Putting in a workspace was the first thing I tackled in Parker's new room. Fourth grade seems to be the year when the kids really start receiving more homework assignments, so we wanted to be sure he had a distraction-free location to work from. Other than that, Parker had basically just taken over the guest room, as well as all of the guest room furniture, until I could sell a few of the pieces on Craigslist. Now that the bulk of the guest room furniture pieces are gone, we were able to move over the remainder of Parker's belongings into his new space. And to really make it feel like his space, it received a new paint color!
The room is far from complete (and these are just progress photos), but I wanted to share the new wall color which is an amazingly vibrant and brilliant blue; Behr's Infinite Deep Sea.
I originally planned on painting the walls a whitish blue hue and then using this paint color on the ceiling, but after a lot of samples on both the walls and the ceiling, I opted to throw the deep shade of blue on the walls instead. The color inspiration came from the temporary wallpaper we added to the workspace, and because it is almost like a tradition around here, it also has a sea themed name.
As with most paint colors, the shade tends to vary based on the time of the day and the lighting (and a few of these photos were shot early afternoon and a few others early evening). The color ended up being really great for our growing boy, and all of his colorful belongings really pop and contrast nicely around the room.
Wanting our little guy to feel as comfortable as possible in his new space, I pulled pieces from around our home to make it feel a bit more personal and finished. I think you will recognize quite a few of the items that I used, like his nightstand which was created by combining two IKEA Lack side tables together.
We added a foam mattress topper to Parker's bed, which gave it some height, so I gave the nightstand a little extra height by adding some furniture feet and a stained wood top. And because I love happy accidents, I was ridiculously excited that the recent DIY rope basket I made fit the opening of the nightstand like a glove. Now our boy can reach down and pluck his favorite stuffed companion before drifting off to sleep.
The bed was his from the other room; it was originally from IKEA and given a DIY upholstered headboard. There really isn't a theme for Parker's room, I just want it to be a reflection of him and things he loves. He requested some Minecraft art so we hopped on Etsy and he picked out two characters (this one and this one), which we were able to instantly download and print at home. The frames are from Target a few years back.
To the right of his bed I added his chalkboard/dry erase easel and a pouf. Eventually I hope to create a space on the wall for him to display all of this favorite pieces of art and photographs. The wool balls for the pom garland were also purchased on Etsy.
Last year one of our boys was moving our dining bench and accidentally dropped it, breaking off a leg. It sat unused because I couldn't stand getting rid of it, but the way it broke we weren't sure if we could ever repair it. Bryan finally worked his magic and was able to use some furniture pegs and wood glue to put it back together. So although it might not be reliable for daily dining use any longer, it is perfect for a little 9 year old boy and his reading nook.
It looks on the small side in the photo above, but it is just over 4 feet long and 20 inches deep and I find him lounging here often. In fact, I was even able to snuggle up here this weekend to read while Parker played nearby.
Not only was I selling a few things on Craigslist, I also purchased a new piece for Parker's room on Craigslist as well. Wanting a place for Parker to store his toys and treasures, I added a white cabinet with display doors.
Baskets from their playroom fit the cabinet beautifully, and hold all of the toys that only Parker plays with any longer. I also added some blue boxes for his small collections of nick-nacky toys and rocks and whatever else little boys put in their pockets, and a bowl to hold some trading cards.
The wood mirror has moved a few times, but maybe third time is a charm? I just love the way the warm wood plays with the deep blue wall color. It is also a great light bouncer to ensure the dark color doesn't make the room feel too closed in.
Parker wasn't too fond of the chandelier from the guest room, so until I can find him something permanent, we borrowed the light from our utility room. The industrial style fits his aesthetic well, but the practicality of it isn't all that great (the light shines down directly over the end of his bed but doesn't spread around the room). But to hold us over, I did take some time to wrap the cord kit with red baker's twine. It's a nice little touch.
And finally, because the color does look a little different throughout the day, the photo on the right is around mid-day and the photo on the left was taken early evening. And although it is slightly variable, we all really love it at all times of the day!
So that's the current status of Parker's new room! There are still a few little ideas and projects left on the list, like installing a proper closet system for his clothing, adding some crown molding and window treatments, DIY'ing a display cork board and de-prettifying the adjoining bathroom. And Parker has been sweet talking and putting together proposals for his dad to build him a treehouse bunkbed. But until then, I was just so happy to see a whole new space begin to form with just a can of paint, a charming Craigslist find and items from around our home.