We have moved a lot. My youngest son has lived in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, Il and now Roanoke,VA. The poor little guy will just be turning 4 years old next month. That being said, his room was just collection of left overs. Left over from other kids and left over from being a baby. It was time to personalize his room for him. We went with a nautical theme and personalized it with a few DIY accessories.
After we took his baby bed out we replaced it with a twin bed. A twin bed with no headboard. Just a bed on a frame. His room is small, but I wanted another bed for guests. I bought another twin bed, my friend gave me an extra frame and I made some simple headboards to fit both twin beds. (Here is a link to how to build a headboard http://184.108.40.206/leather-headboard-repurposed-art-and-more/)
Like I said, his room is small. Not even enough room for a nightstand in between. I had a book box in between, but moved it to his closet.
Adding his own name definitely personalizes his space. I actually started “The Lindee Tree” by making custom name letters. I loved creating these for people. So many unique ideas and everyone loves that personal touch.
His room is more of a nautical theme, but he has some other passions too. I didn’t want everything to be so coordinated that it looked manufactured. So, I made his letters have the night sky and some transportation designs.
I painted this little pirate for his 3rd birthday. He loved it so much, I had it copied and blown up poster size and framed for his room.
I created these little nautical designs using a stencil pack from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I used these IKEA frames that used to be my older sons but were now just collecting dust in storage. I thought they were perfect for his room.
The lamp was a couple of dollars at Goodwill. It was was mauve and ugly. I wanted to wrap it in “rope” for my nautical design. This lamp was ugly, but it was smooth and perfect to wrap. I used the craft jute from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.
I used hot glue to glue and wrap as I go.
I painted this little anchor I found in the wood craft aisle for $0.97?
I then tied it onto the finished product.
I covered a plain lampshade in a red and white chevron fabric. I have done many lamps like this and it is simple to do. Here are the steps.
1-Roll the lampshade on craft paper. Trace a line a the top of the shade and at the bottom. Start at the seam and then cut out your paper.
2- Make sure it is a good fit before you cut the fabric.
3-lay the paper on your fabric and pint it in place.
4-Cut out your fabric.
5-Use spray adhesive and spray as you go.
This was another thrift shop treasure at $15.00 for this solid wood, mid century steal. This was in perfect condition. No wobbly legs or scratches. Just a little musty, dirty and faded.
I cleaned it, sanded it and painted it with a high gloss Benjamin Moore paint. I wanted to leave it “knob free,” but my poor little guy could not open the drawers to get his undies out!
I had to make a template to drill holes into the dresser.
I added some vintage, red, glass knobs and pulls.
I then lined the drawers with red and white paper.
His room is finished and he seems to be happy about. I think the little details make a huge difference…and you do not have to spend a lot! Just time and creativity.
If you like the rope mirror, you can find the steps on how I made it here.
My fabric and craft supplies came from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.