The Boys’ Room (aka, pit of despair!)

The boys’ room has been a big frustration since we moved into the New York rental. The boys’ room is always a messy pit of legos but here it was an exceptional problem. Problem #1: 3 boys in a room the size of a large closet. Problem #2: NO CLOSET. At all. Not kidding. Just a room with a window in the corner. What kind of designers have rooms with no closet? I mean seriously. Is this the 1800s? Plus there is no way to get a wardrobe in that teeny tiny space that is already jammed with beds. OK. Breathe. I’ve been pondering this conundrum for 6 months now and FINALLY this week I had a breakthrough.

Here’s what they’ve been dealing with:
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(we’d already started working on the room when I realized I wanted “before” pictures. Normally the stuff on the bed is all over the floor!)

One of the biggest issues was clothes. 3 boys were sharing one 5 drawer chest of drawers. I’ve been trolling Craigslist for months and months but couldn’t find a 6 drawer dresser for a reasonable price. (by reasonable I mean that I had only $40 to spend on it!) Recently I found a post that had no price but advertised a dresser for sale. There was no picture and no description. I’m gonna be honest. I usually don’t even look at a listing if there isn’t a picture. But for some reason I answered this one and basically said I need a six drawer dresser and I’ve got $40. Whatcha got. 🙂 They wrote back and said the dresser was 6 drawers and I could have it for $40. Problem was the dresser was 45 minutes away and they couldn’t get any pictures to me. I’ve been burned by craigslist a few times and this really should have raised the red flags. But I talked to the lady on the phone and she sounded so sweet and nice.

You’re afraid this is going all wrong, aren’t you?

So I sent Kenny after the dresser after promising to kiss his feet every day for the rest of his life. He took Abe with him which made me very nervous. I basically paced the floor the whole 2 and a half hours they were gone. They came home with this:

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SCORE! I’m so excited. It’s exactly what we needed and the perfect size for the room after a little modifications. 🙂 The best part? They came home with 2 ADDITIONAL chests, 2 NIGHTSTANDS, a small BOOKCASE and a WOMAN’S BICYCLE. All for the original $40. SOOOOO EXCITED!!

I knew the dimensions of the dresser before Kenny and Abe picked it up and I knew it was going to make their room very cramped even though it would solve the clothing storage problem.

So I stood in the room and stared. For a long time. {cue chirping crickets}

I knew what needed to be done. The awful shelving attached to the wall had to go.

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Not only is it an eye sore but it creates a great little pit (SARCASM!) for Abe’s stuff:

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So Abe and I cleared everything out and thought it would be easy going getting the screws unscrewed and getting that monstrosity off the wall. Little did we know we were facing 19 of these babies:

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The hooks had anchors attached and instead of screws there were nails in the anchors!! Sheesh. Kenny stopped by and commented that he now knew why there were no pictures of Thrifty Decor Chick‘s husband on her blog. What’s that supposed to mean? 😉 Abe and I had a time of it but we persevered. I love having a 13 year old son. He’s really into all that handyman stuff.

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Once Abe got going with the crowbar side of the hammer it really didn’t take that long. The anchors left some nasty holes in the wall, though. We made a quick trip down to the basement and (shock!) easily found a little tub of spackle. Spackling all the holes took about 5 minutes and was worth millions in she-woman feel (why does spackling make me feel like she-woman?). We waited about an hour after that and sanded the spots. If I owned this home I probably would have gone crazy at this point and headed off to Lowes for paint but I have not yet asked the landlord if I can paint (we did have permission to take down the shelves).

While we waited for the spackle to dry, I did some laundry and other housekeeping tasks while Abe worked on the monstrous mess on the floor of the bedroom.

Then it was time to bring in the big guns (literally! Just look at those guns. My man’s been working out!!).

He and Abe brought the new dresser up the stairs and re-arranged the beds. All three boys worked on the huge piles on their beds and made their beds nicely for mommy’s pictures. 🙂

Here’s the recap:

Right side of room BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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Left side of room BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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Pit of despair BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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We still have a little mess with their personal bins over in the corner and I want to hang some more things on the wall, but all in all, I’m happy with it. And the boys are happy with it. And the girls want me to work on their rooms. 🙂

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