The “Big Boy Room” is DONE!

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... and I am done with house projects for a while!  Last week I put new doorknobs in our whole house and now my crazy hyper nesting instincts are going to have to be confined to projects I can do while sitting down.  I'm 34 weeks pregnant and actually feeling now like I can't do everything I usually do anymore.  I'm so glad I'm done with this room now so I can rest and not feel like there is a lot of stuff I need to be doing.

Here is what our guest bedroom/office looked like BEFORE:

I really never did much with this room, it was just a catch-all and hodge-podge of leftovers since I knew that before long it would be transformed into a child's bedroom.  I had started collecting a few things for when it became my son's room (like the slide from our neighbors and the dresser from my brother).

Here's what the room looks like AFTER:

Here's a view of the other side (with the shades drawn and my little guy playing with trains-- I just noticed his shirt matches the room!):

*The alphabet wall art is a free printable from Vixen Made*

I started by painting the walls green.

Then I painted the stripes and gallery wall.  The gallery wall is just a big brown painted rectangle with a blue border where I display his art.  I love having a place to showcase his cute creations!

For the bedding I searched the internet for just the right look at just the right price and finally decided to make my own.  I decided I just wanted it to be stripes (instead of anything themey) so it can grow with him.  Right now we have animal sheets on the bed since he loves animals, but we can easily change out the sheets for whatever his interests are without having to buy totally new bedding.

I used some of the leftover fabric from the quilt to make these bunting curtains.

Since I didn't want the room to be too themey (which is not an easy task for a former professional mural painter) I decided to paint some canvases that reflected his current interests.  These can easily be changed out if he has new interests in the future.

For another wall I made these wall hooks which are attached to a license plate that belonged to my grandfather, who my son is named after.

For the finishing touch I painted the dresser and bookshelf (which were hand-me-downs, thanks little bro!) a nice boyish blue color!

I am so happy with how the room turned out, it is so fun!  I hope he will love it as much as I do for many years!

So now I can relax... and have a baby...!!!

I would love for you to share your house projects with us at my "May House Par-tay!" and check out what other people have done in their homes!!

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  1. OMG this is amazing!!! I absolutely love it!

  2. jeanine mcdonald says:

    Beautiful! Huge change from when you first moved in. So bright.

  3. I love the color combinations! Great job!

  4. Meredith Dunn says:

    The big boy room is just too cute!! Great job!

  5. I love the color choice, so little boy! I bet he loves it .I’m heading over to check out how you painted canvases like that:)


  6. Great job Kate!! This room is really cool. I love that the room is kid friendly but can still grow with him. You worked so hard! I bet he loves it. :)

  7. I LOVE that paint job! Everything looks amazing.

  8. What an adorable room! I bet your little guy just loves it in here. Great job!

  9. Fabulous work, good neighbor. Looking forward to another tour!

  10. This is FABULOUS Kate! XO, aimee

  11. I really like this room. The colors are great and it is perfect for a young boy without those garish overdone childish themes. The artwork is awesome. Now relax and hope the time flies by ’til the moment you are cuddling your new little one in your arms and bringing him home to get to know his big brother!

  12. Very awesome! God’s blessings on your pregnancy :). Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  13. Your stripes look great, I am hoping to add some interest like this to my two boys’ room!

  14. It turned out great! That is one lucky kid. :)

  15. Wow – I love the paint idea of the stripe across the room. Very nice!

  16. Looks fabulous! I love how versatile you made all of it!

  17. Looks great! Good job painting the stripes. I really like the huge windows in the room too.

  18. I bet he really loved that. It looks so different and really great.

  19. So great!!! LOVE the mural paintings ~ clever idea! I painted my guys bedroom to look like an entire pirate ship and am now faced with the task of painting over it. The next theme will definitely go on canvases! thanks!


  21. I love this! It is amazing! I am featuring it tonight at my party!

  22. I love everything about this room especially the paintings. Great Idea on the favorite things since they change so often at this age.

  23. Hi. I really like your website. I love the room. I have two little boys myself. Is that a bulletin board on the wall that displays his art? I was trying to find a cute way to display my 3 year old’s art. Please let me know what you did and used! Thanks! I look forward to checking your site for more crafty ideas!

    • Hi Holly, thanks! The gallery wall is actually just painted on… I used the same technique to paint it that I used for paint the stripes. I hang up the artwork using that blue sticky tacky stuff that comes off without messing up the paint.

  24. Could you tell me what colors you used (the names from the store). Thank you!


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