It started with the bed. Well, technically it started with Saurus being evicted from the nursery. It needed to happen anyway but Bebe Le Deux forced our hand with a timeline. Otherwise, poor Saurus would have probably slept in a crib-turned-toddler-bed til he was 18. But then I found THE BED. The beautiful Restoration Hardware cabin bed that I’m still tempted to buy for myself because it’s just too awesome. What isn’t awesome was the price, though.
I love my kid, I really do. In fact, I love my kid so much that I refuse to spend $3000 on a bed for him because then I’d be so terrified he’d damage what is probably the most expensive thing in our house that I’d make him sleep on the floor. So, out of love, I scoured the internet for an alternative and found this DIY replica, which Husband jumped at the chance to do. Okay, so there might have been more a pleading/bribing scenario but the end result was THE BED. And it only required a week of our time, 1/4 of the cost, and a bottle of Aleve. Not too shabby!
Since I can do nothing simply, we had to modify the plans to fit a full bed, rather than a twin. (Thus, the bottle of Aleve. Math and I are mutual acquaintances but definitely not friends). Ana & Jen’s tutorials and plans are great (found here) but if you’d like the modified plans for a full-sized bed along with the tips we found out the hard way, here’s a handy-dandy PDF [cabin bed plans] for you with (sort of) exactly what we did. And we all can’t be more thrilled with the result – seriously! Saurus LOVES it and spends hours voluntarily just sitting in it playing dinosaurs, there’s plenty of room underneath for storage, it’s sturdy, the stars from his turtle night light look awesome on the roof, and I may have been known to take naps in there…
[green rug: IKEA HAMPEN]
I knew I wanted something modern-ish, and clean and fresh. If you want to see what I was going for – here’s my pinterest inspiration board. Somewhere where he could play but also that was calming and peaceful (aka – naptime would happen) and where I could incorporate all the things he loves (aka dinosaurs and books and farm animals)
I chose Stonington Gray from Benjamin Moore as the paint color which sort of happened by accident – I picked out a different color but when I got to the store, I forgot what it was (pregnancy brain is very real, my friends) so just randomly picked something I thought was close. SUCH A HAPPY ACCIDENT since it turned out to be the most perfect shade of grey ever.
Saurus had an adventure-themed nursery (well, he did in our old house but I never quite got around to decorating a room for him in this house) so a lot of the decor is just repurposed to be a bit more “grown-up” and less baby. I also added in some dinosaur things because well…the kid LOVES dinosaurs. I suppose we’re partially responsible since he thought his real name was Saurus for the first 2 years of his life.
[Dinosaur pallet artwork from Hobby Lobby | closet system is an IKEA hack]
I also think I could be a professional IKEA closet builder if my current employment doesn’t work out. Not because I’m awesome, just because we’ve done SO MANY. But they’re pretty
cheap handy so IKEA closets for everyone!
[Tintin posters are vintage ones I found in a comic book store in Bruges (long story) | Frames: IKEA]
I also LOVE Tintin so knew that someday when I had a boy child who needed a room decorated, I’d be going that route and turns out, it worked perfectly in Saurus’ new room
[cartoon artwork also from random store in Bruges | bookshelf is just two unfinished wooden crates from Michael’s stacked on top of each other]
[toy bins: IKEA TROFAST]
[pillows: IKEA | “L”: Hobby Lobby]
Saurus: Mama! Take a picture of me in my new room!
Me: You want to maybe put a shirt on or something for that?
Me: What about shorts that you weren’t running through the sprinklers in?
Saurus: Nope. But I want whale shirt.
Me: You have drawers full of really cute shirts – why do you want the yard-work shirt that I hate most? You know people are going to see these pictures and think this is how I dress you all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s the truth – it’s all about perception. Especially with the internet, kid. Hey – stop jumping, I’m trying to teach you life lessons.
Saurus: WHALE SHIRT
Me: Fine. Bring it to me.
Saurus: Take a picture of me jumping on my new bed!
Me: Well, at least they’ll know it’s sturdy. Also, you’re weird.
[garden lights: Target]