Well hey there! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We’ve been busy around here just trying to get this place organized once and for all! Maybe by the end of 2012 I’ll feel like everything is in it’s place.
Last week I showed you my 7 year old daughters room makeover progress. I had just hung some floating shelves (IKEA Lack shelves) above a little sofa table. Eventually this area will be for all her jewelry, (play) makeup, nick-knacks, and desk area.
Unfortunately, all this switching around in her room has left quite a huge mess of toys on her floor.
Another trip to IKEA.
This time for IKEA Expedit Shelves.
I decided to go with two of the 2×4 squares Expedit shelves.
I wanted to have a lower shelf that K could reach the top of to act as a table top, but I also wanted one that was taller to maximize the amount of storage she has. The solution was two shelves, one placed horizontally and one placed vertically.
And just as a quick tip, if you are going to be putting together IKEA furniture it is MUCH EASIER if you purchase a Hex Bit Tip set for your electric drill from the hardware store instead of using the manual “Z” shaped Hex bit that comes with the furniture.
I also decided to splurge and get her four IKEA Knipsa baskets. They had cheaper baskets, but I really love the look of these and feel that the overall look of her room will benefit from them (once I finish the room).
The Knipsa baskets are $16.99 per basket, so I could only justify four at the time. Eventually I plan on snagging a few more of these baskets before all is said and done.
Want a closer look at how I’ve sorted out her toys? This is by no means finished or final. Her room is still VERY MUCH a work-in-progress.
On the tall shelf, one of her new baskets holds all her baby doll stuff, while the other is her new barbie doll storage.
The wide shelf holds her music (she LOVES music)…
…and all her American Girl stuff…
I’m really torn on her huge pink Disney Princess framed poster (on top of the shelf). On the one hand she likes it. A lot. In fact, she’s totally in love with Belle.
But on the other hand, it REALLY is NOT the look I’m trying to obtain while decorating her room. I’ve been planning on hanging the poster above these new shelves, but I just can’t stomach it! I am NOT a Disney Princess type of person. In fact, I am opposed to pretty much any character decor of any type.
She loves the poster though, so I will probably end up sucking it up and hanging it for her (I mean, it is her room after all!).
Here’s what her room looks like with her new Lack floating shelves and Expedit shelves.
And from the hall when you are walking into her room, this is what you now see….
Instead of this huge disaster: 😉
Ah, much better already!
My next big goal with her room is to get her a new bed.
(If you want to know why you can read all about it in this post.)
I know this isn’t as exciting as a huge “reveal” and before and afters. But at the rate I get things done around here (really slow) if I waited until her room was finished to blog about it, I’d probably never blog ever again. lol
I figure I’ll just share the progress of my house as I go along the way. This is real life after all, and in real life, things don’t move as quickly as they do on a 30 minute reality show.
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