Friday, July 20, 2012

Jonathan's Bedroom Redo

 Jonathan will be starting first grade in a little over three weeks, and I thought it was time to change his room to reflect his interests and to remove all traces of toddlerhood :(.  I worked with a limited budget, using mostly what we already had with a few new additions.
I purchased his bed and nightstand when he was two. It was a floor sample and I got both pieces for $199. I really couldn't afford new furniture, so am using what we have, along with the chest which was purchased with his crib when he was born. His name in colorful letters, as well as a ceiling fan with primary color blades, were part of the nursery decor.
Jonathan is very much in to taekwondo at the moment, which fortunately has very colorful belts. Using mostly primary red, I can use the bright colors as room accents.
I started by rearranging the furniture in his very small room and am very happy with the new placement. Thanks so much to my niece, Michelle, I couldn't have moved it all around without her help! Michelle blogs at Somerset Cottage, check it out! Next came Pottery Barn Kids curtains, purchase new on eBay. I had to search a bit to find a red quilt in the correct shade, but I did find one. I bought a red and blue rug for the side of the bed then added the fun stuff.

 I found the colorful drawer set a Goodwill (yay!) in like new condition. Jonathan wanted a bulletin board for pictures, ticket stubs, drawings, etc., so we found one at Staples. He helped me hang it, putting the last screw in all by himself.

 The black chair is from Christmas Tree Shoppe. I looked for one in a primary color, but could only find pinks, purples and aquas, so I settled on a black one. I actually think it works rather well!
The poster used as a backdrop for his birthday cake now hangs over his bed, and remember all those gumballs in belt colors? The leftovers now fill a lamp base on his nightstand. It is elevated on signed broken boards he has received from demos at testings. He wanted those boards, and I couldn't figure out what to do with them.

The belt racks on the wall were a birthday gift, and the board Mr. D broke at his party is also on the wall, along with a picture of all of his party guests.

His baseball bats from the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum are also on the wall. I hung these on a broom holder!

We went through all of his books and removed the ones he thought were "too babyish" and put some of his geodes, trophies and shells on display on the shelves. We still have some empty space for future acquisitions.

I would still like to add a couple of shelves over the bulletin board for trophies that I know will be earned, and maybe some photographs and a colorful pillow for the chair, but we are pretty much finished with the redo. I love how it turned out, but more importantly, so does Jonathan!


becka said...

You have done a wonderful job of transitioning his room into one suitable for an older boy. Very creative ways to implement things of interest to him.

Brenda said...

Wow, Jonathan's room is so grown up and still a lot of fun for him!
You never cease to amaze me with how resourceful that you are!! I bet Jonathan loves his new room, it looks AWESOME!