Saturday, September 13, 2014

Xander's Room Redesign: The Bed Makes the Garage



I'll admit this race car bed is bigger than Xander. When I was a little girl I loved all things cars: hot wheels, matchbox, fake cityscapes I could drive them all through. I loved cars. In retrospect, I think I was into cars, because I grew up around my grandpa's tire company, but that's just speculation. What IS fact is that I was 100 percent obsessed with Ricky Stratton's bed in Silver Spoons. When thinking about X's room and deciding upon the garage theme, what goes in a garage? Duh. A car. Many people in our world - for a variety of reasons - sleep in their cars. And, Xander would too. And, even though the bed is for Xander, it without a doubt is fulfilling a childhood dream of mine. I wanted that car bed, and now I could get it for Xander. So here's how it went down.....

Last week we ordered it from Toys R Us. Shipping was going to be a $100. Well, no way was I going to pay that. Not when I could rent a truck for $30! Toys R Us warned us that the bed was huge and would not fit in a regular SUV.   We really only wanted to rent a pick-up, but of course, on a Friday night, they were all reserved. We took the next size up. I fetched Xander from school, and met Alex (who was in the uhaul) at the Toys R Us and our caper began....



Xander checking out the truck to make sure it's going to fit his bed....



The poor stock room clerk on duty that had the responsibility of loading the bed for us....
I'm sure he wished he'd called in sick to work!



How could I resist the begging from this little face? He really really wanted to ride with Alex home in the uhaul, so I apprehensively allowed him....


Pure joy. 


Getting it home and helping Alex take out all the pieces....


And, the finished product. He is in LOVE.


So what I loved about this bed aside from the fact it had stupendous reviews and was made in America, is that it's a Toddler Bed and Twin Bed. Right now you see it above with Xander's Toddler mattress in it, exposing the fun built-in racetrack. In a year or so, we will be able to put a Twin mattress right on top, easy peasy. Fits like a glove and requires no box spring! I love the quality and value of this bed. I'm anticipating moving him up to a real big boy bed when he gets to middle school, but for now I get to enjoy my little guy in his "racing driver" as he calls it. 


Back of the bed.


And I know this has nothing to do with the bed, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of how the chalk board wall has turned out. After letting it sit for well over the recommended time, we let him start coloring on it today. I love the way it looks and it's serving its purpose: You wanna draw on my walls? Fine, here is your very OWN wall to draw all over. Draw until your heart is content, but only draw on THIS wall! 


Room's still not finished yet, I'm estimating next weekend will be the big, complete unveiling, but for now, it's piece meal. Alex and I are giddy with happiness every time Xander tells us he loves his "cool room." I still remember going to get my day bed with my parents when I was six years old, I really hope Xander remembers all the fun we're ALL having turning his room into the second-floor "garage." 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Xander's Room Redesign: Accessories Make the Outfit



So true right? Shoes, bags, scarves, jewelry, the details really make the look, yes? It's the exact same for a themed room. It should come as no shock that I was dying to go out and purchase the accessories for Xander's Garage. So here's a sneak peek........I'm ecstatic to show you all the finished result, but not until I get it all together........