Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Room for Improvement: From Guest Room To Boy's Room
Every child needs a space to call his own. But when that space is covered with furniture, knowing where to begin can be the hardest part. That's why one local family has decided to dial our makeover maestro. Here's Martin Amado with more in tonight's room for improvement.
WSVN -- On today's Room for Improvement we're taking back the bedroom of an 8-year old boy. You just wouldn't guess it right now with the current decor that's happening in there. But, I promise you at the end of the day there will be no mistaking who's room this belongs to. Let's meet the mom.
Martin: "Room for improvement. Hi Patricia."
Patricia: "Hi Martin.
Martin: "Your son's in school right?"
Martin: "Ok let's go the minutes are counting."
Martin: "He's obviously one boy. So why do we have so much furniture in this room?
Patricia: "Well, let me tell you, we have a big family so we use this room for guests as well. That's why we have a futon here. And, this extra bed."
Martin: "We're not painting today so what we're focusing on is the room's furniture layout and as you can see, lots and lots of accessories. So let's bring it all inside."
Furniture placement is the key to any make over. And the biggest issue I have with this bunk bed here is that it's so massive that it's the first thing you look at when you walk into the room.
Martin: "I'm going to solve this and created some much needed traffic flow here and some much needed space by basically rearranging the furniture in this room. There's lots and lots of it."
Martin: "Final move. What do you think?
Patricia: "The room looks bigger and better already."
Martin: "Let's concentrate on those final touches."
You know, kids love hanging up posters in their bedroom. But, if you invest in a $15 dollar poster frame, it really turns it into wall art.
Martin: "Every kid likes a hide away. And we actually created one once we removed the bed that was here before. Now, to make it even more special, I just added a string of lights.
Martin: "I attached them using these removable hooks. That way there's no commitment and you can change them in the future if he doesn't like them."
DECO DESIGN TIP:
If you have an extra twin bed in the room, such as we have here. Turn it into a daybed, almost like a mini sofa that way you can still hang out with friends in the day and when companies over you still have an extra bed."
Martin: "You can never have enough storage in a kids room. And, these photo boxes are perfect for that. I can store collectable cards in one. Games in another and it keeps things organized, plus it looks great."
Martin: "Now Andres is into science according to his mom, so I really hope he likes this final touch."
Martin: "Well guys this morning this room was lacking any personal style. But now it truly reflects the interests of an 8-year-old boy with room to still grow, all for less than $700 dollars. Just in time too, because I think Andres just arrived with his mom."
Martin: One two three open your eyes.
Patricia: "this is beautiful Martin. Ohh. He can actually play in his room."
I can't believe I have no paint on my hands. Lucky me huh? I wonder what awaits me next week though. Chances are painting will likely be involved. I'll see you next week on another Room for Improvement.
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