Monday, January 23, 2012

Max's room transformation

Last year we initiated the big "room switch" between Max and Elle.

They had been begging for years and finally we gave in.

So one week when Dave was in China we worked our little hearts out changing this:
to this:
(Yeah, it needed a bunch more work, but believe me, that was a lot for one week with all the stuff we switched around.)

Over the course of the last year it has finally come to look like this:If our kids ever wonder who our favorite son is, all they need to do is go look in there and see that larger-than-life picture of their brother. Wow, that turned out a little bigger than we had anticipated but we love it.

Oh what is that you say? We only have one son? Well, he's definitely our favorite :)

Ok, so here are some pictures of the process:
We bought a new dresser and nightstand at IKEA.

Now, IKEA sounds like a great idea when you look at a picture on the internet and check out the prices. It even sounds good when you see that piece of furniture live all put together like it's easy-peasy in front of you in that giant-maze-of-a-showroom.

But when you get home and take out all the pieces you think you should probably just go ahead and kick yourself.

...until it turns into a giant project with your kids helping...particularly that one who is going to use the furniture.
You think that they may not be able to follow those tricky instructions, but then you realize that really, they are smarter and more crafty than you had given them credit for.


We assembled the bed together as well. Bonding times.

I don't have a picture of the finished dresser but you can see part of it in that first finished-product picture. Here's the finished nightstand:I love that he has a drawer for each thing...school textbooks, spiritual (scriptures and seminary) stuff, electronics, etc.

Let's talk about where we got some of this stuff because I know people will ask and this will save some time answering.

That first huge mural of a wave up there in those top pictures was from IKEA...but it wasn't quite what we were going for, so we returned it. (We envisioned a humongous picture of Max instead ;)

We got that comforter cover at West Elm. I really love that store. We got his bed frame and headboard from there as well.
And the lamp is from Target.

The pillows, box shelf things on the wall on the left and plants are from IKEA.
This string-hanging-thing we hung all his fav. flags on is from IKEA too:
(More college brainwashing going on :)

This is is view from on his bed:
Those are all his trophies lined up there...the girls and I put them up there as a joke cause we didn't know if we should keep them or throw them away but he likes them there so there they sit, gathering dust.

That green rug is from IKEA too...just something to add a little extra texture. (lots of these ideas came from my good friend Denise...love her)

And last but not least, here's his bathroom with a picture of the place our ancestors came from that my mom and I bought in Denmark to give it a little extra color. (And hey, gotta love the sentimental stuff.)
Oh, and the paint color is "Foggy Day" from Dunn Edwards...made a little darker in the bathroom than in the bedroom.

So there we go...finished Max/guest room.
I'm sure the guests love that humongous picture of that handsome boy too :)
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