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Saturday, May 1, 2010

A favorite room in my home!

When my youngest daughter was in high school she had to finish her senior year by doing a senior project in something that she had an interest in. I had this room in the basement that was kind of a "catch all" room" and she asked me if she could make it into a "Grand kid" room. At the time we just had grandsons, so we designed it to be a boy room. Now, I have 8 grandsons and 3 granddaughters, and the granddaughters seem to love it as much as the boys. We asked one of the grandsons what kind of room he would like and his answer was,"a cowboy, police room." So my daughter started thinking of ideas and thought she would make it into a cowboy room with an old time jail in it.  This has definitely been the favorite room to go to when the grand kids come to visit. Below is a before picture of the "catch all" room.
So "Saddle Up" and  come on in!
Here is the after shot of the finished room, I wanted to change the old ugly carpet but we decided to leave it because cowboys love dirt and it kind of looks like dirt!
We found this horse swing and thought it would be perfect in our cowboy room, it is one of the favorite parts of play. 
We made "Wanted" pictures of each of the grand kids, and their reward is of course "5 billion dollars" because that is just a portion of what they are worth, or maybe I should have put "Priceless".
Of course, inside the jail you need to have a place to eat and sleep!
 
We have acquired some more horses, it just seems like a place they want to migrate too.
Our collection of boots have increased too, because you can't be a cowboy unless you've got the boots! This last visit one of my little grandsons didn't want to take his boots off the whole week he was here!
The jail was built with fiberboard and painted and we used "re bar" for the bars.
I have had to get an extra set of keys because it seems like everyone wants to be the sheriff!
Don't worry this isn't really barbwire! It is made out of a plastic cord and it is really soft to the touch.
Here is one of our "Cowboys" enjoying the swing
And of course you are not a real cowboy unless you haul hay for all of those horses you need to feed.
So, "Don't let your babies grow up to be Cowboys", they may never want to leave this room!
                           
 By the way she got an A+ on her Senior project!
I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch  Click Here to see some other amazing ideas!

13 comments:

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What an awesome room! I love it! Such fun! You are great grandparents!

Krystal said...

This is such a fun room! I can just imagine how much your grandkids love it. You guys really did a great job!

kim said...

That is the cutest room. She designed that very well. I have two grandbabies, 19 months and 3 months and one on the way in October. Aren't they great!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Your daughter absolutely deserved that A on her project -- this room is charming! I was only slightly disappointed to find out the barbed wire wasn't real; I thought I'd found a real hard-core Grandma who wasn't gonna take no nonsense from the kiddies! :-) Just kidding!
Adorable!
Cass

Andy Porter said...

Great job on the room, and on the grade! I can't believe there's even a jail!! Too cool! I love the boots. All such great touches!

Thanks so much for linking up to the parade!

XOXO,
Andy

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

What fun!! All the details are fantastic!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I have two little boys who would be in seventh heaven if my mom had a fun room like this at her house! Great job!

Connie said...

That room lopks awesome. I'll bet those grandkids will have wonderful memories from playing in there.

mishebe said...

ok that barb wire fence is brilliant.. love the jail. cute room!

Katie said...

What a great room! I'm sure your grandbabies love visiting your house!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! What a unique and creative idea, no wonder she got an A+, she certainly deserved it. I bet your grandies just have the best time in that room. Just loved all the detail, and the soft barbwire, it looks so authentic, I was thinking aren't they afraid one of the kids will get hurt on that!! lol
Don't know any kids big or small that wouldn't get a big kick out of that room.
Thanks for sharing it, it made me smile.
Blessings, Nellie

Reid said...

What a great room! I bet the kiddos love it!

Jane @ Going Jane said...

Love, love, love it....and my little cowpokes would love it, too! :)

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