As I’ve mentioned before, we recently moved my son to his “big boy” room. We tried to do this with as little fuss and chaos as possible, but I also wanted to make him a cute room that he would enjoy. As soon as we found out we were pregnant again, I knew that we would need to move Davis to a bigger bed so the crib would be ready for the next little one. I scoured the internet looking for children’s bedding, but hit a huge snag. The bed we have moved Davis into is a queen bed. Do you know how difficult it is to find toddler/children’s bedding for a queen size bed? Well, it’s not easy at all. You’re lucky to find a full/queen set appropriate for a toddler, and then you can never find really, really cute matching sheets (because children only sleep in full, twin or toddler beds…right?).
Davis’s bed will serve as an extra guest bed when we have visitors and, for this reason, I want bedding that’s little boy appropriate without being loud and obnoxious. I also wanted to do this as cheaply as possible and for once my procrastination and unwavering ability to never complete a project on time paid off. I found a really cute set at Target (hello 5% discount with your Target Card)! So, I picked it up at the store and since it was on sale (10%…SCORE!), I also picked up matching wall decals and other items such as lettering and chalkboard decals. Next came the important paint color and seeing as I’m a paint chemist, this was quite a daunting task. After a couple of weeks, I finally settled on a main wall color along with an accent wall color. It then took me another couple of weeks to muster up enough energy (hello, first trimester!) and get the room painted. Around this time, I was once again perusing through Target and stopped by the bedding department to see if they had anything else that matched what I had already purchased. Much to my surprise, the bedding and all of the accessories I purchased a month before were now on clearance for over 50% off!! See I told you, my procrastination and indecisiveness finally paid off. So, I rushed home, returned what I had bought and repurchased everything (plus a lamp!) and paid half of what I had originally! DOUBLE SCORE!
Davis has been in his new room for about 3 months now and he loves it. He talks about the cars and trucks on his walls/bedding all the time! The only issue in his room was this huge blank wall. It was the longest, bluest, uninterrupted space in his room and it left me baffled. Also, I kept having a situation with art projects piling up around my house. Davis goes to an amazing daycare center and he comes home almost every day with some sort of drawing or other work of art. I have grand ideas of taking pictures of his art and making books with Shutterfly, but honestly most of his art work resembles big blobs. Don’t get me wrong, they are glorious and pretty much rival Picasso’s’ work, they just don’t photograph well. So, I came up with a solution to both of my problems – a Masterpiece Display!
1: I started by purchasing a simple picture hanging kit at Target. It was ~$1.50. Make sure it includes picture hanging wire and eye hooks. If you want to go for a softer look, you can also use yarn or twine. I chose the wire to maintain the industrial look of the cars and trucks theme.
2: I also purchased clothespins in two sizes from Hobby Lobby (they are in the craft wood section).
3: I had already purchased some water-based acrylic paint from hobby lobby to paint some wood shelves for his room so I used that paint to dye the clothespins.
What to do:
1: I mixed the paint with some water (make enough to completely cover the pins) in a kitchen bowl. I allowed these to soak for about 8 hours but you can soak them for longer or add more paint to your mixture if you want a stronger color on your clothespins. I then placed the pins on cooling rack to completely dry (overnight).
2: I hung the picture wire using the screw eye hooks, about 12 inches from the ceiling and 1.5 feet from the end of the wall on both sides. A laser level came in very handy when trying to do this.
3: Then, I hung the wire between the two hooks rather tightly (it will bow when you add pictures to it).
4: I also decided to us leftover lettering from my earlier bedding purchase to create a cute header. I chose “My Creations” but other ideas are: “Works of Art”, “Masterpieces”, “Look What I Did” or something similar.
5: Finally, I picked my favorite art pieces and hung them up, securing them with the dyed clothespins.
Voila! No more empty wall and a creative, inexpensive way to display my little Picasso’s artwork! Try this in your little artist’s room. They will beam with pride as they show off their works of art!