Little Boy Dream Train Bedroom

I’ve been waiting for so long to finally do this post.  The room took a little longer than anticipated to get all of the finishing touches done and then remembering to actually take pictures.  This was also a long time in thought.  I don’t make decisions quickly so once I get it into my head that I’m re-doing a room I think and think and scour Pinterst and think some more then I almost have to stop thinking for a while for the ideas to come.  I am super excited at the final result because my vision actually came true but I also made so many of the touches myself.  Other than Thomas there aren’t a ton of little boy train room ideas or things out there to buy.

I guess it all started about a year ago when preparing for JP’s 3rd birthday which was a train theme.  I made the rail road crossing signs to have at the party.  As I did that party in blue and lime green I decided that those would be the colors in the bedroom too.  The material in the picture collage was used at the party too.  I also found the JP’s train station on Amazon and used it for the party.   I found the rug on  I didn’t know this at the time but I recently noticed it has the same pattern as in the material in the picture collage.  Crazy!  I seriously didn’t coordinate that. I guess you are drawn to the choices you make for a reason.  
To make the RR Crossing signs we just bought a 1×4, I cut out the letters with my Eclips to figure how long each cut needed to be and cut it into 4 pieces.  I didn’t want it looking new so I actually lightly feathered a little black on the boards then painted white and sanded a little for the distressed look.  I did the letters as a stencil so I traced them and then painted in black.  
I found the train lamp at Pottery Barn Kids.  It wasn’t cheap but how can I not have it when doing a train room!

Around that same time is when I was searching for blue and lime green bedding.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked…anywhere.  When you know what you want that’s when you can’t find it.  I ended up getting the bedding and curtains at Pottery Barn Kids.

With the patches from swimming I needed a way to have his little awards section.  The shelf is a shelf we had in the original nursery.  The rack below it is actually a match book display rack.  My grandpa used to collect match books.  Are you old enough to remember when restaurants, hotels etc. had them for you to take?  Well, he collected them and my mom found this rack to display them with.  He went on to replicate this and made a handful of additional ones.  Around the time I was pondering all of my ideas for the room my mom asked if my brother or I had any use for them.  I thought it would be perfect for ribbons, medals and those type of awards.   The color of it was perfect so I didn’t have to refinish it and just hung it directly under the shelf.  He even already has a 5K medal.  He ran a virtual one with me…well he was in the stroller!

I also made the Been There Rocked That wood sign.  I found the wood box at Michaels, lightly stained it and did another stencil on my Eclips and painted it in the lime green.  The words don’t show up quite as much as I’d like but it’s fine.  Someone had given us the J when he was born so I repainted it in the same lime green.

This was my first attempt at creating vinyl wall decals myself but these are so expensive on Etsy and I wasn’t finding anything that I really liked.  They were all very ‘little kid’ style and I didn’t want that.  I wanted him to be able to grow into the room.  I actually had this train on one of my old Eclips cartridges so it was easy to cut out.  Each train car is about 12×18 so it’s pretty big.  I created a paper template first to make sure sizing was ok and going to look how I wanted before cutting the vinyl.

I found these frames at Michaels on sale and used the material I had from the party table backdrop for the matting.  JP’s favorite movie is Polar Express so Tickets Please and All Aboard  were no brainers as saying to put somewhere in the room.  The post sign was on the same Eclips cartridge and I found the front view of the train online and then cut it out with the Eclips.

This wall I thought I’d decided that I was going to leave bare just because I didn’t want to go overboard with the room but after seeing this picture I decided it needed something.  I think what I’m going to do is get a canvas made of one of the pictures we took for his 3rd birthday that were on a train.  

On the wall opposite the book shelf I will probably add another little piece of decor.  JP has a handful of mini baseball bats, Cubs World Series, Sox (Blah) and others.  My brother collected them growing up as we traveled to different stadiums.  My parents got most of these I think at the Louisville Slugger headquarters.  I also think it’s easy to make a rack to hang them in I just don’t necessarily want to take that on myself so I think we will have Uncle Scott and Papa take that project on.   I have another shelf like the one above the awards so I’m going to do the same concept with the shelf and bat display directly under it on the wall opposite the bookshelf.

The picture at the beginning of the post had a clean bed.  These last 2 are all of the things we position in the bed somehow each night and a truer picture of the room!  
He always has to have his blanket, Kion, the little horsey and little monkey.  Lately hes had to sleep with the tackle box.  When I check on him before I go to bed I sometimes find the tackle box around his wrist.  I think daddy is wearing off on him and this couldn’t make him prouder.


Sip Sip Hurray!

Today at school was JP’s pretend birthday celebration since his birthday is in the summer.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune on little trinkets since it has to be non food items.  We’ve had the whole school year of what other people had sent so I also didn’t want to duplicate.  I know, who cares.  I put too much pressure on myself for these silly things.

Naturally I go to Pinterest to start gathering ideas.  Instantly I saw straws and that that was a great idea because he loves silly straws.  I found these straws on Amazon, it’s a pack of 50 for $13.99.  Sold!


Next I have to come up with a little tag for them and I wasn’t even looking for ideas for these but I came across something on Pinterest that was wine related that said Sip Sip Hurray so I turned it into the tag for the straws.  I kept the design pretty simple because honestly I just didn’t have time to get all crazy with them.  
I did not create a listing on my etsy shop for these yet but if you would like them customized just let me know and I can do that!

See Ya Real Soon

The Mickey theme seems to be such a popular kids party theme so my Etsy shop is growing!  I’ve had a couple of requests for this and just never got around to making it a permanent listing.  It’s the perfect compliment to the Come Inside Its Fun Inside door sign.  People are hanging it on the inside so guests see it as they leave.

As of right now I just have Mickey but Minnie will follow soon.

Making Old New Again

Our front porch needed something.  Yes it’s one of the first things you see of the house but to ‘decorate’ it just seemed like a low priority since we don’t necessarily use it every day.  I did finally get some chairs and a table and it’s nice to sit out there.  I still need to sit in the driveway most of the time because our garage is not ‘in’ the house so it blocks a lot of the view when JP is outside playing with the other kids.

My mom had this old milk can that was her aunt’s.  Her aunt really used it for milk from the cows on the farm.  My mom was just going to get rid of it because she just didn’t want it anymore so I said I’d take it and do something with it for the front porch.

This is the before, when you see the close up you can see all of the colors it’s been over the years.

I did not sand or strip it.  I brushed it with a wire brush just to get any loose pieces off and then cleaned it with my multipurpose cleaner so it wasn’t dusty or dirty.  We always get our paint from Ace Hardware so for this I used the Valspar exterior satin and picked my color.  It went on really well.  I did 2 coats just because there were a couple of spots that went on thin the first time.
The Home Sweet Home is vinyl.  I cut it out with my Sizzix Eclips.  I didn’t coat or treat it with anything, it’s fairly covered on my porch so rarely gets wet.  

I thought about getting a flowerpot that sits nicely in it so it had flowers but I’m afraid the drainage on the inside will just accelerate any rust that it has.  I’d like this to last a long time so we’ll see.

Our next project is to paint the front door, it’s needs it bad.  I’m sure you’ll all see the transformation for that.  It’s stained now and is a beautiful door but the stain just doesn’t really go with the rest of the house.  The exterior is the red brick and we have a black roof so I’m leaning towards a shade of grey since color seems to be the trend these days.