Decorating my kids rooms has been one of my favorite and most challenging experiences. It is difficult to find the balance between making a kids room functional and aesthetically pleasing. I had so much fun turning our dark basement bedroom into a fun space for my two boys. My oldest son had been dying for a bigger room, however did not really care about what it looked like. His only wish was that it was fun and that he could have a bigger bed (the kid is 7 and does not seem to stop growing). My younger son….he was just excited share a room with his big bro.
The room before was dark….dingy and pretty boring. It had dark wood doors and molding, dark window coverings
and the official boob light.
The first thing did in the room was paint, paint and more paint.
It was truly a labor of love….but I painted all of the doors and molding and updated the hardware…I also painted the walls a soft blue….I am hoping that this color is neutral enough that as they grow up…we can change the accessories in the room, but not have to paint the walls again.
I knew I wanted a big dresser in between the boys beds… I scored this mid century beauty for $75.00!!
I had hoped a long dresser could work as bedside tables for the boys
and would help them leave one another alone at bedtime and it has worked like a charm.
They each have their own reading light and space. I made the light fixture using coffee filters. You can read the tutorial here.
A close up of the light:
Each boy has their own dresser to keep their clothes organized.
This dresser was my husbands when he was young. I love being able to reuse furniture that has special meaning behind it.
My youngest son has a twin bed and my oldest son wanted a bigger bed. So…to keep things looking cohesive I used the same bedding. pillows and blankets.
The gallery wall above each of their beds features personal things as well as a few pieces of art. My youngest has his first hat that my mom knit for him, a letter his big brother wrote to him and a ship from the mobile that was in his room as a baby.
The duvet covers are from Company Kids, sheets from PB kids and the orange pillows and blankets were on clearance from Target.
I filled the boys lamp with old matchbox cars. It is amazing how many of these they had collected over the years.
They wanted a nightlight…so I took an old lantern and added colored Christmas lights. It is the perfect amount of light at night for them.
There was a little niche above my older sons bed. It is a weird space, because it is really shallow. Not deep enough to hold books. So I used wrapping paper to cover the back of the shelves and this is where they store all of their animal figures and awards and trophies. Because what boy does not want his awards on display??
Here is a close up of some of the animals…I love how a collection has become art.
The gallery wall over my oldest son’s bed features his first pair of walking shoes Cue the tears from this mama. A cute picture of Autzen Stadium by the talented Albie Designs. She is an amazing artist whom I happened to go to college with. Check her out. ( did I mention we are huge University of Oregon fans??) There is also a painting of a Tiger that my son made as well as a few photographs of his brother and sister.
I took an old bookshelf and also added some wrapping paper to the back of it. It was an instant facelift. This is where the boys store all of their books.
I also scored a huge Lego Table from Goodwill for only $5.00. The boys can build away on this table and because of the big lip on the table…it contains all of the little pieces and keeps them off of the floor. Look at my cutie pie…he wanted to be in a picture.
I am happy to report that the boys love their new room. They have plenty of space to play and all of their toys have a spot.
I have been amazed at how clean they have kept it!!
Be sure to check out my next blog post over at Remodelaholic.com…I will be talking about the color Orange
and my boys room is featured!!