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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Boys Room Reveal! Aka 'make the most of what you've got'!

     Last Spring we planned on putting our house on the market, but circumstances in the real estate market being what they are, it wasn't in our best interest financially to move. This has been a wonderful lesson in contentment for our family and has sharpened our faith in what God's best is for us.

     Along the way we decided to make some changes to our home that would have minimal financial impact but maximize the space we already have. The first thing we chose to do was to turn our lower level family/playroom into a fourth bedroom. We have a tri-level so on that lower level is also our third bedroom and a bathroom. Making the family room into another boys room allows all three of our boys to have their own suite. It was as simple as adding a door at the bottom of the steps. Here's how it started out.

     We really liked the gray walls which act as a great neutral so keeping them the same saved us money. Here is the result!

Check out the chalkboard project here

Their gallery wall was created with guitar strings and mini clothes pins

     Our only out-of-pocket expenses were purchasing dressers and the curtain panels to help create a closet area. (these were all purchased from Ikea) The boys call their closet area/reading nook their "workshop" which I love! Brady is 7 and Hudson is 3 and sharing this room has been so good for their relationship. They each have their own areas and special things we included just for them.

     Losing our family room forced us to clean out the basement and make family space down there. We are so thrilled with this project and wish we'd done it sooner!

     When we accept what we have and work with what we've been given we discover things that were right under our nose all along!

     If you would like some help putting your bedrooms together, check out bedroom world website. Here's a link They have a lot of great bedroom options!

     What hidden space has been right in front of you all along?

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