Even though there are still a few projects in my son's room rattling around in my brain, I've done enough in here to finally call it done (for now) to start my home tour. It actually all started with my need to get the toy clutter that was taking over Jacob's room under control.
The more time I spent in his room organizing it, I started to realize that some of his furniture needed updating, his bedding was worn and shabby, he had started randomly tacking up his artwork on the walls, and his bookcase was too small.
Just in case you are new to my blog, or need a little refresher on how things used to look in here, I made a little "before" collage to give you a glimpse of what I was dealing with.
Now, you might look at these pictures and think that I never clean my house. Honestly, it was easier just to shut the door to my son's room and walk away. Until I could stand it no longer! A big part of the problem was that his toys that he played with regularly, his Playmobil and stuffed animals, either didn't have a place to live or just had inadequate storage.
Here is how his room looks now (although honestly never quite this clean).
rolling pallet play table from an upcycled pallet. This got his Playmobil off of the floor that was blocking access to his closet.
I also took off the doors to his closet, and added curtains, so that he could roll the play table in and out.
canvas bins on to store Jacob's toys. I stenciled them in a bright green paint because when you're 9-10 years old, your room should be fun. Below the shelf are blue storage bins that hold all of Jacob's stuffed animals.
To cut down on all of the wood tones that were going on in the room, I painted his bed...
his dresser navy blue. I took a large mirror that I had in my living room and Mod Podged a map onto the frame.
pallet art display board with the leftover wood I had from his pallet play table. Now, he can easily change out his artwork that he wants to display.
hardware and chair.
To replace Jacob's too small bookcase, I found a bookcase at a garage sale, painted it white and lined the back with drop cloth. This provided him with more room for books, magazines, mementos, and toy storage in the baskets on top.
I upcycled some boxes that our milk from Costco comes in and turned them into denim covered magazine files for all of my boy's magazines.
For the lighting in the room, I scored a symmetrical lamp shade for $4.00 at Good Will and converted into a ceiling mounted drum shade.
To encourage bed time reading, I found a picture light on clearance at Home Depot, modified it, and attached it to the back of the pallet art display board.