Completely skimming over items one through seven, here we are at number eight on the home project 2023 list – the bunkroom.
What began as an impromptu Facebook Marketplace purchase (£30 for the Ikea Mydal bunkbed frame) when we had friends visiting and not enough beds, has turned into a somewhat time consuming side project. It is, however, keeping us busy whilst we await confirmation that the roof is watertight and insulation can continue in the extension.
Search ‘built in bunkbed’ on Pinterest and you will be served a feast of inspiration. I saved a smorgasbord and slowly narrowed it down to a few favourites which not only pleased me aesthetically but also fit with the period of the house as well as being possible with our Mydal base. Whilst it appears to be relatively straight forward to start from scratch with your own timber frame, there is some comfort in knowing that the platform upon which my child is sleeping (as well as under) is rock solid. Add to that that the timber alone would be considerably more than the £30 we spent on the second hand Ikea frame.
We have embellished and clad and sanded and added drawers and cornicing and beading and now, finally, we are ready for the fun bit… THE PAINT. I made a shortlist of my favourites and presented it to my five year old son.
The finishing touches will be light fittings and decor and I pulled together a quick moodboard – with a nod to dinosaur jungle (his main passion in life) in terms of colour and details but keeping the fixtures on the classic side, there should be ample opportunity to slip in the odd t-rex here and there in the non permanent furnishings.
Now to determine if the striped ceiling might a step too far and, if not, which design to move forward with… Stripes are always a good idea though, right? Tell me what you think?
farrah palm leaf ceiling light – Dunelm
churchgate cotes rattan plug in wall light – Dunelm
mydal bunkbed frame – Ikea
oxbow fabric in sap green – Sanderson
aged brass kelso pull handle – From The Anvil
‘jewel beetle’ & ‘hopper’ intelligent child safe paint – Little Greene
I will be working with Little Greene on this project in the future
images via Pinterest
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