Planning the Boys' Rooms
Just a month and a half into our new home and we have nearly finished painting every wall on the main floor. Not everything is completed in these rooms, in fact we're using our old tv console as a coffee table currently, but having a fresh coat of Agreeable Gray and Anew Gray over the yellow, blue, and sage green is a good start.
The upstairs is next and since I wanted to get an idea of what colors we'll be painting the boys' rooms, I decided to put together a little inspiration board for each to help guide me.
To get the ideas flowing, I do what I often do: scroll Pinterest while scanning the room for empty spots that need filling. And since these were fun to put together, I thought they might be fun to share alongside a few before pictures.
I can't wait to have these rooms done!
The biggest change from Ephram's previous bedrooms is that we got rid of his bedframe. Beau did a great job building him one 3 years ago, but it was getting pretty grungy in the areas that we didn't sand and wood fill very well and hard to clean. Note to self: use the select wood next time. The thought of taking it apart and bringing it with us just wasn't making either of us happy. I fell in love with the iron spindle bed we got Alwyn a few months ago, so I'm planning on getting Ephram a similar one.
When it comes to the decor, much of it is staying the same. I slowly curated and created artwork for his walls in the last house, like the wooden mountain and the wall gallery. I'd like to add a few more art prints to match his current interests since he has a bit more wall space, and eventually add a desk.
While antique shopping a few weeks ago for nightstands, I came across two mid-century desks like the one in the inspiration board that I loved. I'm hoping when I'm ready to spend the money on one, I can still easily find one.
I didn't end up finding an old table to refinish for a nightstand, so I bought a Tarva nightstand from Ikea for each of the boys. They come unfinished but with a bit of paint and stain, they're still pretty cheap! My plan for now is to stain the top and paint the rest white.
A few before pictures of Ephram's new room:
I'm most excited to try hanging a pegboard! I knew Beau would roll his eyes on that one, but I think it could be a cool addition to both of their rooms. And I'm debating on painting the small wall that leads to the jack and jill bathroom a dark gray, almost a chalkboard color. Maybe I'll let him paint something on it like a dinosaur or pony or lego guy. We'll see...
Ephram's room felt quite a bit more finished than Alwyn's room did at our last house. When I created his first nursery, I really went with a white & bright feel as I was transitioned Ephram's room into more of a colorful toddler room. I added some art with a fun wall gallery at the previous house, but this time I'll be adding in a bit more color.
He is now in a twin bed (the one pictured in Ephram's inspo board), and finally has a bedspread after months of searching. For some reason I always look at Ikea last. I try to avoid them, but in the end, they always seem to have a reasonably priced version of what I'm looking for.
I plan to leave Ephram's pegboard brown, but I love the idea of painting Alwyn's to add more color in. I'm not sure yet what I'll be hanging on these pegboards, but I had wanted a spot to hang awards, hats, and hooded sweatshirts near his door, so I'll try that. The tricky part is making it work with the chair rails. It prevents me from hanging them close enough to the ground for him to reach, which is the opposite of what I want, so I need to think that one over. I have a love/hate relationship with the chair rails...
Artwork will be another big addition. I clicked over to Minted.com yesterday morning after seeing an email in my inbox and ended up drooling over at least 10 art pieces. Alwyn is our outdoorsy kid and the only true Texan in our family, so I'm definitely going to play with that aspect of his personality in his room. That personalized cowboy boot is my favorite. And he and I already started gathering sticks from the yard for those stars.
A few before pictures of Alwyn's new room.
And after all that, I'm still think I'll be going gray with the walls!