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Ikea Expedit: 4th Room’s a Charm

I am a little reluctant to admit that our Ikea Expedit bookcase has changed rooms a staggering four times in our home.  I guess it’s a testament to how versatile it is as a piece of furniture (or maybe it’s the fact that I love to “re-do” rooms).  Let’s review where the Expedit has been and the purpose it has served in each space.

When we first moved into our home we purchased the Expedit to store our kids toys in the family room:

Expedit 1

I liked the functionality of the piece but decided I would rather have a more “built-in” look.  The Expedit was replaced by the bookshelves in this post.  We moved it into our home office which you can see in the picture below:

Expedit 2

I love how much “stuff” the Expedit holds but my two year old was pulling everything she could reach off the shelves on a daily basis and I was sick of kid’s toys all over the family room.  When I purchased the Goodwill bookcases I knew it was time to create a home office in our family room and turn our fourth bedroom into a playroom.  At this point I didn’t really have a place for the Expedit and I even tried to sell it.  Gladly, it didn’t sell and I found a home for it in our son’s room:

Expedit 3

My son’s bed doesn’t have a headboard so I put the Expedit behind the bed for additional storage.  Please excuse this picture, I guess I never took a photo of the bookcase styled and the bed made.  I snapped this shot just before the Expedit’s fourth move.  This photo provides a sneak peak at some of the changes in Mason’s room.  We bought him a loft bed from Ikea to go over his queen but it was too tall for our standard height ceilings and thus we had to cut it down.  The bookcase would no longer fit under the loft bed (more on that later).

And so we come to the Expedit in it’s final resting place.  Someday, when we remodel our master bathroom, it will have to leave the nest but for now it functions quite nicely for bathroom storage:Expedit 4

There were things I needed to store, like swimming towels, that I did not want on display.  To cover the lower eight cubbies, I hung a narrow curtain rod on the front of the bookcase and attached two curtain panels with rings and clips.  The curtain is actually a shower curtain I picked up at TJ Max several months ago.  I cut it down and hemmed it with no sew hem tape.  It works like a charm.  Here’s a closer look:

Expedit 5

Callie’s Big Girl Room Reveal

We finished Callie’s big girl room a few months ago but with the insanity of the holidays I am only now ready to post the big reveal.  I already showed you the bead board wainscoting and the pink wall color in this post.  Since my original post, we have removed her crib (sad face), purchased a full size bed from Ikea along with a dresser and nightstand.  Let’s review my inspiration board and I can tell you where I diverted a bit.

Callie's Big Girl Room Mood Board

The bed isn’t exactly what I wanted.  My inspiration board included this bed from Ikea.  My plan was to spray paint it white for a softer, more girly feel.  However, my local Ikea didn’t carry that bed in stock.  The one we purchased was less expensive than my first option and already white.  My preference is usually for something more simple but since the headboard detail is mostly covered by pillows anyway I gave it a shot.

Callie's Bed

Hack Hemnes Dresser

I love, love, love how the dresser turned out.  It’s the Hemnes dresser from Ikea but with vintage inspired hardware it looks like the high end piece (see pic below) from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child.  I decided to use some hardware I already had for the top drawers for a little touch of pink.  The remaining pulls were purchased online at Van Dykes Hardware and were very reasonably priced at $4.50 each.

RH Baby and Child Bed

I spread out some the vintage barbie prints on the walls throughout her room as they would have been too close to the ceiling above the height of the new headboard.  The bedding sources are as follows.

1) Pink polka dot duvet is Pottery Barn Teen which I won on eBay for $50.

2) The sheets were purchased for Callie by her Grandmother for Christmas last year – Circo Blossom from Target (no longer available).

3) The euro sham is Restoration Hardware Baby and Child purchased at their outlet store (no longer available).

4) The quilted sham is Pottery Barn Kids Brigette Ruffle Collection.

5) The boudoir pillow is Pottery Barn Teen Pom Pom Organic pillow.

6) The floral white blanket was purchased by yours truely many years ago for our guest bedroom and I think I bought it at Marshalls.

Callie's Big Girl Room Callie Nightstand Callie Dresser Top Callie Doll Dresser

I hope to make a few tweaks to the bedding.  No surprise there, my friends can attest that I have a serious bedding addiction.  I want to purchase another Brigette ruffle sham from PB Kids.  I am going to ditch the RH Baby and Child euro sham for two matching euro shams (see pic below).  I like the sham but I cannot find a mate for it and I am a bit OCD about beds having symmetry.

Harper Quilted Euro Sham

In addition to the bedding changes, I really want to add crown molding to Callie’s ceiling.  We will reuse the baseboard we removed when we installed the bead board since it was brand new.  We will place it upside down on the ceiling and put the crown on top.  This creates a custom, layered look on the crown and beefs it up quite a bit.  I purposely did not do the greatest job of painting the ceiling edge knowing that someday it would be covered by crown molding.  Stay tuned for a post on that project later this year.  We also made some significant changes in Mason’s room which I will post later this week.

Holy Birthday Batman!

I apologize for the long delay between posts.  I have been very busy crafting for my son’s fourth birthday party which occurred this past Saturday.  Mason loves Batman and so a Batman themed party it was.  Below are some party pics and the details on the crafts I made.

I made my own cupcake toppers for the party which I do nearly every birthday.  I started by doing a Google search for Batman logos/images.  When I found a few I liked, I right clicked and saved them on my computer.  I then used auto shapes in PowerPoint to create circles in the dimensions I needed (2″ x 2″).  I have a circle craft punch so if they are sized correctly it makes cutting them out a snap.  I inserted the Batman images and added text boxes to say “Mason” and his age “4”.  I printed the finished circles on white card-stock and cut them out with my punch.

I then used a larger circle punch to cut coordinating circles out of scrapbook paper.  I hot glued a candy stick from the craft store between the circles and I had my own personalized cupcake toppers.

I browsed the internet for Batman party ideas and found a template for a child’s bat mask.  I purchased blue and pink foam from the craft store along with some elastic for the back.   I printed the template on card-stock and traced it onto the foam sheets.  I cut the border with scissors and the eyes with my X-acto knife.  I made a small slit on either side of the mask with my knife and double knotted the elastic to each side.  I also bought foam stickers from the craft store so the kid’s could decorate their own masks.

In my internet search for party ideas I came across a great idea for favors.  Personalized Batman t-shirts for the kids!  I bought iron on transfer paper (for dark shirts) at the craft store along with shirts in various sizes.  I had a big age range at my son’s party so I had to buy some toddler tees at Old Navy  since the craft store didn’t sell small enough sizes.  My BFF Tiffany at Sugar Ink Papery designed the logos for me.  If you are not a pro at Photoshop you can make the logos in Powerpoint which I did to make my husbands shirt on the fly.  I printed the logos using the instructions that came with the iron on transfer paper .  I was able to get two logos on one sheet of transfer paper.  I then cut them out with scissors and ironed them on, again, following the instructions.  They turned out so cute!  I also made a custom thank you tag for each shirt with the washing instructions on the back.  I bought children’s hangers from the dollar store to hang them up on display during the party.  The hangers also made it easy for the kid’s to take their shirt home.

I even made a shirt for myself!

For the remainder of the party decor I wanted to keep costs down.  I saw this table cloth tent idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot.  It was super easy and cheap since the plastic table cloths came from the Dollar Store.  I would have liked it to be a bit fuller but the ceiling in my dining room wasn’t having it.

I bought some Batman streamer from Party City and used Batman wrapping paper as a table runner.  The balloons I already had leftover from past parties.  Mason was one very happy birthday boy!

I made a birthday banner for the party also.  Again, this is something I do pretty frequently so I have a template in Powerpoint that I modify with changing party themes.  I printed the banner letters on white card-stock and cut them out.  I then used scrapbook adhesive to attached coordinating scrapbook paper to the back of each letter.  This time I used my laminator so that the banner would hold up better in the long run.  I punched holes in top of each letter and strung them together with ribbon.  Voila, custom birthday banner for next to nothing!