Airplanes | Big Boy Room
Back in April, Jackson made the switch from a crib to toddler bed. It was really simple considering the front of his crib just came off, and another rail took its place. We were a bit nervous about the change, and worried that he would never sleep in his bed again. Luckily, we were blessed with a child who loves his sleep, still naps for a 2-3 hour block each day, and never had a problem staying in his bed. When we bought the new house a couple months later, we decided to go ahead and use the crib for the new baby. It converts all the way to a full size bed, but we also had a full size bed sitting in storage. I took the opportunity to go a little crazy on the big boy room - if we were taking his crib away and putting him in a brand new space, we might as well make it really special first. I hopped on pinterest to look at airplane room ideas, and settled on a red & navy color scheme, and got to work.
I am a big fan of refinishing furniture, so I used my special chalk paint recipe and painted the bed white (it was black before) and lightly distressed it. I also re-purposed the dresser that used to be in my closet at the old house, which I had already painted red & distressed. I wanted to keep some pieces of his nursery in the space, so I reused his blue rug, hung the banner that my sweet friend Ali made at his baby shower (perfect colors, by the way!) and made sure to put the quilt I made him at the foot of the bed :)
I bought the kerosene lantern from the camping section of walmart. It was $6.00 and I liked that it was red. The wooden plane on the dresser came from grandma & grandpa’s house. I also bought wooden letters from Michaels and painted them navy to form the word ‘fly’ to hang above his closet. The Jackson bench pictured below was a gift to Jackson from his Grandma & Grandpa at his first Christmas. The letters come out and act as a puzzle too, which he loves!
I found these framed airplane photos at Home Goods recently marked down to $10 each, and thought they would be a perfect fit in the room as well.
The giant wooden list of life lessons was another great find at Home Goods for only $20!
I used bamboo shades & white curtains on the windows, and love the feel that it gives the room. The cubby was a gift from Grandma, who stumbled upon it at a local consignment store and knew how perfect it would look in the room - the jack and two stars inside of it were repurposed from J’s baby room, and I added a red truck, some model airplanes, and a few of his favorite books. Eventually more airplanes will live inside, and of course, his ears from his trips to disney live on top.
My favorite feature of the room is, hands down, that red airplane. I found it for TWENTY dollars at Ross, and knew it had to be Jack’s! It was the perfect colors, and I cannot believe that it was only $20!!! I went to another Ross location the same day and snatched up the grey plane and the smaller silver one as well.
Overall, I love the feel of this big boy room. It is the perfect amount of big boy, blended with some items carried over from my baby as well. Jackson loves showing it off to all of our guests as well. The greatest thing about the room - it cost next to nothing. The only things purchased were the bedding ($40), Planes ($50 total), All wall art ($50 total), Lantern ($6), blinds ($50) and curtains ($16 total) for a grand total of about $200.00! This doesn’t include the mattress & box spring & hideaway bed rails (best invention ever), which were about $200.00 total, and less expensive than any crib we would’ve gotten for baby brother. Everything else was either given to him (cubby, wooden plane, bench) or repurposed from another area of the house (throw pillows, dresser, nursery items)!
Aside from the $200 price tag, the best part is how much my little guy loves his space :)