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The Boys Space Room and Constellation Wall Mural

2018 January 13
by Becky

I realized the other day that I’ve completely neglected to talk about our new house, the number one thing people have asked me about out here in bloggerville. Maybe it’s because we’ve been getting settled or maybe because I’ve felt a little trapped here. Sure we try to get out as much as possible, but home is the place I spend most of my time since we’re new to town (aka I have very few friends), I have a kid who naps every day, my husband travels a lot for work, and I’m not working. But we’re feeling officially settled and I can confidently say it’s a great house and fits us perfectly.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve done some work. Mostly icky maintenance issues (like the giant hole cut in our living room ceiling), but some have been fun and aesthetic.

Like the boys’ room.

Boys Shared Space Room- NASA Space Art

You know, the room I alluded to working on via Instagram but never bothered to post out here? Well I FINALLY took some pictures—both cleaned up and real-life—and can’t wait to share!

Let’s start with the before.

BoysSharedSpaceRoom-Before

This is a listing photo. A little girl lived in this precious butterfly room and I knew it would hurt to change it. When Ethan saw the wallpaper, he loved it. Immediately said he wanted to keep it and I happily agreed. The bunk beds we’d promised the boys for months before the move fit perfectly in the highest part of the sloped-roof room and the yellow dresser made a perfect addition against the short wall…the boys LOVED sharing a room (something we thought would be short-lived) and were thrilled to be tucked at the very top of the house.

BoysSpaceRoom-Before

It was less than six weeks later that both boys adamantly told me the butterflies had to go. We had a little fun with them first, coloring in a few butterflies with markers, because drawing on the wall is FUN!

But eventually I had to get all that paper off…

BoysSharedSpaceRoom-BeforeWallpaper

It was a mess. Lots of the wall came off with the paper—not sure it was put on very well since it had begun to peel in many places anyway. I used the hot water soaking method and a steamer, but it was slow going. Good thing these kinds of monotonous tasks appeal to me sometimes, especially while zoning out to a podcast or audio book. I’m weird.

It was two walls of paper removal later that I threw in the towel. The removal process was more destructive to the wall than was worth it and I decided to paint over one wall of wall paper. Yeah, painting over wallpaper…yikes. But after reading many many reviews online, I decided to forgo the removal and primed the last (and biggest) wall with Gardz Problem Surface Sealer, which is supposed to “seal” the wall in it’s current state, eliminating bubbles and/or more damage. Turns out, it works! After patching all the paper-removal holes and other wall issues (so, so many) and priming those with with Gardz too, the paint went on like butter.

Or however paint is supposed to go on.

Boys Shared Space Theme Room Ikea Rainbow Rug
Boys Shared Space Theme Room Constellation Mural Wall

That yellow dresser from Finn’s St. Louis nursery looked even better against the crisp backdrop of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, which is apparently a superior white because OMG it looks fantastic. Here it is, containing Finn’s clothes AND adding the most glorious pop of color to the room.

Boys Shared Space Theme Room Yellow Dresser

The best part of this project was painting that luxurious dark blue, Gentleman’s Grey by Benjamin Moore, on the feature wall, and then drawing constellations and stars on it with a Sharpie Paint Pen. The very same Sharpie Paint Pen used for Finn’s nursery back in St. Louis.

Fun little connection to the past.

Boys Shared Space Theme Room Constellation Mural Wall
Boys Shared Space Theme Room Constellation Mural Wall

BoysSharedSpaceRoom-FromBed

Don’t go trying to tell your horoscope from this wall, it’s not very accurate. After designing a to-scale sky and getting started, I decided it was more fun to just wing it, using a straight-edge and the map as inspiration. I even fudged the kids’ initials in there as constellations.

After finishing the paint, I found those cute space sheets and hung some fun space art. The rug was one I picked up at Ikea and I LOVE the color it adds to the room! Ethan took one look and yelled across the store, “We need the rainbow rug!!!!”

BoysSharedSpaceRoom-FinnPlaying

BoysSpaceRoom-Art2

That nice white wall was just screaming for more artwork, so we suspended some twine between nails and made it Ethan’s personal Pokemon and Transformer art gallery. I love that there was this blank space for him to add a personal touch, he’s proud to have his work displayed so prominently!

BoysSharedSpaceRoom-ArtHanging

We also added that shelf above the radiator for special items, it really added a finishing touch to the room. Turns out radiator covers are awesome little pieces of “furniture” throughout the house, as long as your kids learn not to climb them…they fall over if they do. Just speaking from very recent experience.

Overall the room is a success. Ethan’s room in our old house was waaaaay too big, so this smaller shared space is perfect. Everything is contained in the same area, all within a manageable clean-up zone. One place to unload laundry. And, while we have some bedtime scuffles at times (nothing the Nest cam can’t help us solve), they truly love being together.

brothers

I’ve always dreamed about our boys being best buds and maybe even sharing a room, and well here it’s come true. Though it may end in the not-too-distant future, when Ethan needs his own space, for now it’s their little penthouse above Old Town, watching the bustling world below. We’ll take it as long as it lasts.

This begins the series on the Old Town house, I promise to share more than you’ll want to know.

 

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    January 15, 2018

    I love what you did to the boys room! The yellow dresser and the boys artwork give so much color to the room. What a fun space! You are so talented Becky!

  2. February 15, 2018

    Hello Becky, I love this, unbelievable makeover. The colour you used is very attractive. You are really so talented, thanks for posting.

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