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Quick+Easy Dresser Update [using duck tape]

Even though I recently finished my son’s room, it just never felt right.  First off his room faces East so he just gets the morning sun through his one and only window.  Secondly, I used dark accessories – dark curtains, dark bedspread, etc and not to mention I wallpapered an accent wall with wood plank wallpaper.  Third, I think he wasn’t even inspired being in there!  Even though he’s very young (3 1/2), I think he knows what he likes and doesn’t when it comes to how his room looks. I was flipping through a Land of Nod catalog recently and found this picture amusement-park-mural-decal I was immediately smitten, especially with the colors in the wall mural.  I am planning on interpreting this mural into his room.  Since I am not a fan of white walls I am planning on painting his room the same color I used on our kitchen accent wall: paint_color This color has become my new favorite.  I love that it reads blue, green and gray!   I know it’s dark, but I am planning on using lots of white accessories to keep it from feeling like a cave.  I took his “MacGyver” drapes down and replaced them with simple white ones from IKEA.


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I’m planning on keeping his dresser the way it is, but I added a funky orange accent to it this weekend (again, pulling colors from my inspiration).  Just to recap, this is what his dresser looked like recently.


I got out my bright orange duck tape and a sharp utility knife and did a 10 minute facelift on it.










I know it’s a bit crazy and not for everybody, but I think I can get away with some funkiness in a little boy’s room don’t you?   I think I will add some more orange in his room; I’m just not sure how or where yet (accent pillows? adding an orange band on the bottom of his drapes?).   Looks like I’ll be busy this weekend as well.


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Preppy Nautical Boys Room


Sometimes decorating a room can be so easy and painless.  You get a vision and everything just clicks.  I’ve learned to “run” with those moments because they are pretty rare.

My son’s room is an example when things just fell into place.

A huge bonus is that 98% of his room was put together with DIY projects or simply using what I already had on hand.

It all started with these DIY drapes I made from an IKEA drapery panel we had on hand, scrap pieces of drop cloth and Christmas ribbon!  Click here for my tutorial.


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The drapes were the jumping off point for the rest of his room.  A preppy nautical, Ralph Lauren-ish inspired place that he can grow into.  To me this look is timeless. 

Here is the rest of my little man’s room and what was inspired by 2 drapery panels:



I wanted to add something unique to my son’s room and came up with the faux wood plank wallpaper you see on his wall.  It adds a rustic, warm feeling to his room.

buoys_mirrorsThese buoys are from Provincetown, MA 2 years ago while on our cross-country RV trip. The brass anchor bookend is from my Grandpa.


I’ve nicknamed these DIY mirrors “portholes” because…well…for obvious reasons.  I made these from wood circles from Hobby Lobby and stick-on mirrors I’ve had for over 6 years that I purchased from IKEA.




I added these stripes on the storage boxes using duct & masking tape.



I purchased this basket at Home Goods for $30.  I love this thing because it’s made out of old newspapers!


IKEA Hemnes dresser that I recently added white contact paper to. I also replaced the knobs with brass ones.  I love the way this turned out!  It looks very custom and unique!



These mirrors were my very first DIY project!  Click here for tutorial. They are made from $5 closet mirrors I purchased from Target.  They are meant to resemble the Garden District ones from Ballard Designs.



Antique basket & Navajo tapestry were given to me YEARS ago by my mom.


Of course these hooks are meant to hold our dog’s leashes, but they were too cute to put in the garage.  Plus I always get a chuckle when my boy asks, “When the rest of da doggie come out of the wall Mama?”



I hot glued faux grasscloth shelf liner to an old picture frame I turned into a little chalkboard.  I stapled some sisal rope onto the back in order to hang it on the wall.



I love these shelves because they are clear and don’t take up visual space in his room.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little man’s room!


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