Our Eggcelent Hang-out room

It’s been a loooooooong time since we last spoke about the hang-out room.   That’s really because nothing’s happened in there until recently.   If you’ll recall, I left off when I hung our shower-curtains-turned-curtains.  Waste not, want not, right??  And nobody ever catches on that they’re actually hung with shower curtain rings.  That’s totally my definition of success right there. 🙂

So, basically, we were here…

And then we got our midcentury-dresser-turned-media-stand for the living room (I hereby dub this post “hyphenated-turned-hypenated”. It just feels right.) and our old entertainment center was moved into this room.  I never photographed it afterwards because I was physically incapable of being happy enough with the styling experiments conducted on these poor units.  I’m finally in an “okay” place right now, so I’ll show you….

There were also some minor styling changes that I’ve made in the sofa area to help cozy it up a smidge…

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Pillows, throw, a basket of magazines, and a tall lamp that I found at Lowe’s for (waitforit) $10 (!!!).  I may paint it, but I haven’t decided yet.   Ignore the blank wall next to the window.  I’m still figuring that one out.

Really, though, the room REALLY started coming to life for me just this last week.  See, every time I looked at the space it seemed… well… very square.  It needed some curvy, organic lines to soften it and make it seem more homey.   And I found them.  Oh, yeah I did.

It all started when I stopped at a resale shop last Thursday.  As I meandered about the store taking in all the goodies, I turned a corner and feasted my eyes upon the most magnificent egg chair I’d ever seen in my entire life (namely because I’ve never actually seen one in person). 😉   It was a fantastic chair, though. Sturdy with awesome lines.  And… bonus… it totally rocked and swiveled (THAT, my friends, is what’s known as a Chair with Benefits). The finish was DEFINITELY in need of some serious lovin’.  It was dirty and scratched and damaged, but I didn’t mind that.   Those are issues that I live to tackle (if you haven’t already noticed).   But then, the panic moment… there was no price tag on my magic chair.  Mighty crap.  BUT. There was a “30” marked in pencil on one of the rods.  Curious.  All of the other items in that particular booth had tags… and it’s not like there were a lack of places where a tag could hang on this branchy chair.   So, the ultimate question was… was the chair taken??  Had somebody removed the tag and claimed it??? Or did the seller just mark this item differently??   So, like a completely sane person, I did the most obvious thing.   I walked up to the only other customer in the store and, naturally, asked her if she’d claimed the chair.   Luckily, she was very friendly and laughed like she’d totally been there before, and said that she hadn’t.  So, I found the salesperson and asked her about it (why this wasn’t my first move is beyond me).   Anyhoo, she didn’t know either since it was one of those shops that rents out booths to different individuals, so she called the seller to verify while I finished shopping.  She found me at one point to tell me that she was having trouble reaching him, so I started getting bummed out.  I could feel the pretty little egg chair slipping through my fingers.

Once I was done shopping, I brought my one other find to the counter…

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That little vintage metal box beneath the TV.   The salesperson was on the phone as she rang me up, so I’d planned to just leave my phone number for her to contact me once she’d heard from the seller.

She hung up the phone and stated my total “$36”.

Me: “Wait… How much was the box?  I thought it was only $3!”.

Saleslady: “Yes, you’re right.  It’s $3… your total is the box plus the chair.   I got ahold of him and that IS the price after all.”

I processed this and without thinking about it, initiated instantaneous happy-dance.  Aaaaand she totally laughed at me.   And I couldn’tve cared less.  The egg chair was MINE.   Paid for and mine!  Woot!!

I was so excited that I completely forgot that I hadn’t put makeup on that day and took an ever-popular car-selfie which was immediately posted on social media…

 
(Hence the filter)

And now, this is the view as you walk down the hall….

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Friggin’ gorgeous.  I’m seriously not above referring to this chair as “My Precious” in a creepy Gollum voice.  Don’t tempt me… I’ll totally do it.  I love the pretty chair that much.  I mean, just look at it…

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I haven’t done anything to the finish yet aside from giving it a good cleaning. I’m still deciding whether to keep it it’s natural color or paint it white.   Something’ll happen soon though, either way.  And in case you’re wondering, the cushion is just a standard chair cushion turned backwards with the curved part facing forward.  It fit like a glove that way.   Like it was born to be apart of a sexy egg chair.  Every cushion’s fantasy.  

So, now I’m brainstorming what to hang next to the window.

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I’d also love to change out my makeshift “coffee table” for something legit and add an area rug to help tie everything together.  …And a white Moroccan style leather pouf in front of my egg chair for a bit more luxurious TV-watching comfort.

Although, I doubt I’ll ever get to enjoy it.   Lucas has already claimed it as his own….

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He’s requested to watch movies in the hang-out room every day since then so he can sit in “his” chair.  And I couldn’t be prouder. 🙂

TDC Before and After

“License (plate) and registration…”

Can you tell I’m married to a police officer? Hehe. And guess what?? I’ve been married to that guy for 7 whole years now!!!  Woot!

 I will never stop laughing at Joey’s face in that picture.  Hahahahahaaa!!!

Well done, Joe.

We celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and it was total a blast.   We didn’t do anything crazy… Just coffee, dinner (really, really delicious dinner actually), and drinks, but it was super fun.  Date nights are just much needed sometimes, ya know? Good times.

Speaking of times, I say we talk about a clock.

That’s where this post all started after all.

With a clock.

A cute little clock that I found for $9.99 at TJ Maxx.

See, Lucas had requested a clock in his room from day one.  He can’t tell time yet, but for some reason was completely enthused about it.   I’d been casually keeping an eye out for a clock that would compliment his room, but up until this point, I hadn’t found one that I liked.   When I saw it, I knew.  It was simple, graphic, and inexpensive.  I brought it home, and propped it up on Lucas’s dresser to surprise him.   I wasn’t sure where I wanted to hang it, so I figured that it’s temporary spot on the dresser would do until I hammered it out.

When he walked into his room, Lucas was absolutely ecstatic about his clock.  It was all he talked about.  “Thank you, Mommy!” “I love my clock, Mommy!”   …And that’s when the nagging began.  You wouldn’t think that a four year old would be so obsessed with a clock.  But, holy moly, y’all.   From the time he first saw it, he wanted it hung on the wall, like, YESTERDAY.  It was every 5 minutes. “Can we hang my clock now?”, “Can we hang my clock now?”.  And oh, the hysterics…  At bedtime, he broke into tears because he didn’t want to go to bed without his clock hung on the wall.  I tried to explain that I was simply trying to decide where to hang it, and once I’d figured it out it’d be done. But, no.  That provided no solace for my clock-loving baby boy.  It wasn’t enough that the clock was sitting, displayed nicely on his dresser.   OH, NO.  It had to be ON the wall.  Yikes.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I totally get it.  I mean, I’ve cried over decor a time or two myself (sortof).   And he IS my son, after all.  And really, his excitement for the clock was pretty awesome. But, dang.  The nagging did not speed my creative process.  Like, at all.  It did, however, make me resolve to always hide the item in question until I know where to hang it next time. Heehee! Duelly noted.   😉

So anyways, after three days of dramatic clock banter, inspiration finally hit.   I knew that I wanted to do something with the license plates that hung in his last bedroom (plus, I have a about 20 more now than I did then).   And although I ultimately want to create a giant statement wall with these license plates, I decided to hang the clock within a smaller grouping of plates for the time being to appease the child and then slowly add more license plates as I decided on how to execute my statement wall.

I started by figuring out the arrangement of the plates with the clock on the floor.   I basically moved them around until I was happy with it, which landed me here…

Then, it was a matter of transferring this arrangement to the wall.   I basically used the above photo as reference the entire time.   I measured the middle of his bed, measured the height of the arrangement, and figured out how high I wanted it to go from his headboard.   Then, I started at the bottom, like so…

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I used small finishing nails to hang the license plates and made sure each plate was level before tapping it into place.  I gradually worked my way up…

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Until I had everything hung on the wall as it was on the floor…

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I’ll admit that the above shot was taken after I raised the entire arrangement a few inches.   The initial starting place ended up being a little low for my taste once I had it all up there.

Here are a few close ups…

I love the thin chrome frame and the white inset.  It’s reminiscent of an old-fashioned wheel in my head which is a great play for his transportation themed room.

Here’s that side of the room now…

The funny thing is that despite Lucas’s persistent nagging for me to hang the clock, he hasn’t seemed to notice that it has no batteries in it.  Lol!  It’s been 10:11 for over a month now and he hasn’t seemed to mind. Oh, four year olds….  🙂

Since it’s been a while, let me show you the other tweaks I’ve added to his room as well…

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The painting over the dresser was another TJ Maxx find for $11 on clearance.  I initially purchased it simply for the canvas as boats aren’t really my thing.  But then I realized that it coordinated with Lucas’s room perfectly.  I want to add some lime green accents to the painting modern it up a bit and tie it in even more, but I haven’t gotten around to it.

Last we looked at Lucas’s desk area, it looked like this…

Since then, his desk got a little organization, a lamp (found for $8 at Target on clearance), and some art.  My parents had that “Lucas’s Hot Rod Shop” art made at a car show.   The hot rod in the pic is actually my dad’s car.

Pay no mind to that wood chair.   It’s just there because we had it, but I’m on the hunt for something sleeker.

Straight when you walk in, you see the Rubik’s cube art that I made in memory of my brother, a metal bicycle which I spray painted orange, and his magnet board.

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And here’s the rest of the room from the doorway the last time we looked…

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And now…

I quickly lost that rug beneath the tent because, well… it looked weird.  I just forgot to snap another pic after the fact.   We had to give the white table that was there before the boot because both chairs broke and then the table started getting wonky thanks to some little 4-year-old-monkey-who-will-remain-nameless using it as a leaning apparatus.   He likes to hang out in his tent, so we figured, why not.   Since taking his pic, I’ve added a blanket “tent floor” that ties into the rest of the room for a bit of color and Lucas seems to love it.  I also cleaned up the hap-hazardly “styled” shelves by using similarly toned baskets that I already had on hand.

And just for fun, here’s a before shot when we first got the keys (before we installed new windows, changed out the stained carpet, and painted the room)…

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His ceiling fan light recently went kaput, so that’s next on the agenda.  No overhead lighting = total bummer.   I’m also still tweaking and trying to work out some of the decor/wall art, so I’d say that his room is about 85% done at this point.  Not too shabby.   We’ll definitely get there.   And I’m definitely having fun on the journey…. This is why I love to blog… looking back at previous pics is so rewarding.  Even simple and free tweaking can make such a difference.

***For updated pics of Lucas’s room as it is now, check out this post.***

So, what do y’all think?  Any ideas for my license plate statement wall that you’d like to share??

TDC Before and After