My son inherited a set of bunk beds from my oldest brother, who is now 40-something (I’ll spare him a little embarrassment here). These bunk beds were bought for him by my grandparents when he was just a little boy, so they’ve been around a while. But they were made extremely well, and they have truly held up!
Other than the fuzz.
The fuzz hangs down from the underside of the top bunk. I’m assuming that 40 years ago, this was some sort of mesh-type fabric that was nicely intact on the bottom of the bunkie board, which holds the mattress. Well, today it looks like this…
Trevor calls the fuzz “spider webs,” and they really do look like it, hanging down inches above his little face. Yikes! Something must be done!
I had a couple ideas of how to cover them up. One was to make some sort of “road map” that he could drive his cars or trains around on. But he has a road carpet already and hardly uses it. So I came up with another plan, based on his newest fascination…
Step 1: Buy a black sheet. Done.
Step 2: Mark the size you need to cut on the sheet. (Hint: Chalk shows up great on black!)
Step 3: Enlist your oldest child to help, if he/she is old enough to use scissors. They don’t have to use them well – see above picture of cut-out sheet. For a moment I thought she chewed the edges off. Yikes.
Step 4: Time to sketch! Again, with chalk. We printed out a picture of the planets, so we had a rough idea of the sizes.
Step 5: Start painting! We used regular acrylic craft paint. I bought 6 colors, and we were able to mix those together to get all the exact colors we needed! See, red + yellow = orange! Thank you, preschool!
Step 6: Step back and take a look at what you’ve done. Mommy moment here – even though I knew Trevor was the only one who would ultimately have to look at this (okay, and all of you who are reading this now), I was majorly critical of how Jillian painted the planets. This is me, “No! That’s too much paint! Watch the edges… THE EDGES!!! Nevermind, you do the inside. I’LL fix the edges. Wait, you did that one all by yourself while I was fixing dinner??? Ooooohhhhh, gooooooood job, honey!”
And see those little spots and lines? Well, we decided our paint splatters would be awesome stars and comets. Gotta love outer space! Leaves a lotta room for mistakes.
And even though Trevor can’t read yet, I added the names of the planets. This way, at least when he asks me, “Which one is this?” I don’t have to say, “my very educated mother just sold us nine pizzas” in my head, which I did at least two dozen times during the whole painting process.
And yes, I included Pluto. I’m sorry. I just can’t not. But one day, when he’s old enough, I’ll tell him the truth. That Pluto isn’t really a planet; it’s a dwarf planet, and blah, blah, blah… Or I’ll let his teachers worry about that.
Step 8: Staple to the underside of the bunkie board.
And put it back on the bed! Hours of enjoyment with ensue!
Or, you know, at least 15 minutes. But hey, 15 toddler minutes at bedtime is at least 3 mommy hours. So it works out pretty well!