Today is (part) of the Big. Boy. Room Reveal. Yep, Lil' A is almost 6! SIX! VI!! Seis! Want me to keep going? Six (that's French for six...).
And, as an almost 6 year old, he is so mature now, that he NEEDED a room as BIG as he is! So, instead of a baby room, he now has a big boy room! He's practically in college... no wait, I think he may be looking to start a career - as a Policeman/FBI/Game Warden/Sheriff, hence, the Law Enforcement themed room.
Lil' A's baby room was woodland themed. It was brown and tan with a little brick red, olive green and BROWN thrown in for good measure. It was the same color/bedding/theme from his nursery that has gradually grown with him except we took out the crib, threw in a toddler bed and then his loft bed, which should (cross fingers) last until he's a teen? But enough talking about his new room, let me show you the bazillion pictures of it!
I've been loving the Marquee Light trend and I'm super fortunate to be around a ton of talented, skilled people that I can totally take advantage of; so I asked a friend if he knew how to make a marquee sign and a few weeks later, I picked up this awesomeness that adds so much official fun to Lil' A's room!
I've also been feeling the industrial look and figured a Police Station is probably pretty industrial looking with the steel desks, handcuffs, file cabinets, jail cells, so I decided to go with an open shelving system around Lil' A's desk (I still need to make something for above the desk - hopefully tomorrow?). I initially wanted pipes for the hardware/brackets but after pricing it all out, we went with a metal shelving system from Home Depot. We purchased the wood for the shelves, had the helpful worker from Home Depot cut them down and then we stained them a dark brown (trying to match his desk). Best part of the staining process - it has a protecting sealant coat included in the stain! That cut down on the time frame dramatically for only a few dollars more!
And although it's definitely a Police themed room, we couldn't leave out all of Adams Angels Baseball collection, so we did a display of his signed baseballs, signed batters gloves, signed Braves hat and the ticket from his first game (he was around 4 months old)... Yep, I keep saying "signed" because I can't read all the autographs but it's my goal to figure it all out and slide the correct names in the label holders!
And since he requested a Police Station, I did my best to give him a Police Station Loft Bed - I'll share more about the Police Station tomorrow.
Above Lil' A's loft bed, we hung a basket to hold books since we normally read each night at bed time - the basket helps keep the book clutter down (like books in stacks on the chest... or stacks that had fallen behind the chest and under the chair...). The Police Parking sign was my Dad's... I'm sure it's a copy, because I know he'd never take city property... EVER. The two framed photographs of vintage police cars are from Saint & Sailor on Etsy - which I highly recommend!
This painting is another favorite of mine, which we hung over Adam's rocking chair. The painting is of my Father-in-Laws locker at the Sheriff's Station. I love all of the details, our last name at the top of the locker, his shoe cleaner tool box with the names of his family scratched into the wood... it's an amazing, completely personal and custom piece that will be a treasure as Lil' A grows.
And last, I used a leather belt connector as the tie-backs for Lil' A's curtains (which are lined and only $10 at Target!), which were my Father-in-Laws.
Phew! So many photos - thanks for baring with me! I am just so excited about Lil' A's room - it is so personal to me, has so many pieces of our family that I feel like he's always being looked out for while he dreams, plays, grows...
Let me know what you think - if you have any questions about any of the DIY - like painting crisp, clean lines on a textured wall or the cost of the shelving unit, I'm happy to give you an answer if I know it or can find it!
Have a great day!