We have a tradition of working on our house in the new year. With the kids’ numerous activities throughout the year, it works out that January and February are relatively quiet months, especially on the weekends. (I say “relatively” because we still have ballet, indoor soccer, school basketball, and so on.)
Two years ago, we renovated Nick’s room in the first two months of the year. This year, we’re taking on the girls’ room.
We got started weekend before last by unloading the room. That turned out to be a bit of an adventure, since the girls own a massive amount of clothing. Massive. We sent six bins of clothes into temporary storage in the attic, gave away several more bins’ worth, and kept a small amount accessible for each of them. Knick knacks and other items took up another five bins.
As we were cleaning out, the room looked like this:
The outgoing theme was roughly based on princesses. We had an appropriately frilly light fixture:
And Chelsea had done some beautiful painted designs on the walls:
All of this will go away in the new scheme, which will be Asian themed. We are installing new lighting, re-painting the walls and ceiling, doing some refinishing on the floor, and creating a hair and makeup area for the girls to get ready in the morning. One of the things we’re most excited about is that we’ll be doing a metallic gold ceiling – an idea we first saw many years ago in a room that Chelsea’s stepmother had designed. We’ve been waiting a while to steal it!
Now that we’ve got the room nice and empty, our next steps will be to make some repairs to plaster cracks on the walls and ceiling, touch up a few spots on the hardwood floor, and prime the walls and ceiling in preparation for paint. We haven’t chosen paint colors yet, but Maria is making a quilt for her bed, and the paint colors will match the fabric.