It occurred to me the other day, as I was giving Master O’s room a quick tidy, that I hadn’t shown you all the changes we made in his room.
Towards the end of last year, as Master O’s 4th birthday loomed, we struggled to find him a present. We really didn’t want to buy him toys as we knew he would receive more than enough as gifts from the family. I really had no inspiration until I found myself staring absent-mindedly into a store window while waiting for my sister. As she arrived and I turned to leave, I realised what I had been staring at…..the cutest range of dinosaur linen and accessories on a fantastic sale. There and then I decided his present would have to be a dinosaur room makeover.
The day before his birthday party, while he was a daycare, I set about transforming his room. Previously it had sported a nautical/pirate theme which I shared in these posts here and here, but this is what it looked like on the morning I started the transformation.
I added a few other nick nacks that suited the theme, like these cute bookends.
I had already added a padded cushion to the Trofast toy storage units to make a reading seat, but now I could see how well my colour choice matched with the linen. You can read about how I made the seat here. A little rearranging of the Trofast tubs I already owned enabled me to bring the colour green into this area of the room as well.
I had tried to purchase some artwork for the walls in time for his birthday but I couldn’t find anything that matched the colour scheme. Master O didn’t mind, he was chuffed with the transformation. The walls remained blank until about 3 months ago when I returned to the linen store and found a matching dinosaur canvas in stock.
So with one wall decorated, I thought I might have to make something for the other wall – but what? On holidays last month I came across a stall that sold all manner of dinosaur cutouts, 2D and 3D. The were amazing and so well priced that I had to be restrained. I purchased 2 x 2D cutouts and after a bit of spray paint, attached them each to a canvas. It was a such a simple art solution and they really do pop with their shiny bright orange paint.
The other purchase I made was 3D pterodactyl. After a couple of coats, also in the bright orange paint, I attached him to the ceiling. I was concerned that he might be a bit scary for a 4-year-old, woken in the middle of the night, but Master O has entrusted the pterodactyl with the task of keeping him safe.
So after stalling for nearly 4 months with the artwork, the room is pretty much complete now. Master O received a couple a big dinosaur figurines for his birthday and Christmas that fit in perfectly with the colour scheme so they now reside on top of his Trofast unit and look very much at home. We also picked up a hat stand shaped like a tree on sale at Target. It is the perfect place to hang his Kindergarten and library bags when it is not some how involved in some imaginative dinosaur play.
This really has evolved into the perfect room for our dinosaur loving boy. What are you favourite themes for little boy’s rooms?