now that’s what a toy room is supposed to look like

i just did the obvious and got rid of all the toys.  it’s what i call a one-sided downside.  good for me, good for me, and bad for them.  i don’t know why i didn’t think of it sooner.

after i heartlessly sold a good $300 of the kids’ stuff on craigslist i was able to buy paint, cube storage, furniture refinishing supplies, and (my favorite) all matching light bulbs.  all while reassuring the children that they would thank me later.

the next step was painting, which was the worst.  i’m talking caulking all the baseboards, re-painting all the trim, painting the ceiling, doors, and a record three coats on the walls to cover the orange and get a deep enough blue where i went over white.  all while very, very fat.  then, after sinking $175 into new cube storage, i had to buy cubes.  which, get this, cost $147.  right.  it’s that little sucker punch at the end that gets you.  not to be had, i ordered double-wall, corrugate boxes off the internet for $30 instead.  and half of that was shipping.  but as they start to wear, i’m hoping to have found them locally, and be able to replace them at the proper 80 cents a piece.  i still need to find a hole punch thick enough to put some finger holes in the fronts, but i’m calling it good.

wait, did i say painting was the worst?  i recant.  spending a week stripping this table in the front driveway, 8 months pregnant, was the worst.  every time my husband would pull up from work he would find me guiltily sanding and would give me his standard dirty hairy.  “don’t you have something better to do with your time?  like, don’t you have children?”  yes, but they’re all going to thank me later.  (any time now.)

of course, after i got the table sanded, i had to strip/re-sand/stain it three more times, because i bought water-based stain that was spawn of the very devil.  let’s speak no more of it and just call it my $100, 30 man hour table.  that even had the nerve to turn out blue, instead of the charcoal gray it promised.  we are not on speaking terms.

on a lighter note, meet my anthro knobs.  they’re my friends.  that and i don’t have to look at books no more.  you just mush the doors shut and say, “hey, look at that.  isn’t that nice?”

the new map is finally up.  i bought this for my husband a few years ago for his birthday.  neglecting to account for the fact that it would cost another $60 to mount it to foam core, laminate, and frame it.  which means it sat for two years in the laundry room while i built up my nerve.  also, you can see the gray in this picture that’s on the rest of the walls.  only two walls are blue.  after looking at a bazillion blue/gray paint sample combinations that left me feeling drab, i finally hit a combo that seemed to light up.  i’m loving it.

anyways, as we get around to it we’re accenting with orange.  i think i want some tintin prints and some orange polka dots.  but next on the line-up i plan on crafting some black corduroy bean bags.  because someone gave me piles of black corduroy.  and if you haven’t got this impression already, if i spend anymore money i might get divorced.  although really, at the end of the day, i think i only spent $20 of my husband’s money.  the rest was magic money.  magic money and girl math and there’s no saying what you can’t do.  😉

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6 Responses to “now that’s what a toy room is supposed to look like”


  1. 1 Anonymous September 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I really like the blue and map is great. Good colors. But looks a little sterile. Does anyone live there?

  2. 2 mavis September 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    not anymore. 😉
    i still want to do curtains, throw pillows, bean bags, and some tintin posters. but other than that, sterile was definitely the look i was going for.

  3. 3 Anonymous September 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

    maybe i will make you some pillows. i have lots of fabric at the house now. you kids never had lots of toys, and you did not notice that you were missing anything. mom

  4. 4 Jessica M. September 27, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Love it! Especially the no toy part. You’ve completely inspired me to learn how to use eBay.

  5. 5 mavis September 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    don’t worry, i did leave the legos. 😉 i think the rest was there just to make messes with. since they certainly haven’t noticed.


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