Sunday, January 27, 2013
A Birthday Boy Room Re-Do
The Professor is going to be having a birthday in the near future, and being a very grown up boy of nearly nine means that he wanted a more grown up room. So for his birthday, he asked to have his room re-done in a military theme. I was on board with this because I knew we could do it for a reasonable amount of money and without an insane amount of work. These are all from my cell phone, so excuse the quality of the photography, but you'll get the idea!
Before: Light blue walls, a group of star wars posters and a madras quilt bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. Not a bad look, but definitely not military.
After: We painted the walls an army green color, (a compromise from the cammo walls that he wanted...) purchased a new quilt and sham from Pottery Barn Kids (using a bunch of rewards points so really negligible cost to us) and changed out the lamp shades. I also purchased six shelf brackets at $5 apiece from Lowes and two six foot pine boards at $8 each. I had them cut in half at Lowes and painted them with a free sample of brown paint I had lying around. Total cost for the shelves, $46, but I also had a half board left over. (Project to come soon!) They were then decorated with military themed items that he already owned.
Before: More green and blue, cool car painting, and an absolute mess. (To be fair, that probably won't change much! He is, after all, a boy)
After: New lampshade and really cool artwork. I got the poster online for about $15 and the frame at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. I also got a tin ammo box at HL and filled it with all the small trinkets lying around on his dresser.
And finally, I took his plain black bulletin board and covered the frame with cammo duct tape! Super easy and only took me about 5 minutes.
And there you have it! While I still have one more military themed project up my sleeve for the near future, this was a quick room re-do that should last him well into his teens. At least, that's the plan...