Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Work in Progress: Ben’s Room

Ben’s big boy room continues to evolve right along at his terrifying toddler pace. We’ve added a few things recently so it’s time for an update. 

Like most of the closets in our upstairs, we built this one into the eves of the house.

This room has had a lot of work done. When we first moved in, there was a walk-in closet that took up about 1/3 of the room but left very little space for beds or dressers. It was also missing heat. Add in the hugely sloping ceiling and it was an awkward space. There was also only one light. Here it is:

There’s the closet. The room entryway is to the left. The window (which you can’t see) is on the far right. Read more about that project and see additional pictures here

The removal of the big closet (and the addition of the small closet) has opened up the area. We also added a heater, carpet, insulation, and can lighting.

Ben is still going strong in his little toddler bed. He loves it. He also loves to push it around the room, take off all the sheets, and built forts, using his mattress as a roof. He’s a busy little guy.

Don’t for a moment be fooled by this room’s cleanliness; it usually looks like a tornado touched down: all the clothes out of the dresser, all the books piled in his bed, and all the toys strewn about the room.

His grandparents just gave him a tape player and song tapes so his latest trick is to take off all his clothes and wildly dance around the room instead of going to bed. Given that the window faces the street, and he always has the curtains open, walkers on the road below must be getting quite the show.

We’re still working on a few things, like what to do with that ugly BenCam cord. And we need some new artwork.

The dresser is this one.

Ben wanted to make sure that I took a picture of his most prized possession: his blankie. “Mama, I’ll hold him up for you and then you can take his picture!”

You might remember a while back that I was looking at artwork for Emma’s room and had decided to get this print. Well, the one I ordered arrived fairly banged up so they kindly shipped another one (which is now in Emma’s room). This one is just tacked to the wall for a while so that he has something to look at until we find a more permanent piece.