Well, it's not really finished. I doubt I'll ever truly stop tweaking any room in my house! But now, Andrew's big boy room is complete, and I have checked off all my design goals for this space. Come check it out!
Here's a blast from the past. I confessed my egregius Decor Deprivation Abuse of this room a few months ago, lol. There's a lot more before pics there too. This is how it looked before.
That is including the navy rug I bought and fish mobile hanging by the window! I sized up this space and made a list of the design issues I wanted to tackle. Here's the list I made:
- Curtains (bought $20 of fabric from Wal Mart)
- Fish mobile (made, and regretted haha)
- New crib sheets and crib skirt (bought new sheets, but Andrew outgrew his crib!)
- Rug ($70 from walmart.com)
- Paint the changing table or buy a new one (added some colorful fabric instead)
- Fabric storage boxes
- Treasure Chest toy box- got Grandpa on this one! :)
- Art for over the dresser (thrifted and free oars)
- Some kind of treatment for the closet doors, vinyl decals? (still working on this one)
- Art over the crib (paper bunting)
Andrew's room is pretty small, just 10 x 10. That was a big design challenge. Trying to fit just the basics as far as furniture in here was tough! But I got it all in here, bed (well, sort of, keep reading), dresser, changing table, and toy chest, and that's it!
The life preserver is a prop from Andrew's nautical first birthday last year. I painted it bright orange for a real pop in this space. The two oars on the wall were happy accidents. I found one for $3 at a thrift store, the other was free, from my parent's garage! :) The gray zig zag frame is a Nate Berkus find from Good Will. Score!
Let's recall- not too much going on before:
Here is the view of the closet from before, complete with blurry active toddler:
Fish net also leftover from Andrew's party. For the fish I cut out a few different shapes from scrap book paper. Cheap and easy art!
The changing table has gone through a thorough transformation. You can see how I spray painted over laminate, and how I made these no-sew fabric storage boxes for free!
Window view before:
My paper fish mobile hangs in the center of the window.
For a touch more nautical feel, I wrapped the finials in some rough rope and finished with hot glue.
Andrew's grandpa (my Dad :) made this beautiful treasure chest! My dad is an amazing wood worker. We will definitely "treasure" this chest forever. Thank you, Dad/Grandpa! :)
Crib view before:
New bedding: orange sheet for $20 from Amazon, chevron blanket for $14 from Ross, and custom made pillowcase from more of that lime green material I used on the fabric boxes.
One major and unplanned difference in here is the vanishing crib! A couple weeks ago I popped Andrew in his crib while I cleaned up in his room. In one swift move he threw his leg over the side and was out of there! I was 1.) shocked that he could get out already and 2.) relieved he did it while I was there watching, and didn't crack his head open falling to the ground!
So now we are in a "this is how to sleep in a bed" phase, where I regularly check on him at night to find half his torso on the bed, and half flopped on the floor. We're holding off getting him a toddler bed for a bit, hoping that he will get used to being on a mattress. I'm nervous to put him in something too high off the ground just yet :).
Andrew decorated the space behind the door. My very own mini designer is into Cookie Monster, Buzz, and Mickey :). We put his artwork up behind the door, and when I say night night and close the door around, he has something fun to look at as he drifts off to sleep.
Thanks for joining me! I'll be back with more good stuff next week :)
If you'd like to see what Baby Andrew's nursery looked like, click on the image below!