Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eli's Room

Finally.....Eli's Room!!!

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 antique trunk at the end of the bed was one of the first things that my mom bought me when I went away to college. Not all college age girls want an antique trunk for their first apartment but hey I guess some things never change right. Now it serves as the perfect storage piece for Eli's toys.

The closet is new to the room. 

It had been a very scary and gross particle board "closet" if you could even call it that. We think this space is where the original steps to the upstairs were and that the closet was added in the last 50 years or so. This dark corner always drove me crazy and I tried to avoid ever taking pictures of it, this one below is the best I could find.

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.

Let me know if there is anything I didn't explain that you want to know about. I don't want to have my blog sound like one big commercial but I get SO MANY emails inquiring where I got this and that and I have found it is just easier to include it all in the post if I can. Also, if you have ever emailed me with a question and I didn't get back to you please just remind me. I get lots and lots of reader emails and I try to set aside one morning each week to answer them and to visit other blogs. However, sometimes I don't even have the time to do that so please don't think I am ignoring you I just forgot you on my mental list is all! I love that you guys have questions and I also love helping people out with this and that so please never hesitate to ask me something. Thank you guys so much for visiting and for all of your wonderful comments, I know I say it all the time but you guys are the best and I love hearing your thoughts!

*Trim and Closet Color - Swan White Glidden
*Floor Color- Sisal Martha Stewart Paints
*Wall Lighting- Lowes


  1. What can I say, Megan? You should go into business when your children are a little older. You seriously are so talented! And the fact that you are so budget-minded just makes it all the better. I love everything about Eli's room!

  2. Absolutely perfect! I adore the closet and the barn light totally seals the deal! Jane

  3. I fully expect to see this wonderful room featured in bogland as soon as you link it! And no wonder you didn't have time to show it before - you were too busy preparing the nest for Eli before Millie arrived! Great job!
    Rita C. at Panoply

  4. Megan, Eli's room is perfect. Love the blue and white, looks so old-fashioned. I love his comment to you after you finished. Sometimes little boys see things more warm and fuzzy than little girls, ..Happy Thursday..Judy

  5. Stunning ! I love your style and as always - you rock lady :) Hope you have a happy weekend, Coco

  6. The room looks wonderful...just love it!

  7. What beautiful pictures !!! I love the simple !!! a nice 1 May wants angie

  8. It looks great!...I would love to see a room shot so I can see the layout and how it all looks together...We have similar tastes, so I always come here for ideas :-)

    1. Thank you! Yes I plan on doing full shots of the room for an upcoming post, just had to finish "tweaking" some things! :)

  9. Beaucoup d'idées et une simplicité très agréable
    j'adore votre esprit dans la décoration, vous êtes une source d'inspiration

  10. Love everything about this room! Absolutely lovely!!

  11. Love everything about this room! Absolutely lovely!!

  12. love it Megan! I am still contemplating painting our bedroom floors!!! this makes me want to do it right now!

  13. I opened an old email account and there you were! I read for awhile and loved your pictures again!
    I opened a furniture store in Vancouver Wa 3 days ago, Would you look and tell me what I need to add?
    It would mean so much to have your feedback!

  14. Just wanted to let you know that I officially just finished looking at every single one of your blog posts :) Your home is so lovely and you have such beautiful style. I wish I could come to where you live and find ½ of the amazing deals you find.... I never find so many awesome things at such inexpensive prices where I live! I also wanted to tell you – I found some beautiful ticking stripe fabric at Wal-Mart of all places – they have black, navy, and khaki ticking stripe in their fabric section. You’ve inspired me to tackle some DIY projects in my own home that I’ve been putting off. Keep up the posts, I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  15. The closet is great. It looks like it was original to the house! I love the chalkboard too.

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