Some people go on vacation when they're expecting. Others will get massages, manis, and pedis at the spa. What do we do? Home repair and improvement. Nesting generally isn't supposed to involve this many power tools. But our girls wanted bunkbeds, and because of the wonky ceiling and enormous window in their room, the pre-fab one wouldn't fit... So, we improvised.
Here's the before:
There is no potential for head injury here! Let's elevate this bedroom!
Mommy spent a LOT of time sanding. We can't have our princesses pricking their fingers and then sleeping for 100 years, after all.
Oh wait, that was a spinning wheel. Well, whatever. Look at all that dust!
Then Daddy sanded for a while.
So, now that we have the major structures in place, BJ is at the hardware store trying to figure out a solution for the stairs and/or ladder. I guess what he had planned isn't working. Some kind of saw malfunction or something. I think leaving them this way would really cut down on the number of times the kids get up during the night, but I'd probably end up changing the sheets more often. Do you think we could teach them to use chamber pots?
Anyway, once we have the ladder/stairs done, we'll cut the facing that will go on the front out of plywood. Each loft will look like a castle tower, we're going to paint them gray and then sponge on some stone, maybe some arrow slits or windows or something...
...then we're going to get two identical bookshelves to put on either side (where the dressers are now), and we're going to paint the backs of the bookshelves to look castle-y too.
BJ has plans for a drawbridge in between.
We need to clear out the rug (pictured above, all rolled up and stuck against the bed) and the stand for the fish tank (BJ thinks that we should sink it into the floor to make it a moat, but I don't want fish in my bedroom ceiling).
We have a LOT of painting to do, but I can't really do it when I'm pregnant, so it'll have to wait. Mary Grace wants her bed "hot pink" (behind the tower face) and Claire wants hers "hot purple."
Once we're all finished, all the stuffed animals will become Royal Subjects, and they shall move upstairs. All the dress up clothes will make their way up to the Royal Wardrobe, too. It should really make the family room look cleaner once we're done.
So that's what we did on our Thanksgiving break. And now I'm thankful that BJ's going back to work tomorrow, so that I can rest!