Judah’s big boy room reveal is finally here! His room was one of the first we completed in our new home, because we wanted to make sure it was done before Simon arrived. It was very bare bones to begin with, because we didn’t have a bed for him! Before we moved into our house, he was still in his crib (yes, at 3 years old!) because we were temporarily renting a small townhome on the seminary’s campus and didn’t want to invest in a big boy bed until we moved.
Once we moved into our house, I didn’t want Judah to get used to sleeping in a crib in his new room, so we immediately set up his crib in the other bedroom and had Judah sleep on our former guest room’s queen size mattress that we placed on the floor. He looked so tiny on that huge mattress! But, it was only for a few days because Ben and our friend, Miles, built him a loft bed. A definite BIG BOY bed!
Here you can see some of the progress of the bed being built. Ben drew up the plans and the guys went to work. They did it very quickly! Judah was super excited, and he loved shooting his Nerf gun bullets from up high!
We bought him a $99 twin mattress from Sam’s Club and sheets from Bed, Bath and Beyond. This is a picture of his first night in the bed. Can you believe he went right from a baby crib to such a big boy bed??
After a few more days, Ben then painted the bed to match the train table.
This is another angle of the room where you can see the quote we put up on the wall. “The more that you Read, the more things you will Know. The more that you Learn, the more places you’ll Go!” -Dr. Seuss
The bookshelves are my favorite part of Judah’s room. Ben built them following this concept with our own measurements.
My second favorite part of the room is the reading chair. It’s really the Anywhere Chair from Pottery Barn Kids, BUT I bought it from UglySofa.com who sells them much much cheaper (like, half the price!) and calls them Ugly-Where Chairs. I was a little nervous about ordering from them, wondering if it would be the same quality as the ones at PB. There was nothing to be worried about, because the chairs are actually the exact same quality! The cover even comes with the PB tag on it!Judah LOVES his chair. He sits and reads in it all the time. He’ll also take naps in it, and drags it into our living room or upstairs to our bonus room to watch movies. It’s super light-weight and has a tag on the top where he can easily pull it around himself. Don’t believe me? Check out this video:
(Our living room no longer looks like that. We’ve now replaced the sofa, painted, and some other things you’ll see on the blog in the future.)
Because I loved the colors on this chair, I based the entire room around it. That is why the bookshelves are orange, the bed is blue, the curtains are red, and the rug is green. After searching high and low for a more affordable quilt, I ended up splurging on the matching Pottery Barn Kids quilt and sham. But, to my defense, I did have a 10% off coupon and a gift card to use towards it. I’m so glad I did, though, because the quilt is such great quality and will last a very long time. And, it is a pattern that he will not grow out of any time soon.
As much as I didn’t want to keep the toy storage we already had, I decided it was an area we needed to save money and I just revamped it a little. I bought chalkboard labels and a chalk marker, then had my mother-in-law write categories on the labels because she has a knack for artistic hand-writing. I love how it turned out.
Finally, here is the before and after shot. The previous owner of our house had this room for her young daughter, who had a HUGE bed and apparently no toys in the room? As you can see, the loft bed allows more play space and makes the room seem much bigger.
It’s not an overly creative and amazing room, but I think simple is best especially when it comes to boys. What do you think?
Navy Madras Twin Quilt and Sham – Pottery Barn Kids
“Uglywhere” Chair – UglySofa.com (Same chair as this Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair, but half the price!)
Green Shag Rug – RugsUSA (wait for a sale and free shipping, they have them all the time)
Dr. Seuss Wall Decal – Stephen Edward Graphics
Chalkboard Vinyl Labels – Little Diddy
Eclipse Dayton Energy-Efficient Curtains – Walmart
KidKraft Corner Red Kitchen – Amazon.com