Friday, November 2, 2012

60 Totally Diggin' This Toddler Bedroom!

Awhile back, my bestest friend ever, Erin, asked me to lend a helping hand in getting a room done for her little guy.  She is pregnant with her second babe, so her son, Nash, was going to be moving into a big boy bedroom.  That way the nursery could be used for the new little one.  Considering Nash refers to me as his "Auntie Jen", I was over the moon excited to help give him a happy new place to call his own.


And, if you have been a long time reader, you may recall that I actually did a post on the plan for the new bedroom here.


Erin already had the bedding and furniture, so the room was designed around that.  Nash requested a "digger" bedroom.  He loves anything that is big, noisy and has wheels {and always has}, but he especially adores his diggers.  So, we brought in a few trucks and tractors, however, it should be simple enough for the room to evolve down the line should he ever find something new to love.

I shared the idea of the room back in June and over the summer, Erin started collecting items for the space.  A few weeks back, I spent a day with her {and her hubs}, pulling the entire space together.  And as you know, that is totally my idea of a good time!

Since I shared the original Style Tile design, I thought it would be fun to come back today with the final outcome of the room now that it is finished!



Pretty great space for a happy little three year old boy!

The walls were painted with Behr's Cloudy Day, which was a great grey blue boy color that will be versatile for Nash down the line.

So will his new desk!  Right now, he uses it for coloring masterpieces for mom and dad, but someday, it will make a great place to get his study on!



Above the desk are the metal frames with his tractor artwork, which was just simple vinyl shapes I cut with my Silhouette and placed right on the brown frame backing.


Erin had seen the spice racks turned bookshelves all over Pinterest {and even in our home}, and wanted to do the same for Nash.  So, some quick spray paint {Rustoleum's Eden}, and he had a new reading nook!


There are two windows in the room, but they are at completely different heights, making it a bit of a challenge to work around.  So, we decided some light blocking blinds paired with simple no sew panels {we just created panels using an iron and hem tape}, would be a quick fix and a fun way to bring in the blue stripes I originally planned on using for the light fixture.


Above the window, some cardboard craft letters received a few coats of metallic spray paint...


And below is Nash's dresser, which boasts some extra toy storage as well!


As I mentioned, Erin already had the tractor bedding, and I found this bright orange sham at Target that I thought would be the perfect way to bring in more fun pattern.


The green parsons night stand works great for holding Nash's reading light and nightlight along with a basket for other bedtime items.


It was really important to mix and match different finishes and colors to keep it kid friendly and playful, and refer back to the "digger" theme. 



It's always fun to see a room go from vision to completion {this room actually started out as an extra room that doubled as storage}, and it's GREAT to know that Nash loves his new space!

Here is a source list for those wondering about specific items:



60 comments:

  1. This space looks amazing! I love the bright and vibrant colours! The "big boy" desk will be a wonderful feature for years to come! ps my son is completely in love with "Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama"... its nice to see it in other toddlers rooms too!

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  2. Love this room! I am doing the same thing right now - moving our son to a big boy room so this is some awesome inspiration! Where did you find the light fixture?

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  3. wow jen! looks great and i bet he just loves it! that nightstand is amazing!!! and it's so affordable! :)

    thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. Gorgeous room!! We will be redoing my three-year-old's room in a few months (after the move) and this gave me more ideas!! Thanks!!

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  5. I love all of your clean, colorful rooms! And the silver letters are great

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  6. What did you mount the curtains with? It looks like a very simple inside mount on a narrow bar?

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    1. Hi Meredith!

      It was mounted with a simple tension rod.

      xo!
      Jen

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  7. the room looks amazing and had fun colors that any toddler would love :)

    my favorites are the framed tractor artworks!

    thanks for sharing jen!

    huggies***
    rea

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  8. This room is wonderful! Thanks for the source list, that was a huge help. I'm not expecting #2 yet, but am already making plans for my daughter's big girl room. Your ideas are so helpful!

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  9. I love it! I have a three-year-old little dude and he would just love this room. My favorite part is the adorable reading nook with the sweet little cushion.

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  10. I love this, it looks fantastic. What a great idea with the tins at the desk.

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  11. Such a cute room for a cute little guy!! I absolutely love that Parson's table!! And those wire buckets are fab! Do you know where the rug came from? Love the colors!!

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    1. Hi MelissaG!

      The rug is from Target, it is in the Kid Bedding/Storage section, they still carry it as I just spotted it the other day.

      xo!
      Jen

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    2. Thanks Jen...

      And I forgot to mention how much I love the pics on the wall. Do you think you think you could get the same effect from stenciling instead of vinyl? I don't have a Silouette, so I think stenciling might be cheaper.

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  12. This is an adorable room! Perfect for a little boy.


    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  13. Super fun room! I love the colors and the fact that it's a room a boy can grow in. So many of the elements you used can be easily & cheaply swapped out for when he's older. Once again, you've hit it out of the park!

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  14. Lovely! For sure he will enjoy his little paradise.

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  15. Love the room!! Super cute and fun!!

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  16. Looks fantastic Jen, I love the artworks! My little guy is getting a digger bedspread for Christmas and have an idea to make some bunting but wasn't sure of artworks, but after this post I am all inspired to make some! The digger treasure chest is so cool too! Thank you for posting this, so great to see other little boys rooms (there is always so much about girls, not boys!)

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  17. So the silloette has those pictures already in the software or did you find them online? Thanks. It looks like a fun space!

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    1. I searched the Silhouette Software and they had a 4 packs of diggers and trucks available. :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  18. I am delighted when I find things on your blog that I can do here in Australia. Just realised the spice rack turn book storage idea is something I can do. I just checked my local Ikea and they have the racks for $2.49 how much of a bargain is that - Thansk

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  19. That rug!! Any idea where that came from? Love it all!

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    1. Hi Sarah jane,

      The rug is from Target, it is in the Kid Bedding/Storage section, they still carry it as I just spotted it the other day.

      xo!
      Jen

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  20. I must admit, I had never heard of a Silhouette machine until I started reading your blog. I am constantly amazed at the variety of uses you find for it!

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  21. wow. very well organized and not messy looking. I love it as in super love it and it is so very clean.

    Seattle House Cleaning

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  22. I love how you made the room fun, yet sophisticated at the same time. Great job! Can you tell me how you hung the letters on the wall?

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      We used the Picture Hanging Command Strips.

      xo!
      Jen

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  23. Very nice. It's a good place for him now and as you said, he will be able to redecorate it with any other theme later. I love the metal/wood mix.
    Jule with inside9B

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  24. Such a cute space! It's a brilliant room for a toddler and can easily grow up with him.
    Love his name above the window! How did you attach the letters to the wall?

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    1. Hi Charli!

      We used the Picture Hanging Command Strips.

      xo!
      Jen

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  25. Love it! I am sure Nash loves it. My little guy has a thing for diggers too. Isn't that multi-colored rug fun! Got that for my little one to use in his bathroom.

    I bet Nash is so proud that his Auntie decorated his new big boy room. :)

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  26. Wow, I can imagine Nash's eyes sparkling when he first saw his new room! Well done, it looks really great.
    I found your blog just a few days ago but can't stop reading and watching your work and your great ideas!

    Cheers from Germany (so please excuse any mistakes I do in English..)
    Saskia

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  27. Love the room and the mix of colors and patterns. Where did the crayon tray come from?? I love it!

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    1. Hi Taylor,

      The crayon tray is from the MacBeth Collection, you can also find similar versions here at the Container Store: http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10031050&N=&Nao=50&Ns=p_price_sort|0&Ntt=tray

      xo,
      Jen

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  28. His room turned out so cool Jen!!! I love that bedding. It was a toss up between that and the dinos at Target. My boy chose the dinos.

    I just bought a Cameo. I would like to do a quote to put on the wall above my dining room patio door. Have you ever done that? Any tips?

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    1. Sounds like fun! I haven't done it personally, but I would think it should be pretty straight forward. You can cut pretty long lengths of vinyl with the Cameo, no cutting mat needed. Best of luck!

      xo,
      Jen

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  29. Beautiful toddler room. My little one would love it. Can you please tell me from where that ball looking chair in the corner came? Adorable!!!

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  30. How awesome, love how you included storage options

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  31. The room looks amazing! I love it!

    The only thing that concerns me, though, are the book racks. I think they look really cool, but I wonder if the books will topple out? The two wooden rungs at the bottom don't seem high enough to prevent the books from falling out. Has that ever happened before?

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    1. I only use ours for our soft cover books, but we really have never had an issue with climbing or toppling books. Of course, I always encourage everyone to make decisions that work best for their family.

      xo!
      Jen

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    2. That is great to know! Thanks for the response! :)

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  32. Love the spice racks used as book holders. I'm currently using those in my bathroom to have more space on my bathroom counter.

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  33. Thanks so much for this idea. i am actually planning on moving my son to his "big boy room" and its hard to find ideas for boys. Love the wall color!, Do you know where did the dresser came from?
    Thanks!

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  34. I love that first picture...y'all are so cute!

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  35. So cute! Makes me excited to get to work on my little guy's room. :)

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  36. Love this bedroom! Sloooowly sorting our boys' room out but got some great ideas, thanks for sharing!

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  37. Hello! First, I am a Fan of your blog! Second, what paint color did you use for the spice rack and and night stand? I am using the same colors for my son's bedroom.
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Elaina!

      The paint color on the spice racks was Rustoleum's Eden and the nightstand came green {linked source above}.

      Thanks and xo!
      Jen

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  38. This room is perfect - it capture the theme without going OTT. I love the furniture and simple framed prints.

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  39. Beautiful! It comes so naturally to you. Any plans to show us a shared bedroom for a boy and girl? I have had a hard time "finishing" the bedroom shared by my 5 yr old boy and 3 yr old girl!

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  40. Hi Jen! Could you tell me where the little navy lidded box came from? I've seen some plain wooden ones at Joann's...and I've thought about getting those to paint them. Thought I'd check here first! Looks great!!

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    1. Thanks! The box was actually a plain wooden one from Joann's that I removed the hardware from, spray painted in a high gloss blue paint {with the truck super glued to the top} and re-added the hardware again.

      Hope that helps!
      xo,
      Jen

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  41. Beautiful room! I'm in the process of doing my 3 year old son's room. My question is about the headboard and dresser from Target. Do you think spray painting it would work out? I thought about getting the white one and painting it, but I haven't done a spray painting project like that before. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Aimee!

      You could spray paint, but I have never tested the durability of spray painted furniture personally. I am guessing you would need to make sure you used a spray primer first.

      xo!
      Jen

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  42. I love it! Where did you find the striped throw pillows? I've been looking for bright striped throw pillows for awhile!

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    1. They were from IKEA a few years back. Happy hunting!

      xo!
      Jen

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  43. Such an adorable room!!! And love the pic with adorable you! I've been searching for those ikea spice racks...but my store has been out of them for ages!! :/

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  44. One more great post and creative decoration ideas! It's a pleasure to follow your blog and find out more and more ways of how to transform your home into a cozy and creative palace. Thanks in advance for posting your next articles!

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