It is no secret that I love the color yellow. Bright yellow, mustard yellow, anything but pastel yellow – I’d paint my whole world yellow if I could. So, I bet it comes as NO surprise that I decided to use yellow as an accent in the boys’ new nautical bedroom.
Over the past week I worked on 2 yellow projects, an accent dresser and some closet storage.
First, the dresser. I searched high and low for a dresser for the boys’ room. I had fallen in love with a footed one at the Impact store in Feasterville at The Painted Home’s blogger event, but I had gotten the “absolutely no way are you bringing that piece of junk into my house” response when I sent hubs a picture. For the next 5 months I pined over this ugly, dilapidated dresser that had oh.so.much.potential. I searched yard sales and junk sales for its twin. No twin was found.
Fast forward to now. Desperation. Baby on the way, Boys’ room incomplete. I needed a dresser.
I went with an unfinished pine one from IKEA…and decided to jazz it up with some bright yellow paint and some $2.95 Anthropologie clearance bin knobs. I think the guy at Home Depot thought I was a little crazy buying what looked to him like neon yellow paint, but he didn’t have my vision…and I obviously was not explaining it well.
Before I put together the IKEA dresser, I primed all the parts, painted them in high gloss yellow paint, then put the dresser together. I decided to use chalkboard paint to spray the knobs (yes, even the Anthro ones – sacrilege, I know.). Set between the red and white and blue and white duvets on the boys’ beds, I think it adds just the right pop.
We also were dealing with a closet
dilemma disaster, since the previous homeowners had outfitted the closet in shelves appropriate for an office, not a bedroom (even though they used the room as a bedroom – perplexing, I know). We ripped out all of that storage and needed SOMETHING to put in. I had grand ideas of designing and building my own closet, which I am fully capable of doing, but given the time crunch regarding Baby #3’s impending arrival, we decided to do a “works for now” solution.
We bought 2 Expedit storage units from IKEA, secured them to the wall, and added some IKEA bins to help the boys organize their clothes. Each boy has an identical set up on his side of the closet. I cut number stencils from Con-Tact paper using my Silhouette Cameo after seeing Carrie from Making Lemonade’s recent numbered bin makeover. With a little acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, I painted the bins. Now, the boys can help me put away laundry. I can say:
Shirts! Bin #1, Pants! Bin #2, Pajamas! Bin #3, Undies and Socks! Bin #4. The 4 year old knows which number corresponds to which article of clothing, and the two year old is able to sort with my directions. I find when their clothes are organized where they can find and easily access them, the boys are happy to dress themselves in the morning…something I am sure will be a huge help when the baby arrives. PS, you love the woven baskets next to the storage unit that I use as a hamper, don’t you. Home Goods find!
I’ll share a full post regarding how all of the elements of the boys’ room have come together once I get the room accessorized a bit. However, that will need to wait a little bit, because I have a baby room to prep!