Monday, June 30, 2008

Guard rail solution & nautical-themed bedroom

The first Talk About Tuesday each month is a "Talk about your house" post. This is Ty's room - My mom painted the lighthouse mural for him. The lighthouse and clouds have also had a coat of Woolite applied to them so they will glow in black light. There used to be a 'cue' board hanging next to the mural which is why it ends so abruptly. I think we'll extend the mural to cover the wall behind the door as well.


The real reason I'm showing you his room is the recent fix Mr. O made to his bed. Ty weighs about 80 lbs or so and is 5'1". There is guard rail that runs the length of his loft bed to ensure that he doesn't roll out in the night. However, it has become increasingly difficult to lift him over the rail. We were about to resort ot a hospital bed - and you all know how attractive those are. See the silver bits by the board end? That's Mr. O's stroke of genius -

Here's a closeup. They are electrician box thingies (highly technical term) that you can find at Home Depot. He took the lag bolts out and now we just slide his rail out before we transfer him to his wheelchair or into the bed. The best thing about it is that we don't have to go bed shopping. If I were worried that he might be able to push the rail up and out of the slides, I'd simply install a slide lock above the rail.

We used to have glow-in-the-dark stars hanging from fishing wire that was tacked into the ceiling - the black light worked wonders on those and a fan blew them all around - it was like having twinkling stars in there. I recently took those down feeling that maybe 15 is too old for that kind of stuff. I'd like to continue the nautical theme - any suggestions?

13 comments:

Chanelle said...

WOW ~ I love your mural and what a neat idea to solve your problem! Thanks for sharing!

b. said...

Very Cool!
You guys are smart!

I'll give it some thought and get back to you.

Heffalump said...

I always thought it would be cool to make some round picture frames look like portholes.
You could also get some display shelves that attach to the wall and get some inexpensive wooden ships and such to go on them.
Maps go great with a nautical theme, or a ships wheel, anchors, etc.

Heffalump said...

You could also get a life ring and a wooden oar/paddle to hang on the wall.
Also a nice wooden barometer, thermometer etc weather station...I have seen them that have a nautical theme to them before.
And of course there is always the fishing net draped from the ceiling...

Mrs. Organic said...

I like those ideas - especially the barometer/weaqther station. Thanks!

Heffalump said...

Ooh! Ooh! Nautical flags like the coast guard flies on their ships would be good to hang from the ceiling too.
I'l stop now...

PinkDaisyGirl said...

heffalump had some great ideas! I don't know that I can suggest much more than that, except Terry's Village. I get their catalog, but you can go online too. I just checked it out, and they don't have much, but put *nautical* on the search line, and they have a sailboat wall hanging, a light-up lighthouse, and some shell-shaped wall hangings. Their prices are always reasonable too (somehow associated with Oriental Trading I think). I've bought Americana stuff from them before. Who did the mural? And great creativity by your husband on the bed.

Elizabeth-W said...

Very smart! It looks great.
How about Popeye and Olive Oyl? Nah...just kidding :) Just wanted to show my absolute lack of taste and decorum.

Anonymous said...

I love the mural !!!!!

Christy said...

I love this room! I'm going to have to vote with the nautical flags. Those would be so fun hanging from the ceiling!

Mrs. Organic said...

nautical flags would be great visual info for him - luv that and it also seems more appropriate for a 15 yr old.

Thanks all! Come back tomorrow for boosting your mpg tips by Mr. O

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Gorgeous mural!

~ Sarah

The Lazy Organizer said...

It looks great! I like the flag idea too. I guess there is a flag for every letter and I have seen people spell their child's name with them. You could buy them or paint them on.