Here it is… the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
Just kidding, you’re probably not that excited, but I AM!! This project was long overdue, and it feels great to have it completed.
When redecorating Jacob’s room, I wanted something that can grow with him for a long time, but I also wanted to throw in accents of some of his favorite things right now – Hot Wheels cars, Star Wars, and Superheroes I also wanted it to have a sort of All American Boy feel to it and I wanted the space to be functional, which was a bit of a challenge since his room isn’t very big.
Come on in!
We decided to go with this rugby striped comforter for the bed and it was the best decision ever! Thank you all so much for weighing in with your opinions a few months ago! The response was pretty much unanimous that we should go with that one and I’m SO glad that we did!
I knew that I wanted a little desk area for him to play with toys, do homework, etc. but I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to find one small enough to work in the space. I ended up finding this one on Amazon and it could not be more perfect! It’s like it was made for that space! And it came with the storage bins which I LOVE. A bin for packs of markers, colored pencils, etc., a bin for notebooks and notepads, and a bin for flash cards and workbooks. You gotta love that organization!
Since the desk is so small, I knew I didn’t want to have a bunch of clutter on top of it, so I used some tin buckets that I bought from the Target Dollar Spot last summer and I hung them on a rack that I found at Marshall’s. He now has storage for all of his loose writing utensils, and it doesn’t take up any space on the desk!
His bedside table has a lamp, an alarm clock that he obviously doesn’t use yet, a picture of our little family just an hour or so after he was born, and his ever-growing rock collection. Everywhere he goes, he picks up rocks. We find them in his pockets, on his dresser, in his car seat cup holder, in the dryer. Haha. For the longest time I would find them and throw them back outside, but I recently decided to just put a vase in his room to house the collection. Now every time I find a rogue rock or pebble, I just toss it in the vase in his room!
I had a few leftover Ikea Ribba frames from a previous project, so I hung them on the wall next to the window, and popped a few of my favorite pictures of him in them… one from when he was all dressed up in his tux for my brother’s wedding when he was two, one from our last beach trip, and one that I snapped on the playground a month or so ago… he is appropriately wearing his Flash shirt, so that worked out nicely. :o)
His books shelf is filled with, well, books, and then he has a shelf just for stuffed animals. I also put a bin on the shelf for all of his tiny Legos that we don't want to keep in the play room because they are too small for Olivia to get hold of (we all remember what she did this past weekend, ahem, THE WOOD CHIP INCIDENT). The top shelf is for keepsakes that we wanted to display – a framed picture from his baptism, his bibles, an old wooden car that belonged to my dad’s dad (my Pop) who is now deceased (Jacob never got to meet him), his Georgia piggy bank, the poop sign that my parents got for him for his Poo Poo Party (yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like), the double-decker bus that my grandmother just brought back for him from London, and a few things that he’s made over the years at school. Good stuff. :o)
The gallery wall above his dresser is probably my favorite part of the entire room, but it’s funny, because it was the wall that intimidated me most of all. If you remember, I really wanted to hang a mirror over the dresser, but you guys (and Brian) advised that he didn’t need one, so I listened, and again, I’m really glad that I did. Instead, we hung two Ikea Ribba picture ledges, and then I found several pieces at Hobby Lobby to decorate. Jacob’s favorite things right now are cars, super heroes, and Star Wars, and Hobby Lobby fortunately had some great stuff for each of those categories, as well as a few other cute pieces.
After buying the Hobby Lobby wall décor, I still had a few gaps that needed to be filled, so I went to my “Extra Home Décor” box and pulled out a couple of old picture frames that I had saved. I spray painted one red and filled it with a piece of art work that Jacob had done at school, then I spray painted another frame blue and filled it with one of my favorite pictures of him from Easter 2014. Finally, I left one frame that I had as it was, and I filled it with an American flag collage that he made at school when he was three. I love how that added some personal touches to the wall, as well as some depth. He now looks up at that wall and sees all of his favorite things.
There's another bucket on his dresser to hold miscellaneous items that we don't want Olivia to stick up her nose (or choke on), and then I added this star marquee to have some fun lights in his room, and his fold up Georgia pillow... he slept on that until we moved him into his big boy bed just a couple of months ago, so I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it!
I hope you enjoyed the tour! If you want to see what his bedroom looked like before, you can click here… he was still in his baby nursery so the difference is quite drastic! And if you want to see the rest of our house tour, you can click the links below.