Max’s Room – Almost Finished and a Sneak-Peak at Emme’s Room

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Max has been sleeping in his own room for about a week now.  If you’re having trouble getting your toddler to sleep alone in his or her own room, all you have to do is…..actually, I have no idea…Bryan has been sleeping with him every night.  Sorry if I gave you a little glimmer of hope that you may ever be able to sleep alone with your spouse in the next decade.

I’ve actually been feeling a little bit of mommy overload lately….and am severely in need of some alone time.  Even taking a 10 minute shower without Emme screaming or Max pounding on the door sounds like a day at the spa to me.  Emme’s nickname since birth has been “screech owl” because when she’s mad, she doesn’t scream, holler, cry…she screeches – shrieks.

 Between Emme’s screeching and my constant “no”s to Max’s death-defying stunts or attacks on his sister — I imagine the neighbors have considered putting children services on speed dial at least a couple times.

Enough venting…I know how blessed and lucky I am, it’s just been a rough couple days.  On to Max’s room…if you’ll remember Part 1 of his room redo –

There’s the before picture….It’s been a while since I’ve seen those pretty curtains….oh, how I miss them.

 I’ve since added a bed:

It’s all about taking baby steps.  Still not a fan of the blue carpet that’s throughout most of our house…not even a little bit, and it’s going to be a while before it changes.

I bought this chest of drawers before Max was born to use as a changing table (we’re tall people).  It was stained a lovely orange color…so I primed it, painted it black and then white before distressing it.  I wanted to get new knobs, but I was about 9 mos pregnant, so I just used the original hardware, which I painted black and dry brushed with some white. The drawers are very temperamental, so it may be getting the boot soon.

We’re planning to add some more toy storage, and I want to get a different lamp than the one that’s on the chest.  There’s no overhead lighting, so until we have that done, we are in short supply of lamps around here. I want to paint the step stool beside his bed.  I’m also planning to put some pictures on the walls from our trips to the zoo…after cars, animals are a fave around here (except for Scarlet, the black pug, Max enjoys tormenting her to no end)

Now, onto a peak at Emme’s room….at this rate, she’ll be going to college before I finish it…remember, baby steps.

Here’s my original inspiration and here are some of the details I’ve almost finished:

I don’t sew…so I did this using hot glue, which I’m learning might rival duct tape for its vast number of uses.  Of course, more to come on her room….I know you’ll lose sleep in anticipation of this!

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Max’s Big Boy Bedroom – Part 1

My goal is to have Max in his own room sometime before he enters high school.  At the rate his room redo is going….I may need to up that to college.  He’s outgrown the crib– though our babies were born at a” normal” size (Max 7.7lbs and Emme 8.7lbs) – they quickly zoomed up the growth charts and are both in the 97%+ percentile for height and weight.   So….needless to say, Max just skipped over the toddler bed (bummer, because IKEA has some really cute ones!) and we’re putting him in a full-sized bed.

His new room is the only one in the house (THANK GOODNESS!) that has (or, had) wallpaper, and I dreaded removing it.  I thought we’d surely have to re-drywall.  Fortunately, the previous owners painted with semi-gloss paint before they papered, so removing it only took a day.  Still, not something I want to do again in the near future.  This experience has also made me rethink my plan to paper my dining room. 

Just starting to strip wallpaper
 Unfortunately, the shiny, burgundy, puffy curtains (stuffed with plastic grocery bags for extra “puff”) do not fit in with the overall “look” that I’m going for….hopefully, I can find another place to use them (like in my fireplace).  The blue carpet will also be leaving us one day…the sooner, the better.
 
 
Max “helping” me strip wall paper
 

Mid-strip....a lot of the backing had to be removed with water and a putty knife.

 Once I finished with the paper-removal, I washed the walls down twice with hot soapy water.   The 2 walls you can’t see are painted navy blue with just the border around the top.  Between the navy paint, the dark wood and any wall paper glue remnants, I decided I’d have to prime the walls.   (I am very impatient and tend to cut corners when possible…bad me) 
 
So now the fun part finally begins.
Max loves cars, trucks, anything on wheels.  He loves the Cars movie, but I’m not huge on character stuff – so while I still have some control over things, I decided on a general car theme.
 
 I started with these decals from Roommates:
 
 
And then this quilt from Target:
I don’t believe that Target is making  this line any longer, it’s currently on clearance at my local Target – I think I paid about $50 for the quilt and 2 shams.  I found that the Roommates decals I liked were also sold at Target….so yippee for easy shopping!!  They also had a line of decals available that went with this design, which were also on clearance. 
 
So, I painted the room a lighter shade of the blue in the quilt…
Already much better than the “before.”
 
The next step was adding the “road” border.  The Target decals came with some road pieces, so I used a level and the “road curve” from the Target set.  It just so happened that the level I used was almost the same width as the curved road decal (approx 2″ wide).  Basically, I used the level for all horizontal and vertical roads, and for all curves, circles, I traced the curved road decal. 
The decal I traced is on the left, and I traced both sides of the level for the straight parts of the “road”.
 
Since I painted the walls with a satin finish, I chose to do the road in a matte finish  –  I just mixed some white and black paint to make a light gray color.  I had planned to tape off the edges of the road to make the edges sharp, but being my impatient self, I just took a 1″ brush and went to it.  It probably would have been a little easier in the corners and curves to use a smaller brush, but I didn’t feel like looking for one in our mess of unpacked boxes.
 

Bed "headboard" - before painting road dashes

 Bryan and I couldn’t find a headboard that we liked that we also felt wasn’t dangerous or could be used a climbing apparatus…so I decided to paint one on the wall.  Obviously (and hopefully it looks like), Max’s name. 
 
Once I finished painting the road, I did the dashes.  I thought and thought about a consistent way of doing this that wouldn’t take weeks…I even bought yellow duct tape with the thought of  cutting dashes and sticking them onto the wall…but I was worried they would peel off and Emme would try to eat them.  I tried tracing over the decal, but that also was very time-consuming and didn’t really work.  Finally, at around 10pm, I decided to just go for it and freehand.  I practiced a couple different strokes trying to find one I could easily repeat, then wiped off with a wet rag and started with my chosen “method”.  The dashes aren’t perfect by any means…but it only took about 45 mins to do it this way, and I thought the imperfection gave it a more “cartoonish” look.

"Road" with dashes

 
Then I added the decals.  The instructions say to allow the paint to cure for several weeks before applying the decals….but that didn’t really work with my schedule, so again, I went for it and started sticking….this was fun!!
 
 

Closet doors

 

Max "headboard"

 
 
 
 
So, the walls are done.  Now I need to add all of the finishing touches (like a bed would be nice)….and I’ll post the results as soon as I can.
 Any fun kid room projects in your future?  Please share ! (I still have a girl’s room to do!!)
 
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Home, tooth, snake…oh my!

FINALLY – we are connected to the outside world again.  I thought this day might never come.  Apparently, September is a very popular moving time…which makes sense….but still doesn’t make waiting for cable and internet for over a week any easier!

We had a snake visitor our 3rd night in the house…hiding behind the piano.  Luckily, Bryan isn’t afraid of snakes (like he is bats) and was able to scare it out of the house.  It was a baby water snake…but still not a welcome visitor. 

Emme’s first tooth (bottom left) peeked through a day after her 10-month birthday (September 7th).  She also started crawling in the last week (right now she is unfolding all of my clean newly folded laundry)…she uses a knee/foot method. 

Anyway, we are in the new house and Max’s room is almost finished…I’m going to do a whole post about it and how I did everything…once it’s done.  Next up will be Emme’s bedroom….and then…dun dun duuuuuuun…the retro-esque kitchen!

I need to save what’s left of my laundry from the clutches of my now-mobile 10-month old…so that’s all for now.  I have a lot of catching up to do!!