Multi-pur­pose bed­room for two busy boys

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This multi-pur­pose bed­room with its cheer­ful colours is a fun place to hang out;

dad Michael Muller made the bed and mom Lisa Spaar­wa­ter tack­led the paint­ing.

Thanks to their raised beds, Mich (7) and Chris­ti­aan (5) have lots of space to play on the floor. The area be­neath the bed pro­vides a cosy spot to read with stor­age space for toys un­der the seat­ing. Mat from Mr Price Home; chair up­hol­stered in Farm­yard (colour Indigo on Sky), read­ing nook mat­tress up­hol­stered in Retro Road (colour Brick on Sky), An­i­mal Al­pha­bet cush­ions (op­po­site, on top bed) and Farm­yard cush­ions (be­low) all from De­sign Team; red throws from Wool­worths; boots from Pick n Pay Cloth­ing

Costs

As the owner of Lemon & Lilac Paint Tech­niques, Lisa was able to use a lot of left­over paint from the busi­ness. The project cost about R5 000 in 2011, with Lisa and Michael do­ing all the work them­selves.

The project

“Whennnnnn will it be fin­ished? Daddy is tak­ing too long!” This was the re­frain Michael heard over and over again when he was con­struct­ing th­ese in­ge­nious beds for his sons, Mich (7) and Chris­ti­aan (5). At the time, they were living in Ob­ser­va­tory, Cape Town, but have since moved to Swellen­dam.

“Michael saw a sim­i­lar chil­dren’s room on the in­ter­net,” says Lisa. “I’m crazy about this kind of multi-pur­pose room – there’s plenty of space to play on the floor and there’s a spot to do homework and read un­der the beds. It helped a lot that our Vic­to­rian house had high ceil­ings.”

Michael did the wood­work over four week­ends. “It was more about care­ful plan­ning than hard work,” he ex­plains. Lisa adds: “Michael did ev­ery­thing him­self – with only a jig­saw, a drill and a few glasses of red wine!”

Af­ter that it was Lisa’s turn. She first painted the walls and then the beds. “Af­ter the first coat of darker paint (Rich Pra­line 1), I brushed the edges of the beds with lots of melted can­dle wax (sim­ply melt plain cheap can­dles) and a small artist’s paint­brush so that the next two coats – Dusted Moss 2 – wouldn’t ad­here to those ar­eas. This gave the beds a weath­ered look – per­fect for a boys’ room which, in any case, would have to en­dure the scratches and scuff marks made by swords and Star Wars light sabres!” Lisa laughs.

And once the paint­ing of the beds was done, th­ese were the words most of­ten heard, es­pe­cially when friends came over to play: “Wow, cool, awe­some!”

Did you know? You can cre­ate your own tex­tured paint with this sim­ple recipe: add one part build­ing sand to 10 parts paint; the finer the sand,

the finer the tex­ture. This area be­low the bed to the left of the stairs is per­fect for do­ing homework or hav­ing a snack. Ce­ramic robot and Tintin poster from Baraka

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