Another Monday. It was a tough one to get up for, but since the kids + hubby were home and I had a few meetings to get ready for, it was a must to roll out of bed after 3 snoozes. I hope you also had a great weekend! I definitely got my DIY-on with a few new projects (one I shared a peak of on IG) + I started some painting in the kids room. And that’s the space that I’m going to share more about today.
As I mentioned last week, our family is welcoming baby #3 in mid-June and since our house has 3 bedroom and 5 people, some sharing of spaces is going to need to happen. The hubby + I already share a space (obviously), but the kids right now each have their own rooms (you’ve seen them here & here), but after much thought, when the baby arrives they are going to share a room.
It took me quite a long time to make the decision so ALL would be comfortable + happy (which is not always easy & sometimes never seems possible). 2 kids. Boy + Girl. 7 & 4. Sharing one space… Not So Easy!
So here’s the plan. Little lady’s room will stay as is (whether it’s a boy or girl) with a double bed and we’ll bring in a crib. But this doesn’t have to be day one. Then both kids will be in, what is currently, my boys room, but the entire space will be revamped. Here’s the design for the space…
sources: ikea miche desk, ikea jules swivel chair, cutting edge birch stencil, land of nod pink shelf (and blue), serena and lily red/pink quilt (and blue/green), serena and lily pink sheet set (and blue), land of nod metal bookshelf + honeycomb wall shelves, ikea honeycomb rug + sheepskin, land of nod acrylic book cart, land of nod ABC pillow + flower pillow, ikea black + white pillow
Wouldn’t you love a room like that? I sure would!
I feel I will definitely be able to achieve a direction for the new room that reflects both of their likes and styles. As with any space, especially kids rooms, it’s important to have a neutral (in theme, not color), non-descript base with layers of elements that reflect them. A space designed in this way will surely take them a lot longer through the years than an all-princess or all-batman room. After a while, they will eventually get tired of it, and once again you (the parents) are repainting and buying new. For this room, I see it being this way for many years, whether the kids continue sharing the space or we have to do some shifts again.
I’ll be sharing more ideas + thoughts later this week on how to create a stylish space for multiple kids, whether 2, 3 or even 4.
In the meantime, as I said I would for the year ahead, here is my progress (so far) for the space. Remember you are dealing with a prego girl who isn’t quite fast as she used to be…
My boys room was one of the only rooms in the house who’s mouldings did not get painted from wood to white, so that is what I got busy with this past weekend.
The entire room will be repainted a new color, so it was great to be able to paint the mouldings without worrying about the wall color. Plus it is a lot easier to paint mouldings THEN the wall. You can “cut in” with the brush a lot easier. Read all about going from wood to white mouldings here.
Moving the furniture also allowed me to do a little cleaning and you never know what you will find in a 7 year old boys room (or any boys room for that matter…). It certainly got worse before it got better.
But after 1 coat of primer (Zinsser 123) + 2 coats of paint (Valspar Ultra Latex with zero VOCs in snowfall white by Benjamin Moore), the mouldings were done. It’s not the fastest or most rewarding DIY painting project, but the before and after (once the paint is up to) is worth it!
And then about a day later, the room looked somewhat back to normal again (for the moment).
So that’s where I’m at with the space. It’s taking shape slowly but surely. Some of the furniture will be staying, other pieces will be going. And of course, I will keep you posted every step along the way. Also check back later this week if you’re in need of ideas and suggestions for shared kids spaces. In the meantime, I better get back to painting…
Do you have children that share one space? Has it been a success or a nightmare? What ideas do you have to achieving a successful kids room that they can grow in for years to come?