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Growing Into a Big Boy Room Over the Course of a Weekend
April 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

It started when Tony, now four years old, started asking for a Big Boy Room. We didn't know what he meant, so we randomly just started trying things. Beds, bedding, furniture, light fixtures ..

Months later, we STILL don't know. We just know we haven't hit the mark yet, and we know this because Tony nightly laments his lack of a Big Boy Room. Ah, well.  On to another Weekend Marathon of Inexpensive Room Makeovers.

My husband is actually a very gifted craftsman, and thank all the holy powers he is, because I have not a CLUE what needs to be done in most situations. However, he's able to saunter into most rooms, throw around terms like "quarter-round" and .. well, that's the one I'm thinking about at the moment and I kind of can't come up with much else, but he makes it happen is what I'm alluding to here.

We are not a rich family, and we actually really like our 1500 sq ft, 3 bedroom/2 bath home. It has an amazing kitchen (seriously, I was pretty much sold when I saw the kitchen), a large family room, and the bedrooms are generous. But .. we are kind of outgrowing it.

Seeing as how the market is not exactly favorable for moves just for the fun of it, we're trying to make our little abode a bit more useful for our family. And we're also trying to do it without breaking the bank.

First step: we upgraded Tony's bed. He had been in a toddler bed, and honestly, that fit just fine. But a Groupon came along that we couldn't pass up and we bought him a twin-size set. Which is very grown-up to a four year old.

Second step: real people furniture. I'm in love with this shelving, cube-sort of set that we got somewhere that I now can't recall. I love that the cubes hold SO SO MUCH .. we literally got ALL of Tony's toys, computers, and dress-up costumes in the four bins you see there. In fact, we love this so much, we plan to get another one for the other side of his room .. to replace his changing table that is still there.

(He's been out of diapers for almost two years now. I AM HAVING AN ISSUE GETTING RID OF THE LAST PIECE OF BABY FURNITURE, SO WHAT?)

Third step: ... this is where we don't know. We're still missing SOMETHING that will make this a Big Boy Room for Tony, but we don't know what that is, and neither does he. So we thought, Hey, let's just replace the flooring.

I'm pretty sure this is how most divorces start, right?

Bryan swears that the installation is pretty straight-forward and that he can TOTALLY handle this. So in an upcoming weekend, we're going to replace the carpeting in Tony's room with bamboo. Even typing that is giving me hives. Also, I'm not sure that I'm cut out for home improvement type things. I like order and organization.

Fourth Step: we'll have to repaint. He currently has an alphabet border up in his room that is ADORABLE for a nursery, but .. well, he specifically says that this makes it too much of a baby's room. So there's that. What color would you think for a little boy's room?

(I am pushing for a gray; Tony wants sky blue. There has to be a compromise.)

What "big kid" upgrade did you do for your kids? Was it finished in a weekend?

Am I insane for doing this flooring thing?


  • splatz
    by splatz
    April 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    What about grey with a blue stripe through the room? Or vice versa?

    I'm a little late now though... You will have to make another post showing the finished product! That kitchen is amazing!!
  • Reina13
    by Reina13
    April 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    My sons big boy room was pretty easy. The colors were the same from his nursery. We used navy blue, tan and maroon. The wall colors remained the same, we purchased two captains twin sized beds and the bedding is classic aircrafts in those 3 orginal nursery colors. The floor didnt need to be changed. We sold the changing table and bought 2 bookshelves to match the beds for his books and  dvds.

  • NearSeattleMom
    April 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    My kids never really cared about their rooms . . . weird, right?  My daughter cares but she is happy to just continually rearrange all her stuff.  (She's 9.)

  • bamababe1975
    April 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

     We repainted the walls and trim, moved in a twin bed complete with bedding they picked out, and hung decorative prints and posters and things that they chose to go with their themes. It was finished in a weekend. I don't think you're insane for doing the flooring thing. I'd do it myself to our bedrooms if I could. :)

  • itsblissmas
    April 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    We haven't done anything like this yet. It'll be fun when we get there though.

  • Madelaine
    April 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Nice pics!

  • LuLuRex
    by LuLuRex
    April 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I have an infant and a toddler so we are quite ready to upgrade to big kid rooms. I will definitely be sad when the times does come!

  • LancesMom
    April 18, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Our biggest big boy thing was his move to a twin bed and painting his room! He loved it!

  • babyboxfish
    April 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Beautiful work!

  • MamaBear2cubs
    April 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Our next big step will be switching from toddler to twin bed.

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