This room marks the end of an era in our house: no more sharing a room for Charlie and Calvin, and no more crib for Quincy. I no longer have a nursery but I now have an official big kid with a proper big kid room. It is bittersweet. But I had so much fun designing and creating this room for Charlie and he is thrilled with how it turned out. When I shared a sneak peek on Instagram, so many people requested to see more and get the sources for items I included. So I thought a room tour was in order. First, more photos. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.
The walls are painted Mindful Grey from Sherwin Williams. I have several shades of gray paint in our house and this one is by far my favorite. It is a beautiful soft grey regardless of the lighting — it doesn’t have twinges of green or purple like some greys can. I’m planning to use it in our master bedroom next.
I created these action figure shelves from IKEA spice racks! These are the bigger 12″ figures and the larger sized racks. I stained them and installed them and the figures fit perfectly. I’m still looking for a storage solution for displaying his smaller figures (if you’ve figured out a good solution please share!)
Much of the furniture in his room are pieces we already had. His bed is a 60+ year old vintage Jenny Lind bed given to us by a family friend. I cleaned off years of wax buildup and dirt with this and then loved the natural wood so much I discarded my original plan to paint it black. I topped his bed with my favorite bedding from Beddy’s (fitted bedding that zips up like a sleeping bag, making it super easy to make beds and keep them looking neat). This is the “Oh So Boho” set with minky lining and it is so comfy and perfectly gender-neutral. Topping his bed are pillows with a Beddy’s pillowcase and sham (that come in the set) a furry pillow (which he specifically requested), and a pillow with a Han Solo quote. The volcano and dinosaur pillows are from his old bedroom but he still loves them so we moved them to his new bed.
His campaign dresser is also vintage. His desk and desk chair are from Crate & Kids and were originally part of our art room that we had in our California apartment. I snagged the little white table for his bedside for $30 and it is exactly what I was looking for. I installed this light sconce (under $30!) and I love how it provides him light to read in bed and allows him to turn it on and off without getting out of bed. I also think it adds texture to the space.
Charlie’s room is above our garage so it can get chilly in the winter. I wanted to add a nice plush rug to help warm up the room, and this rug ticked off all the boxes for me: soft, the perfect size, and fits perfectly with the design of the space. The room luckily had built-in bookshelves so now he has a place for all of the books and lego sets and science kits and art supplies he has collected over the years but couldn’t have handy because of little brothers. He has a space for all of his treasures and prized possessions.
Some of the other decorative items included in the room that really pull the space together are the Boba Fett and Han Solo prints (prints are by Concepcìon Studios and I got the frames here), the Strong & Smart pennant from Brim Papery, the buffalo check curtains, the solar system, the Monsters wall hanging (from his old room and no longer available), the art rail to display and swap out art and school papers he’s especially proud of, the moon print (old from Target and no longer available), and the Dance Magic Dance print. The room, in its entirety, is so perfectly Charlie and he loves it so much.
I think this is my new favorite room in our home. It makes Charlie happy to have his own space, which makes me really happy too. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed his room tour!
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