***We’ve done a ton to the house, and I’ve taken a bunch of pictures, but I’ve been dreading editing them all. I’m so sorry that its taken me FOREVER to get back to posting house updates. We’ll fix that over the next few weeks!***
When we moved into this house, I knew that the very first room I wanted to get completely done, was my son’s room. He’s 4, and I felt that getting his room finished quickly would ease the transition for him. It also didn’t hurt that we were reusing everything from his old room in his new room. He told me that he would start sleeping in his new room as soon as it was blue, so we needed to test that theory as fast as humanly possible.
The room itself is a basic squarish room. It’s slightly bigger than his last room, and the window is wider but higher on the wall. The only issues were that the closet rod & shelf were falling off the wall, and the electrical outlets are in weird places.
The first order of business was to do something about the closet. I chose to take out what was in there and start fresh with an IKEA Billy Hack. I picked up a Billy Bookcase & Extension Kit, plus 2 extra shelves at IKEA. This was the perfect way to get some extra storage in here. I knew I wanted a place to line up his shoes and hats, and getting the extra shelves allowed me to do that. Now, he loves to put his shoes back in his “shoe house”. The Billy also gave us room to store some toys, collectibles, Kiwi Crates, and other items. I chose to do 2 rods in his closet, since his shirts are short. This allows us to use the space more efficiently, and he’ll still be able to use the rods as he grows. See more about how I rebuilt his closet here.
The only request my son had was that he wanted a blue room with blue doors. Ooookkkaaaayy. I guess we can do that. Blue is my favorite color anyway.
He had a light blue room in the old house, so I went with the same idea, only this time I chose Benjamin Moore Light Blue in Eggshell. I used their Ultra Spec Line, as I did in the rest of the house, because of the no VOCs.
I don’t know where he got the idea to paint the doors blue, but whatever kid, it’s your room. I was game until I got to the 3rd coat, and my hands were cramping. I used the IKEA curtains as inspiration, and picked up a quart of Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint in Evening Blue. Each side of the door took 3 coats, with light sanding in between, to get even. I then switched out all of the brass hardware for chrome.
I am a BIG fan of IKEA furniture for kids. It looks good, and it’s cheap enough that if they destroy it, its not the end of the world. We already had the Malm Bed & Dresser, as well as the Trofast & Expedit storage units. The train table was a Target Toy Clearance find (I got it for $20!!!) a few years ago, and the nightstand is the Martini Side Table from West Elm.
The train storage/display turned out awesome! I’m so happy with it! I used Lack Floating Shelves for the Bridge & Accessory storage and
Ribba Mosslanda Picture Ledges for the train storage. Now, this isn’t for every kid. If you have a climber or a hanger (I don’t), these shelves are not secure enough for those shenanigans. My kid is under strict orders not to hang or pull on these shelves or he will no longer have them. He’ll also have ugly holes in the wall that I won’t fix (yeah right). I will not be replacing these. He also has to ask me to get his bridges & accessories down for him. So far (one month in), he’s done really well. We’ll see how it goes from here.
With that safety PSA out of the way, I love how this looks! Before, he had everything under his train table, and it was all overflowing. Now, he can have his table clear to color or do other activities, and still store his tracks and overflow trains in the cubbies under the table. Plus, it’s interesting to look at, and you can change it up anyway you want. I like how you can see all of the various Bridges, Stations, and signs without them being hidden away from view in a box or bin somewhere. They become integral to the room this way. See more about his train storage here.
The book wall was a favorite of his from our last house. He asked for another one, and I thought this area behind the closet door was a great space for it. These are the shorter versions of the same Mosslanda Picture Ledges ($5.99 – $9.99 each) that I used for the trains.
This Trofast Storage Unit ($59.99 <–It’s on sale!!) was in his closet before, but here, it didn’t fit. I never meant for it to be in his room, but when we were moving the furniture around, it just seemed to gravitate to that corner. It’s the perfect spot for his lamp and iPod. Yes, my 4 year old has an iPod. We originally got it for him when he was a baby for his lullabies, which he still likes on while he sleeps. So the Trofast stays, holding Play Doh, Costumes, Little People, Legos and other various Little Boy Things.
The blinds in this room were 2″ metal scary looking blinds. I didn’t want to keep those, and it just so happened that this house came with 2″ wood blinds in the very large window over the front door. I’ve never seen blinds in a window like that, and I didn’t want them, so I had the painters take them down when they were painting the foyer. It just so happened that these two windows were the same width, but not the same length. No problem! After I cleaned the blinds, I installed them in this room, then took out the slats that I didn’t want, and shortened them. Voila! Instant wood blinds that fit this room! That saved me $100 at least!
I did buy a few new decor items for this room. The little metal blue and burlap bin in that last picture I found on clearance at Target. We’re using it for balls. I also found the green & blue boxes on the shelf and in the closet on clearance at Target. Most everything else we had. The Colorful Large Canvas Bins – Red Canvas Mega Sorter at the end of the bed is from Land of Nod. It has 3 sections, and we use it for stuffed animals. He uses a Skullcandy Chrome Pipe iPod Dock for his tunes when he sleeps. He’s partial to Rockabye Baby!
There’s still a few things that need to be done in here, like:
- Replace the window & screen
- Get Plantation Shutters
- Replace the ceiling fan
- Replace the Return Vent Grille
- Replace the Carpet with Hardwood Floors
- Replace the baseboards with 5 1/4″ baseboards
But all of that stuff is WAY down the line. This room is done for now. The only thing I might do soon is add some Glow In The Dark Stars to the top of the trey ceiling, but I’m not feeling some compulsive gravitational pull to get that done right this second, so we’ll let that wait for a bit.
I love some before and afters, so let’s see them!
So what do you think? What’s your favorite part of the room? Anything you want to incorporate into your son’s (or daughter’s) space? Want to see more detail on how I did what? Let me know in the comments! I’ll be doing more in-depth posts on some of the topics in this room soon!
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