Thursday, January 23, 2014

Finn's Room: Details

Okay, first of all--thanks for the comments regarding Finn's room. Today's post is a "details" one where I get down to the nitty-gritty deets of all the goods in his room.

If this room looks somewhat familiar (or a lot familiar) to you, it's probably because you've seen it before. This used to be Ryder's room. This is the room we made-over almost exactly two years ago (in Feb. it'll be 2 yrs). Some things have changed in here, while others stayed the same. Go here to read all about Ry's room. The "big thing" in this room is the pallet ceiling.

We still love how it looks. It made transitioning back into a nursery easy as pie, since we love the rustic-ness of the ceiling. Perfect for boy #3. The color of the walls is Benjamin Moore Thunder. The armoire in the corner was $2 at an auction (read more about that here.)

I still can't believe I scored this puppy for two stinkin' bucks.

The crib is the same one we've used for both Ryder and Bryce, but it's been painted. You can read about that here. The crib sheet is from Pottery Barn, the crib skirt is also from PB (we've had that since Ry was a babe), the bumper is also PB but linen-like material was stitched to it to cover up the airplane details that were there. Simple and sweet. 

The chair was given to us by my parents. I had a slipcover made for it (and got the ottoman reupholstered). You can read more about that here. Mitch's grandmother made the afghan that's draped over the back of the chair. The side table I picked up at a yard sale last summer for $5 (I think).

The red cabinet was one that was in the garage of our house when we bought it. It's funny 'cause I remember seeing it when we were looking at the house and thinking, "I hope they leave that cabinet here!" Which is kinda shocking to me that they left it...the people who were in our house before us (they were renters) basically took everything they could. They even wanted to rip out the exhaust fan over the stove, but that's where the owner drew the line. Guess they couldn't see the potential in the cabinet. Anyway, I've loved it from day one. We (of course) spiffed it up with paint and bead board on the inside and sides of it. 

It used to be on our kitchen wall (the one we knocked down). Here's a pic... (read more about the kitchen reno here.) It held all my Fire King jadeite. I'm glad we've held onto it all these years. It's a great place to store diapers, wipes, and any other baby necessities. 

You can read more about Finn's dresser here. (that was a fun post...) It's acting as a changing table, although Finn hates to be changed on it. We usually end up changing him on our bed. :)

This side of the room pretty much stayed the same as before. The curtains were hung after we ripped out annoying bi-fold doors that were previously on there. We used a shower curtain tension rod and it's worked out great for us. (there's been a few times when one of the boys have tugged on the bottom of the curtain and the whole thing has come crashing down on their heads...but they learn. ;)) The dresser was given to us by our neighbors (read more here).

Love this little sleeper. It's an oldie that all of my boys used when they were itty bitty.  

More about how I made Finn's mobile here. Roman blinds were purchased on clearance from Windows by Melissa

Read more about the gallery wall here.

I LOVE that we could personalize Finn's room with some Huckleberry Finn action. I wanted to find something that had Huckleberry Finn on it (all I could think of was the book), but when we went to pick up a metal cabinet back in November, the kind lady we bought it off of was also looking to sell some of her household goods. I was walking around her upstairs bedrooms when I spotted this print on the wall. I was pretty dang excited. She sold it to me (along with another print that's now on top of Finn's armoire) for $10. BOOM! I got my Huck Finn. 

The bookshelf was a project that was looming over my head for years...yes, years. Finally got that puppy done. I'll probably do a follow-up post on that. Totally love how it turned out. (It, along with the crib and dresser, are painted Benjamin Moore Dragon's Breath.)

Another really cool feature in Finn's room is the rug. This was a Craigslist purchase made almost two years ago and I love how it's a perfect fit for this room. You can read more about this antique rug here. (you won't believe how much I paid for it!) 

The antique rocking horse I got at a flea market a couple years ago. Aren't the colors perfect in here?

What was awesome about this makeover is that it really didn't cost much. Most of the pieces we already owned so I didn't have a lot of shopping to do. (Actually now that I think about it, the only "big" purchase in here was having a slip made for that chair.) I think that's what I love most about this whole thing--pieces that I've bought along the way (some, many years ago) all kinda mesh together to form a beautiful room. One tip that I love to give people: if you see something you LOVE while out thrifting, buy it. You'll find a place for it one day. Now for me, I can do that since the things I love only end up being a few bucks. Don't heed my advice if you have expensive taste and only shop retail! (Your husband will kill me for telling you to "just buy it!") This room has that "collected over time" look to it because it literally has been collected over time. It's been "in the works" for years now. It's made up of lots of layers and pieces that I've found in tons of different places. That's the only way I know how to put a room together and I love it. 

I'm so glad Finn's room is officially done. The main reason why we tied up all the loose ends here was because a photographer from the local newspaper came out and took some shots of our house, including Finn's room. 

I'll be sure to let you know when the article hits newsstands! He even shot a video of me talking about our renovations/ you guys can hear my sweet Jersey accent sometime soon. Ha.



  1. Congrats on the newspaper, that is awesome. I hope you said "crafts" on the video, I remember you saying that from another video. ha. I totally forgot that I was going to copy the mobile. I may be doing that this weekend.

    1. Ha! Crafts!! Love it. Make sure you show me your mobile.

  2. Kat, amazing job on this room. I actually have that same ceiling fan in our master bedroom! That plank ceiling with the Benjamin Moore Thunder walls looks SO good. I'm a big fan of natural wood tones mixed with grays, and I love how you collected the pieces over time. I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

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