OK friends, if you have been following for a while you know I have had a complete blast making over my childhood dollhouse. (If you are new you can catch up here and see the first floor kitchen and living room makeover!) This month I focused on the boys bedroom and rustic was the only way to go to please my real life little guys. If you have been inspired by this dollhouse makeover series then I have an awesome surprise for you, be sure to see the details at the bottom of this post…there is something for EVERYONE! Let’s take a look where this sad little room started:
Focusing on one room at a time has been a good lesson in decorating for me. Looking at the entire dollhouse and how much work it needs feels intimidating, but setting the goal of one room at a time, one room a month has made it fun and not overwhelming. That’s a good tip to follow in our real homes! Also have a theme or feeling to narrow in on helped.
This laser focus also allows me to pay the attention due to all the elements of a room instead of overlooking details in a rush to finish. I paid special attention to the floor and ceiling in this room, wanting them to be textural and dimensional aspects of the space. I started off painting the ceiling black, using Ebony Chalk Paint from Decoart. I would love to do this in my real house, but it doesn’t fit in the decor currently. If we ever move you may see it pop up in real life though! Most people think it would make a room feel dark, but to me it adds a cozy moody feel that reminds me of a rustic winter lodge.
Next came the wallpaper. You know wallpaper is the hot trend right now and I didn’t want to miss out on this easy way to add flair to a room. Again, I want it for real! I used a traditional grasscloth type wallpaper from Miniatures.com. This might not seem like the logical choice for a little boys room, but it gives a neutral background with loads of texture to build the rustic bedroom on. Plus this is a transitional boys room as they move from the toddler boy to tweens. It’s a little more mature and can grow with them!
For the floor I went with the popsicle wood floor treatment that I used in the downstairs kitchen. This time I stained the wood after instillation, sanded and dark waxed the wood for a worn and rustic feel.
For the actual bed in the boys bedroom I struggled because I REALLY wanted twin beds, but the space was just to small. I bought bunk beds from Miniatures.com but ended up using just the bottom bunk, it just felt better in the room, but the kids may decide to play with it later using the bunk beds, so I will make bedding for both. I left the wood as it came, I think we will see a return to natural wood furniture in the coming year and it feels appropriate for a rustic boys bedroom.
The bedding that came with the bed had to go, it just didn’t fit the rustic boy bedroom mold. The great thing about working with miniatures is how inexpensive changing the fabrics can be! You need such a small amount! I spent about $5 on fabric for this room and have plenty of leftovers! The sheets got repurposed from old linens I had lying around and then the comforters and new pillows I bought fabric for at Joann’s. Mixing pattern and texture is such an amazing way to cozy up a bed.
I searched high and low for the perfect size deer to mount on the wall. Like it or not my boys love the great outdoors and hunting. We have such a special place in our deer lease and they adore displaying their hunting treasures from there. I chopped off the toy deer head and mounted on the wall for a DIY deer mount. The boys are crazy for this touch.
Minitures.com has a great array of games to choose from and I was able to add some fun elements to the boys room that I know they wish they really had, like a dart board! This iron deer figure was another unique miniatures.com find that is perfect for this rustic room.
The race is tight between woodsy outdoor activities and sports, so I had to add some sports paraphernalia to the mix, also from the Minitures.com site. We have a croquet set and they both love to play baseball. You can almost always find a lazy cat hiding out on their bed for an afternoon nap.
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