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14-year-old Gregory's main goal in life right now is to play sports--especially hockey. He had his eye on a small room in the basement for months so he could get away from the rest of the family including his twin brothers, who shared a room down the hall. Of course the twins saw the advantage to this as they could each get their own room for the first time since birth. The problem was that dad used this room as his snoring space. But we managed to persuade his parents to hand it over.
Hockey fans take note. Gregory's new bedroom is well worth a standing ovation. The small junk room, where dad was sent when his snoring was rocking the house, has been totally transformed into the perfect teen hangout. Built-in storage uses every available inch in this 11' x 12' room to great advantage, for clothing (under the bed), books and sports paraphernalia (over the desk and bed.) The bed doubles as a sofa and the desk has plenty of space for a computer and other schoolwork. But the center-ice circles painted on the wall and carpet steal the show. Will he dare practice his slap shot down here?
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Bed, Desk and Shelves
All the furniture was custom built at Rona. This is a terrific way to maximize storage and living space in a small, 11' x 12' room. The bed is high, about hip height, built over two rows of large drawers that hold clothes and much more. The mattress was a special order, a three-quarter width, extra long, 48" x 80", perfect for a growing boy in a small bedroom. Foam pads sit at the head and foot of the mattress to extend the length to the walls. The bolsters and the mattress are covered with hard-wearing red cotton canvas. The furniture is plywood, painted the same as the walls, Para Paints Quicksilver. The oversized, sleek stainless steel drawer handles are cool and practical.
Center Ice Circles
The walls and furniture are painted in a neutral shade of gray, Para's Quicksilver, a masculine color, and it's perfect as a background for the hockey rink motif. In keeping with our theme, red, white and blue rings were painted over one wall, and, what's even more fun, onto the carpet below. Projection stenciling is a very clever method for transferring a large design onto a wall or floor, and it's not difficult. We printed the ring shapes onto a sheet of acetate and projected the image onto the wall. We drew around the circles with a pencil, then turned the projector off and filled in the pattern with paint. For the carpet, we covered the surface where the design fell with 3M painter's tape, and cut out the rings using an X-acto knife. Craft paper was laid down to protect the surrounding carpet and the pattern filled in with red spray paint. Always wear a mask when spraying.
Stanley Cup Lamp
Here's a good project if you find yourself sitting in the penalty box for part of the game. A trip to the dollar store for cake tins and Rona for the lighting hardware and we constructed the perfect lamp for anyone who lives for hockey. Spray paint the tins and bowl silver (always wear a mask when spraying.) Weigh the bottom tin down using plywood circles and then drill a 1/2" hole through the center of the tins, plywood and bowl. Stack the tins and the bowl Stanley cup style, and feed a threaded lamp rod through the holes. It should be about 3" higher than the top. Bolt the lamp rod to the bottom and run electrical cord through the rod. Cut a circular base slightly bigger than the bottom tin from 1/2" plywood using a jigsaw, and rout out a path for the cord to pass through. Paint the base black and screw it onto the bottom tin. Screw the light bulb socket onto the top of the rod, attaching the electrical wires. Screw in a light bulb, add a shade and you're done. The white lampshade has bands of silver gaffer's tape on the upper and lower rims.