As I mentioned, the plan is to move Phinehas to a new room sometime this fall before the new baby arrives. He’ll still be in a crib (thanks to my sister, yet again, for another hand-me-down. My sister = lifesaver!).
Originally, I had visions of a red/white/gray-ish striped room, but I ending up going in a different direction. See, I had some leftover yellow-ish paint (a quart costing $2.00 because it was in the Oops bin at Home Depot – LOVE that!), so instead of a lot of stripes, I just did one big stripe at the top as a border.
I wanted something else, something more visually interesting in the room though, so I installed some ‘trim’ as a “middle stripe”. It’s at the same height as the top of his window and bedroom door.
To make it even more interesting, I made the longest wall into a shelf. Nothing fancy, but it can hold pictures or knick knacks. Nothing too heavy until I figure out a better way to secure it.
All of this is thanks to my father-in-law for tools. My Christmas present last year was an air compressor and a nail gun. (How cool of a gift is that!?!) Then he drove down last weekend to let me borrow his miter saw (I think that’s what it is called). Since the bedroom had just been emptied of pretty much everything, it was time to put my plan into action!
It took me just about the whole week to finish, but that’s because I did so in 30 minute increments – around nap and bed times.
- $2 on the “oops” yellow-ish paint.
- $0 on the white paint, rollers, nail gun nails – I already had those.
- $7 on the “shelf”
- $11.50 on the “trim”
- $20.50 TOTAL — not bad at all and, I think, well worth it!
- Paint the border. I wanted the border to be about 12 inches showing, so I painted 13 inches down. I knew my “trim” would cover up where the yellow met the gray, so I didn’t have to worry about any ‘bleeding’ under my taped line. I didn’t need a super crisp line.
- Buy the lumber. The “trim” around the room is just 1x4s. The “shelf” is just a 1×6 board. Home Depot called it “common wood” (aka: nothing fancy.)
- Paint the lumber. So much easier to paint them when you can lay them flat on the basement floor than after they’re already hung on the wall. I learned that lesson from my back entryway!
- Measure & nail up the trim, piece by piece. I started by one of the windows, used a level to make sure it was straight and worked my way around the room. It took longer to set up the saw, air compressor & nail gun than it did to actually hang the trim!
- Touch up the paint. You’ll want to touch up some of the corners, where boards meet and where the nails are. I didn’t need to use any paintable caulk, but that’s always a possibility.
- When you buy the lumber, you’ll want to know not just how many total inches you need, but if you have a couple of long walls, you don’t want to have to use lots of odds & ends to piece it together. So, for those walls, you’ll want to have pieces as long as you can. You might still need to use 2 pieces to fit a wall, but better 2 pieces than 8!
- Little boys love to play with the big machines that appear in your living room. Be careful with that!
- The light in that room is horrible. I have dreams of installing a better light and ceiling fan in there.
- We have doors that go almost all the way to the ceiling which presented some decision. Paint a yellow stripe on there too? Leave it all gray? What about the fact that I can’t put white trim on the doors as it will affect the way they open? In the end, I decided not to paint yellow at the top.
1. The room before.
2 & 3. Phinehas playing with the saw. Don’t worry – there were 4 adults in the room and the power was off.
4. The closet before. A dumping ground of things that need to be sorted.
5. The walls after.
6. Phinehas playing on the bed and you can see the shelf above him.
7. A different view of the room
8. The closet after – I also installed some shelving in there, which was another cheap and easy project.
9. The closet doors. I think it looks okay to be all gray and not have the yellow/white stripes.