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The Boys' Room Reno Revealed

It's birthday week around these parts, with Frac's 13th birthday this past Saturday and Jumby's birthday this Thursday. This means one thing. Room renovation time. And birthday cake. Which I suppose is two things but whatever.

Since I busted my arse last month to redo Frac's sister's room for her 14th birthday, my son had the expectation that I'd do the same thing for him and his little brother. Something about impartial parenting and equal love distribution. I don't know, I'll admit I sort of tuned him out after he prattled on. It's not like I'm up for any parenting of the year awards here, people.

However, a promise is a promise and I promised. Or so my kid reminded me every darn day since his sister's birthday. Apparently he was just as sick of his bedroom as I was.

The army green just wasn't working for me. The room was dark and dingy and it drove me nuts to go in there. Of course, that may have had something to do with only having one 40 watt lightbulb in the ceiling. It's only been five years and it never occurred to me to check out the bulbs in the ceiling light. I don't even want to think about what that says about my intelligence level.

I don't have any pictures of the boys room with all their crap in the room, mostly because I tended to avoid their room like the plague. Between Frac's dirty clothes strewn everywhere, Jumby's medical equipment and memories of Bug haunting me, I will be honest and tell you the boys room was my least favourite space in our home.

That's all changed with some new paint, a bit of sweat and a boat load of tears.

And for the record, trying to decide on how to decorate for a teenaged boy and a severely disabled soon to be seven year old boy was no small feat. There isn't a lot of common ground between the two kids.

I went with an aviation theme for the boys. My brother flies gas fueled hobby planes and Frac loves them. The boy's bed has been a life saver for my back because it's just tall enough that I don't have to bend to put Jumby into his bed and the bottom bed slides away out of sight, which helps save space. Frac pulls the bed out at night and calls it his man cave.

Since no child climbs the steps up to the bed, I've used them as shelves. The paper mache airplane was Frac's birthday gift, hand crafted by his older sister. The flash drowned out the picture above the bed, but it's a lovely drawing I bought on Etsy.

Apparently one is able to wire ceiling lamps in with out turning the breaker off. Or so I discovered. My husband is still mystified how I didn't manage to electrocute myself when I put it up. I figure I must have horse shoes shoved up my arse. The spinner and propeller on the wall was donated to the boys by Uncle Stretch, my big brother and my handy dandy husband managed to hang it on the wall so that the boys can actually spin it.

Of course, I tried to get a picture of it in motion to show y'all how it spins but I forgot to slow the shutter speed down. Or speed it up. Or whatever. I'm not a photographer. Can you tell? (Don't answer that.)

This is a terrible shot, but when I took the pictures I had my flash on and it washed out the true colour of the walls and made them seem much more aqua bluish than they really are. In real life the walls are a smoke blue with lighter blue accents. It's not nearly as Blue's Clue's as it appears in some of these photos. I went with orange accents because that is Frac's favourite colour and since Jumby is blind, Frac gets to choose.

Since Frac can't manage to put his clothes away in a dresser without ripping the drawers to pieces, I thought I'd try something different. The Ikea shelves and bins actually hold more clothes than the dresser drawers do and I don't really care if he stuffs the clothes in the bins unfolded or not, as long as they are off the floor.

I'm not holding my breath though.

All the teddy bears above belonged to Bug and nobody was ready to let those go just yet, so they stay.

Frac wanted a desk. Apparently he wanted it so that he could drape his dirty clothes over it as I discovered this morning when I went into the room to take these pictures. I'm not bitter or anything. I just love assembling Ikea furniture so that my kid can use it as a laundry hamper.


My favourite part of the room has to be the giant aluminum airplane I found in the city and the two amazing prints I bought off of Etsy. It wasn't until I found these pictures that I was sold on the airplane theme.

My Etsy addiction looms large.

Of course, no kid room redecoration would be complete without the heart painted by the door.

I tell them I paint a heart for them so they know I will always love them, always.

But really, I hope they see it as a reminder that I'm always lurking.

Maybe it will help them keep their rooms clean.

Probably not though.


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Reader Comments (42)

Awesome job T!! I love how you did the closet. :) And seriously, that heart makes the angry little cynic in me weep a little.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie {Angry Julie Monday}

Adorable! I love the stripe, and the airplane theme. This might inspire me to fix my son's room up.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJannaB

I think it looks fabulous. Wanna come to Philly and do a car themed room with a ton of red in it? Anyone? Bueller?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Domestic Goddess

So COOL! What a very good idea, and one I may just have to steal for my boy's room. I LOVE that bed, too...would be great for my girls!

I said this on facebook already, but you are such a good Mama, lady. Your hard work made me tear up big time, as did the teddy bears. I wouldn't be able to get rid of them either.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Loomis

ya done good mama.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternic @mybottlesup

It looks great! What a fun idea.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGen

Awesome job!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrandeMocha

Great job...all I had were posters of Mets and Islanders players. Mostly Islanders and all their Stanley Cups they won while I was a kid.

You should add a fake webcam. Not an actual camera, just that black dome the camera sits under. It will mess with their minds!!! (wow, my kids are in for it but I'm totally going to do that heart on the wall thing because that is just awesome)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHockeymandad

i like. and the desk is a nice touch for hanging clothes.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiffany

Looks great! I especially love the bed.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUntypically Jia

That is gorgeous!! Can you come and redecorate my room now?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Wow! Great job! I just found your blog, (new mommy here!) and am loving it!

Thanks for the inspiration!


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October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNovember Grey

Wow, the room looks awesome. I love themes. I have to ask though, how do you keep Jumby in the bed? I have a 7-year old too and dude can't walk or sit up but he can wiggle and roll over and I know he'd find a way to flop right out of something like that. He's actually still in a crib but he's starting to look a lot like Frac in the bird cage. I'd love to get him a big boy bed.

Anyway, again, great job!


October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa T.

Awesome job. See? Wasn't it worth all the cussin' and fussin'?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeyona

I love the bed where did you get that? Ikea?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandi Bone

Another masterpiece I am going to have to hire you for a makeover for my house Colin and Justin look out !

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhabanerogal

Looks great! I love the orange accents

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpgoodness

Please tell me immediately where I can also purchase that bed. Seriously, Christmas may depend on it.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoeyjane

I love love love the heart on the wall. You're such a good Mama.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

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I love it! Its amazing!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMinky

What Karen said! LOVE that heart! I'm pissed to admit it, but the whole thing gets me misty-eyed.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

I LOVE the heart. I need to find a way to incorporate that in our home - so perfect!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany @ MomNom

sweet. Now you are finished you can come and do Boo's room. I got as far as sorting the toys.

He has unsorted them.

And there is a few spots in the carpet you may want to dry first before you get yo paint on...

Make it quick woman, his birthday is in 8 days.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

I think it looks great!

I would also like to know where you got the bed.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJade

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Love it! Your kids are blessed to have such a caring mom :) I love the aviation theme and colours.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago and can't stop reading it. Not only are you a witty writer, an great mom, and all-around amazing person, you can decorate. Keep it coming!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly

I love the heart. I love the bears. I love the color, even if we're not seeing it right because of the flash.

Excellent renovation! You can come paint my house and assemble Ikea furniture here anytime.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKorinthia Klein

Love it!! As well as the daughter's room ... love ..love... love !!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly B

What a great room. So nice to see people decorating without breaking the bank - I like to redecorate and it's discouraging when you have to invest a lot. That bed rocks!!! Where did you get it?? I would love to get one.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I adore those prints you showed at the end! You made a great choice.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Your kids are so lucky to have such awesome rooms! You rock.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

WOW! The room looks brilliant & I love the bears. I think it will be a long time, if ever, before they're moved.

P.S. I don't know if anyone else noticed it .. but I saw Jumby's new toy on his bed lol ...

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

LOVE the blue and the whole aviation theme. The orange is a nice bold touch, too.

And the heart? Very sweet. Will you be my mom??

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSugar Jones

I love it - nice job!

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

That is very impressive. Not to sound all Nate Berkus, but changing a room does change your mood. Not like you sounded like you were in a bad one or anything. . . but seriously, room make-overs are good for the soul.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula/adhocmom

Looks fantastic, you did a great job! I love the study in the corner=)

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Yipes, stripes! Looks fab - I can't imagine how you fired yourself up to paint that massive room by yourself... painting suuuuucks. (And as a desk-abuser myself, any horizontal surface accepts clothing just as well as the floor).

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

It's BEAUTIFUL. I would totally live in a room like that right now, and I'm ostensibly a grown-up. I love the heart. Wish I'd thought of that when I painted my son's room a few years ago.

I assume the reason you failed to electrocute yourself is that you had the light switch that controls the overhead turned to the OFF position while you were installing the new light, and no silly person happened to forget and flip it to ON while you were working. Which is a lucky thing.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaelithe

You have done a marvelous job! I am really inspired with your work.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLove Messages

What a lovely room! I hope they love it and stop using the furniture as laundry hampers!

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEschelle

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