The Big Boy Room Next Door

In our conversations with the “client,” we raised the question: would he prefer to repaint his current room, or take over the room next door to his and make that his Big Boy Room? Making it clear that furniture was moveable, and we could mix it up pretty much any way he wanted it regardless of the room he preferred, he looked at both rooms and decided: move to the room next door.

There's only a wall separating these rooms.

There’s only a wall separating these rooms.

(Just between us, I’m glad he did. I like how the baby room we created turned out, and while there’s no pitter-pattering of little feet going on – unless you’re listening for the cats traipsing out of their litterbox onto the vinyl flooring – we’d like to have another baby in that room someday. The idea of leaving a baby room for a future baby and moving on to bigger and brighter next door held more appeal to me.)

When we first moved in, we had a bedroom set from a great-grandparent that we set up and called “the guest room.” Over the years it has become the cats’ satellite bed if the sun’s angle is a bit off, a one-time refuge from loud snoring, and a repository for many boxes of old photos. As we haven’t really entertained overnight company in there, it became that room of catch-all. Size-wise, the spare room is a little larger. The sellers clearly had a girl and a boy they decorated for, recalling the pinkish walls and carpeting in the baby room we decorated, and staring at the grey carpet and pale blue walls of this spare room.

When it's not cluttered, the spare bed is comfortable.

When it’s not cluttered, the spare bed is comfortable.

The room itself is spacious, gets some nice western light, and is practically a blank slate for us to work with.

So, to get this party started, there’s plenty of prep work to be done: patch any nail holes, prime the walls – they haven’t been touched in close to 10 years, so a sealed surface will be kinder to the paint color – check out paint samples, paint the ceiling…you get the idea. But the fun has begun!

He's not excited about his Big Boy Room vision at all.

He’s not excited about his Big Boy Room vision at all.

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