DIY Bunk Room Progress

Every once in a while I have an AUH-MAZING idea and this bad boy I have to say is an AUH-MAZING idea!

repurposed garage

When we moved in to this place we knew that we wanted to convert the basement garage into living space. We tossed a lot of different ideas around…a TV / theater room, an office, a 2nd master suite, etc. Micah and I aren’t fans of huge bedrooms and a one car garage makes a big bedroom leaving lots of space for junk. We settled on a bedroom for our oldest, a little hallway, and a closet for extra storage. We were in full planning mode for the bedroom and storage closet build, meanwhile, our two littles were sleeping together every night.

sweet sleeping brothers

They are SO sweet cuddled up together but Kell’s twin bed was starting to get a little small for them. Someone was always get squished towards the wall or on the floor. They each have their own beds in different rooms but they want to be together. Bunk beds are always fun but Ash didn’t want to sleep on the top bunk every night and Kell’s a bit too small to be a top bunker. Besides both of the kid rooms we currently have would be too tight for bunks. Then it hit me…we could build a bunk room!

The two littles could use it now and it would be perfect for sleep overs. We’ll have plenty of room for Gray to bring friends home from college someday and then further down the road space for grandkids! Cue the harps! We have a winning idea!!!

So here’s the plan…

  • 2 sets of built in bunks
    • each bunk will have a light, niche with electrical and USB outlet
  • 2 custom armoire style built in closets with a set of 2 drawers
  • window seat (the window seat is for me because I always wanted)

future bunk wall

The bunks will be built in an L shape along this wall and where the garage door is now.

left closet corner

The closest will flank this window with a window seat in the middle. I want this wall to be symmetrical.

right closet side

Our challenge is that we need access to the water shut off on the right and the electrical panel on the left.

goodbye garage door

Micah was excited to get started so he took out the garage door and started framing in the wall.

Pop back by next Tuesday to see what we’ve been working on this week!




Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft

I’m drooling over all the Buffalo Check Plaid that’s happening this season! You can wear it, decorate with it, and now craft with your kids with it!

Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft Title

I’m thrilled with how these darling Buffalo Check Plaid Crests turned out! It was such a fun kid’s craft to do with my boys and I know your kiddos will love it, too!


  • 2 sheets of red construction paper
  • 1 sheet of black construction paper
  • black marker
  • ruler
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • white cardstock
  • printer
  • Cricut

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Draw straight black lines diagonally across red paper

Take 1 of the sheets of red construction paper and draw straight lines across the page diagonally with a black marker. You could free hand this but I need a ruler to try to draw anything straight and even then it can end up a bit wonky.

my favorite paper cutter

Cut all three sheets of construction paper into strips. I recommend this paper cutter. It’s not expensive and I use it ALL the TIME!

Buffalo Check Squares

Now cut the strips into 1″ cubes.

Print out this free design your own coat of arms

I was going to draw my own crest shape but then a little google action lead me to this free Design Your Own Coat of Arms template. Why recreate the wheel when I don’t have to!?! I quick printed this out on white cardstock. *Click here to see what kind of printer we have.

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest Template

Flipped it over and traced the outline of the crest on the back.

Buffalo Check patterning

Flip it back over and your kiddos are ready to start their patterning fun! I recommend starting a little lower like this to get a good straight start. Black, red stripes, black, red stripes, etc..

Buffalo Check Patterning Row 2

The next row is red stripes, red, red stripes, red, etc…

Kid's Patterning Activity

Keep going with this alternating pattern until the crest is filled up. Don’t worry about covering up the outline because when it’s time to cut we’ll just flip the paper over and cut on the outline we traced on the back.

white animal shilouettes

Cut out the crest and now it’s time for some animal fun!! The kids love it when I use my Cricut to cut out things for them so I let them each pick out an animal to cut. They chose a bear, moose, and deer. In a few bats of an eyelash these adorable white cardstock animals were ready for glue! *If you are interested in getting your own Cricut click here! They have some great deals going on right now!

Buffalo Check Plaid Bear Kid's Craft

A little dab of the glue stick and oh my cuteness!!! Isn’t thisBuffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft just darling!?!

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest with Deer Head Kid's Craft

Oh deer!

Buffalo Check Plaid Moose Head Kid's Craft

Isn’t is MOOSE-VELOUS!?! Ok that was a stretch but still so fun!

Buffalo Check Plaid paper craft Collage

Here’s where ours are being displayed…they make my calendar SO happy!

Christmas Calendar Art

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