Parker’s Airplane Room Reveal
I can’t believe I am just getting around to Parker’s room reveal. It has been complete for awhile now but with all the hustle and bustle of a new baby in the house I just got around to taking all the photos this past weekend.
In July we decided to put together Parker’s “big boy room” so that he would have a few months to transition to a toddler bed and a new environment. I didn’t want him to feel as though Caity had kicked him out of the nursery. I knew Rob wanted to do an airplane theme and I was happy to take on the challenge of finding fun and unique ways to decorate.
I had the walls painted Valspar Pike’s Peak in anticipation of this move when we had the rest of the house painted. I wasn’t quite sure where to go from there until we came across this comforter set at Target. I loved the idea of having a Disney touch to the airplane theme. Plus the comforter had several vibrant colors I could use around the room making it easier to accessorize.
After going back and forth on bed size we ended up deciding on a toddler bed we found on clearance at IKEA. I thought the smaller bed would make the transition a little easier. While I do like the bed I didn’t realize at the time that it would be so hard to find linens, outside of IKEA, to fit the European size (longer).
Side note: Did you know that Mickey has a teddy bear named Duffy? We found out during our trip to Disney last year. My sister gave P a Duffy and this adorable story about Mickey and his teddy bear, Duffy.
I just recently found this over the bed organizer at IKEA and just had to add it into the reveal. It’s perfect to organize holiday books or specific ones I want to read with Parker on any given week.
I decorated the wall with a collection of items I found at Hobby Lobby, IKEA, and Jo Ann Fabrics. The museum flag case found at Jo Ann Fabrics holds a flag that Rob has passed down to Parker. The tri-plane and “p” were found at Hobby Lobby when their home decor was on sale so both pieces ended up being 50% off.
I just had to add in a spice rack from IKEA since they are my current go-to for organization. In this room they showcase some books that belonged to Rob when he was a boy.
I wanted to make something special for Parker and decided to do a few prints for his wall. Rob had the genius idea of spelling his name with the phonetic alphabet on one of them. I also pulled one of Rob’s favorite quotes for a little inspiration. I had them printed at Adoramapix ($3.72 + shipping) and I purchased the 12×12 front loading frames from Jo Ann Fabrics.
We purchased the bookcase from an unfinished wood store. I am not going to provide their name because I am not impressed with the quality of the piece for the price we paid. While it serves its purpose right now, I know it won’t last through Parker’s adolescence like I had hoped. In any case, I wanted the bookcase to pop so we chose Valspar Dijon. To give it a slight vintage look I found decals on Amazon for the back.
I love his collection of books especially since most are from my shower and signed by each gifter. Right now his favorite books are The Fire Engine Book, I Love Trucks, Baby Einsteins First Words, and Rob’s favorite Amazing Airplanes.
The lockers are the most expensive piece in Parker’s room. It serves as a dresser with plenty of space to grow along with him. I found it months ago at a local antique store in my hometown. I am not sure if I fell in love with the piece or the story behind it more. I was with my Mom and as we were talking with the owner we came to find out it use to belong in the post office next door. I grabbed it immediately (well I claimed it at least). Rob and I had intended to touch it up a bit but ended up bartering with my FIL who did all of the updates in exchange for a couch we were selling.
As you can see, we ended up with the better end of the deal! My FIL did an absolutely amazing job with this piece and I am so in love with it. He put his heart and many many hours of work into it and the final product certainly shows.
When it came time to find fabric for the curtains I was a little worried I wouldn’t find something that would fit within our theme or color scheme. During one of many trips to Jo Ann Fabrics with my Mom we found this adorable fabric on sale for $5.99 a yard. It was perfect. The colors matched Parker’s comforter and the pattern almost reminded me of airplane wings. I am not a fan of curtains, especially in kids rooms, so my Mom helped (well she did most of the work) and made these valances for a pop of color in the room.
I knew there would be times when P didn’t need or want to nap but it is still important that he has some quiet alone time everyday. We moved his toys over from the nursery to give him something to play with on those occasions. This has worked out perfectly so far. I’d say 4 of his 7 naps a week start off with some quite play and he eventually falls asleep on the floor, the couch, or his bed. Regardless it gives him some quiet time and Mommy a little break to tend to Caity or hop in the shower (*gasp*).
Rob scored this awesome Everyday Hero Play Set from KidKraft on one of our local yard sale group for $15. It really engages Parker in some quiet low stimulation play which is perfect right before a nap or bed time. It’s cute to listen to him on the monitor playing with the fire and police chiefs. He animates them doing normal everyday things like riding in their emergency vehicles, playing with their dogs, and going night night.
Some of the final touches and last purchases were an altimeter clock Rob found on Cafe Press and a tin sign from Hobby Lobby. The Peanuts Gang isn’t Disney but we called Parker our Peanut for 9 months (team green!) and it has stuck even now.
I bought this long shelf years ago at IKEA and it has since lived in 2 apartments, 2 houses, and served many different purposes. I think it’s the perfect size to showcase some of our favorite prints and a few pieces of Rob’s old gear from his flying days. Rob has had the “Air Force in Training” print since I can remember and we found the Mickey print on our trip to Disney last year. I found the number hooks on one of my craft B/S/T sites on Facebook for $5.99. The three canvas paper airplane image was Pinterest inspired and gives a little pop of color on that side of the room.
Parker was used to having the La-Z-Boy in the nursery to cuddle up on with us for story time so I wanted to find something that would take it’s place on a $200 budget. I should have known IKEA would come to the rescue as we found this sofa bed that was perfect. It fits the space perfectly but we can all still fit on it for story time. It also pulls out into a bed for sleep overs when he gets a little older. Parker has been on a bit of a nap strike lately but Rob and I figured out that he will happily lay down if we let him sleep on the couch. “Sure kid, whatever gets you to nap!”
1×6 Pine Board $8 | Pipe Flange $10 | Valspar Dijon Paint
Parker’s growth chart was a blast to make. Rob and I cam up with the design together and I got to use my projector to trace it on the wood from our drawing. We painted it to match the bookcase and Rob added a pipe flange to give it a little more of an industrial look. We found all the materials at Lowe’s and the project total was around $20.
Toddler proofing the room was one of my top priorities with this transformation. Since he would no longer be contained in the crib I knew everything had to be safe. Luckily that didn’t take much work or money.
We covered all exposed outlets with solid covers and secured the Summer Infant Multi View Monitor to the wall near the door. My Dad and Rob installed a ceiling fan so that we didn’t need to have a lamp or fan within reach of Parker’s curious little fingers. The furniture was secured with pipe strapping similar to what we used around the house. Most importantly, we put a cover on the knob so that Parker can’t leave his room on his own. We have the video monitor on at all times when he is in there so we can hear if something is wrong.
After rolling off the bed the first night we decided to install a bed rail until he gets used to the new bed.