I could really kick myself for not taking pictures of our home when I first moved in here after my husband and I got married in 1999. Mr. Simplicity bought this house a month before we met on a blind date. The bedroom that I am showing you used to be Brad’s room mate’s room. It was painted dark navy and then sponge painted with gold craft paint.
It’s come a long way, Baby! It’s gone from being Taylor’s room (who is now 17), then it became Taylor and Parker’s shared bedroom. Now Parker and Mason (ages 11 and 6, respectively) share this bedroom. Even though Taylor will be going to college next fall, I think that the younger boys will still share this room. Our middle son, Parker, has high-functioning Autism,
so he likes familiarity and routine. I think that separating these two would just throw him for a loop.
Knowing how quickly our boys’ interests change from week to week, I didn’t want to decorate their room around their favorite cartoon character or movie. Instead, I used color as the theme…navy and orange.
I made the upholstered headboards and added nail head trim. The striped pillows were made from this fabric. The off-white quilts are from Amazon.com. The boys have used them for six months now and they have held up well. The navy quilts at the end of the bed were purchased from Target a while back, but they are sold out. I just have it folded to the solid side. I also gave the plain white roman shades a makeover with 2 1/4″ wide navy grosgrain ribbon from Griffith Gardens.
I made their initials above their beds with fabric, a letter from the craft store, Luan board, 1×1’s, and, you guessed it, Mod Podge.
I debated for months on what I needed to put on the large wall above Mason’s bed. I finally found this large laminated map. It adds just enough color and it gave me a direction to go for the rest of the room. You know I’ve been a little map crazy these days. The blue trays are painted with Krylon’s Peekaboo Blue.
I think the “No Wake” photograph between their beds is quite appropriate. I used Taylor’s Photoshopping know-how and had him change the color of the picture from red to orange to match the headboards.
I found this “dustless chalk” from Amazon.com. Although it is not totally dustless, there is a noticeable difference between this chalk and what I found in the stores.
I rescued their bookcase from the storage building. I had Brad add the crown molding to the top of it. He also cut out the beadboard for the back of the book shelf. I painted the beadboard back with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Board paint in Provence. On the bottom shelf is the map crate that I made.
I’m starting them a globe collection. Or maybe it’s for me. 🙂
The large globe was purchased from Vintage Rhino on Etsy.
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The tutorial for the polka dot galvanized pail that you see on the bookcase is here.
I feel pretty privileged since there are no girls allowed (except Mom) in here.
In the midst of this room re-do, Mason, who is six, asked me, “Why are you making my room pretty? Are you doing it for the blob?”