Don’s room is finally complete! The last time I shared on here, we had just finished the cloud mural and we were ready to add the furnishings back in. I had the idea to do the install while Don was in preschool and when he arrived, we did a big reveal. I think Don was a little overwhelmed at the big change and said he wasn’t that impressed- lol!
But, I love the room and he does too now! Are you ready to see how it turned out?
Don’s toy story room reveal
For his space, I wanted an updated Toy Story theme- so it’d look like Andy’s room. Blue cloud walls, white bead board, and some Toy Story toys. Other than that, I went for a vintage “been here forever” vibe.
A major goal for this space was to do it on a big budget. A lot of what is in Don’s room is thrifted and DIY items.
Don’s bed is a vintage find I got for $15 that I painted. Side note, at night, his bed is pushed against the wall and he has rails up so he doesn’t roll out of bed.
We installed his sconces with this trick. The sconce lights are on a timer which is really nice because lately Don hasn’t been wanting to go to bed without a light on and then we can set it to turn off 30 minutes later.
Don’s closet has zero shelves or organization systems. Which means that everything was getting thrown in there. I found a wood and brass cart from the thrift store for $10 and brought it home and painted it. Tutorial below.
Side note, we also found that doll house at a thrift store and spent hours playing with it! Isn’t it a cutie?! It needs some repair that I might share on here. Let me know if you’re interested in the comments.
- clean the piece of furniture well with this lightning cleaning. The cart was SO dirty and covered in cobwebs!
- paint two coats of Sea Glass chalk paint
- If you have brass detailing like I did, I just painted over it and then chiseled off the paint with a flat head screwdriver
- Finish off with a clear coat
Next to the closet, there’s a little alcove area that I figured was perfect for a reading nook. I installed a few of these IKEA shelves and filled them with Golden books. They are organized by color. When we read one book, we put it in the back of the pile so that the front books are always rotating. This gives Don a good variety of books to choose from at nap time.
The growth measuring chart is a project I made before Don was born (and before this blog existed)! Its supposed to look like an old fashioned ruler. I used this tutorial to make it.
The last wall of Don’s room is where the rocking chair is that we read stories before nap and bed time. That sad old rocker has seen better times! I actually have a new chair on its way to replace it (it should arrive in January).
The bookcase is a DIY hack from an IKEA $20 bookcase. It holds the rest of his books and a few toys. The cute leather animal bookends on top were a gift and I’m not sure on the source. I arranged Babylit books in rainbow order on top. These are classic books with modern illustrations told in child friendly ways- such a fun idea!
Above the bookcase, I hung a few kites I made. They are so fun and whimsical! Also, they are affordable and easy to make! Ready for a tutorial?
diy decorative wall kites
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