Room Makeover Goal

It’s the time of year where I’m suppose to make some resolutions and set some goals for the new year.

The control freak in me objects to this January system. I prefer to make a plan in a random month of my choosing. Preferably sprinkled with a little spontaneity.

A perfect example of this is a tiny goal I set the week before Christmas right after we cleaned up the kitchen from our little baking tradition.

First, I want to make it clear that PhilBillPaul was the catalyst for this great idea. He spends way too much time perusing Craigslist and looking mostly for girlfriend parts. But after his bargain refrigerator find, he has been expanding his search.

He found 350 square feet of laminate flooring for $100. Once he secured this and wasn’t killed at the pre-arranged meeting place (a hotel in a seedy area near the Atlanta airport) and brought it home, I had the brilliant idea that he should put it in Scary Baby’s room BEFORE Christmas.

On the Saturday before Christmas, I suggested that since the darling twins were home with their friend Jordan that he should use the extra hands to help him get the flooring installed.

I’m excellent at delegating.

Did I mention that we bought paint two years ago for her room that still has 20 year-old disgusting carpet in it and the painting should ideally happen before the flooring goes in?

PhilBillPaul loves a challenge and Roger Leroy and Jordan said they’d be glad to help.

I was assigned to go to Walmart to buy paint supplies and get the 2 year-old paint shaken. I almost hate shopping on the Saturday before Christmas more than home improvement projects but felt like I had to do this since I put the whole project in motion.

I also had convinced Scary Baby to not go with one blue and one hot pink wall. Why had we bought hot pink paint 2 years ago? A weak moment for sure.

Anyone need a gallon of hot pink paint?

New room design plan:

“Wouldn’t you love a chalkboard wall instead of a hot pink wall?”

The project began…

We didn’t take a lot of before pictures but her room was a lavender pigpen.

Blurry picture compliments of Roger Leroy.

They got the painting done on Saturday.

Well, mostly PhilBillPaul got the painting done. Seems the big girls needed to take a break and go to a movie.

Flooring installation on Sunday.

Blurry picture compliments of Scary Baby.

Special thanks to Jordan who may have helped with manual labor more than any of the Humpfreeze children. Definitely more than Wizzy and The Grunter in that category!

This is apparently an important part of floor installation.

The Grunter’s main contribution was to complain that all her stuff was in his room.

The paint and flooring obviously wasn’t a surprise.

The end goal was to add some fun surprises to her room for Christmas morning.

For the first time ever, I couldn’t get all the Christmas Eve things I usually do after the kids go to bed. Instead, Wizzy finished wrapping and The Grunter filled his sisters’ stockings while Roger Leroy and I finished hanging everything in her room. And PhilBillPaul put another coat of paint on the chalkboard wall.

We finished at 3:00 a.m. like the crazy people we are. Right after I put up this threatening sign.

After a short nap and thank goodness Scary Baby slept until 9:00 a.m. we enjoyed a lovely Christmas morning with the very last thing being her opening her room for the big reveal.

Side note: The Grunter informed us the white dresser is out of place in the room. We appreciate his decorating tips but she’s eleven and it was my dresser when I was little and is actually the nicest piece of furniture in the room. (Big Lots bed, Ikea table, Walmart desk…we’re big spenders.)

Inside the photo box is a hidden jewelry box where she discovered some more surprises.

Thanks Grandma!

She had to test out her bed because there were two surprises in the bed. She had been begging for a memory foam mattress cover which cracked us up. And Granny sent a new electric blanket!

We even did the closet.

Wizzy helped me pick out pictures and send them to Walgreen’s to print on Christmas Eve.

$7.00 Walmart frame collection that PhilBillPaul painted silver the day before was the best investment in the room. She said the pictures were her most favorite thing.

And the sequined curtains. And the chalkboard wall.

Later in the day, she spun around on her desk chair and said,

“It is better than anything I could have dreamed.”

We’re not going to try to outdo ourselves next year.

And I have no specific goals for 2011 so far.


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Melinda F says:

    Wow!you are officially exempt from new years resolutions when you can pull off a project like that right before Christmas. are you CRAZY??

  2. 2
    Melinda F says:

    You know I have another twin mom friend who did a similar project this Christmas. She redid her boys play room.

  3. 3
    Ann says:

    Love, love, love it!!! Do I get to sleep in the ‘new’ room the next time I visit?????

    • 3.1
      Sherra says:

      You’ll have to negotiate to try the memory foam – she’s pretty attached. LOL No worries though PhilBillPaul has the guest room in total working order again!

  4. 4
    Karen says:

    First the baking, now this? Very creative gift giving. She probably felt like she was on Home Makeover. Great work 🙂 Love it all.
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  5. 5
    Melodi says:

    Loved this post! Does the chalkboard wall really work? Do you just paint it on? Happy New Year!

    • 5.1
      Sherra says:

      Yes it really works! We had it on half a wall in a business we owned years ago and it was a huge hit with the kids. I think it still comes in spray cans but we remembered the spray made a huge mess with the overspray. Her wall took 2 quarts and we rolled it on. The big thing for me was reading about chalk ink pens on some other blogs. We got those at Michael’s so there is no chalk dust to deal with. She really loves it!

  6. 6
    Teri says:

    This is a definite confirmation that The Humpfreeze are nearly as nuts as The Helms.
    Way to plan! HUGE kudos and a high five to the delegating!
    You crack me up! The friend will DEFINITELY be rallying round for future holidays, so she can experience further merriment. Hilarious!
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    • 6.1
      Sherra says:

      We keep thinking we will scare all their friends away but they keep coming back. You have to love going to visit someone and then they make you rip out carpet and paint.

  7. 7
    julieann says:

    Wow…whatever will you do with all that spare energy/creativity when you are empty-nesters??? Re-redo bedrooms? I’m thinking a redwood sauna room!

    • 7.1
      Sherra says:

      Noooooo…I was thinking more like move to a tiny cabin in the woods where they can’t find us!! I’m looking forward to down-sizing and simplifying!

  8. 8
    Jenn Ross says:

    Love it! I am esp impressed with PhibillPaul…my hubby would have lost it at some point and/or there might have been a few less than flattering phrases thrown my way!

    A real gift of heart!

    Whats up for next year??? Can’t wait to see!
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