Thursday, February 2, 2012

Guest Room Redo with Help

We/I am in the process of fixing up the guest room. By fixing up I mean making it look like a room family and friends would like to stay in and less like the haven for unused items that it was a few weeks ago. I really should have taken a "before picture" but alas its too late for that.

To give you an idea there were around six or eight boxes of clothes plus bouncy seats and baby swings and other gear that made its way to the attice. Three or four boxes that were donated and a decent size pile of t-shirts that turned into rugs. Plus the dust and sheets that needed to be washed. A bit of a mess.

Thinking back maybe its a good thing there isn't a before picture.

We have two little kids and two full time jobs - no judgement please. Plus, now its clean(ish).

In redoing the room I really wanted to include Big Girl. She's six and loves to help. Her favorite tasks around the house are dusting, using the baby vaccume cleaner (if you need a translation its the one for the tile floor) and filling the little compartment in the dishwasher with soap. She also likes art, but that kinda goes without saying if you've been following along for very long.

Back to the guest room. Its a blank canvas. Cream walls, cream carpet. The only thing that is set is that the duvet is an olive/brownish type of dark green and there is a book case and end table that my parents gave me when I was in college and had no furniture. They pretty much go together and at least the book case isn't the most dated piece of furniture in the house.

I kinda wanted to make a headboard, and have some old curtains that were up in the house when we bought it (not at all our style and have been in a box since about day two) that are a nice fabric that could be used for a headboard. Also cream.

So what other colors can I add to the mix? I'm sorting that out now.

In the mean time I decided it was time for an art project. One that could involve an energetic six-year old.

Here goes.

I had two boxes that were exactly the smae size. I cut off the flaps so it was more or less a canvas. Then Big Girl and I covered them with fabric (back to the curtains here - there are four sets of them). Also remembered how much I like a staple gun!


Then we taped them up like so. She was in charge of rolling out the tape and making sure it was pushed down everywhere and painting.



One color. Allowed to work independently. Happy kid.

The final product looks like this. (Can you tell this is a phone picture instead of a regular camera one? I totally think so. I may need an SLR.)



Fun. Pretty easy. All I had to buy was two small bottles of paint on sale 3 for $1 at AC Moore.

Stay tuned for the next project. :)

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