Continuing on my journey of decorating our new house…..it was very important to me that my 3-year-old son’s room was very special! We were transferring him to an official big boy bed in the process, and we wanted him to know that this was HIS room and that he loved it! So, it all began with a car shaped toss pillow that he picked out at Target one day! And, the transportation room was born!
I found the adorable Oscar bedding at Pottery Barn Kids and fell in love! Unfortunately, I wasn’t so in love with the prices! So, I began to build a room for less with the Target pillow and Oscar bedding as my inspiration. I found the Oscar pillowcases on clearance from Pottery Barn and snatched them up. I decided to purchase solid color sheets and comforter elsewhere since the sheets are never seen and I didn’t want the comforter to be too busy anyway. I then found this great Ebay/Etsy store called 3buttons*n*2bows which carried drawer knobs and toss pillows made with Oscar fabric. So cute! Add some great tin signs from Hobby Lobby, a custom street sign from Ebay, and a hand painted road along the wall and we have a very UNIQUE transportation room!
A few EASY projects that added that UNIQUE touch:
1) We repurposed furniture from the nursery and from our old master bedroom by sanding and painting it navy blue to match the room. See detailed instructions on the previous post here.
2) The road on the wall – so much easier than it looks! We used a laser level and painter’s tape to fix the outline of the road onto the wall and painted it with some black paint from an earlier project. After it dried, we used plain white contact paper cut into small strips and applied it to the road to make the stripes. It added the perfect extra touch to finish off the room!
3) A personal touch…..I took photos of my son doing “transportation-ish” things (i.e. driving his Handy Manny truck, sitting in the racecar at the children’s museum) and pasted them onto a piece of scrapbook paper with colors that coordinated with the room. I then printed out two words on strips of paper that related to transportation (Zoom, Beep) and attached them to the paper underneath the photos. I purchased two scrapbook frames from Michael’s and hung the framed personalized art on the wall of his room. It added a nice splash of color and also a great personal touch!
The moral of the story – if you find something you like for a room, use it as an inspiration and find ways to build on the theme without spending the money on the entire set. By piecing together various items rather than purchasing the “bedin a bag” sort of things, we ended up with a less expensive and much more UNIQUE bedroom for our little man to enjoy!
Notes: A couple of other items from the room that we LOVE – the bed is the Grimen bed from Ikea which is a platform bed which sits on the ground and is padded on all sides and covered with gray fabric. WONDERFUL for a first big boy bed – no sharp corners and not far to fall! We hope the bed will also grow with him and transition into a cool teen bed in a few years….time will tell! Also, the great stop sign rug is from CSN stores – great pop of color and my son loves it! If you see anything else in the room you like, just leave a comment and I will let you know where it came from!