boys owl bedding

A little update to the boys bedroom (see more about their awesome hanging beds and new bedroom here and here), a refresh on the bedding! FUN!

On a quick trip to IKEA (unfortunately is was a speed-shopping-kinda-day, and since IKEA is a 2 hour drive (one way) for me, I really try to go when I have time to appreciate it and waste a lot of time. However, my most recent trip wasn’t as planned and I was rushed (maybe a good thing… I spent less money!).

While there I picked up some bedding for the boys room. I was totally smitten with this owl-spider web-moon-dark coverlet.

This is my first bedding purchase from Ikea. I’ve been tempted many times, but usually I resist, however this time I was really loving this bedding. Not sure why I liked it so much, it’s sort of different, but the dark navy sky, with stars and owls… so cute (bedding is a dark navy color, picture makes it look like a bright blue). I do have to say, after washing and putting on the boys beds, it is NOT soft nor is it “nice against the skin” as stated in the add. I guess if you’re comparing it to sand paper, then yes, it is soft.

Once the bedding was on (and I also purchased the thin comforter, twin size, from IKEA to go with the coverlets) it looked better than expected! I totally LOVE this bedding! I love that it’s original, it is fun, and it’s not bulky or overwhelming, which is perfect for the hanging beds. Total WIN!

And since I’m sharing the new bedding, I thought I’d snap a few pictures of the boys enjoying their dual purpose beds (aka reading nooks). So far, so good. The hanging beds have been a huge hit with the boys and with their friends. Everyone who sees the boys room loves it and can’t say enough about how cool it looks.

Here are some sweet photo’s of the boys enjoying their reading time before bed (and snug in their new, cute owl bedding)…

And one last shot of the room at dark, with two sweet boys reading in their own, special spots. Sweet Dreams!

boys room done

The finishing touches are finally done and this room is FINISHED (for now)! Holla! It feels good to be a gangster completer (is that a word?)! Again, HOLLA!

*For more posts on the boys room go here, herehere, here, here and finally here

Here is what was the #1 ugliest item that we HAD to get rid of:

The fan! Oh gosh, it is, was, so dang ugly! Such an eye sore! Thankfully, it’s loooooong gone. It has been replaced with this:

Such an improvement if I do say so myself! And we are loving the simplicity of this great ceiling lamp from Ikea (plus the price tag was great too).

Some further improvements were finishing the baseboards (painting and caulking really bites) and installing the mini bookshelves for the boys (by their beds) and the new reading/task lamps, also from Ikea.

We also put up those glow in the dark stars that I promised we’d do (from the mood board here)

And to top off the glow-in-the-dark-funess (and to hide the poor cutting-in paint job that I did, making dark grey marks on the white ceiling…shhhh) I took some glow in the dark duct tape and went around the perimeter of the room…. fun stuff that glow in the dark duct tape!

I think the boys love this new room as much as I do! Gasp, it’s fun and totally functional!

And one last shot of the room, without that hideous fan….

That’s all for now folks!

Enjoy your day!

:) Heidi

hanging bed “how to”

Lets touch base on how we did those phenomenal hanging beds in the boys bedroom makeover (see more post and photo’s here, here, and here).

Here is a photo of the loft style hanging beds that we made (quite simple actually):

Here is the “basic” stuff for a hanging bed shopping list at your local hardware store:

This next photo pretty much sums up where we used all the items from the shopping list (however, this is only ONE corner of the bed. Each bed has two corners that attached to chain, and the other two corners were fastened to the wall studs). There are 2 items not pictured below. One item not show in the photo below are the hex-bolts. We used the hex bolts on the back side of the bed, underneath the bed on the frame, and drilled thought the 2×4 frame into the studs into the wall. So our beds aren’t actually hanging, they are the “illusion” hanging beds. No way we were going to have swinging beds in our boys room… that would have been a real disaster! The second item not show are the bolts used in the ceiling (crown/eye bolts) were used in the ceiling (as well as the bed), for the chain.

The beds were super easy to make. Two adults to hang them (find and mark your wall studs first). We were so excited (and so were the kids) to get the room finished, we hung up the beds before sanding and protecting them (shame on us). We still need to fill the nail holes, for a finished look , lightly sand and clear coat (for protection). We love the pine look and how it ties in with our wood floors, so we are not staining or painting any of the wood. Au’natural!