I finally, repeat FINALLY, finished Connor’s train room. A train themed room was a no brainer for a boy who knows every Thomas the train that exists. Not even joking. I chose primary colors, toys around the house and treasures collected over the past year. Also noticed all the different tones of wood I used in the furniture. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. It gives it a warm homey feeling.
His side table was found about a year ago at Salvation Army for $5.00. (YES!!!) I didn’t do a thing to it.
His bed frame was the last thing I found for the room. I knew what I wanted it to look like but just couldn’t find it for the right price. Low and behold, Habitat Re-store never fails me. The bed just came in when I made a quick stop last week and had a price tag to the tune of $20.00…WHAT THE!!!! Isn’t it a beauty.
I didn’t do a thing to this bed frame except clean the dirt off and add wood across the bottom of the frame to hold the mattress in place. I just loved the story that this frame tells. It has markings all over it and to sand and re-stain it would be a crime. There was even a face that someone at some point carved in to the headboard. I just had to leave it the way it was. I wonder who drew that in there:)
I knew I wanted dark blue upper walls with white lower walls and really wanted some moulding on the white part of the walls. So, we painted the bottom white, put up a chair rail and then added flat moulding spaced evenly to look like board and batten. Love how it turned out. You can see below how nice it looks and it was really easy to do.
To decorate, aka put things on a shelf just to be taken off and played with, I used a modge-podge of random toys that we already had sitting around that matched the colors in the room. Books, a backhoe, a helicopter, stuffed animals and a sounds machine. (He likes to sleep with the sound of the ocean in the background. My kinda kid!!!)
The bookcase was a hand-me-down from his sister who is now too old to have an alphabet shelf in her room and the bedspread came from Home Goods ($25.00).
Above: This is the only before picture I have (sorry!) But it gives you an idea of what it looked like.
Below: I also used lots of train pictures throughout the room. This is a blown up picture of an old train wheel that I took while we were visiting a train museum. I then went to Staples and had them copy me out a huge engineering print in black and white. (See the tutorial on how I made this for about $15.00 here) It’s pretty cool.
Left: I found this framed train picture at an estate sale for $18.00. The primary colors in it work very well with the colors in the room. Right: More photo’s that I took myself at a railroad and framed them in IKEA frames.
Below: More framed photo’s I took myself. The fire truck is his own toy and the lamp was a steal for $8.00 at Habitat Re-Store. Also- the little train decals above the chair rail (and also above the headboard) came in a pack from target for $9.99. You stick them on the wall and then you can pull them off without ever knowing they were there. AWESOME!
What train room would be complete without a train table and some Thomas the Trains.
AND……he’s off!!!! Train playin’ maniac. If only you could hear the train noises that go along with the playing.
Hope you all enjoyed Connor’s new train room. I know we had a fun time putting everything together even though I had strict instructions on where trains could and could not be placed. Remember when putting together a child’s bedroom, it’s a kids bedroom and not a vogue magazine shoot.(Although that would be awesome!) Have fun with it and do it inexspensively, because before you know they will have grown out of it and be asking for the keys to the car 🙁 Not my little pumpkin!!!