5.12.2010

The Tween Room Continued~

A few weeks ago, I talked about my plans for Mr. One's Tween bedroom. You may remember that I shared my tentative layout with you (below) and talked about the furniture we were planning on purchasing at IKEA.

Well, we got as far as purchasing the Expedit workstation and the Lillesand bed, and then due to unforseen circumstances, the budget ran out. So I put the project on hold for a while. And then I decided that it was silly to put it on hold just because I couldn't purchase everything I wanted...after all, do I or do I not preach the virtues of Frugal Decorating here on the old blog? "Well," says I, "maybe I should practice what I preach."

So today, I tackled putting together the bed. (And I did it all by myself because the hubby is currently suffering from a horrible bout of the flu...which I am fervently hoping skips by the rest of the family...poor hubby.)

WARNING: Lots of horrible indoor lighting photos coming your way...when I do the final reveal of this room, I promise to bring in our photography lights...maybe that will diminish the orang-y glow...

So here is the big ol' box it came in. And despite what Kate says in this post, I truly think this has to be the most boring photo ever posted on the internet.


And here is what I found inside the box....I love this headboard!! As I mentioned above, it's the Lillesand bed from IKEA. It's classic, but with clean contemporary lines. A perfect bed for my almost 10-year-old to grow up with...

The bed was really easy to assemble despite the fact that I was working by myself. Once I got everything out of the boxes, I was actually able to assemble the whole thing in about 15 minutes.


Then I had to talk Mr. One and the Princess into helping me drag the mattress and box spring into the room, and with a little help from Mr. One, I was able to get them in place. Here's the bed all dressed... again, with the horrible lighting, it's hard to tell in this photo, but the quilt and euros are a dark gray (from IKEA again) while the sheets are a soft goldenrod. I found a great set of pillowcases from Tar-jay in pale gray, dark gray and goldenrod as well. Love them!


But now, I'm not really lovin' the ticking drapes. They blend, and look okay...but that's all...just okay. I'm thinkin' I'm going to have to replace them...and I have an idea that involves the matching sheets to the striped pillowcases.


Finally, since my budget for this room is now GONE, I can't purchase the armoire I was hoping to get. Nor can I make the bedside tables. So I decided to rehab Mr. One's old white dresser and, if possible, to find a similar dresser at a thrift store or yard sale...then I could use them on either side of the bed as bedside tables...because I really like the look of having the little old dresser right where it is. I also really need to do something about that lamp...anyhoo...




Here's a closer view of the pillows, so you can get a bit of an idea what the stripes look like...drat that indoor lighting...



The room is really coming along...and Mr. One ADORES his new bed!


For this week's Frugal Friday, I'm going to share a fabulous piece of art I created for his room....I'm so excited!! And sometime next week, I'll share his workstation...and the injury I sustained while putting it together... ;-)


Have a great day~

14 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Love it...it looks like a great style for a tween!!!

Suzanne

Jennifer said...

I love your new header!!
So pretty :0)
Great pillow!!

Mandi said...

That pillow is AWESOME Wendy!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love it so far- can't wait to see the artwork! and i am sure you will come up with something for another nightstand- you are so clever and thrifty! oh, and the pillow ROCKS!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Good idea to keep moving forward on the room, Wendy, even if the budget ran out. Especially if there are things you can do that don't cost money ~ like putting the bed together. It looks like it's coming along nicely and the best part is that he likes it!

duchess said...

That bed is great. Nice find. I can't wait to go to IKEA. Must do that soon - so many goodies to be had. Excited to see what else you do in the room.

kelly lautenbach said...

Looks like it's coming together! :) Try adjusting your white balance on your camera and you can get rid of what I lovingly call the "faux tan" orange in the pictures, I bet! :)
Here's hoping you'll find lots of thrifty treasures to complete your project. The best ones seem to be the ones where we have to stretch a bit to find what we need within the budget. Don't you agree? :)

Darlene said...

You are doing a GREAT job on his room and I can definitely see why he already LOVES it!!!

rachel (curly and crafty) said...

don't take this the wrong way, but i'm kind of glad you ran out of budget, because i can't wait to see how creative you get to work around that. plus, i think the room will showcase your talents, and be more specific to mr.one because you'll be customizing everything.

can't wait to see it! :) great job so far.

Erica said...

It looks great so far! I am planning on doing a yellow and gray color scheme in my daughter's room, so I'm interested to see how your room turns out!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Your comment about the first photo being the most boring image ever posted made me laugh...yes, you've shown more inspiring images! BUT!!! Love the bedframe, I haven't seen this one at Ikea. It reminds me of the headboards I used in Max's room, which I got several years ago at Crate & Barrel. Yikes, won't be making that mistake again! Janell

Kasey said...

wendy..it looks fabulous.
{even with the yellow light}

Kori said...

If you ever need/help putting stuff together give me a holler. I LOVE assembling!

Amy said...

Looks great so far--indoor lighting or no!

I've been out of blogland for awhile and just returned--love your new blog header!