I’m not really into March Madness, but “Boy Mom Madness” is something I can get behind! This week, I’m teaming up with a group of fellow “boy moms” to bring you a series where we share all things “boy” related. (Check out the blog lineup at the end of this post!) If you don’t have boys, please stick around anyway because a lot of these ideas can be modified for the little ladies in your life. I will be participating in the series today, tomorrow and Friday, where we will end the week by having a big link-up and awesome “Boy Mom Bundle” giveaway! Be sure to stay tuned for that. If you’re new here or stopping by from one of the other participating blogs, hello and welcome! I’m Erin and I am a mommy to 3 sweet little boys: Aiden (turns 7 this week!), Jake (4) and Jonah (4 months).
Today’s topic is “boys’ bedrooms,” and although I’ve shown you Aiden & Jake’s shared room before, I thought I would share a refresher on that plus Jonah’s room. I also wanted to answer some frequently asked questions about these spaces, so I’ll do that today.
At our old house, I made over Aiden and Jake’s room over a 2 week whirlwind period of time while I was filmed for a short series for HLN. (You can see that room reveal here and view the HLN segments here.) When we moved into our new home last year, I had just finished making over their room at the old house, and we just transferred everything over without changing much. I did add stripes to the closet wall and some cute bird and tree decals to one of the bedroom walls.
The closet does have a door, it just doesn’t stay closed very well so I decided to paint the stripes since it’s always open anyway. You can find the tutorial for the headboards here. The letters above the beds are cardboard letters from the craft store and I spray painted them silver. The frames are from the thrift store and I spray painted them navy. The bedding came from Ikea. I’m often asked about having white comforters with 2 messy little boys, and honestly it hasn’t been a problem. They wash up nicely and have stayed white. Oh, I’m also asked about their lack of clothing. They have clothes! Of course I cleaned things up a bit to take photos, but the majority of their clothes are stored in the big green dresser.
The tutorial for the quatrefoil photo wall art can be found here. The cute yellow chairs came from Home Decorators Collection (info here). I added the stripes to plain white IKEA curtain panels (P.S. I just posted 13 ideas for DIY IKEA curtain hacks here.)
The first time I blogged about their room, I had many people ask me where all the toys are, and rest assured they have plenty. They have a play room where most of their toys reside, but plenty find their way into their bedroom too. I’ll be talking more about that tomorrow.
I also designed this printable which is framed on the wall above their nightstand.
Although we have a lot more space at our current house, they wanted to continue sharing a room, and I was happy to let them! It worked out well since their baby brother arrived a few months ago so we needed a nursery, and we can use the other rooms as a guest room/office and a play room.
When Jonah was born, we kept the gender a surprise, so we decided to do a “gender neutral” nursery in shades of gray and gold. You can see the whole reveal here, but here are some photos.
I get asked often about sources for things in the nursery, and I did my best to list and link to all of those in this post. I already have big plans for modifying this into a “big boy room” for him in the next year or two. Ok, maybe more like a toddler room but something more “boyish” for sure.
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow as I’ll be talking about how we attempt to stay organized! (A hard task with little kid tornadoes going through the house constantly!) In the meantime, I would love to see YOUR boy rooms and related projects. Get in on the fun all week long by following along and/or posting YOUR boy projects on social media using the hashtag #BoyMomMadness!
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