A Surprise Switcheroo

This has to have been one of the longest weeks of my life! My 10 year old daughter has been away on her first ever school camp. They were not allowed to take anything with a telephone network or Wi-Fi connection so there has been no communication whatsoever, except a postcard which made me sob when I received it yesterday. I miss her so much, I could just melt into a sizzling pile of clothes like the witch in the Wizard of Oz.

So, what to do to keep myself from going crazy? A little bedroom surprise of course! We made some changes to our little lady’s room back at Christmas time and I am pleased to report that while the room is not always clean and tidy, (show me a 10 year old whose room is) it is most definitely, much, much better than it was before. Having pared her things down and allocated a place for everything has made it so much easier for her to keep the mess under control.

However, it took us so long to sort everything out that I have to confess, we all ran out of steam a little bit and the other end of the room was never properly finished off. In fact, I didn’t even share a picture of that part of the room as I knew there was still work to be done.

Here is what we were starting with

Here is what we were starting with

The other slight problem we had was that the new desk we had bought to match the shelving over the bed was very slightly too long to fit in the spot I had hoped would be its home. This was either a result of a) my sloppy measuring or b) IKEA’s having made ALL their ‘Hemnes’ desks with the wrong dimensions. Now, I’m not one to point the finger so I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion as to what went wrong. (O.k, there is a very, very slight chance the error was mine!)

The desk was supposed to fit this space perfectly but 'somebody' messed up the measurements!

The desk was supposed to fit this space perfectly but ‘somebody’ messed up the measurements!

To cut a (not very) long story (not very) short, we had a situation where the internal drawer in the wardrobe was difficult to open. It did open, but it was a struggle and I was concerned that we were either going to finish up damaging the desk or the wardrobe (or both!) and so it was clear things were going to need to be changed.

The corner of the desk pushed into the wardrobe door when the internal drawer was open

The corner of the desk pushed into the wardrobe door when the internal drawer was open

Fortunately, at the other end of the room, we had a chest of drawers which weren’t really needed. We had bought them for our first nursery in our last house and had a wardrobe to match but when we moved to our current home, there were fitted wardrobes and we didn’t really need the freestanding units any more. We had kept them in this room just to add extra storage but now we’ve streamlined our belongings, we didn’t really need them. Our daughter had been keen to get rid of the chest of drawers at Christmas but almost 6 months down the line, they were still sitting there empty! That’s how we roll around here! Until this week.

Now the desk has a less cramped new home

Now the desk has a less cramped new home

This week has given us the perfect opportunity to make the most of the evenings to get things sorted in here without having to worry about keeping madam awake. So, out went the chest of drawers making space to move the too-big desk into its new home on the other side of the room. Homework and craft projects can now take place here on the desk which is big enough to cope with both. We removed one of the shelves from the wall and hung a picture which we had painted by a very clever man on the side of the road on holiday a few years ago.

The dressing table has now switched over to the wall next to the wardrobe allowing room for the mirror in that corner as well (slightly better than its previous home leaning against the curtains!) It all makes much more sense now with all the ‘dressing’ activities confined to one area.

The dressing table makes more sense over here

The dressing table makes more sense over here

The dressing table still needs re-painting but that will be so much easier now that it’s not hemmed into a corner. It’s on my list!

The mirror now fits perfectly in this space too

The mirror now fits perfectly in this space too

And as a finishing touch, I finally got around to hanging the string lights above the bed because, what (not so) little girl wouldn’t want pretty lights above their bed right? (Is it acceptable for adults to have lights over their bed? I think I want some too!)

Twinkle twinkle little.....light

Twinkle twinkle little…..light

I can’t WAIT to see her reaction, I am quietly confident she will love it as she’s been asking me on an almost-daily basis since Christmas when we are going to finish her room! Has anyone else ever sneakily updated their kids rooms while they were away? I would love to hear about it. I remember my family doing it for me when I was a teenager and it was such a fab surprise to come home to. What do you think? Will she be pleased? Fingers crossed eh?!

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