Ben left home six and a half months ago to serve a mission in Peru. When he left, I told the little boys that they could move into his room after we fixed a few things. I didn't take any great before shots of the room, which makes me mad. This was Ben's last night at home. Notice how the headboard was navy and the walls were a light khaki color. I thought I would love that wall color, and I hated it from the second I saw it on the walls, but it was too late then.
I wanted this room to be a place where the boys were surrounded by things that mean something to them and things that will inspire them. Here's the after:
I love the boat print curtains. I wanted something with a little pattern that wasn't too overwhelming, and when I saw these boat-print toile shower curtains (yes, I said shower curtains) at Ikea, I knew they would be perfect. I had to buy three panels because they were too short, but I added a band of grosgrain ribbon to cover the seam (about even with the top of the dresser), and they work perfectly.
Some of the details that make this room special and individual:
I've fought having toys in kids' rooms since my oldest were little, but moving the legos into their room was a good idea, we've discovered. They play with them more frequently now, and they are pretty good about keeping them picked up, because stepping on legos in the night when you're headed to the bathroom is painful, no matter the size of your feet. The table is from Ikea, with grey lego plates glued to the top. The shelf underneath is perfect to store all of the pieces they're not using.
The lamp in the corner is one of my favorite creations EVER.
I wanted this room to inspire them. Both of them have decided they want to be creators--Hyrum still wants to be an artist, while Micah is determined that he will be an inventor and engineer. I found this light bulb canvas on art.com, and it's perfect in between their beds. The distressed metal letters are from West Elm. They were on clearance for about $15, if I remember right. They each placed their own treasures across the headboards' shelves--similar but different.
Each boy keeps his baptism quilt made by Grandma Tucker across the foot of his bed:
While still not huge, the closet has become much more functional. This side of the closet didn't change at all, which saved on construction costs--no new shelves or rods needed.
My boys love license plates. I'm trying to decide if we want to try and collect all 50 or just ones that mean something to them. We bought the PA plate on our Summer Grand Adventure three years ago, and the two AZ plates came from a car and trailer we owned. The ID plate I brought back from a trip to visit Heidi. There's room for many more, but it works at this size as well.
One of my dreams is that each of my sons will serve missions. (For more information on missionary service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click here.) I decided I would turn this wall into the missionary wall. Each of the five members of our immediate family who have served or are currently serving (Brad's stepdad, Brad, Sam, Tucker, and Ben), are represented on this wall.
Across the top left to right: Greg served in Mexico, Tucker in New York, Sam in Spain. Second row: Ben is in Peru, and Brad served in Japan. Each of these flags (2'x3') cost less than $5 and I simply used a staple gun to hang them.
Time for the next project, right?