Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Revving up the Room

I'm going to participate in my very first blog party today. The ladies over at Shanty2Chic are holding an I Did it without my Hubby party. Now, I love my hubby and I love having him help me out with home improvement projects, but my hubby doesn't always love home improvement projects!!

Especially painting.

So, last year when I decided my not so baby boy needed a room makeover and painting was involved, I grabbed my sister on a 3-day weekend and we made-over his room.

The "before" pictures show the room as the nursery. It had a Winnie the Pooh theme and I loved the time. (Don't worry about the name on the wall. We took that down when we moved our son in there.)

OK, now for the makeover. With the bright green, we decided to prime the walls first. My vision was to create a "Cars" themed wall. order to make my vision a reality, we needed to tape off one wall into 3 sections at the top and one long section at the bottom.

I chose "Sally" blue and "Lightning McQueen" red for the wall colors (I don't know the official names. I was matching the colors to matchbox cars!). So we painted 3 boring, I mean solid colored walls and the middle stripe "Sally" blue.

Then using "Lightning McQueen" red, we painted the other 2 stripes. And let me tell you, it took 5 coats of red on those walls to cover them. Even with the primer.

After the paint dried, it was time for best part, the wallpaper borders. I put up the checkerboard border under the stripes.

I had tire track borders to put up between the stripes. But on the corners where the red met the blue, it didn't look right. Luckily, I had enough tire border left to cut it in half and put up half on each corner. Perfect!

For the final touch, we bought "Cars" repositionable wall stickers from Lowes and let our little man put them up where ever he wanted to. Here is the final wall.

And that is my contribution to the I Made it without my Hubby party. I know this project is over a year old, but it's the one I'm most proud of. I hope you enjoyed seeing it.


  1. OK... I'm not showing my son this because he would beg me to paint his tomorrow! Too cute!! Way to go... thanks for linking up!!

  2. Oh my! That's so cute! When my second son was born we redid the entire boys room to something similar. I loved it, it was so bright and cheery. (We even picked up some plastic metallic wheels that were part of a store display somewhere and had them hanging on the cute!)

  3. OMG! Great job. I bet your son thinks his room rocks!!! I recently watched that movie and am now a big fan!!!! High five to you and your sis!!! Stopping in from SITS to say hey!!

  4. I'm impressed! What a lucky little dog your son is to have a mama willing to make his room so cool :O)

    peace, cindy

  5. Thanks for all the comments, guys. My little guy does like his room. He also likes to move all the stickers around. Good thing they are repositionable!!

  6. Wow, that was a lot of work and you did an amazing job. I love it. I always wanted to do a boy room. Not that I'm complaining, but change is good.

    Thanks for helping me out with the domain name thingy. :)

  7. Such a cute idea with the colors and the checker board!!!!! My boys would think this is AWESOME!!! What a cool mom!!! Thanks for linking up with us! ~ Ashley

  8. what a cute boys room! awesome job!

  9. What a fun room and wall. Your little guy looks sooooo happy too. Thanks for sharing, it looks amazing.


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