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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?


  • ceciliam
    April 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I am going to be refinishing my bedroom furniture from when I was a kid, to put in my son's room.

  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    April 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

     I am not there yet, but planninig :)

  • Wish2Be
    by Wish2Be
    April 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

     Could you two tone the room...or make one wall a focus wall with the sky blue and the surrounding walls gray?

  • amy7243
    by amy7243
    April 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

     Do both colors 2 walls with each color. I still have the dresser we used for all three kids when they were babies...I cant part with it. I use it to put linens in now.

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    April 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    We went with bunk beds and a matching dresser. 

  • Charizma77
    April 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM
    All 3 of the kids rooms are getting make-overs this spring. My parents are going to watch the kids while dh and I work on the rooms. Hoping we get them done in a few weekends.
  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    April 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    If you don't feel ready to get rid of the baby furniture, pick one piece that you just can't bear to have gone, give away the other pieces to people you know need the other pieces, and keep the one piece for a while longer- using it in a different way if you can.

  • slw123
    by slw123
    April 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

     We did the move to a big boy room when my son was 3.  I'd say it took a weekend.

    I love the idea of bamboo floors, especially if your child has allergies.  We've contemplated it for our son, but he seems to be outgrowing the allergies, yaay.

  • jessicasmom1
    April 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Nice pictures, we grew to big girl room when DD was 9 

  • Madelaine
    April 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Good job!

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