Levi’s Room: The Final Chapter

In some ways it seems silly to post the reveal photos, what with the basically 3D renderings I showed last time.

But alas we finished! It only took a little over a month, but his room was sleep-able all but 1 night while painting, and the hallway was only littered with miscellaneous stuff pushed out of his room, at perfect shin whacking height, for 2-3 weeks tops. So given all that, I’d call this a wild success.

Here is a look at the bed wall. If the antlers look slightly off centered, it’s because they are. The bed got moved out slightly when we were putting curtains up and it was not budging one tiny bit as a I attempted to repeatedly heave it back towards the window. The bed frame is a real bear. I shouldn’t complain because we found it free in our attic after a year or two of living here, but it is metal and has these amazing metal bars that poke out about 8 inches beyond the end of the bed. You can only imagine how Brett and I laugh and laugh as we’ve racked our shins on it over the years. But I digress, it looks pretty!


Over his little nightstand stool is a Harry Potter quote. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” I found it on Etsy and got it despite the fact that Levi can’t read yet.

Here is another angle, facing the window. Funny story about the curtains. Target was having a 30% off sale on curtains and I was a bit undecided on what I wanted. So I bought a bazillion dollars worth of curtains, so I could make sure whatever I liked I bought on sale. Guess which curtain I could only buy one of because they were conveniently out of stock? This really isn’t that hard… it’s the one I ended up liking and choosing. (You saw that coming I hope.) So of course when it came back in stock the sale was only half as good, but the blow was softened by returning a crap tone of curtains and getting my money back.


I originally intended to paint the whole window white (not the glass, hopefully obliviously), but then Brett being the thinker he is, asked how I was going to do that in the winter. You see I never even considered that. I would likely have just painted the windows while closed, only to never haven them open again. So then I decided I’d just paint the trim around the window. It looks kinda dopey. I’m going to write here that in the spring I’ll paint the whole thing, but you and I both know I won’t. Chances are it will stay this way until we replace the window, which needs doing, but again likely won’t happen for some time. Do I think painting part of it white makes the whole thing look a bit ridiculous and it would have been better left all wood? Sure. But I had already gotten white paint all over the trim while painting the walls, so the hassle factor was definitely up there.


I found these adorable wood circle hooks from CB2 and hung his adventurer explorer stuff left over from his former room. I thought it added a bit of whimsy to what is now a pretty clean/slightly more sparse room. I wanted to incorporate some of the things he loves best of all in his room: Harry Potter, How to Train your Dragon, and Pokemon. Pokemon didn’t get any artwork, but Levi always leaves his decks of Pokemon cards littered all over the floor, so it seemed to be fairly represented.


Here is a hot tip for having your kid help you decorate his room. For picking out art, I treated it like having a toddler; show him all pre-approved options and then let him pick whatever one he wants! Levi mostly didn’t care, but liked being involved. Gideon on the other hand was very concerned and I quote: “Will Levi’s room be more beautiful than mine?” So I have solemnly sworn to make sure his room is equally beautiful.

This is Toothless from Dragon Riders, the Netflix show, based off the How to Train your Dragon Movies. Levis is stoked about the third movie coming out soon! I’ll bet you didn’t even notice the plant or dragon though, because you were so distracted by how beautifully caulked that chair rail is! Caulking is real bear, but I do think it helps make the room look more polished and complete. I did it for all the baseboards too which never had the nail holes filled in or the tops caulked. (I mostly just added that in because it took forever. I know full well you don’t care, but it’s my blog, so tough luck.)


To the left is Levi’s closet which we converted half of into a little reading nook. I got this great leather chair from World Market that I have been loving forever on a Black Friday sale. The bookcase is from my mom which really helped jump start the whole room change.


Behind the door we added back some hooks that had previously been in the closet. Levi owns exactly 2 clothes that requiring hanging up, so for now we will just hang them behind the door. Assuming he ever grows tired of exclusively wearing comfy pants and T-shirts we can adapt the closet to work.


I picked up this old mail sorter in Holland, Michigan a few years back. Levi and I just picked out a bunch of pictures of him and his friends and family, so he can display them on there. But for now just a few essentials. I know what you are thinking. I went on and on about having bricks in a kids room was a dumb idea. Yes a whip is significant more dumb. He got it from his grandpa and loves to set up traps with it. So far no injuries to report.


Levi was home sick with a fever the better part of this past week, meaning I finally got around to cleaning up and taking some pictures of the finished space on Thursday. Brett and I finished the closet shelves moments ago, but I didn’t feel like taking pictures again, so use your imagination and picture two more equal shelves built above the one shown. We used Lowe’s project boards and I stained the shelves using a natural stain, to keep them nice and light.  We have a laundry hamper on the floor, and then those wood crates you can get from Michael’s or wherever, holding too small or too big clothes. We will probably throw pillows up on very top shelf.


All together I am really happy with it. Levi wants the back of his door painted a fun color, but he is still waffling between yellow and turquoise. I’ll post a picture when he decides and I’ve painted it. The only other update down the road would be getting a trundle bed. I think it would work really nice for sleepovers and what not, but that may be a ways down the road!

Not sure what our next project will be, but don’t worry when I know, you’ll know.




Levi’s Room: The Continuing Story

I’m pretty sure I left off with: I was almost done painting… I lied.

Well really it was more of a hopeful truth that I was telling myself. But to no one’s surprise, but my own, the room took an awful lot of paint to cover that dreadful green. I am a chronic under-estimator of work and effort something will take, which leads me to be terribly ambitious and excited right out of the gate. It also leads to pretty quickly being annoyed at how long something takes or how annoying it is to do. But, luckily I seem to forget about the massive dose of reality that always comes part way through projects. It’s like having a baby, there is that terribly sucky part, the actual having of the baby, but then you get this beautiful creation and forget about all that other stuff. (Except that you really don’t forget completely, and doing house projects is pretty much nothing like having a baby, but I was trying to make the analogy work. Kids are > than finished spaces, except for when they ruin any nice thing you ever had, then it’s a bit of a toss up)

Back to painting. I decided I really wanted to do two different colors on the top and bottom of the wall and add in a chair rail to break up the two colors. I was originally thinking of doing some kind of board and batten on the bottom or maybe some type of picture moulding. Then I went down a rabbit trail of cool wall treatments. Here were a few of my favorites: 12, 3 (can’t find the actual link- just found on pinterest), 4

18 Ways to Make Wood Paneling Modern

Wall paneling in black | P | Matt Black Walls with Carrara Marble Desk - Joseph Dirand Farrow & Ball's 'Downpipe' is one of my favourite colours looks fabulous with bright colours and here with soft dusky tearose pinks.  Tiles designed by Ann Louise Roswald for the Cast Iron Bath Company

Of course they are mostly dark moody wall treatments and I was planning on painting the bottom half a warm white. I couldn’t quite figure out how to translate some of the whole wall looks into just a half wall. Ultimately I couldn’t decide what I wanted and since I wasn’t that committed to any of them, in addition to it seeming like a lot more work, we ended up just going with a chair rail.

pretty simple diy wainscotting using picture frame molding. already have these materials in the garage--would just need to measure and cut!We may still add some picture moulding down the road, like this one, but we wanted to get Levi’s room back together much quicker than our usual project timeline, so we landed on just the chair rail for now. I’m pretty sure that is the exact one we grabbed from Home Depot.

Funny thing about measurements. We usually have Brett do all the measuring. Something about accuracy…. But for whatever reason I measured how much chair rail we would need for the room and we cut the lengths at the store, plus a few spare inches here and there. When we were putting it up in the room and making the angle cuts, we were being so careful not to waste any and end up short on boards. Turns out I actually measured halfway decent, but didn’t do a great job marking inches versus feet. We thought we’d have only a few inches to spare, only to find ourselves on our last cut with a spare 7 feet. Whoops. At least we didn’t have to go back to buy more!

The bottom half of the wall we painted Alabaster, a warm white that we’ve used in both the laundry room and our master bathroom. It works really well in a space that doesn’t get lots of bright light. The big reason I went white for the bottom half of the room was because of all the dark wood furniture. I figured the white would brighten up the whole space and help the wood feel pretty and not just dark.

For the top half Levi and I agreed on a  pretty shade of blue/green: Benjamin Moore Newburg Green.

Here was the inspiration picture for the two colors. Ignore that it’s a bathroom, we don’t have any intention of tiling or adding a sink 😉

Boy Bathroom with Peacock Blue Wall Paint Color

I’ll say the color reads more of a navy in the space when it is dark out, but I like it all the same.

Here is the master plan for finishing out the space.


img_20181202_180933688.jpgI hope you weren’t expecting anything fancy. I’m not much for making things 3D (the chair likely won’t be suspended in air), but hopefully you get the gist. We are taking half the closet and making a little reading nook, right next to the bookcase I got from my mom. There was a crappy closet thing in there that had just about no function, so we will be building shelves similar to the ones we added in the laundry room on the left side of the closet.

Here are two of the other walls:


img_20181202_180947628.jpgI know you are sensing my art skills are out of your league. But trust me when I tell you, you need a pencil, paper and a non-existent art skill set.

The final wall not represented in the master plan has the bed against it and a window. I’m sorry if that is making it impossible to envision the room.

At this point we just have a few things to finish up and I’ll show you the finished space next!