Tuesday, September 27, 2016

21 "Sea"ing Deep Blue in our Boy's Bedroom

Just before school started, we decided to give Parker his own room. We already had a lot of things shifting around the home, so why not add another right? But when it comes to the kiddos, I try to put their projects higher on our priority list. Parker and his older brother had been sharing a room for years, and although they are the best of friends, they were finally coming to a point of wanting their own personal spaces. Funny thing is that they have been having sleepovers in both rooms because they "miss" each other, which I find to be about the sweetest thing ever.

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 much as I love the look of a color on the ceiling, I feared that it would make the room feel choppy with all of the rest that is/will be happening. And we are doing a lot of white walls in the lower level, so I was excited to do something much bolder here.


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.


The acrylic holders were purchased quite a few years ago from here, and I just love their simplicity in displaying his books.

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.

21 comments:

  1. It looks great. I can see both your aesthetic and also plenty of little boy touches too. I love your blog so much because I also have 3 little boys, and I relate to you so well. Your boys are a few years older than mine, so it's as if I'm sneaking a peek into the future. I get so many ideas both from your current projects and also your archives! Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Victoria! That's so fun to hear. ❤️

      Delete
  2. Looks great! And how awesome that he's the youngest and gets his own bathroom!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know! He is really excited about that. There was a lot of negotiating happening between the boys! ;)

      Delete
  3. Super cute! I'm just starting my little guys' bedroom redo too. Fun!

    ReplyDelete
  4. As with everything you do Jen, I love it! I love that you are so brave with colour, it really inspires me. I'm sure your little man will spend may a happy hour in his new haven!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looking at the Ikea hack side table, what did you do to the top? It looks like an additional piece was added (and stained). Thanks! Love your blog and love sharing it with friends.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alison! The top was just a 2' x 2' piece of wood that was cut down and stained (and we applied edging strips around the cut edges). We just used some contraction grade adhesive to attach the wood top to the IKEA hack. :)

      Delete
  6. That blue is just incredible, a great shade

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love it! I painted my son's room a similar color (SW Lost Atlantis) when he was a baby and it's always been one of my favorite rooms. My son is 17 now and I still love it just as much, so it definitely has staying power. ; )

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great color and a very cute room. It is fun to see how you repurposed so many pieces that we've seen in your home over the years.

    ReplyDelete
  9. His room looks great! I was instantly drawn to the Minecraft pictures because my 9 year old son likes Minecraft also. I really like that book nook too. It looks like a nice, comfortable place for him to enjoy reading.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Looks great...I really love the color!! :) The desk area in the closet is a great idea...where do you keep his clothes?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Selena,
      This room has a dual closet so his desk nook is in one and all of his clothing is stored in the opening right next to it... It's not pictured in this post as its about to become a small tear out project, but I will be sharing soon. :)

      Delete
    2. I just loved all the clever ideas and loved the colors for your sons room the desk are and the spoted paper was so clever!!! truly loved it and the items you used lots of people would say it wouldnt work BUT IT DOES!!!! love the touch of white in cabinet and the lime !!!!AWESOME love your blogs and never know where to comment!!found ya now!!!

      Delete
  11. Hi Jen,
    I know the white cabinet was a craigslist purchase but do you have any idea where it could have come from? I am working on my daughter's room and have been online shopping for a similar cabinet but what I'm finding is either too short, too wide, or way too tall.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Paula,

      The cabinet is actually from Target! Here is the direct link: http://bit.ly/2dxDGcU

      Delete
  12. Can I ask where you got the pillows?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lauren,
      Most of the pillow covers are older, but the white fluffy cover is from Pottery Barn and the gray/white stripe cover is from H&M (both over a year ago). The blue dot striped pillows are from Etsy: http://bit.ly/2e7ZvAn

      xoxo!

      Delete
  13. I like the white square alarm clock... source?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Diane - found it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2e7WBvd

      Delete

IHeart you taking a moment to comment! Although I absolutely appreciate, consider and read each and every comment, I will remove any comment that I believe to be inappropriate, malicious or spam like. This blog is my happy place, let's keep the drama at bay!

Don't see your comment? All comments are moderated and may take a moment to appear.

Thanks again my lovely friends! XO!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...