Playing “Musical Furniture” Upstairs

When we moved in, my husband put every piece of furniture exactly where I asked, without (much) complaint.  At the risk of sounding mushy, I adore that man.  I mentioned in my last post that I was shopping for two twin beds to replace the full bed two of my girls had been sharing.  Well, I found them, drove 45 minutes to pick them up, drove home and dropped off my husband, kids, and beds, then drove to the mattress store to buy mattresses and bunkie boards.

I managed to order mattresses and bunkie boards, but the ones I wanted weren’t in stock.  I’m waiting for a call anytime now, since they’re supposed to be in today.  Which means the girls are still sharing a bed, but only for a couple of days.

Anyway… while I was shopping for mattresses, my husband was at home putting the beds together.  When I arrived home, I found the assembled beds sitting in the middle of the room, waiting to be told where to go.  The full-size iron bed had been moved to the guest room and was already set up, so that was one big job done.  I started playing with the beds, and realized that the highboy my girls keep their jeans and shorts in just wasn’t going to work in the room.  Leaving it in its place meant the beds had to be scrunched on the other side of the room, and arranging the beds how I liked meant the highboy looked out of place on either of the walls it could live.  I like that piece too much to have it look like an afterthought.

I mentioned to my husband that I’d just have to find another room to put it in, and his immediate response was “On this floor, please.”  Well okay.  The guest room had a small secretary against one wall that actually belongs to one of the girls in this room, so I brought the secretary into the girls’ bedroom and moved the highboy into its spot in the guest room.

At first I felt like I was losing so much storage space for the girls, because their closet is the smallest of all the closets upstairs.  The nightstand they’d used previously was much too small for the space between their beds, so I moved the nightstand into the guest room and moved a chest from the upstairs landing into the space between the beds.

I’m not crazy about the chest as it is now, but my grandparents were getting rid of two of them, and I knew I could do something with them.  (The twin is in my bathroom, which had ZERO storage space.  Not even a place for my toothbrush.)  Ideally, I’d have a piece slightly shorter and wider to better fill the space beneath the window.  But it works for now.

Back to the subject.  The three drawers in this chest work just as well as the five drawers on the highboy because part of the highboy was used for linen storage.  I can keep extra linens for all of the upstairs bedrooms in the bottom drawers of the highboy, and still leave space for guests in the upper drawers.

I had some errands to run today and one of my girls spotted the mirrors that are now hanging over the beds.  The other day, I told her what I was looking for, and she asked if these would work.  Why, yes.  Yes they will.  (My husband just looooves drilling into plaster walls.)  By the way, I’ve tried many different ways to figure out how to hang pieces at the exact same height, and I finally figured it out.

First, my son held the mirror where I wanted it to be on the wall, and I measured the distance from the ceiling to the top of the mirror (19″).  I flipped the mirror over and measured from the top of the mirror to the places where the nails would hook in (8.5″).  I marked a spot at 27.5″ on the wall.  Then I measured the distance between the two hook-in places (11.5″).  I measured the total width of the part of the wall I was working with (between the window and corner), marked the middle, then marked 5.75″ out to the left and right.  Make sure your marks are level!  Drill into the plaster, put in the perfectly spaced nails, and hang perfectly level piece!  No guessing, and no sheepishly asking your husband to re-drill a hole a fraction of an inch away.  And easy to repeat on the other side of the window for a matching piece!

I can’t wait to see this room with bedding, bedside lighting, and who knows what other fun stuff!

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