This summer I decided it was finally time to give our Monkey’s room a makeover to make it more functional and lure him into spending more time there. I started with a Beachy Preppy Moodboard that I felt would better reflect his sunny personality.
When we bought the house, his room looked like this:
After the demo/construction was over, we threw furniture into his room and it looked like this:
Not very inspiring, right? His room was an amalgam of furniture we’d previously had in different rooms in our old house. Nothing in the room was planned and designed in the way his big brother’s room had been.
I am very happy to say that his room now looks like this:
But like all good things, revamping his room took a plan. While a moodboard is a great place to start and always gets my creative juices flowing, if you actually want to increase functionality you need a plan. In this case, I wanted to increase storage and provide him with a desk, all while keeping a good amount of floor space free for floor play. So, I sketched a layout. I always sketch first using pencil and paper, but for your sake I’ve transferred my drawings on to the computer, so they don’t look so rough.
The plan really helped me figure out how big a desk I could/should have, how to reposition the bed in order to gain storage space, etc. I think you can see from the Before & After shots that his room was really transformed.
Originally I was looking at a Crate & Barrel desk, because I loved the white and walnut look, but I couldn’t get over the fact that it had no drawers for keeping notebooks, pens, etc. He doesn’t yet use the drawers, but I know that in the long run drawers will serve him well. After much online browsing I chose the Alex desk from IKEA. Clean. Simple. Modern. With drawers!
The other key piece I needed was a shelving unit, and I knew immediately I wanted to use the Fjalkinge shelves by IKEA. Tall. Clean. Tons of storage and with an option to add a set of drawers. For the record, I believe that with kids you can never have too much closed storage.
The other key piece was the bed. I wanted to reuse his old bed but needed to give it a facelift. I always hated the black drawers on his Flaxa bed, but gave them a new life simply by covering them with cork contact paper. I knew I wanted to mimic the walnut/white look, but after investigating the cost of getting walnut veneer, I decided the cork was a far simpler and cost effective solution. To give the cork a richer look, I rubbed on some walnut stain. Don’t you think the drawers are much improved from their previous black?
But the pièce de résistance is the headboard that I made. I actually found the headboard on the side of the street and it looked like this:
I knew I wanted to salvage it, but it was too tall and too wide. So, I had my hubby cut it down. Then came the not so fun job of removing all the upholstery. You wouldn’t believe how many nails this piece had! And, while I love the detail of the original headboard, I am not a skilled enough upholster to make a striped fabric work flawlessly around all those curves. So, I decided to stuff curves with batting, while reusing the original horse hair fill that the headboard had.
Quite a transformation wouldn’t you say? The striped fabric really ties the whole room together with the blues, yellows and tans. I can’t remember how much I paid for the fabric but it was on clearance since it was the end of the roll. I had bought it a few months back thinking I might use it in the playroom, but once I put my moodboard together for this room, I knew I had to use it here. It’s perfect!
My big score for this room was the bedside table which I scored at an estate sale for $5. It’s an original midcentury piece by Drexel. Similar pieces usually sell for $100+.
The art on the wall really gives this room personality. The big painting was a score at a thrift store, also just $5. The color block print is from Society 6. The “Have Big Dreams” is a print that I made for him and have turned into a FREE printable you can download. The photos are an assortment of photos I took with my iPhone over the last year.
Download the “Have Big Dreams” free printable here:
Isn’t it so much brighter and happier? Monkey even said, “Mommy make me a cool room.”
Ikea Hack Flaxa Bed, Ikea; Alex Desk, Ikea, Fjalkinge Shelves, Ikea; Knappa Pendant Lamp, Ikea; Sanela Curtains, Ikea; Nyponros Bedding, Ikea; Modern Weave Rattan Storage Containers, West Elm; Stacking Boxes, West Elm; Blue Chair, Target; Desk Lamp, Target; Geometric Trash Can, Target (no longer available); Turquoise Basketweave Throw Blanket,Target; Geometric Accent Lumbar Pillow, Target (no longer available); Small Yellow Arrow Marquee Light, Target; Greek Key Wool Rug, Zulily (no longer available); Assorted Frames, Target, Homegoods, Aaron Bros; Eyeball Sconce, Urban Outfitters; Vintage Bedside Table, Drexel; Vintage Brass Swallows Wall Decor, Ebay; Vintage Yellow Globe.