Going into this makeover with my 8 year old, I wondered if we would ever come to an agreement.
The main goal of the room re-do was to get rid of the baby-look.
I had all kinds of grand plans for this makeover.
I wanted the walls gray; he wanted them darker blue.
I wanted a preppy/classic/vintage/Ralph Lauren-ish room; he wanted “just stuff I like.”
So, after many paint tests…
and many return trips to stores and UPS, we went from a slightly babyish room to a cool big kid room.
Once again, let’s take a look at the before…
From baby blue walls, red curtains and an airplane theme to…
A room for an 8 year old to love for many years!
We ended up choosing Amsterdam by Benjamin Moore for the paint color.
As you can see, he was very excited to start taking things down on the morning the painters were coming…
(Don’t you love the mismatched pajamas?)
Sure, there are some babyish things I will miss…
The picture that was still on his wall from when he was in his crib.
The brass lamp that belonged to me as a child. (Now everything is brushed nickel in his room.)
The airplane prints.
Those baby-ish things were replaced with:
updated chevron curtains…
And he even gave most of his stuffed animals to his brother! We used to keep them piled in this basket.
Now we use it for books instead.
Here are some different angles of the new room:
He kept his old train print. Having the extra colors helps break up all the gray and blue. I may still change the navy lampshade to something lighter. It is definitely a darker room now.
As you can see, we still need to hang some artwork or a map above the dresser. I think it will help tone down the darker blue. I took out the little brass lamp and brought the brushed nickel one in from the old playroom. I might change the shade though to something more decorative.
I may repaint the blue chair again. The bright blue looks a little off in here. We will also hang something above the desk…
Which he accessorized himself.
Of course he has this on top.
The Mets bear adds a little bit of orange to the room.
If the Empire State Building print seems a little high, it’s because we normally keep his keyboard below it. He practices every night before bed. He had started playing it downstairs this past week
so we weren’t even sure it was going back in the room. I think having it there helps remind him to practice though. Someone in this family should know how to play an instrument!
So, now the room is done, (well except some artwork,etc.). I am happy for him but sad that he is growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday there was a crib in that room!
But he loves the new look and I was thrilled with his choices. (Although I am still getting used to the darker color). Even though the room looks nothing like my original vision, I actually think it turned out better because he helped me pick things and it really is what he wanted.
And as I told you yesterday, he even loved the chevron curtains!
Finally, I am excited to share his room with you!
Here is a list of sources:
Gray/Navy quilt – Restoration Hardware
Navy and White Pillow Sham – Pottery Barn from a couple years ago (meant for my room)
Curtain Panels – Etsy store – Designer Pillow Shop
Empire State Building print – TJ Maxx/Homegoods
Paint – Amsterdam by Benjamin Moore
Furniture and Accessories that I reused:
Bed, Nightstand and Dresser – Ethan Allen
Desk and Navy Bookshelf – Pottery Barn
Blue Chair – Local furniture store. (I repainted it last year)
Train print – Art.com
Have you made over any rooms with the help of your children?
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