I am positively bursting at the seams with how this project turned out. It was so much fun…and I think mostly because I was doing it for my sweet son. He was visiting grandparents in Michigan for two weeks, but calling every few days to check on the progress. And you parents know, kids don’t call home…so that shows just how excited he was to kiss his ‘baby’ room good-bye!
Let’s start with memory lane….the ‘Before’ shots.
Pale lime walls, puppy dog patchwork bedding, pictures he made as a toddler, Crystal Light carpet stains
Furniture pushed to the side to create ‘play space’
Baby pictures, stuffed animals….definitely not saying, ‘I’m a cool 9-year old boy!’
So we emptied out the room, packed up the sentimental baby stuff, painted every square inch of the walls and most of the furniture….and here are the ‘Afters’:
I know, right?!? Drastic change! The bed was spray painted high-gloss white. The small Ikea sisal rug was borrowed from the laundry room and adds some warmer tones as well as texture. The over sized wall clock was a Marshalls find:
My amazing aunt spent an afternoon helping me with the stripes and arranging furniture…she actually has the patience to use an eyeliner brush to paint along the corners and baseboards?!? (I see where my mutant OCD gene originates.) The walls are slightly textured, so I was concerned about getting a clean line on the stripes. But Frog Tape didn’t let me down! I pressed the edges down firmly before painting, and peeled the tape off immediately after the final coat.
I covered his old corkboard in burlap to bring in texture:
Replaced the oversized table for a sleek Ikea desk that happened to be in the brown/white color scheme of the room…even luckier that it had the chrome accent I also used. The chair is a spare from our breakfast table set:
These basic Ikea shelves come raw with the chrome brackets….I painted them brown with white trim to match the desk:
Here’s the cute soup cans I made into pencil cups. Walmart had the orange alarm clock and desk lamp (that has a built-in charging station!).
Much more organized study area….he’ll probably never sit there, but it’s sure cute!
Gallery wall for him to add to as he wants (since it can’t be seen from outside the room!). I made the prints from our trips to the animal park.
Cool soccer art by Mr. Sugarplum….and the ‘Do What You Love’ canvas was a fun find from Target. World Market has a great collection of Decal Art, including the ‘Rock Star’ and bass guitar. Bonus because they peel off easily.
I did a happy dance when I found this night table at Home Goods. I made the small picture from his favorite fortune cookies. The metal bucket was collecting dust in the pool shed…I love the pop of chrome, and the extra storage.
I made this map board out of an old corkboard that was chilling in the garage. The map is also a decal from World Market. The shelf matches the two over the desk.
I’m crazy for the drapes…so warm and textury! The giant cardboard F is from JoAnn Fabrics…I left it raw so my son could decide how he wants it decorated. Orange boxes from Ikea for more storage (boys have so many small gadgets!).
The dresser definitely transformed, and I added a shallow bowl for the little treasures that he brings home every day.
The dolphin picture over the bed was my grandfather’s…so it brings a dose of sentimental, great shades of blue, and a mature tone. The fish picture over the dresser is by the same artist. The bedding is from Kohls and the throw pillow from Target.
He didn’t even want to stop for ice cream on the way home from the airport….straight home to see his room! And the verdict……
HE LOVES IT!
And immediately made little sister get her feet off his new bed!
Then dove in to wallow in all the ‘Big Guyness’ of the room before declaring, “I feel like I’m 10!” (he turned 9 this summer)
This morning he had the bed made and everything back in it’s original spot….I think that means the room makeover was a success! And the even better part?!?!?! By using items we already owned, updating his existing furniture, and shopping
cheap smart, the total amount spent was under $300!!!
The colors are the brown paint leftover from painting our bathroom cabinets, Behr Swan White, and Obstinate Orange (sounded fairly appropriate to me!) by Sherwin Williams.
I’d love to hear what you think!!!