February 17, 2014 by Terry
Today I thought I would share my twin boys bedroom. In the very beginning they shared a room but had their own cribs…this didn’t work…we learned very early on that they needed to be touching (back to back) when swaddled and laid in their crib to sleep. They needed to feel the movement and warmth of each other in order to settle. As they grew bigger they were still in the same room but in their own cribs.
When they were ready for big boy beds we decided that they might each like to have their own space and so we made them their own bedrooms….and after a few months apart…in the end it was back to being together.
They Share a room on the fourth level of our 5 level split home. This room was most likely intended to be an office or craft room as it did not have a closet. We went to Ikea and bought one of their wardrobes in order to create a closet without committing future owners to having this room as a bedroom. It works great for now as they are only 9 and their clothes don’t take up a lot of space.
As you can see…their mom still hasn’t removed the purchase stickers off their beds…why would they do that anyways? It ruins the finish and is so difficult to remove…. Anyhoo….I will get to it someday!
These beds are actually bunk beds that we have just as twin beds, the ceiling is high enough but there is a pony wall around 2 sides of the room and I think it just looks awkward with the ledge….I hate the ledge!!! It is nothing more than a junk and dust collector. When I painted the room I also painted the ledge and instead of the outdated trim on it I used some rope from the local hardware store to trim up the raw edges. This gave it a bit of a masculine and nautical feel, and it was cheap to do.
Instead of 2 night stands I replaced them with this really nice antique dresser that I purchased from an antique mall in a near by town for around $75.00. It was in wonderful shape and even had metal castors… my favourite! They each get 1.5 drawers to hold their “stuff” :0)
The quilted wall hook hanging also comes from the same antique shop as the dresser. The hooks hold antique skates that are etched on the blade “the Toronto Maple Leafs”.
The other ones are carved out of wood and have rusty little blades on them. They both like to play the ukulele and have them displayed on the wall when not in use…I love listening to the songs they make up!
Each has their own side with their own stuff…I think though that soon it will be time to give their quilts an update as they are starting to get faded and worn from washing and wear…They each love hockey so they have their team blankets too. They also have a love for aviation…naturally, as that is our life most of the time, their dad works on aircraft year round…
They have their days where they don’t get along…that’s natural… Sometimes I have to laugh when I hear them argue and one says to the other “well fine! You’re not invited to my birthday then!” OR …(my favourite) “well you’re ugly!” …They’re TWINS!!! They share the same birthday and face! I’m just glad they always say sorry in the end and end up giggling and rough housing. They are so lucky to have each other as best friends always. Sometimes I forget that they are twins and are expected to share everything and that it can be very frustrating for them sometimes…but they also know how very special they are to our family as individuals as well.
Have a good week!