Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Girls dorm part 3

I only a few minutes before I need to start school with the kids so this will have to be a quick update on our progress.

We have the walls and floor painted but I forgot to take a good picture of the floor before we started the beds.  Oops.  It looked beautiful though.
We used zero VOC Olympic brand paint in Garlic Clove (my preferred shade of white that I've used in all our houses.)  I've never used zero VOC before and didn't know how well it would cover but I'm happy to announce it covered excellent with two coats.  The floor will get a third but only because we left marks during the bed building process.  I'm sure extra coats there will be a good idea anyway.  I don't know for sure what I want to do on the floor permanently...carpet, wood, rugs, leave it as it is.  I really like the white paint, which with four girls in one room, I'm sure will be covered in make up, nail polish and markers before too long, but it's paint.  Who cares, right?  Just slap on another coat of paint.
Paint scuffs terribly, but the scuffs have always come right off with a mop and they don't wear shoes past the front door anyway.  (We have free range chickens.  Ahem.)
So for now, that's as far as I want to go with the floor and I'm loving the way it looks so much that I'm thinking I'll paint my bedroom floor white too!

Once it was all painted and dry, Jeff and Gracie set up shop and built four beds together.

Jeff hates to work alone (even if he doesn't need help) and Gracie has really been wanting to participate so he handed her some power tools, and I'm sure, made her do most of the work.  He excels in delegation.

I was happy to have the day off and only be on camera duty.  That's my favorite part anyway.

Bed number one. 
Good work Grace!

Bed's number two, three and four.
Outstanding craftsmanship, Grace.  I'm really impressed.
They screwed them to the wall on two sides so we only used one leg per bed.  It might look a little funny right now, but we plan to have built in bedside tables and desks which would prevent you from seeing any of the other legs anyway.  We're going with "built-in" furniture because it's an oddly shaped room that would be difficult to furnish otherwise.  And if it isn't extremely sturdy and nailed to the floor it wouldn't last around here for long. 

Now, guess who has to to clean up this mess and paint the beds?
If you said me, you're probably right.

Next (once our bank account recovers) we'll be adding two large custom built (Jeff built) drawers under each bed.  We're also tossing around the idea of incorporating some book shelves into the trim work around the door and window.  I'd really like to get this room completed before we move on upstairs, but we'll see how that goes.

I think I'll link up with Sarah today at A Beach Cottage.  Sounds fun!


  1. It looks so nice already. I can't wait to see it finished!

  2. Gorgeous! But oh my goodness, that picture of Gracie with the drill brought back daughter was using the drill once (in fact, it was my daughter named Grace) and her hair was hanging down like Gracie's and her hair got caught in the drill and in a split second it wound up to her scalp and pulled out a chunk of her head. Wear your hair back Gracie...please! :) Lisa~

  3. Wow, I love the idea of a dorm, I need one with three little boys sharing a room - the mess drives me insane!

  4. I WANT THAT ROOM! It's soooooo enchanting! LOVE IT!

    m ^..^

  5. My girls have a similarly shaped room, and your idea about built-ins is an awesome one! Great planning on your part. It is looking really nice. I bet your girls can't wait!

  6. what a great space! I'd love to sleep in there under the eaves!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment on my kitchen makeover! Now I've found your blog and look forward to going through it to catch up! :)

  7. Wow, this is looking gorgeous. What a pro your duahgter is!!! I'm really looking forward to following along and seeing how it comes along.

    I can't believe that this is your version of a 'quick' post before the children go to school - you must be Super Woman!!


  8. Celeste this is REALLY coming along!! I would LOVE to have slept in a bedroom like this as a kid! I can't wait to see it once it is complete, with all your amazing decorating touches!! :)

  9. Celeste,

    I've been here before the 'big move' and I am still amazed but all the creativity and ingenuity you, Jeff and your children have. The dorm looks great so far. Grace did a wonderful job under her Daddy's instruction.

    Your Friend,

  10. this is simply wonderful. what a great room your girls will have and even better is the experience of creating it with their dad.
    thank you for sharing it and the lovely comments on my blog.

  11. I love it!! You are so inspiring!

  12. I am signing up to follow you in just a sec. I know I am going to love following you along as you create your dream!

  13. not even sure how i stumbled upon your blog this afternoon. what an undertaking!!!!! you've piqued my interest. i'm going to follow along. have a wonderful weekend:)

  14. Wow. Very impressive work you all! Good job!

    When we had our farm, th house was small and we also had 5 children, so we went the built in route as well. It was really a life saver! I think you are very smart to go that route!

    Good luck! I can't wait to see it when it's all finished.

  15. What a great room, and I love the beds! It's so cool to have the kids take part in creating your home- what great memories for them... I look forward to seeing more pictures of your progress along the way... Blessings on you all.

  16. I stumbled on your blog after searching for a metal shower surround. I was inspired by the same picture! I love the look of the metal shower and I wanted to know if you have finished it yet. I couldn't find anything more on it, but I could be looking in the wrong place. I just had a bunch of questions for you lol! In the magazine it said they used metallic caulk to seal around the screws and they also sealed it with a clear sealer. Did you do either of these? If not did it make any difference? I love your bathroom and am TOTALLY wanting that same look. I even have the same blue Ball jars. Haha Thank you! Jami

  17. Jami, It's still not completely finished in that we still lack the trim around the outside edges, but that doesn's affect the functionality of the shower (and it's really hard for us to stay focused a complete a project when everything in the house is unfinished!) Anyway, it's held up great and we still love it and no, we didn't use the metallic caulk around the screws or use any kind of sealer on the metal itself it's galvanized so it shouldn't rust for a long time. (When it does, that will be my excuse for asking my husband to redo it to whatever the latest greatest thing is in the future. Ha!) I get a surprising (to me) amount of emails about the shower so one of these days I really should do a complete tutorial I guess, but until then feel free to email me ( and ask me a bunch of questions. I'd love to help you!
    ☺ Celeste

  18. It looks amazing to far!!! I love love love it!!!

  19. Hi Celeste,

    Trying to send you an email...did you change your address?

  20. Hi Celeste~ Trying to send you an email...did you change your address? Darlene

  21. Wow, I love how light the room is. Read you "bio" sounds wonderful . Life in the country with a small hobby farm is what hubby and I want too. But till then we are "living off the land" as best we can on our 1/10 of an acre.

    Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"