When I decided to paint this room, I was only hoping that someday it would be my son's room. After months of trying I still wasn't even pregnant, well I think there is power in suggestion....not long after I started this room I was pregnant with our son..
I didn't really have a plan...I just sort of started painting...I knew I wanted a 2-tone room with a chair rail. I also had some ideas in my head from different baby magazines.
This is the room before...
My husband had is 'office' in the closet. Notice there are no shelves around the closet doors.
I chose a light blue and a dark blue. Two gallons of paint were about $20 each. I measured up the wall how high I wanted the bottom half and just marked a spot every foot. This allowed me to keep the line even when painting. The chair rail will cover where the paint meets so no need to be perfectly straight.
I bought this chair rail at Home Depot and painted it white. My lovely husband cut it to fit. I had to touch up a few spots where I didn't quite get the paint matched up.
Well then I decided that I wanted to add some stripes. I bought tape and another darker color.
I broke this step down into days because I just didn't have the patience to do it all at once. Taping is very time consuming and you want to take your time and do it right or the whole project just won't look nice. The tape I used was 2 inches wide. So I placed a strip then measured 2 inches then placed another strip then measured 6 inches all the way around the room. The 2 strips and the 2 inch gap equals 6 inches. So I had a 6 inch solid section and a 6 inch striped section. You MUST make sure your tape is sealed tight to the wall so paint doesn't seep under the tape.
As you can see in the photo, I used a darker blue for the 6 inch stripe and then just painted the light blue from the top of the wall in between the two strips of the 2 inch tape. You can use thinner or wider tape/more or less stripes for your look. Just have fun with it.
I looked into buying some 'words on walls' but it was just too expensive for my taste. So my husband brought this projector home from work. I'm told that you can rent these from your library or college. I found a clip art of something I liked online, copied it to paint, changed the font and name and then printed it on some transfer paper. Then you just project it on to the wall and it will cast a shadow that you can trace with a pencil.
Pick your colors and try to color inside the lines:)
I found this dresser at a garage sale for $20, painted it white, put airplane knobs from hobby lobby on it and velcroed the changing pad to the top.
I have yet to build the toy box/window seat. I'm gonna have my husband make a box with a hindged lid. I will paint it white and put a blue pillow cushion on the top. A place for all the toys to go in, while we sit and look out the window.
My handy husband built these shelves around the closet. It saves space and isn't something my son will pull down on himself. This was done in an afternoon for less than $75.
This is my favorite thing that keeps the changing table smelling oh so fresh and clean!!! I wouldn't be without it.... you can get it here
My son absolutely LOVES this blanket. I love to buy homemade whenever possible and affordable. This is a steal for $10 plus shipping. Different colors and designs here
and you can also ask about a monogram or personalizing.
I love his room and how it turned out....but I can't wait for Rains to come to me and say "This is a baby's room, I want a Big Boys room" and I get to do it all over again.
I will be blogging about every room so come back for the rest of the house.