Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boy's Room Phase 1

 I'm calling this phase one, because the room isn't near complete just yet.  We need window treatments, a bed skirt, a rug, a comforter...basically all the secondary items.  We have furniture and painted walls so far - but I'm SO grateful to have that little bit done!

This room was originally lavender - not what our lil' man had asked for.  During our house search, his requests were simple- a green house, a green room, and an indoor pool "downstairs."  I'm sorry to say that we failed on all three counts- he didn't even get a pool outside let alone in the house.  So I made him a promise that we would paint his room green...that was last November.  I admit I dragged my feet during the holidays.  Come January is was ready, the only problem was that I could NOT find the right color.  Does anyone else make up imaginary colors in your head that aren't offered at the paint store?  I sure do.  I literally had 10 samples on the wall.  I finally decided and here are the results.  
 What, you don't paint in your undies?

Sometimes it looks neon, sometimes avocado, sometimes celery... 

 Can I take a moment to pat myself on the back?  I did the stripes all by myself.  Look at how nice and clean the lines are! They aren't perfect- I measured from where I started to where I finished.  They end up about 1/8 of an inch higher than where I began- but I think that's a total success.  Especially because I measure like this, "12 and a tiny line passed half" or "5 tinie lines before 3/4."  Yeah, math skilllllzzzz.

I wanted to bring down the ceiling a bit, and I think I achieved that with the placement of my stripes.  We can afford to do that because we have nine foot ceilings throughout the house (my husband is 6'8, we need tall ceilings).  I also like that the pale green tones the brighter green down significantly. 

I'm so happy with the room and am excited to finish it up.  More importantly, promised fulfilled.

 The bright green is called, "Gleeful."  Great name for a kids' room, right?

This is so far the only art I've put up.  These are greeting cards I purchased a while back for this very purpose.  I simply mounted them on white card stock and painted the frames.  If you look closely at the shots above, you'll notice the frames aren't all the same and they don't line up perfectly.  I purchased the frames from GW because I am cheap and they work just fine for now.
The e.e. cummings one if my favorite.

It's funny the things you think about while doing something mindless, like painting.  I was thinking all about how so many silly cliche sayings are true and apply when painting a room.  For example:

"A stitch in time saves nine" I took as: "Do the prep work- tape, caulk, patch, etc."

"It's Greek to me" translates to: "Me no do math."

"Back to square one" translates to "10 samples and nothing I'm in love with"

"As high as a kite" translates to "paint fumes"

"Beating around the bush" translates to "(me thinking) please don't ask about your room, please don't ask about your room..."

"Close but no cigar" translates to my measuring prowess.

"Bite off more than you can chew"  self explanatory.

"He who has gas travels at the back of the pack."  Also self explanatory...(10 points if you know what movie that's from).

All kidding aside, I love that our boy has a room he can feel at home in.  And, I love my awesome taping job.

I should mention that the dresser is from my Mom and the headboard belonged to my Grandparents. I love that our boy is surrounded by love and family though we are so far apart.

Linked here for a boy's room party!


  1. Good job, I love the way it turned out.

  2. So cute! I love how the stripes are only a slight contrast. I love the artwork & the dresser too! Do you have any ideas on doing a space wall without it looking cheesy? Kaden & Jake want a time & space room (dr.who) and I have no ideas

  3. so CUTE!!!! i LOVE that you did the stripes!! (i'm too technical for something like that, though: i would have measured and taped until i was sick of the stripes before i had even painted them!) so very cute!!!!

  4. Love the room and the gretting cards. So cute! Can't wait to see it today. I wasn't thinking about the underwear, I was looking at the impression your husband was making with his shirt ; )

  5. Wow, I love how the green stripes turned out- bright and so cheery. good job!

  6. I love the makeover, it looks great! I love both colors of green - sometimes it can be really hard to find the right shade of green, but you hit the nail on the head!

  7. Love the makeover, the green you chose is such a happy color. The stripes just make the space.

    Romantic Domestic

  8. The cards are great! And the green looks perfect. Isn't it funny how much the color can change in light?


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