Living in the Jungle!

When we moved to this house, I told my kids they could choose any theme they wanted for their bedrooms. My daughter said she wanted to live in a tree-house. Since the slanted ceiling in her room prevented us from building a loft bed, we had to get more creative.

Anna's Bedroom before redecorating

Anna’s Bedroom before redecorating

We decided to add trees and vines around the room. During the summer, my oldest daughter drew the outlines of a giant tree on the walls in the corner of the room. Finally this fall, youngest daughter and I got around to painting the tree. I outlined everything so she could fill it in without worrying about going outside the lines. We used brown as a base coat, then sponged a mossy green over it to add more depth.

I painted the tree outlines...

I painted the tree outlines…

...while Anna filled in the outlines.

…while Anna filled in the outlines.

We also painted all of the shelves, both top and bottom.

We also painted all of the shelves, both top and bottom.

Once that was dry, we convinced her brother to install the shelves–along two branches and into the corner of the room, as part of the tree’s “trunk.” These shelves are a great place to show off daughter’s collection of fairies. (Shhh…don’t tell her, but we will be adding a few windows and a door to the tree trunk as a Christmas gift!) He also hung the new curtain rod which has a bird on each end of the “branch.” (The curtain has mini leaves on it plus vines and roses hanging from the curtain hooks.)

Fairy Shelves and Window

Fairy Shelves and Window

Tree "trunk" and "branch" details...

Tree “trunk” and “branch” details…

...and window details.

…and window details.

To add to the Jungle Theme, I found a huge section of stump which no longer had any bark on it. After soaking it in bleach, it makes a fine bedside table for daughter’s low bed. It also holds a fun lantern-style lamp from Lowes.

The Bedside Stump

The Bedside Stump

My son and I spent hours figuring out what angle to cut two branches to fit the slanted ceiling. We didn’t get it quite right…but close enough! We used wood glue and a screw to attach a bottom footer, and glue plus nails to attach a top piece. Then the footer was screwed through the carpet into the floor and the header was attached to the textured ceiling with thick velcro picture hangers (to try to prevent damaging the textured plaster). We tied together two bamboo stakes and hung the bar in the vees of the branches. We hung “fairy lights” on the bamboo.

Using branches as posts to hold "fairy lights" took some creative carpentry work!

Using branches as posts to hold “fairy lights” took some creative carpentry work!

Finally, I used more velcro tabs plus small hooks attached with thick tape tabs to hang a leafy sheet along the slanted wall.

A leafy sheet, sticky velcro, hooks and bamboo "branches" make...

A leafy sheet, sticky velcro, hooks and bamboo “branches” make…

A leafy canopy over the bed...

…a leafy canopy over the bed…

Yay! A Jungle-Retreat in the Trees!

Living among the trees in the Jungle Retreat!

Living among the trees in the Jungle Retreat!

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