Monday, 3 July 2017

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So today the bedroom makeover began. I cleared and cleaned the room ready for the decorator tomorrow then donned the sunglasses in preparation for the purple onslaught awaiting me and started to re-vamp Thomas' bedside cabinet. 

The idea to paint the drawers came to me last night at 3am when I was still awake absolutely shattered but unable to sleep. These sleepless nights are getting on my nerves. I go to bed tired yet within 5 minutes I'm wide awake. Of course this morning, I had to force myself to get up.

Anyway back to the bedroom. I think the last time we decorated Thomas' room he would have been about 5. Back then mummy knew best and I chose blue for the bottom half, white for the top and a football border and bedding to finish it off. We bought a wooden wardrobe and a blue bedside cabinet. 

Six years later Thomas has his own ideas about such things, hence the purple. Anyway, I did 2 drawers and have to say I actually really liked it. 

Then because I can't help myself, I upped the ante. I decided the 3rd drawer would be black, then got really carried away and painted the wooden unit as well because the drawers with the wood really didn't look right.

I actually think it's OK for a boys room; not something I could sleep with but then sleep evades me quite a lot lately, so who knows. 

Today, my little boy blue has become a purple and black, about to go to High School young man. Where did those years go?


 


 

20 comments:

  1. I do like the drawers Suzanne. Maybe a bit too colourful for my room but they will be perfect for your young man. It's scary where the time goes. I spent this afternoon out walking with Lily. How I will miss those precious times once she is at school in September. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. Amy isn't happy because she wanted a black bedroom a few years ago and I said no. She was still my little girl then and although she got a choice it had to be girly. I wouldn't get away with that these days but thankfully she seems to have outgrown the goth black phase - in decor at least - she dresses as though she's permanently ready for a funeral!

      They do grow up quickly. When I was looking for a photo of his old room I couldn't believe how little Thomas looked when I first posted photos of him. And Amy looked so much younger as well even though it was only 4 years ago and she was 13.

      Is Lily excited about starting big school? I loved the first 2 or 3 years, they learn so much and do so many nice things. Nativities will always hold a special place in my heart. School holidays are lovely as well. Having them home all to yourself for those few days is lovely. xx

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    2. She is excited Suzanne, although I'm expecting some settling in issues as she doesn't socialise very well. It's a lovely little village school with slightly smaller classes so hopefully people will be able to look out for her.
      I'm looking forward to the second half of the Autumn term with all the festive activities. X

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    3. If Lily is excited then that's a good start. I don't think I could honestly say Amy socialised to begin with. She was very happy playing on her own all through KS1. In fact the teacher asked me about it once so I asked Amy why she didn't want to play with other children and she just said 'I like playing on my own'. Thomas as you know is the same. They are both happy with their own company and I think too much emphasis is put on children being social butterflies these days and if they're not then 'something is wrong'. Not everybody wants to be the centre of attention, they're quite happy watching from the sidelines - I'm like that myself with a lot of things.

      A small school with smaller classes will be a big help I'm sure. Again, Amy's first school only had 110 children in it, which for around here was ridiculously small and it was lovely. It had a lovely family atmosphere. Sadly, they closed it down but she loved her time there.

      I'm sure Lily will settle in fine. There are always some hiccups usually with the most outgoing children! xx

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  2. Loving the drawers they look lovely. The bedroom is going to look fabulous. I've had problems with sleep for many years having been a shift worker my body clock was out of sync. Its getting a little better 10.5 months into retirement.

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    1. Thank you Tania. I hope the bedroom does look fabulous and not like a horror set or worse some sort of seedy basement club!

      I can imagine working shifts throws your body clock out completely. As soon as Mark's head hits the pillow he's out like a light. I can be lay there hours later still awake. I've always been the same and generally see in midnight. I'm naturally a night owl so having to be up for Amy and Thomas doesn't help. I probably wouldn't rise til gone 9am otherwise. It's just the way I'm made :) xx

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  3. It really is amazing how quickly they grow! Our son had his room similar colours - blue on the bottom half of the room. Many years later as a young adult he changed the colours to a green feature wall and a paler green main walls.

    Love the drawers, they look great!

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    1. I felt quite sad peeling his football border off Serenata. When I found the photo of him in his room I couldn't stop looking at it. I can't believe how much he's grown up without me realising it.

      The drawers have turned out better than I thought and when he saw them he said "yes!" so I guess that was a seal of approval lol. xx

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  4. Great job Suzanne. I love painting/ making over furniture. Camilla's new shop is fabulous and she's taking me toher quilting class tomorrow evening-yeah! Catriona

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    1. I enjoyed the make-over Catriona, but only because it turned out OK! I don't think I've painted futniture before but some pictures of before and after projects on the net, especially dressers, are fantastic and they pick them up for pennies.

      I will have to pop into Camilla's shop when I'm over there. Caravanning, quilting and meeting up with friends - now that's what I call a proper holiday :) xx

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  5. I LOVE the drawers, they look great! I've spent all afternoon staining more of the fence, oh joy!

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    1. Thank you Janice. I'm pleased with how they've turned out. The colour wouldn't be my choice but Thomas was really pleased with them. I'm hoping the room will all come together at the end and not look like some horror/seedy basement club!

      I don't mind painting indoors but I'm not a lover of painting/staining fencing. Ours really needs doing but we say that every year then decide "let's leave it til next year". We've been painting it for about 5 years now and still not got around to it! xx

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    2. We had been saying the same thing for about 5 years and I finally said that's it, it's getting done this year. It was starting to look very tacky!! It's such a big job though.

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    3. I think this will be my last year of not painting the fence that I can get away with as well Janice. I am wondering about buying a new one though to save me the job! xx

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  6. Those drawers look amazing Suzanne.
    Roz used to have a totally purple room....proper 70's psychadelic purple. That got covered with a pale willow green when the attic became my workroom/office and classroom for the cardmaking classes I taught. It is now due to be painted pale grey to go with her New York theme....and hopefully it will stay that colour for a while.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I'm hoping the room will look OK at the end. We've ordered some gaming decals for his walls which should finish it off nicely.

      I love colour but nothing too heavy is that makes sense. Your pale willow green and Roz's pale grey sound perfect to me and just the sort of thing I'd choose. Mind you, as you know, I'm not adverse to a good splash of red here and there which would probably give people nightmares lol. xx

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  7. They look great! Good idea to put black with the purple.

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    1. Thank you :) The idea of the black was to tone down the purple. Not sure if that's worked but against the purple wall a bit of black might help. It was fun to do and turned out really well. We needed a different cabinet anyway, but painting them has saved me some money which is always a good thing as it means more for wool and fabric :) xx

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  8. The painted drawer unit looks great! You did a good job painting it. Glad to hear Thomas gave it his seal of approval! My daughter wanted to paint her bedroom a very dark blue at one time and I refused to allow her to do so. We settled for navy blue curtains at the one window. :)

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    1. What is it with dark colours when they hit their teens? I know this sounds terribly sexist but for boys I get it, it's the girls that flummox me! The last thing I'd have wanted was a dark colour when I was a teen. I was definitely a floral, pretty pink girl. Good compromise with the curtains :) xx

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