The “Big Boy” Room

After thinking about it for a while, I finally transformed what was our guest bedroom into RJ’s new room.  His nursery is the smallest room in the house.  I mean it’s was tiny.  It was the perfect size for an office, which is what it was before RJ.   When I transformed it into the nursery it, again, was the perfect fit.  It was small, yet cozy and functional.


However, as my baby morphed into a toddler, the room began to feel like its matchbook size.  So, we knew it was time to make some room changes.  I love the idea of having a guest bedroom.  It’s the reason we went with the three-bedroom floorplan and not the two, when choosing our townhome.  The thing is, we RARELY have guests!  Our most consistent overnight guests are my in-laws, Hubby’s dad and step-mom and my brother.  The in-laws are probably in town once or twice a year.  My brother is here more frequently, but when he visits, he sleeps on the pull-out in the living room because the only tv upstairs is in our room.  So, as you can see, our guest bedroom is wasted space.

RJ keeps accumulating things and he’s spending more time playing in his room.  The boy needs space to stretch his legs and bounce off the walls.  He is now the keep of of the spacious guest room and the guest will get the nursery.  *As of right now, I have no plans to repaint the nursery until I’m sure we’re done with kids.  The color scheme is gender neutral.*  In case you were wondering, the guest bed is a queen. Sooo, by my calculations the new “guest” room will pretty much be like this: door, strip of visible carpet, bed. Oh well!

A few months ago in this post I shared the design ideas I had in mind for RJ’s new room.  Well, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought the different shaped letters.  Then, I changed my mind.  I’ve chosen the design and color scheme for the entire house. *Yes, I’m responsible for those green walls seen in the background of my IG photos taken in our home!* I decided to actually let RJ’s interest dictate what his room should be.  *Well…within range.  I draw the line at permanent cartoon decor.*  Outside of Mickey Mouse and Thomas the Train, RJ LOVES sports! So, that’s what I went with.

I searched for bedding first because that would determine the color scheme.  I finally found something I liked on Amazon.


It’s by Circo, a Target brand, but my Target only sells twin kids bedding in the store, not toddler.  When the bedding arrived I hit Lowe’s to choose paint colors.  I transformed the room from its black and grey scheme to a  sky blue with deep navy and rich red accents.  I took a night stand that I’d already taken from it’s glossy wooden finish to black for the guest room and painted it a bright green *You’d think it’s my fave color, but it’s not!* with orange drawer fronts.



I used the my Hobby Lobby return credits from the letters and chose wrought iron sports balls and metal placards for wall decor.

the room

This project was my “baby”.  I took a day off to paint the room all by myself and I must say, I love the outcome.  RJ loves the space and I love that he can grow in this room.


  • Reply Kita January 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Loving his new big boy room. I am going to start on my kids room this year I just don’t like spending money *sigh*

    • Reply Jenni January 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I probably spent the most money on the paint and paint supplies. The bedding was less than $50. I’d spent quite a bit of cash on the letters, so even with the wall decor I got, I still have $20 left in Hobby Lobby credit.

  • Reply Brandi January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Great makeover! His room is so much brighter. I can imagine how much more he enjoys his room.

    • Reply Jenni January 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Brandi, thanks so much for stopping my blog. Going from a room with one window to three really made a huge difference with the amount of natural light in the room. He’s really enjoying horsing around with his dad with all that extra space.

  • Reply Cam | Bibs & Baubles January 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    you did a great job. I like the colors you chose. it’s a perfect little boy’s room!

  • Reply Krissy January 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    it looks really nice. My daughter is getting her own big girl room soon. I thinking of just doing pink and purple for her colors because her taste in characters is all over the place from Minnie mouse to Doc Mcstuffins to Dora lol

    • Reply Jenni January 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by the blog, Krissy! The pink and purple sounds pretty.

  • Reply Nellie January 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I love it, my sons have a big boy room but their beds are in our room lol I new to cut the cord!! You did a fantastic job!

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