My big boy is really only two and a half, but he will grow to be a big boy in this room.
We knew it was time to take down his crib after a recent successful out of town experience in a big boy bed. Plus, he is really big for a two year old and needed a bigger bed.
We moved him into his big brother, Jack’s old room. This is how the room looked before we switched rooms:
And here is the Big Boy Brennan version:
I kept the same theme that was in his nursery.
Another before…these were taken just as we were getting started switching rooms :
And Brennan’s new and improved room!
As you can see, I added board and batten (faux, of course) and painted it a creamy color (left over from the bathroom redo). The other paint colors were left over from his nursery.
I won’t go into a big board and batten tutorial, but I used MDF purchased in 2′ x 4′ pieces cut into 4″ strips. This whole room cost less than $20 to do. I used the height they came in to save a cut, but this happened:
Oops! No biggie, lesson learned:) The overall effect is still great!
The big issue in this room was toy storage. One of my Top 10 Project Wishes for 2013 was to move Brennan’s toys from the living room to his room.
He has a lot of toys! I also didn’t want to spend any money so this is the solution I came up with.
My mom found this for me last summer at a yard sale for $5:
This is what I was using to store Brennan’s toys when they were all down stairs:
The bookcase was pretty rough, but this unit from Target was in perfect shape. To match the room, I primed, painted, and sealed both pieces.
Stacking one on top of the other saved a lot of space and made for a great storage area.
I anchored it to the wall with an L bracket:
Total cost including paint supplies=$22. Love that!
I also love these bins for sorting toys.
I found the blue ones mismarked on clearance at Target for $6.48 for two. The green ones were on clearance for $9.03 for a two. (Random prices, eh? I’m sure there’s a system?!) Nothing beats them for sorting all those little pieces and parts! I even used them in my Master Closet Makeover.
Remember how we sawed the awkward “hump” off of Brennan’s changing table? If you missed it, you can read more about it here. I love it now with its new top.
I made this pocket organizer to hang on Brennan’s crib to hold booties and other little baby things when I was creating his nursery. Now it holds favorite friends. The picture above it is one of two that I painted for his nursery, using old frames my mom had in her attic (that I painted) to frame them. (This is a judge-free zone ha ha! I am not an artist!!)
This is the other one. The images were taken from his crib bedding.
I found this print at a yard sale for $8. It’s a perfect match!
This shelf was another stolen attic find from mom’s house. (Thanks, mom.)
I just added some paint. The onsie was one of my favorites that Brennan wore as a baby. I framed it in a shadow box frame that I painted to coordinate with the room. The sleeping Anne Geddes baby is just precious. It was a gift from my mother-in-law.
This glider came from the nursery of one of my nephews. I covered it to match the room. The sweet monkey patch quilt was made for Brennan by one of my favorite people. (Thanks, Candace!) I made the striped pillow.
I ordered the valance online to match the bedding but when it arrived, it was too dinky so I made the valance behind it. I attached the one I purchased to the front. I like them together.
This little monkey pic was painted by my ten year old who was seven at the time. He wanted to help make something to go in the nursery. We had the frame; just added paint.
This super sweet little whale pillow was made from the crib bumper pads. You can see how I did that here. The bed is one of Jack’s old bunk beds. (The door that the bed rests against leads to a tiny closet that holds the hot water heater…just in case you wondered…) The bedding came from TJ Maxx.
Look who came for a visit. This is our sweet kitty, Holly. She’ll be 16 this year! She and I are tight, we girls have to stick together in this house full of boys!
I painted the closet with the paint left from the board and batten. This is every stitch of clothing this child owns except for jammies, socks, and t- shirts. I like to be able to see everything he has at once. Summer on the left, winter on the right. Although half of these are probably too small now. He’s growing like a weed! Luckily there are five boys between me and my sister so we pass clothes back and forth:)
I kept one big basket of toys in the living room. Most of his bulkier toys are in that basket.
That monkey on the shelf is a garbage can from Target. I had to have it, but it’s never held garbage! The rug also came from Target. The shelf was from Jack’s old room.
I just had shears hanging and it was so light and airy. But we had to hang black out drapes ($12 a panel at Walmart) to encourage sleeping past sun up:)
I spent nothing to furnish this room unless you count the $5 bookcase my mom purchased. The bed and dresser belonged to Jack. Most of the accessories were made by me, upcycled, or gifted.
Hopefully he won’t outgrow this room too soon. I know Spiderman and Ben10 are just around the corner. (At least that’s what Jack was into…)
It’s such a sweet room to be in. I really enjoyed putting it together.
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