Back to shopping here there and everywhere to see what I could find. Finally I came up with a new duvet cover that I felt would do the trick. It had the red for fire trucks, plus new colours to work with. A girlfriend and I spent an evening "accessory" shopping for the room, I picked out the paint colours, and my revised plan/vision with squares on the walls was back in action.
We started slowly packing up his room for a few days prior to the big makeover. Thankfully my parents had J over for a sleepover so that we only had the baby to care for on the weekend we were doing the work, and this enabled us to surprise J with his new room.
Here is the BEFORE:
And here is the AFTER:
And here is what we did!
Furniture: Some of the furniture is still the same - no need to replace perfectly good furniture! The bed and nightstand are still the same. We added a "new" chest of drawers, which was mine out of our closet. I repainted it red to match the bedroom. The chest of drawers that J had in his room went into his brother's room (matches the furniture in there). We found a used desk for sale on a local buy and sell the week of the big re-do, and it matches perfectly. It cost us a whopping $12! Cool! There is a bookcase, however, it is not paintable so my handy, woodworking Grandfather is building J a new one that we can paint red to match the rest of the room. Lucky boy!
Closet: My husband added a second row of shelving in the closet so that we had more hanging space. Our son loved it - not only did he get new hangers to hang his clothes on, he spent forever organizing and re-organizing the hangers into different colour patterns. It was (and still is) too cute!
Wall Colours: I have a hard time painting a room just one colour. Most of the rooms in our house (that aren't still "Builder's Beige") have been repainted with at least two colours. I can't help it, it's just who I am! And with the squares being incorporated into the design, there had to be a few colours in there. So the walls are painted with four colours. Yes, four. Actually five. But the fifth colour matches the existing trim, so I'm not really counting it (white). I had three colours picked out to match the new bedding and accessories, but (as mentioned) since J's favourite colour is orange, he would have been sad if there wasn't orange in the room - so we added a stripe of orange on a little angled wall next to his desk that is perfect (he can see it from his bed and desk, but the rest of us can't see it when we walk in the room).
Dark Grey - (GP) Artesan
Light Grey - (GP) Spray River
Orange - (GP) Glazed Carrot
White (GP) - used to paint over the blue wall and over the trains to ensure the new colours would go on evenly
Wall Vinyl: Fortunately for us, my husband owns a vinyl business and was able to create the wall vinyl for J's room. He found a maltese and a few fire trucks to go up on the walls. Saved me from having to hand-paint them (like I had the trains way back when...before he had the business). It was great too as he was able to match the vinyl perfectly to the paint and accessories.
Window Coverings: The blinds are the same as before, the curtains are new. Long. Bold. Red. Love them! The curtain rod is also new.
And this was our son's reaction to his new room...I think it passed inspection ;-)
Wow! That's one cool room! Great job on the paint!ReplyDelete
Thanks Laura! As you can see, our son loves it :-)Delete
Your room makeover looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
I love the room make over, great job.ReplyDelete
Thanks Carol! We are all pretty happy with it!Delete
His room is a masterpiece! I love the squares and how you did his little desk area!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much! He loves his desk area, he likes to make up homework for school :-)Delete
your lil prince room looks gorgeous...wat a fantastic b day gift..awesome..:)ReplyDelete
new to your space
happy following you.;)
do stop by mine sometime
Thanks so much Jay! And thank you for the invitation to your page, I will come by!Delete
I love that squares wall!! It looks so nice and clean and like a mature boy's room! -JessicaReplyDelete
Thanks Jessica! I've always loved squares and am glad I finally had the opportunity to paint them!Delete
Wowweeee. That is more than wonderful! I love the squares and the colors. It's all so perfect!!! Boys need nice rooms, too! Have a great weekend. LindaReplyDelete
I agree Linda! Boys do need nice rooms too. Lots of great girls' stuff out there, boy's rooms are a little harder. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Just amazing!! You are so gosh-darned talented Dawn!!!! J is a lucky boy for sure. I am inspired....ReplyDelete
Thank you Annette :-) glad to have inspired someone so inspiring!!Delete
I love the wall! I don't think I've seen that done before. And the colors go together well :)ReplyDelete
I'm stopping by from the "Freaky Friday" blog hop, I'm your newest follower :) I can't wait to read more!
Thanks so much Christina!!! And welcome!Delete
His reaction is simply priceless! :) I would feel the same if my room looked like that.ReplyDelete
Thank you very much! His reaction was pretty priceless :-)Delete
WOW! That is sooo cool. Our son is getting ready to pain his girls' room...I will be sure to share this idea. Would love to have you link up a favorite recipe (& more!) at Weekend Potluck...I'm a new co-host! =) Enjoy a great weekend. http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2012/04/invitation-party-potluck-yall-come.htmlReplyDelete
Why thank you so much for sharing! And I will most certainly stop by your party, thanks for letting me know! Have a great weekend!Delete
Wow! I love it! I would not be that daring to paint a wall with so many colors, but after seeing the results I want to. I absolutely love the desk nook. My oldest little chef would LOVE to draw and write stories in a space like that!ReplyDelete
I was nervous for a few minutes before I started painting the squares, but I just kept reminding myself of my vision for the room. I am really happy with how it turned out. And my son lives his desk nook, he loves to "do homework" there! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I love his reaction!!!
His reaction = priceless!ReplyDelete
The color scheme is so chic! I totally want to sleep in that room. :D
Thanks Czjai! Quite the compliment from such a stylish woman! :-) thank you!Delete
Very upscale!! Great way to go from a boy to a man.... ;) Fantastic reaction!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. You did an Amazing job on your sons room. I love the color scheme, great for any age.
Hope to see you again next week. Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you very much Michelle! And I will be back to your party :-) for sure!Delete
What an adorable big boy room! love it!!!ReplyDelete
Wow what an amzing color combo- certainly a BIG boys room now!! Love the desk area- will come in super handy in just a few years! Proud FOllower of yours!ReplyDelete
Hugs, Jen @ f5
Welcome Jen, and thank you for your kind words!!Delete
Great job!! Beautiful room. Looks fantastic. Happy Birthday to J!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Carla!!Delete
Wow! What a room! I love makeovers...they are so fun, huh:)ReplyDelete
Yes, they sure are! The whole process from vision to reality - like cooking and baking - from recipe to masterpiece :-)Delete
Amazing room! He looks so happy! I love how the colors go together perfectly! The squares look perfect! Nice job!ReplyDelete
Thanks Angela! He is in love with his room, makes us really happy that he is happy!Delete
WOW! That looks fantastic! I love, love, love what you did with the wall! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Amy! That's a huge compliment coming from someone as talented as you. We had fun doing this makeover and our son is so happy :-)Delete
New follower from It's a Blog Party! Love, love, love what you've done! Very swanky!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!! I will come visit your site too!Delete
WOW! you did an amazing job! I'm a little intimidated to paint a square pattern in any of my rooms... I'm afraid it won't look 'squared". You really did a fabulous job. I like how you found the Fire Department decals too! Thanks for going Sightseeing with us!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for hosting! And thank you for visiting. I bet you could do this too :-)Delete
Great Job! I'm a square girl too and this is fabulous! Stopping by from the Creative Corner Blog Hop - TFS!ReplyDelete
Thanks Holly!! I am in love with the squares, so happy with how the room turned out :-)Delete
That wall is amazing! Thanking for sharing at Beautify It Monday!ReplyDelete
Thank you! We are super happy with it :-)Delete
That looks so great! I bet he loves it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com (open now!).ReplyDelete
The room looks great, but I love the wall! The colors are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)ReplyDelete
Love the wall of squares! If you have time stop by my link party and share some of your creations! Have a wonderful day!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Amy!Delete
I love this! Especially those squares. I would love for you to come link up with me.ReplyDelete
Hope to see you there :)
Thanks so much Kim!! I love the squares too. So glad I could get them into my house!Delete
Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday. I know I told you on FB but my boy has a big boy room now too, Outer Space! Have a great rest of the week!ReplyDelete
LOVE the outer space idea! Thanks for hosting :-)Delete
Love this! Fantastic job!ReplyDelete
Love that wall! Fantastic!!!ReplyDelete
Angie from Little Inspiration
wow!! What an impact! I love the squares on the wall! I would love for you to come and link your project up at my party - Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find it here:ReplyDelete
Your bedroom makeover will be featured tomorrow for Functional Friday!ReplyDelete
This room is so cool! Thank you so much for sharing it on Dare to Share. I am pinning this for sure. I love how you did the wall!ReplyDelete
This is a fabulous transformation and your little man is such a cutie! Your wall is just to die for! Thanks for sharing with us this week! Have a nice weekend!ReplyDelete
Hi, I discovered your blog from BPOTW. I must say it is one of those cute blogs!! Your room makeover is fabulous. Loved those squares and also the expressions of your li'l prince!!!ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend :)
I'm featuring this at What's New Wednesday :)ReplyDelete
I love this! The wall turned out amazing! I'm featuring you today on What I Learned Wednesday! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/05/features-and-adjusting-to-new-place.htmlReplyDelete
What a transformation.. I love the wall.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. :)ReplyDelete
I love the squares!!! Thanks for linking up at Well Crafted Wednesdays!ReplyDelete