- A Project For: My son Gavin
- Age: 8
- Location: San Antonio, TX
This is my son's big boy room! After several air plane rooms (in our past 2 homes) I decided to go a little more neutral with the theme. He likes so many things, so I wasn't planning on a mural but when I saw a similar mural on HGTV's Design Star I thought it would be perfect. Once I showed him the picture, he was really excited. I added a bit of Star Wars in his sheets and a few paintings I did on canvas above his desk- those were a surprise and he was thrilled with them!
I was inspired by a mural done on season 6 of HGTV's design star by Mark Diaz. I toned down the colors a bit, let Gavin pick the accent color- he picked green, and I changed the wings to reflect my husband's Air Force wings from his days as a flyer.
I am all about the kids, with a clear direction and focus that will please the parents! This was my son, so I could do as I pleased, but I really wanted to make him happy and proud of his room. In older kids rooms I like to stick with something they can grow with. He loves Star Wars and so I did sheets and paintings on canvas, but those will be easy to change out if he ever outgrows them.
The mural was done with painters tape, acrylic along with normal wall paint for larger areas. His walls were the grey when we bought the house, so I wanted to incorporate those instead of repainting- I hate rolling paint;). The bed was an old family hand me down, after stripping down several coats of paint I left the metal base color- it's nutrual and works well in any boy's room. The desk was an old dresser and an old book shelf I've had, the striped were from his old room so I distressed them a bit, rubbed stain over them (the same as on the wall shelf) and added his initials using red paint and the stencil I bought for his name on the wall. The bedding is Pottery Barn Star Wars flannel sheet set, PB bed skirt and the quilt I found on clearance at Target. The shelves on the wall, I designed and my husband built out of scrapwood in the garage. I stained them with a black stain and left them distressed a bit. The shelves were a way to display his lego's and other stuff. Under the shelves are 2 cork board squares and 2 chalk board/magnet boards from Pottery Barn outlet store- I think I paid less than $2 a piece! The light fixture was the one from my childhood home, just whatever the builder put in my bedroom. My parents took it down years ago to put a fan in, but had not thrown it away. I was thrilled when I found it and they were happy to get it out of the garage. I painted the brass black and it fits in perfectly with his tall ceilings- I wanted it a bit lower, but we were concerned with it being hit.
The mural! My son's would probably be the Star Wars Paintings!
This room was all about repurposing what I had! It was about combining what I wanted in a room for my son and what would make him excited about his room. Keep things a bit older, so he can grow in to them and add accents of those things he really loves right now!