So my son desperatley needed a room makeover. And so I would love to share with you this Little Boy Room Makeover. I wish the room was completed, but I got antsy to show everybody the progress so far AND I also don’t know how long it will take to fully finish it. I still need to put on curtains, get a rug, eventually we will take out the crib and just keep the little twin bed, I also have a couple of DIY projects I would love to finish for the gallery wall.
The Back Story
Okay, so my husband and I bought our very first house a year and a half ago (October 2015). I was so excited to be able to finally pick out the colors for each room and I got to choose what I wanted to do with every room in the house. I took this new found freedom WAY too far. Pretty much every paint color (besides the kitchen) I have repainted or regretted. I repainted the living room where you can see the new paint color in the Living Room Reveal post. I hate my blue accent wall in my front room (front room reveal coming within the year) and I am upset by the blue in my sons room. I don’t think I will repaint my older sons room, but I do need to add some pieces of decor so that the blue smurf paint color isn’t as prominent.
Now to talk about my little boys room. So, I really wanted to pick a really fun bold color! So I painted a green color and then a blue accent wall. Oh my gosh! What is my problem?! Why! Especially since the previous owners did the worse paint job in the world and so I had to repaint over their bad job and then it was just a horrible sloppy painted mess. I am talking green paint on the wall and around the edge of the rooms! You guys… I am not proud of this. I know so much more now and i am so happy that I finally had the opportunity to paint over the mess.
So, let’s start by looking at the “before” picture. This picture shows the view from the door. Look at the ceiling! Oh that yellow paint (no, I didn’t do that!)! So in this small room there is a tent (which my boys LOVE), a rocking chair (that we never use), a little frame thing, a hand-me-down rug and a crib. Such a sad room! I know
Here is a different angle of the room.
This is the view out into the hall from the crib. Originally the yellow paint was all over the frame of the door as well as the closet. So when I painted I decided to just paint it the same teal/green color. Oh my gosh! You could imagine how horrible it was! So then I decided to paint it white and see if that made the green look better. It didn’t. It didn’t at all!
And then this room has just become so messy and I was getting more and more stressed out!
The first thing that I did was I went around and scrapped off the paint from the nice beautiful wood floors.
I made sure that entire room was cleared so that I could paint easier. The only thing that I left in the room was my son’s crib and the stuff in the closet.
My biggest NEED for this makeover was to spend as LITTLE as possible.
I started by painting the wall that I was going to create my mural on. I already had this white paint in my shed so $0! Oh MY what a difference that makes! Good bye green color! It took me a few coats to cover the horrid green color.
Once the wall dried I drew out the outline of the mountains that I wanted for my sons room. If I could do this over I would have used painters tape and a ruler to make sure that it was solid and straight lines, but I did a pretty good job by just eye balling.
I painted the main part of the mountain and then I painted the snow capes. Both of the grays I used for the moutains I had laying around the house from previous projects!
I then wanted to paint a really cute sun peaking out from the side of the mountains. The sun turned out a little bit bigger than I wanted, but still really cute and I am quite proud of it. I used extra laying paint that I had from another project. At this point I have spent $0!
I surrounded the bottom of the mountains with dark brown mountains. I had dark brown paint that I had bought for another project a few months ago. I was going to throw out the paint because I didn’t know what to do with it. I am so glad I kept it!
While the mural wall was drying I started painting the opposite wall. If you look really carefully the two walls are actually different colors. The wall on the mural is extremely white and I didn’t want the whole room this white and so the other wall is gray. My mom gave me extra gray paint she had a few months ago and I was just waiting for the perfect project.
After much consideration I decided to bring the brown mountains all the way around the room and paint the nasty trim brown as well and I am so happy that I did!
I am SO happy that the room is finished painted! It took me a lot longer than I wanted, because I had to make sure that I was touching up the ceiling AND I had to do all of the trim as well.
I gave away the rocking chair to my church and then I took down the tent to pull up when the kids want to use it.
I first wanted to create a book case for my son to be able to grab easily, but I didn’t want the normal book shelf for him. So I made him a pallet book case. I got the pallet for free and I used left over stain. You can check out the DIY tutorial here!
I also wanted to create a little bit of home decor that is associated with the “woodland”, “wilderness”, “adventure” theme that I am going for. So I create little boxes with tree branches in them. You can check out the full DIY tutorial here! I had the boxes from a previous project, I had left over paint and the branches were in my backyard.
I then wanted to make sure that I had a beautiful gallery wall! But, what goes in a gallery wall? Well, the first thing that I wanted to do was add a letter C for his room. You can check out the full DIY turoial for the C here! Everything for the project was free. The most I spent was a couple of bucks for the hot glue.
I also made an arrow for the wall! I thought an arrow would be a perfect home decor item for a wilderness gallery wall. You can check out the DIY Arrow! I spent a few dollars on the tape to tape it on the wall.
There were some things that I obviously couldn’t DIY, because I am not super woman. I decided to purchase an antler head from Target ($30) and a sign that says “Adventure Awaits” from Target as well ($25)!
The final touch was putting triangles around the room with black paint.
The room isn’t completely done, but I wanted to share with you guys earlier than before I finish. I have some things that I want to add and change, but here I hope you like it so far!