Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Recently, my son asked for a special birthday present. He wanted his bedroom, which had a safari animal theme that he had outgrown, redecorated. What he chose was either a Castle/Knight theme or a Space theme so he could have a glow in the dark moon. Since I think that a kid's room is a very special place and the decor needs to be able to feed their dreams and imaginations, I set out to try to find an inexpensive way to make his wish come true. I set my budget at $200 and went online. I hoped to find a neat cover that would save me the time and effort of painting and make a big splash in the room.
It was my sister in law that came to the rescue. She is very crafty and creative and though she didn't have any idea how we could bring our vision to life, she is fast on a Google Search! She found a site that gave not only pictures, but step by step instructions on how to create a castle wall mural with a window. (This author explains it far better than me, so I am not even going to try.....) We were sold. One thing you need to know is that I have a lot of creative vision, but ZERO, and I mean this sincerely - ZERO, artistic talent. A straightline is hard for me to draw. (My sister in law took on the task of the window because it was WAY over my ability level.) This technique is VERY easy to achieve. But while the example was a one wall mural, we had more ambitious plans. We wanted to turn my son's whole room into the inside of a castle AND give him a night sky so he could have his glow in the dark moon and stars. Since the kids were going away the next day for a two day trip, we had one day to prepare a complete transformation!
We got lucky breaks. For one, we found a mirror in the shape of a coat of arms at HomeGoods that fit in perfectly. I found an old Halloween costume that my son had when he was a knight and recycled parts of that. My son had a very medieval looking map/poster already (the Kingdom of Narnia - yes, this apple did not fall far from the tree.... :)) that would fit right in. Even Home Depot came through with a great outdoor Wall Sconce that could be rewired to become a plug in bedside lamp with a switch to turn it on and off for reading (yes, I WAS the one doing the rewiring, let's hope it doesn't cause an electrical fire....) All we had to do was make it happen! We got our sponges and got to work the minute the kids left on Saturday morning and had the walls painted and the bricks sponged on by ten pm Saturday night. All that we did on Sunday was accent the bricks and hang the decorations.
The pictures you see here are the finished product of my son's Castle bedroom with glow in the dark night stars! The room turned out fantastic and took only two days for us to put together. But the best part? I came in under budget at about $150 to do the whole room. I used the duvet cover that he already had in a neutral Savannah colored khaki and all his sheets were solid and could fit in with the new room as well. We did the mortar in between the bricks in a brown, rather than a black, so that the cover and sheets still matched. The most expensive items were the plastic chains (found in the Halloween section at Party City) on the windows that cost $25 (we bought them with ideas of making the bed look like a drawbridge, but in favor of practicality went with window dressing.) The paint was minimal (a quart each of brown, grey, black, and, blue - we had yellow leftover from another project as well as all the necessary supplies such as brushes, rollers, etc. on hand already), the glow in the dark stars less than $20, the mirror was $19. The sponges that made the bricks were less than $15 altogether (we bought four so we had all the right sizes for the window and at corners.) My sister in law got a great deal on the knight themed fabric and made all the window and bed accents. The hardest thing we had to do was resist buying a standing suit of armor at Home Goods ($49) because we didn't think it would fit in the room - but in terms of our budget we could have bought it!
I hope that you enjoyed this and maybe feel inspired to create your own unique bedroom theme! Next up, a fairy garden at twilight for my daughter - complete with a latern for Tinkerbell to sleep in, oversized flowers, and fairy dust in the twilight sky (with glow in the dark lightening bugs, of course!) She didn't want a room redo, but after seeing her brother's came up with a bunch of ideas for me to pick from. So if you liked this, let me know and I will post the pictures from that when we are done! :)
UPDATE: My daughter's room went from a fairy garden to a Winter Fairy Wonderland! Check it out! :)