The girls got a little extreme makeover, bedroom edition this weekend. As you may recall, we knew the time would come for us to switch the girls into a room together so Jacob could have our one and only crib.
Unfortunately, the transition was not going so smoothly. Most nights would end with a two hour screaming session from Mya, (no lie) culminating in screams to go in “her” crib.
In an effort so save both our sanity and our limited sleep time, Ben came up with the genius idea to convert the storage/attic space into a super awesome play loft and reading nook for the girls as a bribe to convince them to share a room.
I am so jealous I didn’t think of it. And even more jealous that I don’t have one.
So here’s what we started with:
Behind that door lay a small crawl through attic space, perfectly sized for two little girls to play and lounge in. Taking pity on his pregnant wife, Ben did all the work, cleaning it out, applying a fresh coat of paint, and laying down a laminate floor from the leftovers we had in the basement.
I let the girls go to town with some wall stickers and we moved their bed so they could 1) crawl up into the loft and 2) have a cushion for when someone inevitably falls or jumps out of it.
And the finished product looked something like this:
The girls love their new play space. They call it their “treehouse” and immediately moved their beanbags, blankets and a big ol’ pile of books in there. It’s like music to my ears to hear my girls in there, reading books out loud to each other.
Ben also was a busy man in the closet area. I was majorly stressed out about combining the closets of two little ladies who have had years of hand-me-downs resulting in a wardrobe more extensive than Kate Middleton’s. Ada has also developed the lovely skill of being able to dress herself, and I didn’t want to lose that by adding more stuff in her closet.
Custom open built-ins in the middle, perfect for small hands, along with a second, lowered clothes rack for hanging clothes on each side. Love!
And we did some rearranging…
And what girl’s room would be complete without a vanity? Again, I am jealous. I’ve always wanted a vanity.
And last, but not least, my one and only addition to the room. We had an old side table that I was going to pitch, but then in an attempt to be one of the cool kids on Pinterest, decided to turn it into a chalkboard table. A little spray paint on the legs and two coats of chalkboard paint later, I had this mess-creating monstrosity:
The best part of the extreme makeover, preschool edition?
It did its job. Both girls have successfully been sleeping (and playing) together for the past three days.
The worst part about the makeover, discovered the hard way this morning?
A potty-training toddler and the privacy of a small, out-of-reach from mom hideout.