Goodbye Guest Room, Hello Separate Sibling Rooms

heywood wakefield niagara encore bedroom bed yellow walls behr rainforest dew bamboo blinds with curtains mid century Hey everybody! I willingly skipped Modernism Week (!) for a relaxing weekend in Santa Cruz with my guy and a good concert instead. I have conflicting loyalties and the songs won out this time. Thanks Grandparents for the break!! We were wondering what other people do on their weekends away because we usually take in a band or two (hello Brian Fallon!), shop foreign craigslists (such a bust this time), play the “could you live here?” game (why you so weird Santa Cruz?), and hunt down good burritos (such a score…I shamelessly ate burritos twice. In the same night. From the same place. Hours apart. Ordered from the same cashier. Wearing the same outfit. Nailing life.)

I was so happy to sleep all night. It’s been a while. We’ve been dealing with some major sleep issues at home for the past few months. So bad that, on a whim, the guest room was demolished last week as we split our kids into their own rooms for the first time in their lives. To summarize, the split bedrooms suck so far. I’ll get into it at the end of this post if you care. To add to the stress, the house is in such disorder from the room swap fallout. But I snapped a few photos of the guest room minutes before things were torn apart. Not one thing has changed since last time, bare bulb and all, but our days of a guestroom are over so I thought it needed a proper send off. Nothing like the feeling of an unfinished project to end things on!heywood wakefield niagara encore bedroom bed yellow walls behr rainforest dew bamboo blinds with curtains mid century

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So now this is a kid room and we’ll never see the likes of this again in this house. I always knew that one day it would be obvious that it was time for separate rooms, and that day was last Wednesday. I’m really sad about it and it’s not my preference. I think western culture places so much emphasis on sleeping alone early on, but it’s not necessary or beneficial – or how I want to parent. Our move was out of necessity. We’ve been dealing with a lot of night time anxiety and one child has constantly been waking the other up so that both were up for hours at a time, a problem we haven’t really had until last month. It was bad. I’ve been a zombie incapable of functioning in society. I’ve been grumpy and mean. With the amount of sleep I’ve been getting, I could have been raising a newborn. But there’s no newborn, only my oldborns who can’t get it together and me who is falling apart. It seemed silly to continue on this way when we had an unused room right there that may alleviate some of the strain.

Almost instantly I regretted it. It’s only been a week so time will tell if this was the right move, but here’s my rundown so far on the separate rooms. My kids have never been the greatest sleepers anyway, as if you couldn’t tell. I’m kind of embarrassed to say how old they are, but then also not because I know we aren’t the only household with 5 and 8 years olds who experience night time troubles. Parents of “bad” sleepers, unite (hang in there and if you are dealing with night time anxiety, this article was really informative/confirmed a lot of my parenting beliefs that parents of “good” sleepers like to blame on bad sleeping)!

Con: General milestone sadness for this mama. I guess my babies aren’t babies anymore and I’m sad about how fast it goes.

Pro: Less waking each other up

Pro: One who never sleeps through the night, slept through the night when there wasn’t a sibling to wake them up. (Very short lived…now he’s sick again and up all night)

Con: But the other one has had more waking ups from the extra scariness of being alone in a room

Con: Getting them into bed is much more difficult separate

Pro: They can have different light settings, which was a previous battle

Con: The guest room turned kid room isn’t as isolated as the other bedroom so kitchen/family room noises now wake one up

Con: The kids are more territorial/possessive now that they have their own space and toys are getting divvied out

Con: Several times they both have been wanting a parent in their room and there is usually only one of us (I try to let our “working” parent sleep on weeknights) but now two rooms.

Con: Two rooms need immediate unplanned furniture/decorating/organizing/etc

Pro: There are two new rooms to decorate, which is so fun apart from a timetable

 

So, that’s where I’m at. Tired and unexpectedly trying to pull together 2 rooms that didn’t even exist on my to-do list last week. Wishing everyone happy house projects until next time!

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Painted Patterned Curtains DIY

Do you ever drip house paint on your clothes and notice that the resulting splatter stays forever, despite your best laundering efforts? Admittedly, my laundry skills are weak. But my wardrobe is seriously starting to morph into that of a house painter who forgets to wear their work clothes to the job site. I decided to turn that knowledge into a positive on this curtain project from the guest roomDIY Painted Printed Curtains Drapes IkeaI had a pair of boring white Ikea curtains from our last house that had no purpose here. I have secret dreams to one day be a textile designer and printer (in screen-printed barkcloth, obviously) so instead of giving these away, I went to town with a paint brush and house paint. I didn’t have any fabric paint lying around in cool colors, but I’m stinkin’ rich in cans of interior wall paint. I mixed up some colors until I found the right shade of bile that I was after.paint jar and brush yellowI drew my design lightly in pencil first and then painted right over it. There are no do-overs in this process so if a painterly aesthetic sounds gross, this maybe isn’t the project for you. As you can see, I got a little Pollock sloppy.painting on fabric curtains house paint abstract patternThis probably goes without saying, but the paint will bleed through the whatever is underneath so don’t do this directly on your rug or hardwood floors! I used cardboard and it was fine.DIY Painted Printed Curtains Drapes IkeaI have washed these and they are colorfast, as predicted. Who needs special fabric paint anyways?DIY Painted Printed Curtains Drapes Ikea patterned abstractThanks for reading!

 

The Guest Room

guest room mid century rainforest dew behr paint encore bed niagara nightstand lamp vintage record cabinet bamboo blinds with curtains bamboo curtain rodLet me introduce you the guest room. It’s not the most daring room, as great guest rooms are. It more kind of came together with all the left over pieces of the house, as most guest rooms are. Considering that, I think it’s pulling it off alright. One day it will become a kid’s room (even though they love sharing a room right now), so things are pretty tame to allow for an easy conversion. Excuse the gross carpet and unpainted baseboards, hopefully they will be gone in a few weeks! The usuals, for us, remain on the to-do list for this room: wood floors, baseboards and lighting. I didn’t take a photo of it, but there is 1 sad, scary light bulb hanging from the ceiling at the moment.
vintage chair mid centuryThis is one of the few non-white rooms in the house. It’s light greenish yellow. The paint color is a favorite from our old house, where I had it everywhere, but I’m not sure about it in California. Rainforest Dew by Behr.photo wallMost of the furniture is parts of two vintage Heywood Wakefield bedroom sets, an Encore and a Niagara. We have zero use for the vanity at the moment and it seriously needs a refinishing, but I have these visions of my daughter using it in a few years so I’m hanging on to it and letting it clog up my furniture flow. And sinking money into reupholstering the stool.heywood wakefield vanity mid century vintage cork lamp stoolI can’t get rid of this 50’s record cabinet even though it doesn’t work. I’ve had it for like 15 years and don’t know what to do with it other than hoard it. Guest room storage.vintage mid century record player cabinet cactus jonathan adler fish plates bamboo trayThis lamp is so cute. I love it. Thrift find. The curtains are painted on Ikea curtains, an ill planned project where most of the print is hidden by furniture, but still fun.mid century green lamp light heywood wakefield niagara encore bedroom setDid you know I majored in the useless study of analog photography in college? Did you know I love shooting old mini golf courses? One good thing to come out of it is that I have endless prints for hanging.
photo wall rainforest dew behr paint colorThis is where the string art on cork ended up.vintage cork string art mid centuryThis old chair has been hanging around for far too long. It should probably be reupholstered and refinished but I don’t love it enough to spend the money or time, nor do I dislike it enough to get rid of. So I put my problems in the guest room and forget about them. Hospitable, I know!
vintage chair mid century fabric nailedI decided to hang the curtains on a long piece of garden bamboo. It made a cheap and easy rod. It is resting on screw-in-wall hooks. guest room mid century heywood wakefield bed lamp vintage record cabinet bamboo blinds with curtains bamboo curtain rod

 

THE BIG TO-DO:

  • Remove curtains
  • Remove ceiling light
  • Remove WALLPAPER!
  • Paint walls and ceiling
  • Paint closet doors and trim
  • Hang blinds
  • Hang curtains
  • Hang string art and photos
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Install wood floors
  • Install baseboards

So there’s that! You better hope I’m back with photos of wood flooring in here by the end of the month, or I may shut the house down in frustration.