As I was putting away little man’s clothes the other day, I couldn’t help but notice how babyish his room still felt. Sure, he had moved into a big boy bed years earlier. I had even painted over his baby blue walls with a very neutral tan, but something was just still babyish about this space. I decided it was time for a change… again. I cleared out his whole room and got busy painting the walls a manly shade of grey. Perfect for a 5-year-old big boy! Well, why stop there? Why not paint his headboard and footboard too? And maybe re-finish the dresser, and hang new shelves, and sew a new valance, and add wood trim to the walls and on and on. Needless to say, this little fix took a few weeks to complete. However, it was totally worth it! He loves his new room and so do I.
I have a slight obsession with moose. They are just so darn cute!
Now onto the shelves. The shelves that were in his room previously were small and white and very babyish, so I picked up some brackets and a few boards from Home Depot to add a little rustic/industrial look to the room.
I have been wanting to hang up this Townsend Ave sign for a while, but never had a good spot for it until now. If you are wondering how to make hanging a gallery wall easier. You can check out this post here.
The white dresser was one of the main things I didn’t like about his old room. I figured out a way to paint his old dresser so it had a birch bark look to it. I might do a tutorial on how I achieved this look later on. I really think this gave his room the look I was going for. Kind of rustic with a touch of nature, but still cute for a 5-year-old.
Yup, another moose. This guy is adorable. Little man was scared of him for the longest time, so I was thrilled when I got the go ahead to hang him up. I mean, once you turn 5 your just not scared of giant moose heads looking at you while you sleep. Notice that giant frame around the moose? I picked that baby up for a quarter at my thrift shop!
The lamp is just perfect for his room. It matches so well and it also has that cabin/rustic feel. I found it on Ebay for next to nothing. As for that adorable beaver, I found him at Target and just had to bring him home.
This little school desk chair I found at my local thrift shop for $2. It matches beautifully and is the perfect spot for all of little man’s special blankets and pillows.
My amazing mother in law made this moose bank for my son! Don’t ask me how she did it. I don’t have that kind of skill.
I picked up this nightstand a few years ago at an estate sale for $2. It was white at the time so I decided to paint it too. And yes, another moose.
At the foot of the bed is a little wooden crate. I’m sure you’ve seen them at craft stores. It’s the perfect place to store extra books and of course a racoon.
As always, I didn’t have much money to spend on this room re-do, so I just used what I had to make it a cute and functional room. The only thing I spent money on was a gallon of paint for the walls, supplies for the shelves, and a few thrift store finds. Everything else I already had. I challenge you to use what you already have to create a beautiful space.