Long before Andrew and I were trying for our second baby, we started the transition for Will to move into his big boy room. Since the nursery was decorated as gender neutral, the plan was to keep the room the same for baby #2 and to move Will across the hall into his new room.
This room was currently being used as a guest room, and it required a bit of work before moving him in. Unfortunately, the previous owners had painted over a wallpaper border in the middle of the wall, and while we tried everything to strip the border off, the wallpaper would not budge. In the end, we found that if we applied a layer of skim-coating over the border, it covered nicely and there was no chance of the wallpaper peeling up later.
After that was completed, the only thing left to do was to add a coat of paint to the room and hang up the decor. The paint color was titled “Tahoe Blue” by Behr, and it felt quite fitting given we were creating a camping-themed room for Will. It was so much fun decorating his room; it is now my favorite room in the house.
It happened to be the centennial celebration of the National Parks the same year we created his camping-themed room, so finding posters of the National Parks was incredibly easy. The National Park posters flanking his bed were from a Nashville artisan store. I sewed the tent over Will’s bed myself from a drop-cloth found at our local hardware store. I also made all of the pillows and his comforter – I made the comforter from an old Pottery Barn duvet cover that I used in my first apartment out of college. Andrew built the bed himself, and I am so proud of him. I showed him a picture of a bed that I absolutely adored from Pottery Barn Kids. He took one look at it and said, “I could build that”, and did he deliver! We painted the dresser ourselves, and we found it at one of our favorite local furniture stores, Rooster Tails. I also cross-stitched “Adventure Awaits”, in hopes to inspire Will to be adventurous. We designed his room with the hope of it being a mature enough theme that he will continue to grow into the space; I hope he enjoys his bedroom for many years to come.
I started reminiscing about Will’s big boy room because Nathan is growing up so fast. Before we know it, Nathan will need to be moved into a big boy bed, and Andrew and I have started brainstorming about the possibilities of his new space. While we have not figured out all of the details for his big boy room, we have finally decided on the theme we want to go with: fishing. We think it will be a perfect compliment to Will’s bedroom.