Monday, August 11, 2014

Dorm Room Details Year 4

With two daughters, August means that it is time to furnish a dorm room. 
I am in "that" phase of life.  I am thinking The Son will not require this much attention once he hits college. He has never asked for anything room-related, except the request to take the changing table out of his room when he was in 2nd Grade. At the time, I truly thought I had him convinced that the changing table was a book shelf. He apparently was onto my tricks and knew it once housed his diapers. Now that he is a teenager, as long as he has clean undies and a pillow, he is good to go.

Thankfully, my eldest daughter is pretty much "set" in her 4th year of college  - I just helped her pack the car and waved good-bye. Daughter #2, on the other hand, is beginning her freshman year. 

I am fortunate that Daughter #2 has always been politely accepting of hand-me-downs. She is using her big-sister's aqua colored futon from Target. The aqua futon is showing some wear and grime - plus, it doesn't "go" with the colors she wants in her dorm room, so she asked for a slipcover made from a dropcloth. 






That's a slipcover created from a $21 dropcloth on a Sunday afternoon. 

She found the rug on the floor at TJMaxx. The ottoman was from IKEA - I sewed a slipcover for it a couple of years ago. (Couldn't find the footstool online - am thinking IKEA discontinued that one).


Before she left for camp, she gave us a sketch for her dorm room headboards....



She drove by Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta and picked out this fabric and brought it home....



She stuck to her $9.99 per yard (or less) budget. We used that fabric to create these headboards from plywood....



Her dad used his jigsaw and I was armed with the staple gun.
Here is a snapshot of the plywood after cutting...


My dorm headboard tutorial is here

Pillows are key.....



Not quite done, but close. Let's hope all this comfort in her cinder-block room gives her the desire to study ALOT!





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10 comments:

Patty Sumner said...

It looks great.. I wish I could sew like that...to make that slip cover in an evening..impressive.. Blessings!

Debby said...

So great that you can sew like that. Your husband must be handy as well. Girls take everything they own to college. Boys can carry everything they take in one arm load, hah.

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Your daughter has a keen eye for color! I like what she chose.
The headboards are great. You haven't mentioned the roomy...
have your daughters really been SO lucky to have room-mates that are so obliging to letting you decorate? Because...that part is truly a blessing!
can't wait to see it set up.
You will show it I hope.

Deanies Stash said...

It looks like it is going to be homey and cozy for your daughter. Love the slipcover!

Terry said...

Room for a futon in a freshman dorm room? Wow.

Mindy said...

I hope my kiddos come to me for dorm room help when the time comes. How great that your girls have a design savvy mom with crafty skills.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love everything your daughter chose...the headboard turned out fabulous!!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Love the idea of using dropcloth for slipcovers! I just wish I could make one myself. The headboard is precious!

Michele Reynolds said...

She will have the prettiest dorm room!!!!! Love your slipcovers:) Pinning

Leslie Stewart said...

Great ideas for the dorm room! Fabulous headboard! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party.
Leslie
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