I realized that I shared some of our progress on Littleman’s “big boy room” but never showed the finished product. Now that he’s been living in there for a few weeks, I figured it was good time to take a look at how things have been going.
Since baby #2 is on the way, we chose to move Littleman into the spare room, rather than make any changes to the nursery. It was easier to tackle one room rather than two. That being said, the spare room wasn’t exactly “spare.” In fact, it was pretty darn full of every piece of crap that we’ve ever held on to and didn’t know what to do with. After some major purging and donations to charities, we finally ended up with a blank slate.
Choosing a theme for the new room was pretty easy. Littleman’s favourite colour is orange and he loves construction sites. So when I came across some super-cute construction vehicle sheets at Target, I knew that was our starting point. I didn’t love the comforter that went along with the sheet set – and it would have been too big for our Ikea bed anyway – so my mom offered to use the sheet set to sew us a duvet cover. She cut down a twin sized duvet so that it would fit the kiddie bed. While the bed is the perfect size for a little kid, Ikea doesn’t actually make bedding that fits it (aside for a fitted sheet). They recommend either a cot duvet or twin duvet, but neither actually fit the bed properly. That was annoying to me, so I was happy my mom was able to help with a solution.
With the bedding figured out, we decided to use wall decals on one portion of the room. I found a bunch of construction-related decals on Etsy but then realized that Target sells some in the same line as the bedding. And for much cheaper. So we decided to go with those. We chose to run the road between the bookshelf and the window, creating a little nook where the bed is.
At the end of the bed, used a bookshelf we already had to store a bunch of Littleman’s stuffed toys. Within the closed doors of the bookshelf, we keep all his books. That way he can reach them himself, but we don’t have to look at the messy piles. It doesn’t matter how often I straighten his books, they always end up in a big mess!
Finally, we put a couple of simple storage cubes on the floor so Littleman has somewhere to dump his toys. Most nights, he wants to bring a toy upstairs with him while he gets ready for bed, but he knows he has to put them away before he goes to sleep. Having an easy place to chuck the toys has helped keep his room nice and neat.
Along the wall that you can’t see is a simple white dresser that used to be mine. It needs to be painted (I’m considering orange, but may stick with white) and I plan to replace the knobs. We also need a piece of art for the wall above it, which is totally blank and plain.
So, now that it’s all done, how does the kid like it? He LOVES it! The transition to the new room has gone amazingly well. I think we waited until the right time to move him and he was really ready. It only took a couple of nights in the new bed before he was sleeping through the night again (I think he would wake up and get a bit confused/scared at first). When he wakes up in the morning or after naps, he calls out for us and doesn’t actually get out of bed (fingers crossed that this will last for a while!) When people come over to visit, he takes them upstairs to see his room. He calls his old room “the baby’s room” and really hasn’t looked back since he moved. All in all, we’ve very happy with the result!