Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Boys' Room: Details

Thanks, guys, for your positive feedback on the boys' glad you liked it:) As promised, this post is a details post--a breakdown on cost, projects, finds, etc in the room. So you might want to grab something to munch on 'cause this may take a while.

First up, a quick before and after for you newbies and a refresher for the rest of us. This room used to be the master, so it's a nice size for a shared bedroom. (And yes, the crib was in the master--our house was only a two bedroom until recent months, so Bryce was always in our room.)

The color of the walls is True Value Livelihood (read more here). It's a slight grayish green. I wanted something neutral on the walls so we could accessorize with color. The ceiling is Benjamin Moore Dark Olive. Painting a ceiling a dark color is definitely a leap of faith but we knew it couldn't be worse than it already was.

The white ceiling just looked dirty even though we had painted it several years ago. You could see the seams of the individual tiles and it was just ugly. We had originally thought about doing something cool to it like we did in Ryder's room, but then ran out of steam and just decided to paint it dark. I chose the paint in an eggshell finish as I didn't want it to look drabby and flat (normally ceilings are painted in a flat finish). I love the sheen of it during the day. A flat finish would just suck in that light. Do you see the light bouncing off the ceiling? Ahhh...

The trim is the same throughout the house (excluding the master bed/bathroom): Behr Swiss Coffee. Love this creamy white color. I gave it a fresh coat in semi-gloss. You can read about the DIY curtain rods here.

Next, we got a call from 1980s and they wanted their ceiling fan back. I was happy to oblige. 

Did you notice Mitch's kinked neck? Yeah, he couldn't even walk under the fan without hitting his head on it. (And no, we don't have low ceilings...I just have a very tall husband) Not good. I knew I wanted something unique in its place. And something DIY would be totally awesome. And all without spending an arm and a leg. Well I picked up the lampshade at a yard sale this summer with the boys' room in mind. How could we make this work??

Mitch cut those wires at the top and used electrical wire staples to adhere it to the ceiling. (He rigged up that idea feller.) He simply pressed the staples into the ceiling with his thumb.

And the actual light fixture we used was this one from Home Depot. We looked for the cheapest light we could find (that used more than one bulb) and that's what came home with us. I sprayed the metal part brown (couldn't find my oil rubbed bronze paint anywhere) since it was originally white. Didn't want that to stick out up against the dark ceiling color. Unique, cheap, and a DIY...all the bases were covered.

Next up, beds and bedding.

The beds were an awesome Craigslist find. I paid $100 for these beautiful old poster beds and I absolutely love them. I think they make the room. The people we bought them off of were super cool (actually we talked with the husband when we picked the beds up, his wife wasn't there but she now follows MLST on FB--hi Laurie!) Laurie said that the beds were from an old mansion in Harrisburg probably from around the '30's and you know this history lover here can't help but imagine what kind of rooms these beds were in. If beds could, maybe not.

The sheets were the one splurge in the room. I had to get them. I couldn't imagine any other sheets on these beds...they're perfect with the plaid wool blankets. They're from Pottery Barn Kids. They were on sale, so at least I feel pretty good about that, but it was still a hard one for this cheap-o to swallow. The plaid blankets I found at a thrift store...amazing that I found a pair of them, isn't it? The gray stripped pillow covers are from Ikea and the other pillows in the front are random down-filled ones from GW. And I wrapped the boxsprings with some extra burlap I had on hand to cover up the not-so-pretty boxsprings. And that's a vintage cooler there being used to store the boys' blocks.

The child's rocker was Mitch's Mom's when she was a little girl. And the Gone Fishing poster I found at an antique store for a couple bucks (got the huge frame at Ikea). Thought it was really cool-looking and it's from Canada...a nod to Mitch's native land;)

The curtains are the same ones from Ry's room. Actually there's a lot of the same things from his old room in here. The desk, bookcase, the bench, etc (you can read more about those here) were simply moved over with him to his new shared room. 

Closets annoy me. At least older closets that aren't very efficient. There's a shelf up top and one random bar right under the shelf and under that--nothing. Just wasted space. So, we stuck a dresser in the middle of that former wasted space and as with Ryder's old closet, we took off those sliding doors (actually we did that right after we moved in 8 years ago). It cracks me up that all the closets in our tiny little el cheapo rancher are all lined with cedar. The builders didn't bother to put more than two outlets in a room, but heck, by all means, they lined the closets in cedar wood! It's a cool feature that deserves to be showcased, hence no doors or curtains hanging in front. And how fitting in this rustic camp-themed room.

We hung a light in there since it's pretty dark. It's a plug in so we didn't have to worry about wiring it in. The storage on the shelf are just random crates/cheese box that I found while thrifting. I like to think outside the box (well...I guess they're still boxes, huh?) when it comes to storage options. It's the cool unexpected things in a room that make it stand out.

There's room on the floor for a hamper (this one is filled with stuffed animals but can also work for dirty laundry).

The wall sconce is a jelly jar light that Mitch rigged so we can pull the chain to turn it on (i.e. you don't turn it on by a switch). He'll do a follow-up post on how he did that. This is a very inexpensive project...right up our alley! 

What else?? The gallery walls were pretty much made up of thrift store finds. That's a real working bugle up there on Ry's side. Picked it up at a thrift store for $5:) The trains and shelves were made for the boys for Christmas by Mitch's Dad. Those were the first things we hung on their walls then we just eyeballed the rest of the stuff. That mountain picture is an old paint-by-number painting.

I tried to include the boys' interests in their gallery walls. Bryce is totally into trains so I got a couple vintage train pictures for his wall. (I wasn't about to plaster Thomas up there!) 

Mitch found the canteen when he was out thrifting for Christmas presents one day.

The dresser is a cast-off from my parents. You can read more about the horse head lamp here.

I didn't show this in the last post, but here's a picture of the toy box Mitch made in its new home--at the foot of Ryder's bed. It's perfect for in here...keeps toys out of the living room!

And finally, the letters above the boys' beds. Yes, Mitch made them and yes, he's awesome. I wanted their letters above their beds but had no idea how the heck we were going to pull that off. Mitch figured it out and he's going to tell you himself in a later post how he did them. They're mounted on barnwood!

Did I forget anything? If you have any questions about any of the other things you see in the room, leave a comment. I'll answer them to the best of my ability. 

Lastly I leave you with some shots of the boys enjoying their new room. They really do love it and get all excited whenever someone visits...they want to show off their room to them:) And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about--giving them a fun room in which to grow up.


  1. Love this room!You have many reasons to be proud of it.

  2. It's perfect! I love the way everything goes together, and the meaning behind so many of your finds :)

  3. I wish this was my room! Gorgeous!

  4. I think the ceiling is one of the best parts of the room! Ceilings can be your trademark. I also love everything on the walls, the fish poster and letter signs are so great. Glad to know that Ryder is a fan of no cussing. ha!

  5. Love the room. My favorite parts are the letters and each of the boys personal wall decor. Great job as usual!

  6. Okay...not only is the room AWESOME, but you have fantastic taste {wink, wink}. I say this because we have THE EXACT SAME BEDS...two, also! AND, I just bought mine that were advertised on Craigslist as well {they were in a consignment shop that advertised them on CL}. Is that not the craziest thing?? I will got a better deal than me!! Our beds are in my youngest son's room which we are currently redoing. I just seriously can't get over this!
    I haven't done a reveal post yet, but you can kind of see one of the beds in this post:
    Your room is truly wonderful! I'm sure your boys love it!! I love the letters above the beds...can't wait to see that post!!

    1. Hey Kristi...what can I say? Great minds think alike! It's so weird that you left a comment 'cause I just posted your grape juice remedy the other day on my FB page...small world. Love the lamp you sprayed. Thanks for stopping by:)

  7. Just to forewarn you, the first thing I'm gonna do when walk into this room is curse up a storm...

  8. Coach Handbags Outlet are usually viewed as luxurious brands, but yet at inexpensive price.
    Today most people looking for COACH accessories will look for them at Coach Bags Factory Outlet.
    Coach Sale are just the most inexpensive items to purchase through Coach Purses Outlet, a small change purse or Cheap Coach Purses.
    Coach Bags On Sale are a fun accessory to add to a new collection.
    Coach Bags Outlet is can be carried or slipped over your shoulder.
    Authentic MK Outlet are made of high grade quality leather and Michael Kors Factory Outlet can actually have real leather on them.
    Michael Kors Purse Sale usually come with a plate bearing the MK Outlet logo to distinguish it from other Cheap Michael Kors Purses.
    Michael Kors Outlet Online have the inherent ability to capture the essence of what women like and what they want to wear and utilize.
    Michael Kors Outlet Store are a symbol of feminine elements and speak for all kinds of women.
    Michael Kors Purses On Sale of the day vary greatly, but all seem to share one characteristic, they are popular!


Blogging tips