So we kept them [kind of]. I repainted almost every. single. one. Fun, fun, fun [sarcasm], but I must admit that they look pretty darn good in the new subdued and more sophisticated color scheme so I'm glad we kept them! Then we began the task of decorating. I did this room on an EXTREMELY small budget, so here's a little recap of the DIY projects that were involved. First, I made "HI" for his room because if you know my son, then you know he loves that word. Not sure why, but it's his favorite word... so it's only appropriate to greet his "guests" with a giant Hi! Read Think Outside the Box: Beyond Initials to see how I made this industrial looking welcome sign out of paper mache. Also, check out Add Detail to Plain Roman Shades to see how I did a quick [and super inexpensive] update to his previously plain white shade.
I also think it's really important to display kids' art whenever possible. I still recall when my dad had a chalk drawing of mine professionally framed and hung in our kitchen when I was twelve. It was amazing! In the same spirit, I framed and displayed some art that worked in his room. I also created an area for him to rotate his own artwork in and out as he pleases. This fabric-covered bulletin board was super easy to make. BTW- isn't that tree great?! Yup. He's an awesome artist.
Alright, so this photo isn't the best, but that shiny thing on the wall is a lamp. While on Pinterest one day I saw a tricked-out, high end bunk bed. Among other fabulous features, it had wall sconces for each level. I showed my son and he was IN LOVE! We happened to have a plug-in swivel arm wall sconce that wasn't being used so I hung it up and made his day. Night light. Reading light. Make sure there are no monsters in the night light. No matter what, he's covered!!I was also thrilled to get rid of his toy box [also known as the black hole where all toys fall to the bottom never to be seen again!]. I replaced it with three super inexpensive under-the-bed storage bins. If you want to know more about them you can find out in my Crap with Potential post.
And I had to throw this photo in too. Here's why my photo shoots take so long- my design "assistant" keeps trying to steal my camera :)