Since I finished Caroline’s bedroom, I didn’t feel like I could leave Nate and Madeleine’s bedroom undone. Really, it just needed a couple of things and some fine tuning.
We had the beds as bunks, but just as Rob was hanging the last thing up, we decided that we needed to separate them. Caroline was just too rambunctious trying to scramble up the sides (after we took off the ladder to thwart her) and running across the top bed without any brakes.
I made some curtains. Isn’t this fabric fabulous?! I needed something that works for boy/girl and that went along with their blankets and other things we already had in the room. They keep the room a much more comfortable temperature and block morning light so they can sleep longer when they need to. They will move into Nate’s room later on.
I made their blankets a few years ago. They actually are looking worn, but will change those in a year or so anyway when the kids switch rooms. I did replace the sheets, pillow cases, and mattress pads. I’m in love with Walmart’s $5 twin sheet separates. However, I did pass by the Walmart mattress pads. I bought those last time and they were junk. This time I got them from Ikea for $2 more each and I like them much, much better. The blankets at the end of their beds were made by their Grandma Snow when they were each born.
The world map on the wall is my favorite thing. Rob bought this for me a long time ago and Nate has kind of claimed it for himself. He is always studying it, much to my pleasure.
The names are just painted wood letters I did for each of them when they were born.
I love the schoolhouse feel with the map and the clock above the door. The clock is there to always remind Nate not to leave his bed before 7am. He is still such a morning bug and wakes up the whole house. But most mornings he ignores the time and I get annoyed.
The nightstand came from my room. When we changed the beds, we swapped it with a bookshelf. The lamp was bought years ago as a desk lamp but it works perfectly in this spot…if only it worked. I looked at multiple stores for the correct bulb and finally found a two-pack for $8 for a teeny, tiny light bulb. It didn’t even work! So maybe it’s the lamp…but it looks so great…
These are some of their books. They are both big readers and love it when I send them to bed early so they have time to read in bed. I do too!!
The picture above Nate’s bed is his award-winning shot from last year’s school Reflections contest. He is proud to have it framed.
I finally got around to hanging a picture of Jesus in their room. This has needed to be done forever but it’s just one of those things that never got done. I already had a frame and looked amongst our bookshelves for a picture book of Christ we inherited in a box of random books that was given to us. The kids helped me choose this picture of Christ with a little boy and little girl.
Oh, the banner. Obviously I needed something on this wall now that the bunk beds weren’t taking up that space. I didn’t really feel like spending more money so I had the idea to make a banner out of the left over drapery fabric. I also already had the rope. Add a little hot glue and some cute thumbtacks from Target and you’ve got yourself a wall hanging for practically free
Madeleine was really, really excited about this stuffed animal hanger. She loves her animals and now they have a proper home. Poor girl had to wait a few weeks for us to get around to hanging it up, though. But it was $5 well spent.
I forgot to take a picture of the lego table. It used to be a train table but Nate has long grown out of that. Now it is a perfect landing spot for all his Star Wars space ships.
They have a few toys in the nightstand drawers (which are hard to open) and there are a few small bins under each bed for toy storage but most of their toys are downstairs. There just isn’t any room in here for a whole lotta play.
Madeleine actually also has a Minnie Mouse chair and a play vanity that I took out of the room for pictures. But they’re usually shoved up at the end of her bed.
Now, if only it looked this put together half the time. Even 30% of the time. 20%? Ok, I’d take 5%. And don’t look in their closet…