Nighttime Life

Hey everybody! After sharing my son’s room recently, I thought I’d give a quick peek into what our nighttimes look like around here. They center around my daughter’s room, where my son has landed on a mattress on her floor. It’s a little dumpy and unofficial, I know, but I’m just so thankful they are happily sleeping in the same room again and I will take what I can get because siblings sharing rooms is one of the sweetest things ever…though I wish we could have all been saved the hassle of dismantling and creating rooms and stuck with what we had before, kids, but I know parenting is never an easy or straightforward path!

It makes my heart happy to see my kids bond and to take comfort in each other’s presence. And though it’s sometimes aggravating being on the parent side of this, I even love hearing their whispered conversations after lights out. Some of my favorite memories revolve around goofing off with my sister when we were supposed to be sleeping. The good of our current situation: bonding, making memories, sleeping better than when alone. The bad of our situation: we’ve created a bit of gray area in room ownership that occasionally leads to disagreements. Shared at night but separate during the day, as my son’s actual stuff besides the bed he sleeps in are in his room, can make for some confusing boundaries of what’s mine, yours and ours.
Since the last time I shared this room, the bed has been rotated to allow for more usable floor space (though floor mattress wasn’t what I had in mind), a black Acapulco chair moved in, and these black dot sheets are blowing my mind…and my dog obsessed daughter’s, who is certain they are Dalmatian spots. Oh, and then there’s that giant mattress on the floor that has been in the get-rid-of-pile and then days later brought back in more times than I ever wish to admit. But otherwise, same….For right now, this is working for us. Mattress on the floor is not my styled out ideal, but they sleep and the house isn’t a total mess so we’re doing alright! If I could only figure out how to stretch wake up time to 1 hour later, we’d be in great shape…

We are in the middle of some big summer projects around our home and have a list of small ones too. I know we won’t get to everything, we never do. But the attempt includes landscaping our entire giant front yard with our own four weak hands, hanging some wallpaper here and there, and then (FINGERS TIGHTLY CROSSED) we are hoping to get to a full master bath remodel after some summer travels. Oh ya, and baseboards are long overdue but somehow always get pushed to the bottom and probably will again. It’s a packed calendar full of projects but it’s good. Right before my eyes, I’m turning into a summer person, loving the long, responsibility-free (well from schooling, at least) days to crank out my favorite things in the world: house projects!!! SO MUCH FUN. What’s on deck for all of your houses summer????

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Mellow, Yellow Boy Bedroom

This little room has seen so much neglect lately. It started as a guest room, was changed into our son’s room when we hastily decided to split up the bedroom my kids used to share, and shortly served as an actual place for sleeping until he defected to a mattress on the floor of his sister’s room. It has sat sadly semi-abandoned since, only being utilized as an auxiliary Lego building room and often looking like a tornado-devastated Lego factory. Any attempt at organization/clean up/design has been non-existent on my part. I finally got sick enough of seeing the disaster that I pulled it together a bit. I don’t have to see stress-inducing clutter and my son has a cute, functional space to call his own…though when it will serve as an actual BEDroom is unclear!
The basics of the room were already in place. The bed and toy shelf came from their old shared room, the Heywood Wakefield dresser from our room in the great dresser swap of 2016. The wall color (an old favorite: Behr Rainforest Dew), curtains (painted and hung on a bamboo rod from the nursery), and photos were all guest room relics, which I kind of anticipated keeping when this transitioned into his room. The stars aligned and his current favorite colors are green and yellow so everything worked and stayed. All I needed to do was rearrange and purge toys.
The sellout Eames rocker rip-off is the only thing I purchased. I haven’t acquired a real fiberglass chair yet so I did the dirty deed of buying this cheap repro. I feel gross about it, but not gross enough to forego because it makes the space. I almost went with this cheaper rocker, but I was worried it might be school bus yellow (not my thing) instead of a green-leaning chartreuse (totally my thing) so I tracked down this “olive” chair instead and paid a little extra for color assurance. Maybe these two are the exact same chair and I needlessly spent money, maybe not? The color isn’t what I call olive, but it is the exact shade of yellow I was expecting and looking for so I’m happy with the purchase. (Oh, and yes I’m crazy and painted the legs black legs, an obvious necessity for Eames rocking chairs…)I always get a lot of questions about this fan, so here’s a whole post all about it. The short of it is: I love this 2007 fan model so much (we used in a previous house) that I tracked down two on ebay and spray painted because I’m trashy.The photographs are from a series of miniature golf building photos I took long ago (#artdegree), most from what I will venture to say is America’s mini golf architecture apex, Camelot Golfland in Anaheim, which happens to be the mini golf course of my childhood (#blessed). They add a good amount of wacky for my mini golf loving boy who also loves building who also has a mom that wouldn’t at all be opposed to birthing a future wacky architect (#nopressure).

SOURCES

Eames rocker ripoff – France & Son  |  dresser and nightstand – vintage Heywood Wakefield

toy shelf – DIY  |  bed – vintage  |  curtains – DIY  |  bamboo shades – Lewis Hyman

wall hooks – similar, we sawed off the over the door part  |  painting – homeschool art project

clock – similar  |  lamps – vintage  |  Fan – Discontinued Harbor Breeze Avian (other ideas here)

I don’t think I’ve ever said this wonderful statement before in my life: there isn’t a to-do list left in this room, only a to-do item: install hardwood floors, maybe. BEST WONDERFUL STATEMENT! Now, who has tried Lego storage/organization solutions that work because we are buried over here. Thanks for reading! xoxo

Spray Painting Ceiling Fans, Again

mid century modern ceiling fan brass diy spray paint harbor breeze avianWe finally got around to putting up the ceiling fan in my son’s room, just in time for that heat wave thing. I spray painted this one just like I did its twin. (And then I painted this black fan too…) I’ve gotten a few questions about that process so here’s a few answers:mid century modern ceiling fan brass diy spray paint harbor breeze avianWould I recommend doing this? If you are gutsy and don’t care if you ruin your cheap fan, YES! If you are a perfectionist who will stalk me if things go bad, NO! For the most amazingly precious fan ever made that I planned to keep forever but wanted in a different but high quality finish…I’d look into metal plating instead. But for dressing up a basic fan for your kid’s room, there’s not a lot to lose in my opinion.mid century modern ceiling fan brass diy spray paint harbor breeze avianPaint? I used Rustoleum Specialty Metallic spray paint in gold. I’m not sure if it’s the best brassy tone out there, but it’s decent. It needs a few days to cure before install to avoid fingerprints, and even then it’s impossible to avoid all marks if installation gets hairy, which always seems to happen. Multiple coats are good! For this second fan I tried to get away with one but I regret my lazy choices.rustoleum specialty metallic gold spray paint Disassemble the fan parts before painting? Yes. A couple of screws are usually all that is holding the thing together so a little disassembly is worth it.
diy ceiling fan spray paint
Prep much? Probably. I did basically none for this second fan and it shows. I cleaned everything well but that’s it. Turns out, it was a bad day to be a half-asser. The installation turned sour and my paint job got scratched up during the process. Some sanding and priming (and more coats of paint) probably would have helped. Fan #1 was lightly sanded and held up better, but it also had an easier install (and more coats). The lesson here is that same as it always is: just do it right.mid century modern ceiling fan brass diy spray paint harbor breeze avianIf this is ending too abruptly and you need more ceiling fan talk, you can check out this post for some of the better ceiling fans I’ve found out there. Looks like I have some fan light straightening out to get to, so I’ll catch you next time!