Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kid Rooms (aka Foreshadowing), Part 1

I was working my way through my Bloglovin feed last week when I noticed this post from Kirsten at 6th Street Design School about the return of her Good Design with Kids in Mind series.

I'm not sure why I never considered blogging my kids' rooms before, but I hadn't.  I mean, I did put a decent amount of energy and thought into creating each of their spaces, but for some reason their rooms are never at the forefront of my mind.  I'm much more concerned about the main living spaces in my house, but Kirsten's post inspired me to go ahead and share a bit of my boys' lairs.

Here's a before-and-after of my big boy's room.  The before was taken during one of our house viewings; that's the previous owners' stuff.  Although the wall color looks unchanged, it's not.  My first order of business--before we even moved in--was to paint the walls AND the ceiling in Sherwin Williams' Stucco.  I love color in kid rooms, but I like a good neutral wall as a backdrop.  The planets and spaceships and whatnot are just removable wall clings that can easily go away if space ever becomes uncool.

Thing 1 benefited from the generosity of grandparents.  That furniture is from Broyhill's Attic Heirlooms kids collection, lucky boy.  I had a little bit of help with that.  (Thanks, Mom!)

Thing 2's room, on the other hand, is a treasure trove of secondhand finds.  The furniture is a matching set from Craigslist, the headboard was a DIY job, and the chair in the corner is from good ole Salvation Army.  The previous owners' surgical green wall color was replaced with Benjamin Moore's Soft Chamois.

I can't stand matchy matchy bedroom sets.  You'll notice that Thing 1's room includes a mix of oak and black finished pieces.  Similarly, I painted a chest and hutch from Thing 2's matching set in Annie Sloan's Aubusson Blue to keep things interesting.  No distressing, of course.  You know how I feel about that.  Just a solid coat of Aubusson Blue with several coats of wax--both clear and dark, to add some depth to the finish.  The Salvation Army chair got a new coat of blue as well--this time with Rustoleum's navy spray paint and a few topcoats of poly.

I'm enjoying the brass trend just as much as the next guy, but not in this room and not on this dresser.  I swapped out all of the dated brass hardware for nickel cup pulls.  The chair fabric is an indoor/outdoor selection, so it's virtually indestructible, and the pillow is something I threw together from remnants.

Frankly, I'm surprised by how similar the pricey Broyhill furniture is to the bargain Craigslist set.  Both are oak, and both include various knots, dents, and scratches in an effort to appear slightly timeworn or vintage--notably, fantastic characteristics to look for in kids' furniture.  If it starts out with a worn appearance, you will be less likely to develop an aneurysm when your children inevitably add their own special touch.

More pics and tips to come... plus the nauseating foreshadowing aspect of it all.  Stay tuned for Part 2...

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