Monday, February 20, 2012

Boys' Room {Part 2}: Bunk bed transformation

Today I'm sharing a quick weekend update I did in my Boys' bedroom. It's getting closer to being "done" and I love how it's turning out.

After updating their reading nook last week, the next space I wanted to tackle was the bunk bed area. I had a few ideas about how to personalize the space for each kid. I had some large wooden letters {from Hobby Lobby} but they needed a little makeover before I could use them in the room :)

I sprayed the letters with a primer, then a few coats of Krylon Pumpkin Orange. I sanded them to give them a little distressing, and the final result was a perfect pop of orange for the room! I was originally planning to hang them on wall, but then I thought of another idea...

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This is the view you see as you walk into their room, and I love how it creates a custom look on their beds! I attached each letter with (what else?) 3M Command Strips! They are holding perfectly so far :) It makes such a difference, and it was such a simple project. I think this is my favorite part of their room now.

Next on my list... creating a little gallery area to display art, pictures, and personal items by each of the boys' beds. Up first, Noah's space:

For Noah's space I used a canvas art project we did a while ago, and an 8x10" print I made with some words that are simple enough for him to read and remember, "You are my happy." This is my favorite part about his wall. His favorite thing is the DIY display shelf I created for his beloved Skylanders. If you have boys ages 4-12 at home, I'm guessing you know who these little creatures are :)

Jack has one too... and he loves it just as much as his little brother. I made these shelves out of some random finished pieces I found at Michaels on their wood crafting aisle. They were, wait for it... 29 cents on clearance!!! I grabbed 3, and used one for their dry erase board {marker holder} and 2 for shelves. I got some small corner brackets at Lowe's, painted them white, and attached the new shelves to the wall. What do you think?

Here's Jack's finished space:

I made another print for him with {of course} a quote from Star Wars. What 6-year-old doesn't love Star Wars?? The other thing wanted him to have was a place to hold his books. After finding a library book that was "lost" for three weeks in between his matress and bedframe, I knew this would be perfect. A few months ago I found some small, unfinished wooden crates at the thrift store, I think I paid $1 for this one. I painted it white and attached it to the wall {yes! I used command strips again!} He loves having a place for all his current "reads" :)

I am so glad to have their sleeping spaces done, and they are enjoying them too!

I'll be sharing my next project in their room soon...

{If any of you would like the "May the force be with you" printable.... go here}. Happy Monday!

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  1. Love the monograms on the bunks! So cute! My boys would adore those, too....anything to take ownership. Love your Star Wars printable, too!! Very cute. The whole space looks fantastic. Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays:

    Have a great week!

  2. Ladies! Love the blog, and thank you for linking up to the blog hop! Wishing you great success in your bloggy endeavors. I've been following you lovelies :)


  3. Love this idea, I may need to do this for my girls. I like the concept of your blog too! I was drawn to the name! I am a new follower! I found you on the blog hop!


  4. Love this! I've been wanting to do something with my boys bunk bed and love the monogram. Yours would almost be perfect - I have a Noah too:)

  5. Oh my gosh, this is too cute for words. I love the fun of the graphic prints, and the monograms are just adorable. Why have I never thought of that?! Thanks for being so talented!

  6. the room looks fantastic! I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party


  7. ADorable room! Love the monograms~ Would love for you to link up to the Tuesday to Do Party if you haven't already!

  8. Holly it's adorable!!! I always love when kids have their own little gallery wall by their beds and I love how you did yours! That crate on the wall for the books is genius!! Caleb is always leaving his library books all over the place so this is such a great solution so that they'd have their own spot. And the monogramed beds are awesome!!! I've never seen that done before and it looks so cool!! I could gush on and on! Your lucky kids; they'd cry if they had to come live in my kids' room- it's so boring! Ever since we started renting I've put no effort into the bedrooms at all; I figured I'd save my creative genius { ;) } when it comes to those rooms for when we own our own home again and I can make everything exactly how I want it. But you're so inspiring because you find all these ways to make a rental super cool and personalized even if you're not going to be there forever. You're so awesome!!

  9. Wow really love this! I am so gonna do this as soon as i get my kids new bunk beds which i am in the process of trying to find a good sturdy one! Thanks for sharing!! BTW loving your blog and now following via linky followers would love for you to check out my blog and follow back :)

  10. I featured you today for my Pinterest Thursday post!!! Thanks so much for sharing.. I sleep on the inside of a bed, and am up against the wall as well so this is definitely inspiration along with the Shanty 2 Chic pin that I featured on my post today as well! Have a great day Holly!!


  11. Those printables are so darn cute!! Wonderful job, Holly!! The love for your kiddos shines through in all you do to make every inch of space amazing and personal for them!! Thanks so much for sharing! :) Christy

  12. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  13. Very cute! I love monogram stuff! I actually just posted a button monogram canvas on my new craft blog. I would love for you to check it out and follow me! :)

    Your newest follower,
    Sarah @

  14. love the monograms.

    come link up your great home design ideas/tutorials at our link party

  15. I love this project!! And, their room is AMAZING!! Do they love it?? I bet they do! :)

  16. Such an amazing room! You did orange subtle and designer-y and I did it over the top in your face ...

    I need some lessons in subtle ....



  17. Well that's a great idea having a monogram on the bunk beds of brother sister, it's looking more beautiful than the regular beds. Nice sharing.


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