Lucas’s Room 2.0

You guys…

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the changes in Lucas’s room lately.

For real. 

Let’s start from the beginning, eh?


Blank slate.  Dirty carpet.   Windows that were a hazard (they were loose, single-paned glass, and one didn’t open at all).   Sorry for the Legos.

Then, we ended up here after replacing the carpet and windows and adding the furniture that we had from our last house…

And while I liked it, (1) Lucas never used that tent, and (2) we BARELY used those Ikea Expedit shelves.   We needed them desperately in his room in our last house because his closet was so teeny, but in this house we have WAY more built-in storage.  It was one of the features that we marveled over during our first showing of this house.   Big closets and built-in desks.  Also known as Christina’s Playland.  Or rather, they would be if I actually chose to organize them at any point in time. One day… Maybe.  😉  

Anyways, the Expedit shelves took up space that could’ve been used for something else.  And they blocked my creative vision.  Seriously.   I couldn’t picture a better way to use the space with them there.  So, I moved them into the guest room (with Joey’s help).  This definitely helped to bring the room back to a blank slate and allowed me to experiment with other things.  

The other aspect that bothered me about the space was that it didn’t feel as fun as I wanted it to.  I mean, we have an energetic, lovable little boy and his room felt a bit grown-up to me.  And to others as well… I’ve  had several people comment that it didn’t seem like a little boys room until you looked closer.  And I totally agreed.   I wanted to add some more pattern and comfort to the space to jazz it up and make him feel totally at ease playing in here.

So, I made a few tweaks to help set us in the right direction.

Now, the space looks like this…


It feels so much cozier with the area rug (found at Ross for $30).  I can’t even explain it.   It instantly made the room seem so much less cavernous than it did before.

 I also wanted Lucas to have a comfortable seating area for playing and reading (well, once he learns how to read anyways.  In the meantime, air-quotes “reading” will suffice 😉 ) and this totally fits the bill.    The grey chair is an extra Ikea Nils chair that we had on hand (same as our dining space), and I paired it with the ottoman that I revamped last year.  I plan to recover it again with a wider striped fabric to allow the rug to really shine, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

You can see that we also added a header to the window…


The blinds had been missing a valence since we moved in and it always drove me batty how unfinished it looked.   So, we basically just sanded and stained a 1″ x 6″ piece of wood that we had leftover and mounted it on top of the unfinished header.   This small (and free) change is my favorite thing.  Like, for real.   It’s amazing how much more custom and tailored the window looks now.

As for his desk area, we started here…


Then moved to this…


And now we’re here…


You guys… I found that metal bucket chair WITH THE TAGS STILL ON at a thrift store for TEN dollars!!!!    I know.   Shutthefrontdoor.  That chair is actually what prompted me to start the rest of the makeover.

I decided to paint the backs of his upper shelves with the same navy I’d used below (it was an oops mistint).  And now I’m not sure why I didn’t do that initially.  It looks SO much better.

That awesome bicycle painting was created by my mother-in-law and previously adorned our hallway by the foyer.   And while I loved it out there, it goes so much better in Lucas’s room and really fits the transportation theme we’ve got going.  Plus, swapping it out with the Expedit shelf makes the desk area so much lighter and brighter.  Those shelves really blocked the sunlight from the window.

The rest of his room stayed pretty much the same-ish (I mean, I’m always tweaking stuff)…



Remember the four wall tray car organizers I created?  Well, the two trays up top fell off the wall because they were too high for Lucas.  He’d pull on them to put his cars away and they finally quit fighting the good fight and gave in to the light (*bonus points for rhyming).  🙂  The other two are still going strong, though.   I decided to leave those top goners off and added a painting above the remaining two organizers  to bring color to the space (again, created by my MIL).

And a few more pics for good measure…

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All-in-all, I’m really happy with how the space is turning out.  It’s much more fun, cozy, and functional now.   Lucas has played in there way more since we put the rug in.  He’s drawn to it.  It’s seriously like a bug-light for kids. 😉

The funny thing is, I fully anticipate that our other rooms will continue to go through similar transitions to this one until they start to feel “right” to me.   We’ve lived here for a year now, and I’m still chugging along, changing things up, slowly injecting our personalities into the place.  It’s part of the fun of figuring out our style.  I definitely wouldn’t call this space done yet, but it’s slowly getting there.  🙂

So, how do you guys decorate?  Do you go through the same trial and error process?   Are you more a planner up front?



So, Lucas’s ceiling fan bothered me from the start…

It was pretty chintzy.  Cheap and outdated.   And I wanted it gone.  But with so many other home-related expenses that we had to deal with after moving in, I needed to make this guy work.  For a while anyways.

I figured that I could improve its look by painting the blades white, so after many, many months of procrastinating (but still growling at the ugly light fixture every time I entered the space… I know.  Productive, Christina. ), I finally got around to removing the blades… which is when I discovered that their backsides were ALREADY white.  Jimony Crickets.   I seriously could’ve done this months ago!  So note to you folks out there in Internetland:   Check the top of your fan blades for other possible color options.      You never know what you’ll find.

So anyways, I proceeded to flip the blades over with gusto.  Aaaand the only picture that I could find which proved it was this one…

 See those tiny little white blades barely peeking through the top of the pic??  Yeah.  That’s what I got.  😉

And I was cool.

The fan was way less annoying.   It kind of blended into the ceiling which was fine by me.

And I was at peace.

…which the fan must’ve picked up on, because about a week later it promptly proceeded to crap out on us.   A part that controlled the light broke right off.  Just like that.  And there was nothing we could do to save it.   Dumb fan.

So,this was right around the time that we installed my birthday pendant light in the kitchen.  The plan was to use the ceiling fan from the breakfast nook…

Breakfast nook**(To see updated breakfast nook photos click here) **

… to replace the ridiculously ornate (for our taste) ceiling fan in our master bedroom.  Ya know… the one with the badly painted blades, which to this day contain pieces of the previous owners hair (I’m not touching it! Ew.) ..

But when Lucas’s fan broke, the plan changed.

And now that guy lives in there…

It was probably meant to happen this way.   And I have to admit that as eager as I was to rid our room of the dreaded hair-fan, the breakfast nook fan goes way better in Lucas’s room.  It pretty much matches his updated bed to a T…

And since we’re here, I give you an updated wide shot (well, as wide as my camera will allow) from the doorway…

And his desk area…


So, that’s my story of a free fan swaperoo that totally floats my boat.   We still have more to do on Lucas’s room, but we’re slowly, step-by-step getting closer to the finish.

Aside from this little switch, I’ve actually gotten a bunch of smaller decor projects done lately.  I just need to get them photographed and posts written.  I’m ESPECIALLY excited about some recent changes to our foyer (excited giggle!).  So, stay tuned for that!   🙂

TDC Before and After