Wednesday, May 16, 2012

C Room Revealed!

I am so excited to reveal my Little Man's Room to you!  It has been a long time coming.  I would like to say that I was waiting for someone else to finish his/her project, but this one is on me, life just kind of got in the way.  This week C's headboard  arrived, and I was able to pull the whole room together. 

Do you remember the BEFORE?


What a difference!  It all started with my curtain fabric.  I start here on most rooms for three reasons:

 1.  It typically requires the most yardage
2. Therefore it is the biggest expense.
3. It is the largest pattern in the room.

Do you remember my budget for this room? I don't! How sad it that! I think it was somewhere between $1000-$1200 for the entire room. I had the mattress, and a few accessories, but everything else was new. As I said above, when I am working on a really tight budget, I start with my curtain fabric. It is not unusual to spend over $1000 on 4 panels. There goes the entire budget.

 This designer fabric was a close out, so I bought 18 yards for $18!  I found lining at JoAnn fabric for 50% off, so I have a total of $81 into all four curtain panels. 

Don't be afraid to mix patterns.  After I find my lead fabric, I pull colors from it and find coordinating fabrics.  If you look closely at the above picture you will see that I have 4 different fabrics in a small space, and they all work together. (If you count the stuffed animals, I have 6 fabrics!) I typically like to have anywhere between 6-10 fabrics working in a space.  I don't stay locked into a specific fabric line with it coordinating fabrics.  Because I am almost always on a budget, I look for coordinating fabrics in any store that sells fabric.  I did not spend more than $3.50 per yard for any fabric in this room. 

Did you catch a glimpse of my second big purchase?  Once I started to pull the room together, the floor needed a little something.  It was feeling to I bought a Dash and Albert rug. It was just the right thing to ground the entire room. I bought a 6x9 foot rug, and it cost around $200.  I love this rug!

Sorry about the IPhone pictures.  (I still need a wide angle lens for my camera).  

After I made my major fabric choices, I picked my paint color.  I had the walls painted Behr Wheat Bread.   Normally I would paint myself, but I was so busy with a curtain project for a client, I hired this one out.  For a little more impact, I painted the headboard wall with an Owl Stencil.  At the end of this post there is a link to a Stenciling Tutorial.

I wanted this room to be a mixture of Mid century meets Southern Traditional.  Several of the large peices in this room are mid century/ midcentury inspired. I love to buy older pieces because they just seem to be better quality than anything I can buy today.  I picked up the desk at a local estate store for $10, I painted the legs black.  My neighbor gave me the chair (much older than 1950's)  I bought the Walter Van Nessen lamps because they are just amazing.  $100 for the pair.

C enjoying his new desk.

My biggest expense was my custom upholstered headboard.  My inspiration was the new Restoration Hardware Headboards.  They are gorgeous! I love the look, but not the price.  So here is my trick...if you are afraid to make one yourself (sorry Kandi!)  Go to your upholstery shop!  I was able to bring in pictures of the headboard I wanted, but I changed the dimensions (I wanted mine taller). I had a custom leather headboard are probably asking yourself LEATHER?  It linen! Yes LEATHER, but I also had a linen slipcover made, pictured above.  I did not have a linen headboard made, because kids can be messy!  If the headboard is linen, and an "ACCIDENT" occurs, then your biggest investment is headed to the landfill!  Leather can be wiped down, and a slipcover can be washed.  The headboard cost me $400 including the leather and the slipcover.  A fraction of the cost one can expect to pay for a prefab linen headboard.

I think C likes his new bed.

Vintage Suitcases act as a side table.

An old fishing creel is used to hold our nightly books.  Did you notice the books under the lamp?  I used two different tables, (or a table and 3 suitcases)on either side of the bed; therefore the lamps are not the same height.  To accommodate I place a couple of books under the lamp.

When working with a neutral color palette, I don't forget texture.  As you look around this room, you will see I have used baskets, old suitcases, metal feed toughs, and vintage toys to give the room some personality.

I love monograms!  They are so Southern! I should because I just bought a really expensive sewing machine so I can monogram all day long!  Before I bought my machine I went to my local embroidery shop, and for $20 I had them monogram two pieces of fabric with C's monogram.  I sewed them into working roman shades.  This might be one of my favorite things in his room. Below is a picture of C's reading chair before I had it reupholstered.  Allen was not thrilled about this decision.  As I had reupholstered the chair only 6 months earlier in a red fabric.  I have to say, I am thrilled I spent another $200 on this fabric upgrade! We all make mistakes!

And here it is after...what do you think?

I love this chair in gray!  It now sits in
C's reading corner.  Complete with an Owl Friend, and a Be Mine Pillow from Woven Home's Pillow Line.

An old feed trough holds a collection of books.

Lastly a new dresser completes the room. I still need to hang the mirror, and change out the hardware.  I was planning on painting this orange, but it looks terrible with the brown leather headboard, so for now, it is going to stay blond. I have learned overtime somethings just don't look good together.  I was going to go ahead and paint the dresser, but I decided to wait until the headboard arrived.  I am so glad I did.  One look at the brown leather and his long orange pillow and I was so happy I had not painted the dresser! 

 Vintage Letters, and Toys complete the dresser's look.

 This project took me so much longer than I had thought it would, but it was all worth it to see my Little Man in his new space.

Here is the breakdown to my budget.
Headboard $400
Dash & Albert Rug $200
Curtains $81
Rods $50
Chair $200
Various Fabric $50
Dresser $100
Accessories $150
Painter + Materials $200
Lights $180

Grand Total= $1611 

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you were inspired to recreate a little corner of your home.  I would love to know the steps you take for a room makeover. 

I have posted on several of the projects that helped make this are a few links

                                              Owl Friend Tutorial

If you have any questions about my methods  or if you would like me to write a tutorial about any projects, please leave me a comment.

            <3  Rebekah
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  1. Everything about this room is AMAZING!!!
    But that owl stencil is my fave & is so unique!

  2. It's gorgeous! It's really such an elegant and grown up room for a little boy! All your little details come together perfectly!

  3. Love this! The owl theme is just tooo adorable! Hope you will hop on over to my under 300 follower hop @
    I am your newest follower~

  4. I just love this room. It's absolutely perfect. I would love for you to stop by and link up to my party (it's still going on from yesterday...just scroll past today's post). What a lucky boy to have this room.

  5. Thank you Amie Ann from Pinkapotamus and Judy I linked up to both of your parties! Thank you for hosting!

  6. Judy's Blog is DIY by Design. Thanks again!

  7. That is amazing!! I love the idea that obviously he can grow with this room for some time and it is so versatile! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great day!

  8. wow... I love the wall paper! t`he whole room is amazing, actually...

  9. wow, lucky boy!!!!! The room is just beautiful, the attention to detail is fantastic! well done!.

  10. Oh my gosh! I'm so in love with owls right now. This is on the top of my favorites. Very tasteful and perfect for your little man.

  11. Oh my goodness! I love this room on so many levels! The mix of design elements and just all of the incredible details. Did you say that wall treatment was a stencil?? If so you are a better woman than I am because that must have taken forever! LOL! It is all truly fantastic and will be a room he can enjoy for many years to come. Thank you so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday~you are incredibly talented and creative! :-)

  12. I just absolutely love the owl stenciled wall. It takes the whole project up the extra notch. That is one lucky boy.

  13. What a beautiful room! I love the vintage touches and that owl stenciled wall and the little desk and chair are to die for.

  14. My favorite is the feeding trough as a book holder. Love it!

  15. What a gorgeous room! I am always looking for inspiration for boys rooms. They can be so hard. I am in the process of working on my sons' room now. I love the Dash and Albert rug you chose! Ironically, I just posted about cleaning mine today!

  16. Oh my goodness, I love it. No, I L-O-V-E it! We just switched my son into a bed from a crib, but your son's room is over the top amazing! I'm going to poke around and start following you too so I can keep up!


  17. What a unique and fun little boy's room. I love how you took your time with picking out each individual piece, and I LOVE the neutral palette with all the different textures. Great job!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!


  18. Wonderful redo, and so nice to have a space that they can grow in to. They only like Disney for so long :) Your new follower- Tanya

  19. I can't believe its the same room. What a lucky little boy:) Love his hair, I have 3 redheaded grandbabies! Just dropping in from Friday Shout Out to invite you to share this at Freedom Fridays:) So hoping to see you there.

    1. Thank you for joining Freedom Fridays. Hoping you are having a marvelous weekend!

  20. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  21. Hi ladies! So glad I found your blog - am your newest follower! I love this boys room - so classy and perfect for a boy without being over the top themey! Where did you get the sheets? I love them and they would fit perfectly in my son's bedroom! Please visit my blog and say hello - I love to make new bloggy friends and follow me back if you would like to keep in touch! Heather :)

  22. Heather,
    I bought the sheets at TJ Maxx. I think they cost $30. They had two sets, and I only picked up the one. I was so bummed when I went back the next day to buy the second set and they were gone! Good Luck.
    So glad you are following us! We love bloggy friends too! Headed over to see your blog now.

  23. Tanya,
    We are so excited you are following us!

  24. Wow, what a fabulous room, I am sure your son loves it. Heck, I want a room like that. I am your new Linky follower.

  25. I love so many things about this room. The owl stenciled wall is amazing and the chair looks fabulous. WHat a lucky boy to have such a great room. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'm featuring this today.

  26. oddly, i want to move into your son's room! this is waaaaay too cool for a wee little one! just found you via boogieboard cottage and i love your style.

    btw, we're moving to NC in a few months so, perhaps, we'll cross paths at a TJ Maxx here or there!

  27. What a beautiful job you've done! :) All the aspects of the room are interesting and so well thought out. Megan

  28. I'm in love with this room!! The owl wall is incredible!

    I featured on FB/twitter/pinterest yesterday!

  29. it's sooooo super cute!!! thanks for linking up to Make it MOnday!!!

  30. LUV! I am featuring it tomorrow during Sticker Time!

  31. Came over from Beez's to see this makeover. How lucky is your little man -he can live here until he is an adult. How clever your selections. I laughed about the Southern thing with monograms -every Christmas I receive some gift with my initials on it! The most fabulous characteristic of this design is the owl wall - it is hard to believe it is a stencil. I'll be back over to learn more!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  32. Where can I find the owl stencil? It is perfect!

  33. Liz,
    I bought the owl stencil at Hobby Lobby. I used a 40% off coupon so it cost me less than $2. All the information about the stenciling project can be found by clicking on the link above in the body of my post. Good Luck. Please send me a picture of your project.

  34. This room is ready for a magazine shoot. Just gorgeous. Love the stenciled wall. So cute.

  35. His space turned out great! That owl stencil has to be the cutest I've ever seen! I thought it was wallpaper at first. I love that this is a space that will grow with him.

  36. Thank you so much for all your kind words! It means the world to me. Blogging is so much work, but when I receive so many positive comments, it makes it all worth while!

    Rebekah :)

  37. This is just too too cute!! I love that wall of owls - and the fact that you did it with a stencil instead of it being wallpaper is just awesome! I've seen this featured on some blogs already - it deserves all the 'press' it gets:)

  38. Gorogeous room! I love the fabrics and the owl wall is fabulous. What a great room that will serve for many years to come! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - I'll be featuring this on Sunday. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

  39. Thanks so much for linking up to Make the Scene are being featured later today!

  40. What an incredible room! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

  41. This is a lovely bedroom! Thanks for sharing it at Frugal Treasures party.

  42. Woah! This room is AMAZING! You did such a great job! I love the stenciling idea! Very creative!

    Stopping by from the blog hop over @ The Grant Life :)


  43. I just love this room! So cool! What a great mom you are for making such a special place for your little one. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  44. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a button :)

  45. This is the cutest little boy's room that I've seen in a long time. I poured over all of the details that you included in it. Congratulations on all of the features that you've had on other blogs. Well deserved!

  46. This is incredible! I thought for sure the owl print was wallpaper. I'm sure the stenciling took quite a long time, but the room looks great. Props to you!

  47. This is fantastic-just breath-taking! I found you through HomeTalk and am a new follower via GFC and Twitter!

  48. Totally in love with this makeover!!!

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