The Facebook "On This Day" app consistently reminds me that I am boring and my life is all about doing the same things over and over gain. Luckily, I am developing an alarmingly bad memory, so not only do these old things feel new again, I am consistently surprised that I have done them before at around the same time of year, and I always like to look at the pictures.
Around 3 years ago, we went to IKEA to get stuff to move Harry and Jack downstairs before Dorothy was born. When I looked at those pictures, I was surprised by how neat and cute the room looked because it really took a beating in the intervening time. We set that room up for a 6 year-old and a 4 year-old, which explains the train table. In the past 3 years, though, their cute IKEA duvet covers both ripped from frequent washing; the train table fell apart and got super glued and moved upstairs for a brief sojourn in Cooper's room before being thrown away entirely. We added another IKEA EXPEDIT shelf to hold toys and books and gave the Step 2 toy box/book shelf (it's indestructible!) to Dorothy. They broke all 3 lamps in their room, and we added some mismatched bean bag chairs and a TV so they could play their Wii U and a shitload of scrapes and smudges to the walls that were painted the same boring cream as the rest of the basement.
A few weeks ago, though, Harry came home from a friend's house speaking longingly about the friend's desk in his room with a place to hold all his pencils, and we felt bad and figured a desk was the least we could do for them.
So, almost 3 years to the day (thanks for the reminder Facebook!), we went BACK to IKEA for desks, chairs, duvet covers-- I had replaced the ripped ones with random clearance navy comforters from Target that are the perfect thing to stuff INSIDE a duvet cover), and lamps. Ben spent 2 days painting the walls (2 walls pale yellow; 2 walls pale blue) and assembling and rearranging the furniture and bam! A makeover on the cheap (less that $300 for everything!).
(Now Dorothy would like a pink wall, a purple wall, a blue wall, and a green wall, and she'd like to share a room with Cooper. So, stay tuned for more bed shuffling!)
We relocated the EXPEDIT shelf and added a decoupaged ampersand to the wall
Harry immediately tacked his spelling list on his bulletin board.