So a little back story. This room was originally intended to be used to keep Michael’s clothes, to have a bunk for the boys to sleep when they came and visited and for the other side of the room to first be possibly turned into a nursery. We had the mini crib, and the folding bathtub I had bought all in preparation because we thought we might need them in the future. Sad news though. Michael and I went through fertility testing in Nashville a few years ago after moving into our rig. We found out due to certain medical reasons that we are most likely not going to be able to have children. And no adoption is sadly out of our reach as well for financial reasons, due to being military and moving around so often / and deployments, and due to the fact we live in an RV. Although we did look into the option of adoption. We even went so far as to have an interview with an adoption company. At the end of the interview she asked if we had any other questions. Of course I asked about them adopting to someone living a full-time lifestyle. Although we didn’t pursue it further than that one company we prayed about it a lot and decided for whatever reason God had decided that it was not in His plans for us to have a child together, at least at that point in our lives.
So moving on…. After sitting with that thought awhile we decided to make it into an office slide. I had bought a desk which I antiqued then also a chair which I had upholstered for the office setup. And I added the cat tree when we rescued Graycie. She never used it and we wound up donating it to a rescue group. I moved the room setup around quite a lot, only recently deciding what the space was to become. We had originally had the manufacturer take out the bunk and fold out couch when we ordered the RV thinking we could get pregnant easily. When that didn’t happen and the boys grew quicker than we thought we decided to change it up again. They had started fighting about their own space while sleeping together in the one bunk, thus we re-built the 2nd bunk in that space. We are now making the underneath storage. I thought about having it as a sewing nook and being able to lift up the bunk like the original bunk had done. After some trial runs we decided the board we purchased was too heavy to do that with. We didn’t think the latches would hold well in the wall holding that amount of weight. (hence the reason the last photo looks like it does) I have also put up a curtain to cover the space underneath. Although this room isn’t complete since I need to still get new bedding, a ladder for the bunk and a new rug. That will be done by summertime when the boys come to stay with us for 5 weeks.
We picked a medium – dark green color for the walls and a light grey for the cabinetry. Again as I said before we chose to sand in this room. Here are some photos of painting the room and what setup’s we have had for it. I will add a final pic to this post once it’s completed.
I also made some changes to the side that the entertainment center was on. Originally a small tv had come with the rv. There was this “entertainment” center space. After living with it awhile I decided we needed more shelf space. So we sold the tv, built a shelf and I painted it to match. I even made a piece on the front so it looked like it was built there to begin with. We also removed the panel that was on the bottom which was just had empty space behind it. I found these perfectly sized wooden crates on Amazon. So I got 4 of them, painted those, and then painted and glued on letters on the front. I needed a box for toys that wasn’t on the floor so this worked out great! Also the boys shoes all over the RV was driving me insane so I came up with a shoe box for them. There isn’t space by the front door on the hooks I have for me and Michael’s shoes. The crate with the star was just because I couldn’t come up with a reason for the 4th crate so I figured it would be for misc like the boys tablets and other things like that. The little wicker basket at the top shelf is I got from Goodwill, painted and use for their summer school supplies. We like to work with them on things like numbers, spelling, counting and such during the summer break. Helps keep their minds fresh for the new school year.
This will be the boys new bedding. I had originally, for some crazy reason, began decorating the room in yellows, and oranges. I have no clue why since it was Michael’s room and a boys room during the summer. Plus those colors didn’t really go with the wall color either. So after some searching I found the perfect rug and bedding for the room! I wanted it to match so the boys don’t fight but since I couldn’t stand the idea of Avengers or Ninja Turtles bedding I came up with this. I also wanted the boys to feel like they had a big boy room here at our place. I’m just hoping this stuff is still available when I’m ready to order it. I also redid the curtains. I found these at Goodwill and I just cut and hemmed them to fit the windows. The picture is dark but they are hanging on black curtain rods screwed into the wall I got from Walmart. I am also going to use my friends ETSY shop to get these vinyl decals with their names to put above each bunk, to help personalize the room. What do you think?
Does your RV have a bunkhouse? If so what have you done to make it work better for you and your family?