big boy room | reveal

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I feel like this has been SUCH a long time coming.  The last time Sam had a “finished” room was in his nursery back when we lived in Kansas.  He only had that room for a couple of months before we moved to TX.  We lived in a rental while we waited on our house to be built.  I had no desire to decorate a room that was only going to be used for a little while.  Once we moved into the new house I knew it wouldn’t be too long before he would be out of his crib, so his big boy room waited some more.  Ugh.  I know he didn’t care, but I felt bad for the little guy.  Finally, two years after being in our house and many DIY’s later, Sam has a finished room!  Woohoo!  Can I get an amen!!!


Before I get into it, I want to bring it back to how it looked before we started.  I only have this one photo.  I just stuck everything in there from the last house.  And hated it.  The curtains were obviously too short for the taller ceilings/windows, but I put them up anyways (Looking back I have no clue why).


Too much ugly, let’s get to some pretty.  I’ve already shared with you guys the portion of his room with his bed on it as I worked my way through the DIY’s.


The bed was a Craigslist find that I reworked and painted.  The moon art above his bed was a DIY.  And the nightstands were a RAST hack.


And now here is the other side of the room!


Everything over here has special meaning.  The dresser was his great grandmothers that I repainted years ago for Izzy’s big girl room.  A lot of the art was reused from his original nursery with some other pieces added in, mostly DIY’s.  Might be hard to see, but the photo in the bottom black frame is of my grandfather who tipped his plane on its nose during a hard landing.  The antlers were found in Papa Moo Moo’s barn on one of our visits.  The globe was bought for his nursery and I wanted to keep it out since Sam loves looking at it to see if he can find where Grandma and Grandpa live.  And the basket holds Mike’s old baseball bats and glove.
I put a hanging chair in here for his because, hey, it’s fun!  It’s also super comfy.  Seriously, I could relax in that thing all day.  But warning (and this shouldn’t come as a surprise) kids are gonna swing the heck out of these so make sure you’ve got that puppy anchored into a ceiling beam and give yourself enough swinging space!


To keep his growing collection of stuffed animals from being piled up on the floor, I hung some baskets from the wall on hooks.


He loves his room.  And that’s all I could ask for.


Jenny Lind bed paint + DIY bed rails (similar Jenny Lind bed) // DIY moon art // IKEA hack nightstands // sconces (another similar option here) // duvet – Homegoods (similar here) // toss pillow – Homegoods // baskets – Homegoods (similar here) // gray blanket // sheets no longer avail (similar here) // rug – purchased overseas (similar here) // hanging chair – Pier1 (no longer online, similar here) // blanket on chair – Homegoods // chair pillow // curtains // bamboo blinds // art over dresser: Wild and Free – DIY, silver circles – DIY (tutorial here), plastic animals – DIY, owl print, mirror // vintage globe //





  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    i adore this room, as i have told you before! it's such a great space with so much style, and i love that it has meaningful pieces, too!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you, Cassie! I think it's those meaningful pieces that make it so special for me. He never knew his great grandma, but there's still a piece of her in his everyday life. Or every time I look at the photo of my grandpa and his plane it makes me smile and think of him 🙂 Of course, Sam just loves that is a plane.

  2. Lisa @ Shine Your Light Avatar

    Shelley you are the best at styling spaces beautifully while keeping them real. I love the baskets on the hooks for stuffed animals! And that great art grouping around the dresser!! So so so cute, pulled together, and a space that will work so well through the years!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I feel like I stink at styling so the way you see it in here is how it looks everyday. Of course, minus the pj's he always tosses on the floor 😀

  3. Amy W Avatar

    Just love this room!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you, Amy 🙂

  4. Freckles Chick Avatar

    Amen to this! Hey how do you always pull together stylish, functional, fun spaces like this?! #teachme

    That swinging chair, those baskets on the wall make me happy. I especially love the sentimental meanings. Gives a room soul! Sam, the future astronaut, obviously adores his new space (see what I did there)!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Good grief I'm behind! Thank you so much!!! This little guy tells me he's going to the moon one day 🙂

  5. Amy Avatar

    I want that swing chair! And Sam. Please send me both. 🙂

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      If I send the swing with him you'll be sending them both back within 10 minutes 😀

  6. Erin Mitchener Avatar

    I love the light wall color(s) you have throughout the house, but I can't find the names. Do you have them listed somewhere? I'd love to know!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you! The walls are all PPG Palomino Grey.

  7. aybaebae Avatar

    Hi Shelley! Lovely room. I would love to know what paint/color you used for the Jenny Lind bed? I'd like to paint my son's bed that shade. Thanks!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you! It's SW Tricorn Black. You can read more about the bed and paint I chose here:

    2. aybaebae Avatar

      Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  8. Anonymous Avatar

    Sweet boys room. Love it! Did you also use the Palomino Gray in your boys room?

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Thank you so much, and yes, it's also painted Gray Palomino!

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