so I am trying to repurpose what I can.
2. A dust ruffle is needed. I can't find one at Ikea {bummer!} and I can't find one at Walmart that I like. I am looking for an inexpensive, regular ruffled dust ruffle like this one that I can embellish with some navy trim. I found one online that is a wrap-around style, but am nervous to order it. Any ideas??

Now it's off to sew some simple curtains for the room {fabric from Ikea!- woo!} and organize a few more things. I am so excited. Check back in for more room updates!
And PS.
I am so surprised I've kept this whole deal a secret as well.
He is going to flip when he sees this room. :)
Happy Monday, friends!


Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

have you tried target for the dust ruffle? i'd try there. when in doubt go to target. :)
i can't wait to see the finished room and i think it's so fun that your going to surprise him.

sandandstarfish said...

I so envy you that you can go to ikea. the nearest one is 6 hours away. boooo! I can't wait to see how your room turns out! I'm super excited for you!


Love the inspiration photos. Can't wait to see the finished room.

emily sparks said...

Now you've got me wanting to organize! I love ikea with all my heart and I def got my daughters sheets for 5 dollars there.

{Erica} said...

can't wait to see the end result. We have that table/desk in the girls room . two up against the wall...we love it and they were super cheap too!

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