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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.

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

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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?”

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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.

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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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