I love our home. It’s very “us,” and is extremely cozy. While it’s almost perfect for us, it could use one more bedroom.
We have three kiddos; a 14 year old daughter, a 10 year old son, and an 8 year old daughter, and a three bedroom home, that belongs to the church we work for.
When we decided about a year and a half ago that our oldest (who was approaching her teen years) needed her own space, we decided that it made sense to room the two youngest together anyways, since they are so close in age, and have a pretty tight relationship. I’m not sure how long we’ll be able to keep them together, but we’ll rock it until we can rock it no longer!
The question became: How the heck do we create a coed bedroom that both kids will love?
Now, you know me, and you know I ROLL CHEAP! I wanted both bedrooms to be fun for all the kids, and practical, but on like a $20 budget. (Not really, but close!)
If you know me well enough to know that I roll cheap, then you also know that I’m weird. My decorating style: eclectic.
Putting the two littles into one room meant merging their toys in a way that our son wouldn’t be embarrassed to have friends over (can you say Barbie overload?). I had the perfect idea: Lockers. But uh, hello EXPENSIVE! One quick text to my mom, who works for a school system, took care of that issue. It went something like this:
Me: So, I don’t suppose the school has any old lockers sitting in storage somewhere that they want to get rid of, do they?
Mom: You know, I think they do. I’ll find out and let you know. . . . . . . . . . . .
Mom: I found some lockers! They’re yours if you want them!
Me: (something in all caps with lots of exclamation points)
A week later, I made the three hour trip to my mom’s to pick up the green lockers, that also happened to be from my old high school. Um, how cool is that?!
Commence room-switching-purging-painting-deco week!
Let me warn you: the lockers were a BEAST to move. My hubby is no scrawny guy, and he and a friend struggled to move these babies! But hello, WORTH IT!
Once I got them into the space, they needed to be cleaned a bit more, and I ended up painting the interior of several. Remember when I mentioned how cool it was that they used to be in my old high school? Yeah, well, that’s also the reason they needed to be painted inside. High School. Lockers. Teenagers. Yep, you get it.
These ended up being a perfect fit for their toys.
We had to end up breaking the locking mechanism off of the insides of each locker, so that they could actually be opened. This was one of those afterthought moments… ooops. It caused the lockers to swing open, however. A package of strong, black circular magnets did the trick (the doors stay closed due with one magnet at each enclosure).
The kids love the lockers! They love hanging artwork on the outside, and playing “school.” Practical and fun!
Here are a few more photos from their coed room:
For the teenager, we wanted to do something inspiring, fun, and a bit more grown up than she’d had.
After she found quotes and prints that she loved, we printed them out and chose to attach them to the wall without frames. We used glue dots, which don’t chip the paint, yet hold well.
The lights were a fun touch, and were at the top of her “must have” list.
I loved the color pallet that she chose… it was fun and yet simple. Using coordinating scrapbook paper, we made a banner that hung above her bed.
The clearance aisle at Target was good to me, and I was able to find several hanging lanterns in her color pallet for close to nothing. I bought a couple packages of tissue paper and made extra hanging flowers to create the corner piece. A few circle punches of the extra scrapbook paper, hot glue, and twine added an extra bit of whimsy.
Clearance curtains, and a few changes to small furniture with sample-sized paint from Lowe’s helped bring everything together.
Since she was starting to experiment with makeup a bit, a mirrored area was a must. I found the coolest vintage school desk at a thrift store that was perfect for this space! I found some cute fabric and recovered the seat pillow from my grandma’s old vanity chair and it was the perfect addition to her new makeup space.
She was elated with her new room… and this momma was pretty pleased, too, because pleasing a teenager…. YEAH.
It was a long week of purging, painting, bargain hunting, shifting, and decorating, but so worth it.
Two rooms + one spring break + creativity + bargain hunting + quite a bit of work = three happy kids!
Until the next project…..