I always knew that when we were preparing for a second baby, Thomas would move to our former guest room because it’s bigger and affords more space to play. So, when I started thinking about Thomas’s next room – long before I was even pregnant with McKiddle 2, I really wanted a trundle bed for Thomas. I love trundle beds. They provide extra sleeping space for guests or sleepovers but don’t take up highly coveted floor space in smaller rooms and don’t take up the visual space of bunk beds while serving the same function. In actuality, the trundle was nearly impossible to find in a style I liked and at a price I deemed reasonable. I was about to commisssion someone to build the bed in my vision whenI found this solid wood, not an ounce of particle board, espresso trundle for a steal online. I’m thrilled with the purchase.
Beyond that, the only certainty was that his room wouldn’t have a “theme” – I’m a big believer that a classic, non-themey, kid’s room gives lots of room for imagination and play. A classic base allows you to accent the room as the kid’s interests come and go, but as far as the main pieces go – bedding, furniture, color schemes – I like classics. And for T’s room, I wanted a classic, Americana boy’s room with a little bit of a vintage vibe. I like a mix of old and new in a room – I like a room to feel pieced together overtime, not catalog ordered. So this is what we came up with.
Wall decor has never been my strong suit – I’d rather have blank walls than fill them with things I don’t love. But I LOVE the pegboard above his bookcase. The rest of the room’s walls will become minimally decorated as Thomas’s interests come and go over the years. I’m pretty sure Mr. B is on the hunt for something that I’ll deem worth of the room that’s golf themed – Thomas is a golf addict right now. And down the road I’m sure we’ll switch framed baseball pennants, maps and the like in and out. We’ll see what the future holds, though…I love that the room will grow with Tom.
The finger painting frame on the pegboard will be switched out for this frame – which will house Thomas’s monthly pictures from his first year. I really struggled to find a premade 12 opening frame that I liked anywhere but Pottery Barn, and when I started this project PBK only had silver leaf (more feminine than I was looking for) and oval options which I didn’t think would display the calendar shoots very well. I priced making my own frame and it was ridiculous, so I went to order the silver leaf one, discovered PBK had just released the Jackson first year frame, and ordered it. So we’re waiting for that to come back in stock and make it’s way to our house – then I’ll update on that.
I made the Roman Shades out of blue ticking stripe and blackout liner. The first one (small window) was tough, but I sailed through the second one and improved upon the technique…so I foresee redoing the first one in my future.
And for now, the room actually has both the trundle and the crib in it. Thomas is a pretty good sleeper, and I’m not willing to mess with a good thing, so we bought a new crib for the nursery. When T moves from the crib to his bed, we’ll retire this crib to storage in the basement should we find ourselves in a situation where we need two cribs again.
When we moved the crib, I laughed thinking that if McKiddle is a boy, in two years Tom and (insert still undecided traditional Irish Catholic boy’s name here) could be sharing this room – and we’d be back to a setup just like this. Good thing I inadvertently bought a very similar style bed to the crib (seriously, it didn’t even cross my mind that the two were similar when I bought the bed – I guess I just know what I like when it comes to furniture for boys?).