Big Boy Room

29 July 2010

Heart wrenching and happy.  That is this post.  I am excited to share with you Finnegan's transition from toddler bed to twin and his bedroom re-do.  I am not so excited that my little munchkin is growing into a young man before my very eyes.

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We didn't do a whole lot when Finn transitioned from nursery to toddler room other than changing the crib to a toddler bed, adding a toddler sized duvet & cover, and getting some organizers for his plethora of little toys.  His room is tiny with really tall ceilings, so we tried to go vertical as much as possible.  Organization, something that would grow with him, and a space he could enjoy were all priorities.  We didn’t want a particular theme that he might get tired of either.

The first thing you see is a wall of art.  We kept {and still love} the Beach Glass wall color.  The blue frames were in the same spot in the nursery, so we left them there and changed the pictures out.  I added a DIY silhouette of Finn {tutorial} and lots of fun brightly colored pictures.  The "F" I picked up at Michaels and decoupaged some red paper to the front.

We also added a table and two kid sized Ikea stools so that he could play with play-dough or mood sand or color in his room.

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We also added a cute cars/road rug for him to play with his matchbox cars + parking garage.  He is currently obsessed with cars, so this is a favorite.

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His daybed was a steal at Ikea!  We opted for the blocks to loft it a bit {he needs a stool to climb in there} and found some great cubes that fit under the bed perfectly.  It solved the organization problem perfectly!  He has one pull out bin of art supplies, two big bins full of books, and four little ones with trains and other toys with small pieces. 
I absolutely love his bright orange sheets + all of the fun pillows.  The mattress is a Sealy that we bought at Costco for $149.  The coverlet is really a much darker grey color than is appearing in the photos.  I was looking for a duvet instead but after searching everywhere, the grey/green combo + texture fit perfectly.  We will likely just put some warm blankets on for winter. 
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And finally, the $35 Craigslist steal of a dresser.  AKA the crazy ass project that took forever between sanding and painting and searching all over for drawer pulls.  Check out these before and afters!
We were able to re-use the peel + stick vinyl dots.  {Dottilicious by Wallcandy Arts, we gave the pink + yellow to a friend.} The were all over the walls of his nursery, on top of each other in different configurations.  After almost 4 years of being on the walls, they peeled right off with zero problem, we stuck them on the armoire while we figured out what to do with the walls, and they still peeled and stuck on his wall just as great as the first day we used them.  I wanted them to look like they were exploding from his lamp.  Mission accomplished.
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I hope you like it as much as Finn does.  I'm thinking about moving in there and saying to heck with Dave.  Next week I will have for you a tutorial on the cheater way to do the silhouette + the transformation of that hideous Craigslist dresser!

Sources {Some are Amazon Affiliate Links, other than that I was not compensated in any way to mention these}:
Room Color - Beach Glass, I can't remember which paint line
Red Stool - Target
Room Essentials Persimmon Sheets - Target
Tromso Day Bed - Ikea
Grey + Green Coverlet - Kohl's
Lack Blue Table - Ikea
Turquoise Mammut Stools - Ikea
Melissa + Doug Parking Garage - Amazon
Armoire - Ikea
Dresser - Craigslist, Drawer Pulls - Lowes, Color: Granite by Rustoleum
ITSO Storage Cubes + Boxes - Target
Car Play Rug - Ikea
White Frames - Ikea
Blue Frames - Homegoods
Baseball Canvas - Homegoods
Blue Curtains - Ikea
Dottilicious - Wallcandy Arts
Mirror Strands - Swan Creek Candle Company
Pillows + Forms - Ikea
Letter "F" Pillow Tutorial

Anything I didn't cover, just ask!


michele said...

i his new big boy room! you have such a flair for decorating! and, can i just say, that you are very brave for allowing play-doh/moon sand in his bedroom LOL i am waaaaay too much of a control freak for that, i would envision it

pve design said...

marvelous! love it.

Bunny @ 86n It said...

It looks GREAT! Love the art, so funky. The whole thing is just so, so cute!
(I have that bedspread too!)

Amy Dean Stuempges said...

So cute, Michelle!!! Can I move in too? :)

Ashley said...

Insanely amazing! I cannot get over how creative you are. And that blue and orange happen to be my favorite combo. It is seriously awesome Michelle! I'm jealous.

Unknown said...

I LOVE it! and i want you to come be my personal decorator!

MommyLisa said...

Will you please come pick the new colors and pillows for my dining/living room? DAMN woman! That is an awesome room. :)

@JessEsco said...

Michelle!!! That room looks incredible! You did an amazing job and I love the colors!

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke said...

Love the lamp explosion of wall dots!

Stacy Kaye said...

Looks great! You should put submit it to Oh Dee Doh!

We loved decorating our little munchkin's room when we moved into our new house. There is still a lot that I need to do with it but even with that it is already my favorite room in the house. All little boy, but still so sweet!

Andrea said...

Great job-so cute!

Anonymous said...

THAT IS AWESOME! Very cool -- good for you AND for you son!

Emily said...

LOVE it! You did a great job! How much would you charge to come over and fix the cluster I have made out of the boys' rooms?

Adrianne said...

Super cute, Michelle. :)

Megan Gunyan said...

So cool! I love it! Where did you find those cubes? I'm in the process of trying to organize my kids playroom...not an easy process. This room looks so fun. I love the dots over the lamp, too!

Tiffany said...

That is just adorable!!! Where'd you get the "You are my Sunshine" print? Thx!

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

This is fabulous! I love it!

The picture frames are awesome.

Show us the dresser BEFORE!! C'mon!! Show off your hard work! :P

Did you spray paint that 'f' onto the pillow??

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Carry Grace said...

His big boy room is awesome! I really like the storage under the bed. I have been wanting to do that in my son's room, but his mattress is still on the floor. One day he is going to quit falling out of his bed so that we can raise his bed up.

Nice job!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

this is an ADORABLE room. I love the color combo, and the dots exploding out of the lamp! genius.

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love it! It's absolutely adorable!!! gosh, I need an IKEA close to me. That bed is GREAT! The bedding is soo cute!! Love that "f" pillow. The baseball art is fantastic. Love it all!!!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is my first time to your blog and I cannot wait to look around! His room is fantastic. you are a nicer mom than I am - no way would I let play dough or moon sand go in the bedroom!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Wow! That room is adorable! I love the circles on the wall.

Meg said...

WHAT?! This is gorgeous!! Have you submitted this to Design Sponge for before and after? Totally magazine worthy!!

Desiree said...

I love this room! SO cute and fun and great use of space, especially under the bed. What a great idea!


Zakary said...

Will you decorate my room?

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

This turned absolutely so darling for any little boy...I'm loving the colors, the storage, the personal maybe I should just say "everything"??? It's tough to see the little ones grow up, but dang it if it isn't fun re-decorating! (c: Thanks for linking up to Roomspiration!

Brista Barrington said...

So, do you remember how long ago you got the grey/green coverlet from Kohl's or what brand it is? It's so cute and exactly what I have been looking for! If not it's okay.

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