Finally, I am ready to show you a corner of my son's new big boy room. But, only a corner! The rest of the room is still in progress. So far, I am really happy with how it is turning out. Here it is (after):
The walls are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove. I found the vintage '3' number sign at Anthropologie for 50% off - so appropriate since my son just turned three. I framed three vintage Guinness post cards that my husband bought in Ireland and hung them in a frame above the built in drawers (My husband is Irish, need I say more?).
Remember, I was trying to find inexpensive bookracks? Well, one night I was complaining to my husband that I couldn't find anything inexpensive that I liked. He, then asked me, "How about I try and build you one?" And, I was like, "Are you serious?" And, being the wonderful husband that he is, he said, "Yes." And, that was music to my ears!
We spent the next half hour or so drawing a sketch (based on a picture I showed him) - him asking me questions here and there. He did all the math and figured out all the measurements. And, then he proceeded to take the next couple of nights (after the son was in bed) to build it using all scrap wood we had leftover in our basement.
He used dowel rods (cylinder rods) to keep the books from falling out. He painted it white and I cannot believe how awesome of a job he did. It turned out better than I imagined and literally we paid nothing for it. $0!! He did such a great job. He used toggle bolts to secure it to the wall and viola, it was ready for all of Luke's books.
Prior to the big boy room transformation, this is a snapshot of the same corner before we painted it (before).
It's come a long way. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm really happy with how things are progressing. Below is a snapshot of some (not all! elements I plan on using in his new room. I'm not revealing everything, because I definitely want there to be some surprises!
If you remember, I found the spindle head and foot board for $35 at an antique store. I picked out a warm brown color, Benjamin Moore's Natura (zero VOC) Maryville Brown and my husband painted it. The duvet cover is from Ikea. I plan on doing a framed series above his bed of cut out pages from his favorite book, 'Caps for Sale' in natural Ribba frames . I found the map at a consignment store and it is perfect because it reflects the colors of his room (yellowish green, warm brown with hints of turquoise and red).
So, that is it for now. What do you think? Stay tuned for more.....hopefully, soon!