One of my “loose goals” for this year is to give my boys room a complete makeover. I worked on it a little when I was pregnant with Levi, but I just did a few things (book slings and nursery chair) and now I want to completely overhaul it. A few days ago I took y’all window shopping with me to Kirklands and today I’m doing the second part of that series, the room reveal.
Except that this is in no way a room reveal. Sorry Kirklands, don’t be mad. There is just no way this was going to be a room reveal post because it’s – you know – January…and I am just not that awesome. So instead of a room reveal I’m am going to do the opposite and show you what I PLAN to do to my boys room. Here is what it looks like right now (well, three days ago)…
It’s cringeworthy, I know. So let’s start with the basics…the floors and the walls.
When we bought the house, the bedroom all had wall to wall carpet. It was old and gross, so we ripped it all out and have been living on the concrete that was underneath. I don’t want to put in more carpet, Adam doesn’t want to pay for hardwood, and neither of us wants tile. Soooo…I’m going install some paper bag flooring.
Some of you may have heard of it, but most of you probably think I’m a little crazy. Yes, it is literally paper bags glued to the floor, stained, and sealed. Here are a few examples of it done in other people’s homes…
I’m really excited about getting to work on this…but I’m also kinda dreading it. I’m only dreading it because I’m going to have to displace both cribs (and everything else in the room) and try to get the boys to sleep somewhere else for probably a week or so. Also, I have no idea what I’m going to do with them while I’m working on the floor. They’re going to want to be all up in my business, which is usually fine but this project isn’t really toddler friendly. Anyway, if I can figure out those two things then I’m thinking this will be kinda fun.
Next comes the walls…currently they are just brown and boring. The room only has one window in the corner and stays fairly dark, so I want to brighten it up a little. The plan is to plank it, just like my kitchen, except that I want it to be vertical and only go about 3/4 of the way up the wall. The planks will be white and the wall above it will either stay brown, go lighter beige, or maybe light aqua/blue/turquoise color. Just imagine something like this with solid white vertical planks…
Also, along with the walls comes all new trim…baseboards, door frames, etc. Fun stuff :)
For the boys closet I’m thinking of sweet talking Adam into building some saloon doors.
I have no idea about the design, I just know that I want them to look like old wood.
After that is all done we will have a good jumping-off point to do the fun decor type stuff!
So all I knew was that I wanted it to be western/cowboy, but done tastefully and not cheesy. So when I went into Kirklands last week to do my window shopping post & spend my gift card I had no idea what room I was going to choose to do my “reveal” post about. But as I was looking around I started to see my cowboy room form. Here is what I ended up buying!
(Also, if you have a smartphone be sure and download the Kirklands Spin to Win app, it gives you coupons right on your phone. I gor a 10% off your entire purchase coupon, but I also saw a 30% off one and a $40 off of $100 one. $40 off $100!)
This rug is what started the whole thing.
We all know I love paisley, and this rug was the right size, the right price, and I loved the colors. This is when I decided to make the rooms two main colors (besides lots of white and brown) be turquoise and red. I know I’ve said many times before that I really dislike the color red, but in a cowboy room it just felt right…plus I think turquoise and red will look great together. My moms jaw is hitting the floor right now, lol.
Next I went and snatched up this turquoise lamp, it was the last one they had and I got the floor display. It’s a little nicer than my old one, eh?
Then I found this giant red clock on clearance…it was originally $99 (though it says $79 online) and I snagged it for $26!
I think I’ll add a chunky wood frame to country it up a bit, I think it will look great when the walls are done. I also plan to redo that dresser…I want it to have a wood top and painted bottom. I painted it with thick oil-based paint a few years ago though, so I’m not exactly sure how that is going to work. I’m also not feeling the symmetry of the growth charts, so those are going to move. And I’m thinking I’ll make a curtain and some throw pillows out of red bandanas. I’ll have to change up my book slings and big fat chair too. Whew…so many ideas, so little time!