|THE BEFORE, eh, kinda neon, kinda babyish (and yes I know he is in fact a baby!)|
It finally bugged me to the point that I had to change it, so then the Mr. and I had a conversation that went like this:
ME: “Hey wouldn’t it look good to put some horizontal planking on this back wall, someday, like maybe for his big boy room?”
ME: “Here look in this PB kids catalog.”
MR: “Oh, yeah, that would be cool someday.”
So naturally the next day he came home from work to find the room had been painted grey and there were 18 1x6x12 MDF boards laying in our son’s room! WHAT? He totally did not specify when this should happen (see above statement “someday”)
*SIDENOTE : If you saw some wacko driving 25 mph down the road with 2 kids in the car and stacks of MDF boards sticking out the back window between their heads it was definitely not me…probably…
I’m smart and decided to have 5 or 6 boards already nailed up so there was no turning back at this point! Loving husband that he is, he just shook his head and laughed (he has known me for 12 years he should have seen this one coming.)
|THE AFTER, see so much better?|
I thought this project was going to be no biggie, and it was for the most part, although I don’t envy the Amish after this project. All I had was a hammer and a hand saw, if I didn’t think I would shoot my eye out with it, a nail gun would have been much preferred!
My son’s room is 11 x 12 so the boards were supposed to fit perfectly, turns out it is actually a few inches off so I just put up the side trim pieces to cover up the gaps.
All I did was put liquid nails on the back of each board and then nail them into the studs that I pre-marked up the wall with a pen. To get a space between each board I nailed nails just above the board and rested my next board on top of them. Repeat the process until you reach the top! Then countersink the nails, fill with putty, paint and TADA!
This was easy to do by myself until I got closer to the ceiling, then I broke down and asked my hubby for help (what a sport) hauling the boards up to the top so I didn’t smear liquid nails over everything doing it by myself.
These cute nautical flags are from Land of Nod.
My next fun project for this room was this locker I found at an antique store. I loved this old locker and just had to have it! It was all rusty (which I secretly loved, but didn’t seem a good idea for a baby’s room!) so I spray painted it grey and blue and now it serves as his dresser.
In this shot you can see the white washed “pine” floors in the kids rooms. It is actually a laminate, super affordable and I will be able to paint their rooms any color of the rainbow and it will look nice. BONUS: Purple crayon washes right off…
My last project to complete the room was a fun growth chart. I saw this print on Pinterest (the actual link was broken so I don’t know where it came from) and thought it would make a cute growth chart. So I bought a length of canvas, measured everything out and painted it. I used some cheap trim pieces to frame it on the wall.
|Totally covered up the “1” with my trim, whoopsie!|
That’s the tour…for now…can’t wait to put a big boy bed and some cute bedding in there, but I CAN wait for the big boy part, not ready to leave his baby days behind me yet :)
UPDATE: You can see the new and improved big boy room, complete with big boy bed here.
|Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chic here.|