At the end of last year just when I felt like our lives couldn’t get busier (or messier) we decided to start a building and renovation project, cause YOLO!
We moved into our cute little home in 2010, with no children and more space than we knew what to do with. Fast Forward to 8 extra little feet, our growing family needed more room.
The plan was to build on 2 extra rooms, giving each child their own space. But of course plans changed along the way and the project grew and grew and eventually it included a kitchen revamp, but more on that later 🙂
The project finished just before lock down (yay for perfect timing) and I’ve been using the last few months to plan and dream in our new space. First on my list was Ethan’s Bedroom. Our kids have always shared bedrooms and this would be the first time that he had a room to himself. We already had the curtains and bed, so the colour palette was determined by that. Also, the rest of the house is white and grey with black accents so this accent colour definitely compliments it. With all that in mind and a budget of R2000 (thanks to the sale of an old dining room table ) I finally pulled off this big boy room for our very precious boy.
I wanted to create a special space for him and it needed to include 4 important aspects:
- It needed to represent Ethan (soon to be 8 years old) and allow him to have a safe and calm space to be creative and quiet. He needed an area where he could draw – probably his greatest passion.
I fell in love with the Luca desk (R1199) and chair (R469) from Decofurn. I used an old cutlery tray to organise his drawer and it works like a charm. I always make sure he has a collection of sharpened pencils, ready to create a masterpiece. Watch him draw here: https://youtu.be/_Twe30INK7Q
- It needed to encourage reading. Ethan doesn’t need too much encouragement when it comes to reading as it is something he enjoys doing, but I have found that displaying books this way encourages reading even more. Changing out the books every few weeks is also a great way to keep them interested. This is what he is reading at the moment. We especially love the Bedtime Bible stories from SCM. His bed doubles as his reading “corner” so I decided to turn it into a cool feature wall and added a big comfy cushion. And since he really is a “Super Kid”, it completes the look perfectly.
- He needed a space to build and Play. And that included a storage solution that would work for his LEGO. This 3 drawer Storage unit works so well. He can wheel it into a corner when done playing. All that was left to add was a large rug…
- Finally, It needed to have plenty shelves where he could display all his favourite toys and treasures. My boy LOVES collecting all sorts and it brings him much joy to keep and display those things. I repainted and repurposed the shelves we had.
I was able to repurpose things from around our home and went over budget by R106,99. Not bad, I think. My boy is all smiles and super proud of his room – and that makes it worth it.
Hope you enjoyed this post! That’s 1 room down and three to go! I can’t wait to share the rest with you.