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I’m hoping to start the grand project next week, but here’s a before image of the bedroom. Ready? Are you sure? We’ll start gradually, by just peeking in the doorway.
This currently houses 5 of the 9 children.
On the left wall, we have the beds, with the dresser tucked behind the door. Deanna sleeps in the twin bed on top. Megan, Natalie and Perry share the full size bed on the bottom. The cat sleeps wherever he falls.
They all share the dresser and closet except Bethany, whose clothes are in my bottom drawer and a small section of my closet. The drawer with stuff hanging out? That’s Natalie’s. Let this be a lesson to her.
Standing in the doorway and panning to the right, we see this. This is after they cleaned their room. I’m not kidding.
Bethany sleeps in the playpen. The basket is Megan’s laundry and other stuff that people have been nagging her to put away. Let this be a lesson to her.
The Boy’s toys are in a 5 gallon bucket, since most of them stand upright like wooden swords, foam swords, baseball bats, rifles, and popguns.
The book shelves minus all their accompanying clutter will move into the other bedroom, which is going be converted to a library. In the big jar on the right is Henry the tarantula – Harry for short.
He might move to the future library, along with the gerbils and snakes. I’m sure the predators will enjoy watching the gerbils care for their juicy pink little babies.
If all goes according to plan, we’ll soon have 4 navy-style bunks, each 11’3″ long.
The top 3 will each be divided in half, one end 5’3″ and the other end 6′ long. The bottom will be divided into three parts for the 3 littlest children. Each bed will be hinged and will flip up to reveal a wide shallow storage area. Mattresses will be 3″ memory foam with slipcovers made from sheets. I have no plans for lockers like in the photo above, though the kids would love it. I did set up an automatic search on craigslist so I’ll be notified if any lockers come up for sale in our area.
After we tear down the current bunks but before we build the crazy new beds, we’ll need to finish the floor under that area. This will include laying down another layer of plywood, leveling it, sealing with paint, and applying vinyl tile. I’m hoping we can also trim the window while we’re at it.
So we’ll need to:
- develop a materials list
- disassemble and store the beds
- move the dresser
- buy building materials
- order mattress pads
- lay plywood
- apply leveling compound and wait for it to dry
- paint, and wait for it to dry
- lay tile
- measure, cut, and assemble the bunks
- paint bunks and wait for them to dry
- cut mattress pads to fit
- sew slipcovers
- finish the rest of the floor
- move the bookcases to the other bedroom
- move the other dresser into the bedroom
- disassemble and store the bunkbeds in the other (former) bedroom
- blog the first 16 steps
Who thinks we can get this done in a week, starting next Monday? Who thinks we actually will get it done in a week? What about just the first 13 steps? Who is laughing at me?