This has been a year of major change for our family. Our son graduated with an associate degree and moved on to Norman to work on his bachelor's degree. We apartment hunted, shopped for furniture, and moved him in.
Our daughter graduated from high school and also moved to Norman to go to college but she moved into a dorm room because the university requires that of all freshman students. It really would have been so much easier for us if they had let her live with him, not to mention the money it would have saved.
When we decided to shop for furniture for our son's apartment we basically decided not to move furniture from home. The kid's bedrooms were both outdated and we wanted to give him a fresh start knowing that he would probably never be moving back in with us. The furniture Evan had been using just about his whole life was actually MY furniture that I'd had my whole life. I'd asked him years ago if he wanted to redo his bedroom and he said no, he liked having it the way it was. Both kids had been living with a daybed for years because they liked having the open floor space in their room and also having a small bed to make. So, for too many years they had furniture that did not really grow with them. Here's what they had in their rooms:
The Chair. Nobody could ever sit in this chair. It stayed in the corner of Amy's room and was the place where laundry lived. And anything else that she decided to throw on the heap. Here you see an Afgan, 4 pillows, and a laundry basket. :)
The dresser. This was actually a little kid's dresser.
The trundle daybed. It's been stripped here for laundry day.
Evan's daybed. It had to be reinforced because it would sag in the middle. I don't think it was meant for a grown kid.
There were 6 pieces of furniture that went together. This is just a corner desk and an end table but there was a LOT of furniture in his room.
When the kids moved out I knew that not only did I need something to do that would occupy my time and give me a project but their rooms desperately needed updating.
The first thing we had to do was clear out the furniture. We got most of it moved to a consignment shop and other parts were either thrown out, given away, or donated. Just clearing out the furniture took a long time.
Then came painting, and carpet cleaning. Or in Amy's case: new carpet. The carpet down in her room was just never going to recover.
I've been working on this since the first of September.
The idea was to not only have a room for the kids but a room that we could have guests stay in. This became obvious Labor Day weekend when kids came home from college and we had family friends here. Too many grown ups and not enough sleeping space.
Part of me wanted to have the kids input... and part of me wanted to surprise them. They certainly didn't have time to go furniture shopping so Joe and I started brainstorming.
Things are finally coming together and we are ALMOST done. I can't wait to share with you the new rooms!!!
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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