Friday, June 4, 2010

Jack's Room

Jack is sleeping in a toddler bed. Said toddler bed was less than $50 from Walmart just over three years ago. We bought it for Payson before Jack was born because she had started climbing out of her crib and because we knew the new baby was going to need the crib anyway. When my parents gave me my old bedroom furniture last year, Payson moved into one of those twin beds and Jack moved from the crib into the toddler bed.

After just over 3 years the toddler bed is shot. Slats are breaking and the rails are super wobbly. And Jack is growing out of it quickly. It's just a cheap piece and we knew it wouldn't last too long. So Jack needs a big boy bed.

(The dresser/changing table in that room are also from Walmart. We bought a lot of cheap furniture there when we were first married because it was what we could afford and we weren't thinking ahead. Now everything we've ever bought from there is falling to pieces after only a few years. Everything else is gone at this point. Those pieces lasted the longest but are all falling apart at this point.)

Anyway, Jack's 3rd birthday is coming up in less than two weeks. So we've decided that Jack will get toys and such from his sister and aunts and uncles and grandparents. This is the only thing he NEEDS right now. So he's getting this one expensive gift.

I have looked at lots of pictures and thought and thought and thought about what I want to do in his room. I have learned a few lessons in the last few years. One is that whatever it is it has to be quality. Cheap isn't really cheap when it's falling to pieces every year and you're constantly replacing it. And I don't want anything super "childish". Not that I want him to have an adult room, but I want something he can grow with, something classic. No characters or anything.

I think I've settled on this:

I ADORE this set from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. I love the colors and even the vintage baseball theme. It's cute for now and won't be too "childish" when he's older. And the picture already has his name in it, so it's a sign, right?! Anyway, I love it. I'm using this as my inspiration.

Here are my dilemmas. For one, we plan to have another baby (or 2, or 3, or whatever). And especially after our loss in December, hopefully within the next year that will happen. Initially that baby would be in a bassinet in our room and then move to the crib (which is in Jack's room). If that baby is a girl, that baby would then move into the extra twin bed in Payson's room. Bedding is already there and waiting. But if that baby is a boy it would eventually share a room with Jack. I'm thinking bunk beds would easily solve this problem. It would give us a spare bed for guests for the next few years and then when future-hypothetical-baby-boy is old enough he would have a bed waiting for him. And I like the idea of not having to find matching bedding three years down the road. Now a bunk bed (and mattresses) are actually about the same price as a new twin bed and mattress set. It's the bedding that gets costly. An extra set of bedding and sheets isn't super duper cheap. So what do I care more about? Saving money NOW? Or having everything there when I need it in the future?

My next dilemma is that, unfortunately, RH is not in my budget. Boo hoo. I've been scouring the internet (because there are no stores where I live) and have found plenty of stuff that is close enough to get the look. But even with what I found online, all furniture, bedding, and accessories included is still more than I can afford or want to spend. So I've got to find ways to bring the cost down.

This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I still lived in Utah county. Ugh. I could just pick up some solid, inexpensive furniture from DI and yard sales and refinish it. I'd probably splurge a little on the bedding. Not RH, but all new and the same look. And between thrift stores, home decor sales/yard sales, and what I have on hand I could probably knock out this room for a decent price. I'm even willing to make a few trips back and forth. But I own a Dodge Stratus. Not a pick up truck or SUV. I have no space to haul things back. Renting a truck is too much money (because of gas and mileage). So who wants to loan me their truck for a week so I can go shopping?!

Any ideas? I've postponed finishing up our family room (which is *thisclose* to being finished) because Jack's room needs attention more than I "need" a cute new rug and sectional. There's nothing wrong with what we've got now. I just want something new. And his room really is literally falling apart. So how can I find ways to cut costs but still have to quality I want and the look I'm going for? Help me please!!


Catherine said...

I absolutley love that picture! It is so cute, and yes.. I think it's a sign since his name is already in it! As far as how to go about doing it, I'm not sure. Have you checked out or They may be some insightful ideas to get you started. Is there any place near by that sells unfinished furniture? I think I remember you mentioning a place like that before, but I could be wrong. Personally, I'd hold off on the matching bedding - just because you don't know if you'll have a girl or boy. And chances are, if you get it for a boy, you'll end up with a girl, LOL! You are so talented and I know you'll figure out the perfect room for your little Jack!


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the bedroom you picked out and I'm super jealous that you get to do this :)

So, when Trevor and I started looking for a dining room table, I knew we couldn't afford to spend the $700+ at furniture stores. I searched bulletin board with no success. I finally found craigslist (never, ever had used it before). I ended up buying my dining room set (there is a pic on my blog) for just under $300. The women who sold it, bought everything wholesale at a factory when it was on clearance and then she turned around and sold it. (The set was brand-new)

I'll try and find her site for you but what I'm essentially saying... maybe join a factory so you can buy wholesale.

vaneblu said...

Dont buy the bedding! Like Cat said you could end up with a girl, and beddings dont have to be the same just color coordinated, so buy plain colors for Jacks bedding and let the pillows and other deco do the finishing touch!

Scott+Kimber+Ruby=Scimby said...

do you sew? If you could find some fabric you love and at a cheap price, you could make some of the bedding.

And have you checked overstock for furniture and bedding?

KasiaJ said...

Have you ever heard of knock-off wood? She has plans for a twin farmhouse bed that kind of looks like the RH one you had a picture of. Making your own might solve your problem for you, if you're willing to put in the work (or if your husband is). The king size is on my list of projects, as are the picnic tables (adult and child sized) and the adirondack chairs, as well as everything else (I love that site).
Good luck!

Trish Griffee said...

O love that set!!! So cute. my favorite part...the Framed Rugby shirt:P