Boys Room Sneaky Peeky and what to do with heirloom pieces.

I've been working like a dog on my son's room: painting walls & furniture, sewing stuff, organizing, etc.  
I hope to have the full reveal to share soon, but here's some teasers....

I've got a great idea for these red strips of molding.  
Here's hoping what I see in my brain will actually work in reality.

And because the warm weather decided to revisit us for one more blissful week, I demanded asked hubs take apart my younger son's room as well, so I could take over the garage one last time before winter to paint his furniture too. So I've got two boys rooms in the works.  Yes, I'm a crazy person.  Yes, I am covered in paint most of the day whilst checking on math and english assignments. All in a day's work....

You might remember that their furniture is a set of Heywood Wakefield twin beds, 2 dressers and a nightstand that belonged to my Father in Law.  We've used it with all our kids thru the years, and it's gotten pretty beat up.  Because HW furniture is worth a heck of a lot of money these days, I looked into having them redone with the signature 'champagne' finish used when these were made.

How 'bout not.  It was just a wicked amount of money.  So I kept them as is for the last 20 years.  They have a modern vintage feel to them, but honestly, I was tired of working with the dingy, damaged champagne finish.  My choice was either give them to another family member (which I didn't want to do because my own kids have used these for so long), or just bite the bullet and paint them.

I opted to finally paint them.  It was hard putting that first brush stroke on, let me tell ya.  But I'm really happy with them.  Each boy gets 1/2 the set for their own room. One set is red (a mistint form Walmart), the other will get the denim blue color you can see below. These are actually chairs we picked up for $5 from hubby's work when they remodeled their atrium. Their modern curves work great with the vintage pieces.

This is my task for today...spraying each and every piece with the denim blue.  BTW, I found this discontinued color at my Restore for $2 a can.  I bought 14 cans.  It's Rustoleum, so I think that will cover it.

Their rooms sit side by side, and will be different colors, but if I ever decide to put the set back together for grandkids (please oh please), it think the red and blue will work perfectly together in the same room again.

If you haven't already linked your kid's rooms to my impromptu linky....please do so!  There's TONS of inspiration down there.  You guys are wicked creative. I'll leave it open for another week or so.

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Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

How on earth do you accomplish so much? I find you totally amazing! Can't wait to see the finished products! Like the stripe on the window.

Claudia said...

Wow. How do you do it? I think you have lots of energy, my friend. I love what you're doing with the bedrooms.

Boy, I totally understand the difficulty of putting paint on Heywood Wakefield - that would have been very hard for me, too. I'm sure it will really pay off.


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Lovin' the colors. Look forward to seeing the room!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love it!! It looks so great! And ticking....your are such a TEASE! I know I am going to love it!!

Lou Cinda :)

NanaDiana said...

Cindy- I love it that I have found someone almost as crazy as me out here in Blogland. I always have 2 or 3 project going at the same time. I tell ya-it is a sickness of the worst sort. We have someone working here for MrK today and all I wanted to do was get out in the garage and spray paint because we had a nice day...well, with the guys here I can't do it...which sucks because tomorrow I am back to a long work week! sigh...and you are painting....and I am reading about painting...life is sooo unfair;>) Looking great so far, Cindy-can't wait to see the final reveal. hugs- Diana

ps...where did the term working like a dog come from? Every dog I have ever had is lazier than I am~just sayin...

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

I think painting them was the right choice... I have struggled many times with painting something... my mom always says "not everything needs to be painted"!! Usually I don't listen to her and paint it! and I am happy!!! :) I can't wait to see the rooms! But I also think you should take a break ;)

Marianne said...

Two rooms at once! Amazing.
Your boys are going to be kings of their castles in their new homes.

Pam Kessler said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. Looks like you have a huge project ahead of you for today!

Petit Coterie said...

Looking forward to seeing the grand unveiling! It's always nice to have a new space.


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Those rooms are going to look so good!

I think painting those pieces is the right call. Original finish is fine if the finish is good. If not~paint!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love your mistints. Such great colors and a great price. I know how scary that first stroke is or spray. Are you using a big sprayer? I want one. Can't wait to see it all done.

Crafty Sisters said...

Looks good! Smart woman to buy 14 cans. We have lost our warm weather here and I have so much painting I need to get done.

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*Cant wait to see how it turns out!! I have two boys of my own and yikes their rooms need help!! LOL!! ;)Rachel~*

COTTAG3 said...

Oh this is going to be good! Love the fabrics, love the furniture and love the colors. I can't wait to see what you do with that red trim.

Cassie Bustamante said...

loving all the elements- can't wait to see it all together! hope the topcoat went better this time!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see the after!
(on the laundry topic) that's great that you can use your own soap. I love the smell of homemade soaps...I may try that!

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Oh I love the red and blue colors. I agree they would look good in the same room as well. I do admire your courage in painting "real antiques", not sure I could have done it... although painted furniture is something I adore.

PS thanks for the Funky Junk bloggin tips post...great information!

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

I can't wait to see how it all turns out =)

Tricia said...

Oh I can't wait to see the "after." I just read Donna's post. It was really good, wasn't it? :)

gena said...

Sounds awesome ! I love the denim and ticking sneak peak - perfect for a boy's room !

And what's the secret for having more hours in the day than the rest of us ? You are a ball of energy !!!!!!


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

It always a dilemma whether to paint vintage items or not. But if it's cost prohibitive to restore...then paint, paint, paint!

Hey, where have you been lately? I've missed ya linking to my party.

Just put the link up, so hop on over here:

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Rustique Gal said...

OOH, you are tempting us with those fabrics and red slats--I'd have done the same thing to the beds. If you don't have them as investments, you should be able to do what you want with them right? They look great. I love that blue too.
Take care!

Anne Lorys said...

I'm loving the sneak peeks, Cindy!
Can't go wrong with red and white ticking. :-)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

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