As I shared at the beginning of the year, the plan is turn the guest room into Griffin’s big boy room and use his nursery (with a few tweaks and updates) for the new baby. And since I am already almost halfway through my pregnancy, I’d say it is high time to get crackin on that big boy room!
This is how the guest room looks currently:
Quite pretty if a bit bland. The white walls and light blue ceiling will definitely be staying. But that gorgeous antique bed was a roadside find that, unfortunately, just completely fell apart one day so all the room really has is a mattress on the floor and bare walls. (Okay, and a lot of random junk that I’ve been working on clearing out.)
For some reason, I have been having a tough time trying to figure out what to do with Griffin’s new room. Maybe it is just because I have been in an overall creative slump for the past several weeks – between constant colds, winter malaise, and the drain of pregnancy, I have had zero creative energy.
But I think there was more to it than that. When I designed the nursery, the only person I really needed to please was myself. Babies could care less what their rooms look like – plus, I hadn’t even met my son yet so I certainly wasn’t trying to make a room that would fit his personality.
But all that is different now. I do know Griffin now and even though he could still care less about his room, I feel compelled to create a room that fits him. And what exactly does he like? Eating sweets and playing with cars. Not exactly a firm starting point for a room design.
But thankfully, I’ve finally gotten back into a bit of a creative groove and I am very excited to get to work on this room at last! I want this to be a room that fits a two year old, but can also grow with him and fit a four year old or a seven year old. And when I think about little boys, I think about exploring and having adventures in their own back yards. So I’ve dubbed Griffin’s new room his Little Explorer room and can’t wait to bring it to life.
This is just a very rough plan because almost everything that actually ends up in the room will be created as inexpensively as possible and has yet to be made.
- A ceiling fan is an absolute must. This is probably the only thing that will be in the room that the two year old who will be living there actually has a strong opinion about. There may be nothing he loves more than a good ceiling fan so the current boob light will definitely be getting replaced.
- The striped curtains, hanging globes, and vintage toolbox are projects from the current nursery and will be making the move over to the big boy room.
- We are going to be using the full size mattress and boxspring that are already in the guest room. We may just keep them on the floor at first until he gets used to sleeping in a real bed, but after that we have a metal headboard in the basement that will work perfectly. We have had it for years and I actually tried to sell it in our last two yard sales with no takers. Lucky thing, because now I think with a fresh coat of paint, it will be just the thing for this room.
- The bedding was the toughest part of the room to figure out. After searching around I found tons of lovely options for little girl rooms but not much selection for boys. Anything with superheros or cartoon characters was out. Which pretty much left solid colored comforters or striped ones. I do love stripes but they just didn’t seem quite right. So when I stumbled across some map duvet covers, I knew I had found my answer. Of course, they all cost at least a hundred dollars which isn’t totally unreasonable but is way out of my budget. So the plan is to make my own using a plain white duvet cover. At first, the thought of having a duvet cover at all for a two year old seemed incredibly pretentious but then I realized the ease of washing it would be a huge help.
- I would love to hang some display bookshelves like the gorgeous ones above made from rain gutters. This is one of the things I really wanted to do in the nursery but didn’t have space for. I would love to make it happen this time.
- I happen to have a spare dresser in the basement as well. (Two years ago I truly did decimate my basement stash and sell almost everything in a humongous yard sale but there were a few things that managed to keep hanging about). I definitely want to inject some fun color into this room (and not just blue!) so I’m thinking that painting it a beautiful aged green would be just the ticket.
- A huge adventure sign is a must. Though I’m fairly certain that vintage marquee letters are way out of my budget so I will have to figure out a more affordable way.
- And finally, there has to be a fabulous gallery wall. Unlike the soothing, pretty white frame gallery wall that is in the nursery, this one is going to be full of fun, texture, and color. I’m thinking painted signs, graphic prints, some string art, and, of course, a fun photo or two.
Right now this is just a rough idea and of course, some things will certainly change as I begin pulling everything together, but I think things are off to a great start!