One of the things we’ve been working on here at Pug Hollow has been Nicholas’ bedroom. As he gets older, the Froggy Tales theme that was in there since he was born just seemed to not quite fit him.
In November 2007, we took out the crib and put in a “big boy bed”, so that he’d have a normal bed to sleep in. Actually, it was an antique bed wed had, but it worked out well. It matched some other furniture we had, so all was well. And while it was working, we often thought that we probably needed to find a better solution for him. Something about boys jumping on a 150-year-old bed kind of made both of us shudder.
So the plan turned into two things:
- Paint the room.
- Get a new bed.
Here’s what it looked like after all the furniture was moved out in preparation for painting:
Since we didn’t know what we were going to have when she was pregnant, Froggy Tales seemed to work for either a boy or a girl.
It was very hard for Mom to part with the room, as she’s the sentimental type. I will always remember her walking out of the room while we were moving the furniture out, with tears in her eyes and saying “this is a lot harder than I thought it would be”. It really was a cute room, but not much of a little boy’s room anymore.
I think we took care of that with the new look:
The new bed actually replaced the old bed and three other pieces of furniture – with the drawers and the headboard now a part of the bed, no longer a need for the chest, dresser and night stand that were in the room. The bonus part of the bed (at least to him) is the door on the footboard – which now gives him a secret hideout. Mom said that would be good storage when we first looked at the bed, I told her that the boy would have other plans for that space. That’s just what boys do.
The bookcase was already in there, and we added the 9-bin storage (a very inexpensive yet functional accent). He also had a small basketball rug in the room (to match the basketball pull chain on the ceiling fan), but since he was now playing baseball, he traded those two things for the baseball rug/chain from my office. His choice.
The whiteboard was something I contributed (it was an old one I replaced with a larger one in my office). He’s always wanting to draw on mine, now he’s got his own. He also needs to work on his writing skills, so hopefully this will provide some incentive.
As you may have also noticed, we’ve got a thing for superheros right now. His Aunt Cindy gave him the posters that are now hanging on the walls, and we put the superhero peel and stick additions on the walls.
He’s taken quite well to things, as you can tell. He insisted I take his picture, so I thought I’d put them here.
He was so excited for the makeover, he’d check on me every hour or so while I was painting and tell me to keep doing a great job in his room. Even told his mom to not get in my way, because it was slowing me down. Once the room was painted, he wanted to sleep in it on a sleeping bag, until his new bed arrived (he only had two nights on the floor). That’s dedication.
And when it was all done, I got a big, unsolicited hug from him, telling me “Thank you for my room, Dad.”
Yeah, it was worth it.