When Millie came along we put her in Eli's old room and we moved Eli into what was the guest room. We finished working on some improvements in here over the summer but I just never seemed to find the time to show it until now! Some of the things we did we were put in a new closet, re-drywall the one side of the room, put in new wiring and lighting and then I gave the whole room a fresh coat of paint.
The nightstand is the same one that was in here when this was the guest bedroom. I bought the lamp at Target and the antique mirror is a $2 flea market find.
I wanted to stick with simple blue and white bedding in here. When I first put all of this bedding on Eli's bed he walked in and said "Oh Mom! It just looks so comfy!"...made me laugh.
The grainsack, ticking duvet cover and quilt are all inexpensive Ebay finds. The antique homespun checkered pillow cover was an Etsy find.
The closet is new to the room.
We ripped that out and found some very moldy drywall, wallpaper and the original plaster. I almost always try and save original plaster when I find it but this was beyond saving.
Neal then ran new wiring and framed out a new closet.
I am dying to add plank walls SOMEWHERE in our farmhouse since there are none original to the house. Sadly that was not a common thing to do in this part of the US, clearly it was in Waco, Texas if you watch Fixer Upper you know what I mean! I thought the side of the closet would be a great place to start. Neal got the idea to use cedar, however cedar can be pricey. Then I told him about individual pieces of cedar fencing that I saw for sale at the Home Depot for less than $3 each. He cut them down to size and they worked perfectly!
I recommend priming it with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer because over time the white paint will yellow if you don't.
For the doors to the closet we used salvaged doors that I had bought at the flea market for the bottom part and a set of doors that had been on a cupboard in our garage for the upper part. I found reproduction cabinet latches on Etsy, sadly the shop that carried them doesn't sell them anymore. They were super cheap and now I am kicking myself because I should have bought them all!
There was no overhead light in this room so while we were running new electric in this corner I thought we should try and get some brighter lighting sources. I had Neal put an electrical box on the upper outside wall of the closet so that we could hang a big barn light (Lowe's).
I also wanted to incorporate (as usual) some sort of industrial style lighting but didn't want to spend a lot on it. We bought an $18.00 wall sconce from Lowes and bought an industrial bulb. I sprayed the silver socket part with brown spray paint so that it wouldn't stand out as much.
I knew I wanted to make a giant old school room inspired chalk board for Eli's room and was walking through Hobby Lobby one day when I spotted this giant picture frame for $10. I stained it Minwax's Dark Walnut and Neal cut a piece of thin plywood underlayment (what I use for all of my chalk boards) to fit. Total cost was less than $25 for the whole chalkboard.
My ever so talented sister-in-law Emilee did the old fashioned lettering down the side with a chalk pen.
I picked up the old chair for $5 at a yard sale we happened to pass the day we were on the way to buy the lighting for this room. As for the paint color in here I don't know what it is:/ Sorry. I had picked up a mistint color as usual and it turned out to be the perfect Khaki color that I can never seem to find. Most khaki looking paints end up having a pink or green undertone to me but this one was perfect and stays true no matter what the lighting. I had it color matched at Home Depot. The floor is painted Martha Stewart's "Sisal".
It makes me sad but now that Eli is in a double bed I will be selling his bedding from his old room in my Etsy shop. I am really trying to clear out the things that I don't have a place for. On that same note I will be selling most of the things that I had in this room when it was the guest bedroom. So if you like red visit my Etsy shop in the next week or so.
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*Trim and Closet Color - Swan White Glidden
*Floor Color- Sisal Martha Stewart Paints
*Wall Lighting- Lowes