For the last few day we have been sanding,painting,painting and painting.Personally its not for me.I love the instant redecorating it offers and I love the texture of paint and the colours but the prep work before you paint I do not love and the frustrations with dribbles,smears and the like I really do not love.None the less we now have an almost completed white bright back of house.It is incredible the difference the right white (we used Dulux Stowe White) can make and it is insane how mush more open our kitchen looks now.Insane!!
Of course once we had done the sides we had no desire to put the Expedit IKEA bookcase back against the windows even though it has no back.The rearranging began.Husband arrived home yesterday for an outing to find furniture had been moved.
Once the unit was back in the boys room I still badly needed something in the kitchen so I stole the unit under our bedroom window.Stupidly I have taken away my spare storage/workstation and now all my felting and the like is in a sorry pile on my heavily burdened desk.I really like this in the kitchen now and there are not too many things that are yet to find a new home.
The boys room is nearly there as well with freshly painted bunk-beds much to their delight.I still have to make curtains for Olivers lower bunk for pretty as much as practical reasons so he can sleep when Henry is still reading but my desk is under attack so they are on hold.Henry has insisted that if Oliver gets curtains his bunk needs decorating too so a reading shelf and that good old faithful called bunting is on its way soon.
I am still sorting through things in this room.Boys seem to have so much stuff!! I mean teensy tiny stuff that gets under things and in things and why have a couple of cars/lego things/dinsoaurs/transformers/animals etc etc when you can have a zillion.I mean really- you'd be nuts not to right??
As a child I had Strawberry Shortcake dolls(miniature with that cute as hell little house! as well as the larger smelly dolls.I loved them to bits.(Between you and me I still do.....secretly).I had Cindy with various outfits and Mathilda complete with bedroom furniture.Hello Kitty,Melody Makers,Little Twinstar and the cutest dinosaur ever-AC Godzilly.I collected smelly stickers and erasers and all manner of stationary bits and pieces but seriously I do not think I had as much loose stuff as my children.And I had much loved and treasured space lego as well.Its all the little parts that make up the unit and when Ben 10 decides to bring out a watch well he is going to ensure that if a boy can think it the watch can do it.That means discs that propel off the face depending on what?Bens mood?? Bionicles have to come in a million pieces so you can put them together and make one big piece.Dito lego,train sets and race tracks.Football cards are in a league of their own because if you are unfortunate to have a serious fan for a child who haggles and collects at a rate of knots,you are compelled to buy the super duper special folder to keep them in.Resist at your own risk-they slip under the rug and the skirting (literally) never to be seen again but leaving you with a suitably distressed and demented six year old.
It was not until I embarked on the resorting of every conceivable container ,drawer and hidden treasure pouch or box that this really struck me.I have been sitting in the middle of their room in awe.I have some serious horders in my family and whilst smaller than me they outdo my collecting genes in spades.