Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Boys' Room

I thought it really wasn't that long ago that we finished Lila's room and maybe we weren't as slow as I thought. But I was wrong. We finished Lila's room last October! A full eight months ago. At least we've lived in this house longer than six months with no plan to move in sight. We have been working on their room for a while--we painted a few months ago and hung most of the decoration shortly thereafter--the last few details just took longer than planned. And by longer than planned I mean they only took half of one day but they took longer than planned for us to actually getting around to doing them. But we've finally done it! Also, I know the room could be neater and perhaps a little more styled--but I also knew that if I waited until the room was spotless I'd never get pictures. I take what I can get.

Welcome to Reed and Asher's room!

That giant ruler was one of those finishing details that took us a long time to finally buckle down and do. And thanks to the help of my sister and her cricut, it was super easy. Now, if you'll kindly turn to your left, you'll see...
...two people hiding at different places in the photo. Can you spot them above? The boys love their bunks. Currently, Reed sleeps on the top bunk and Asher the bottom--but they do switch for weeks at a time. And it's not surprising when they decide to sleep in the same bed.

The boys climbed up to the top bunk in order to get better pictures of the room. Because if I was taking pictures, they wanted to be taking pictures, too. Also, it was June when we took these photos. Which explains the long sleeves and beanie.

We thought it would be fun to create some of our own paintings for the boys' room, so one day we pulled out the extra paint from their room and some canvases and went to town. Artists from L to R: Ryan, Reed, Megan, Asher. The painting was a lot of fun and the boys liked hanging up our artwork in their room. They do tend to both kick or roll into the wall as they fall asleep (they're a little crazy), so those paintings are always crooked. Still fun.

To the left of the beds is a little art area. The boys spend a lot of time here and, though it looks a mess, I can assure you that this is "clean" compared to the usual scattering of papers, crayons, small scraps, and other random j that usually coats the tables and floor. Also, don't worry about the hammer on the ground. Totally safe.

While the boys color, they can be inspired by the patent drawings above their desk. The top left picture is a cotton gin. We chose it because it's just cool. The top right picture is actually a patent of a piece designed by Ryan's dad! His name is on it and everything. Super cool. The bottom left is a slinky, and the bottom right is k'nex. The k'nex were a no-brainer--they are easily the boys' favorite toy.

Just to the left of the table is a giant magnet board for the boys to display their artwork. It usually has various pictures on it, but at the photo taking time it only had magnets they've made.

Pivoting to the right, you'll see the toy storage wall. Geesh we have a lot of toys. These containers are kind of fun, though, because they've been in my parents' possession for over 20 years and have been at least five colors. We used them in Reed's previous two rooms in blue. Now they're gray and yellow. Quite the life cycle. That door in the picture is the boys' closet.

If you turn again you'll find the wall housing the books and TV. I must say, I was quite hesitant to put a TV in the boys' room. It's only there because it had a space at our old house and no place at our new house--so we gave it to them. It's not hooked up to cable, though, so they can only use it for movies (which I have to help with). It's actually turned out to be kind of fun, because sometimes we'll watch a movie in their room and it's extra special.

We wanted to have a picture of the temple in their room and were planning on using a beautiful picture of the St. George Temple that my sister-in-law took. But then we decided that it would be cool for the boys to have a picture of the Las Vegas temple in their room, since it's now "our" temple. We made a special family trip to the temple grounds one Sunday afternoon to take photos and have a picnic. The boys knew we were taking a picture in their room and they are pretty pumped to have the photo now hanging in their room.

The final wall houses their toy box, a collage, and a few photobombers. The toy box was a lucky, lucky find at a garage sale--$8 I think for solid wood and solid workmanship. We stained it to match their furniture.

Also, girlfriend lately can't get enough of the camera. She is turning into a little cheeser and followed me around the entire time I was taking photos.

 Ryan came up with the idea to hang the tools on the wall. They're held in place with nails and a little putty. He also built that pentagonal magnet board out of rain gutters!

This beaut was my brain child. It required a LOT of super glue.

And there you have it! A room for our boys.


Ashleigh Cramer said...

I love how this turned out!

Mandi Rolfe said...

Their room turned out so good! I love everything about it!! Props to you and Ryan. Great work.