As some of you know, I spent much of the summer transitioning my son’s nursery into my newborn daughter’s own space and our guest room into my son’s very own, big-boy bedroom. I took you along on the ride as I dipped my toe in the DIY Reverse Stenciling application process on his dresser, designed his very own patchwork rug from FLOR and modified some Ikea curtain panels and embellished them with additional panels from zGallerie.
And now, I am so excited to FINALLY reveal to you the final result. But first…a quick look at what we started with. Yup…here’s our old guest room complete with unmade bed, open closet door and shirts-to-be-ironed, hanging around aimlessly waiting for some attention…
And now, without further ado, here’s my son’s finished big-boy bedroom:
Let me take you on a tour. Above is the view from the door leading into his room. He absolutely LOVES his big-boy bed. In fact, he moved into his new room and new bed as soon as those light blocking shades and the bed arrived and we continued to design the room around his being there…which definitely added to the amount of time it took to finish everything since usually the only time to work on such projects is during nap-time, when the room was generally unavailable!
You’ll recognize the space below. The wall adjacent to the foot of the bed is where the closet and dresser are. We’ve added some more globes and brought his hanging boat mobile in from his old nursery.
On the opposite side of the room from the bed is the door to the hallway. My nephew who just turned 7 handed down his beloved train table to my son when our daughter was born and now he loves getting up in the morning and either playing trains or sitting in his reading nook and looking through some books. Of course, his super-hero cape is available and at-the-ready hanging right by the door for easy egress
Long time readers of this blog may recognize the artwork hanging on the wall from a failed attempt at decorating our living room. I am so pleased that this awesome canvas (of a photo that I took of the inside of a light house) not only looks great in the room but also fits right into the subtle discovery/adventurer theme we chose.
The Reading Nook
Once I found out just how much space I would have between the train table and the corner, I ordered a custom floor cushion from an Etsy seller and filled up the space with some fun pillows from Land of Nod.
The white book shelves really pop against the deep blue walls and I especially love the one that wraps around the corner. Our son helped install the shelves so he definitely feels pride when he’s in this corner of the room.
One of the features we love about the big-boy bed are the cubbies for holding all sorts of things. Our 100+ year home is pretty short on storage, so this really is a great benefit for us. For now, the bed is up against the wall, but someday when he’s older we can rearrange the room so that both sides of the storage bed are accessible. My son loves to keep his favorite books and stuffed animals in the cubbies in his bed for easy access. I won’t lie…for the first three nights he slept in the bed, he spent a LOT of time opening and shutting those doors, but that fun seems to have lost it’s luster.
A brightly colored airplane hangs overhead and my son loves to talk about all the places he thinks it is going.
The three framed prints above the bed used to hang above his crib in his nursery and are actually pages from a calendar that I saved from years ago.
Sheets with cars and trucks and even bicycles are so fun to climb into at night and the brightly striped orange and white comforter is a really fun pop of color against the dark blue walls and the green accented curtains.
The dresser wall
One of my favorite details in the room is the parade of sailboats that leads from the door into the room, around the corner and down to the boats on the dresser.
We also added to our globe collection thanks to my mother-in-law who has been stalking thrift stores!
A final detail
I would be remiss to show off this room without including a picture of the light fixture. The truth is, this light was the very first thing I ever purchased for the room. In fact (don’t judge) I bought it with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind back when he was a newborn. I know…that’s weird…but it was on super-crazy clearance and I couldn’t let it go. In the end, it fits in perfectly with space.
It certainly has been a long time since I first created and shared this inspiration board with my son’s big-boy bedroom in mind:
Thank you so much for allowing me to share the final results with you!
Photos via Miriam Bradford
I did it!!
Remember that craaaaaZZy pants idea I had about reverse stenciling a ship onto a Craigslist-dresser-find? Well…I did it…so I have now gone from this:
Now…you can stop reading here and just admire the pretty reverse stenciling (pardon my complete lack of modesty…I’m ridiculously proud of this dresser) OR you can read on for the step-by-step process…