Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Details of an airplane room

Posted at 8:40 PM by Hidayat Hidayat

First of all – the (randomly drawn) winner of the Lisa Leonard Designs giveaway is Patrizzia from iCreate! Congrats Patrizzia! Email me and I’ll connect you with Lisa.

Well, shucks folks. Seriously, I am so thankful for all the comments here, Facebook and Twitter and all of your sweet emails about the Bub’s new room. I really don’t don’t what else to say but that I’m so glad I’ve inspired so many of you and I’m so thankful to all of you for your kind words!!

I promised some more details about the space so here we go – detail mania!

First things first – the wall color is called Admiralty from Lowe’s:

I got it color matched at Home Depot so I could use Behr paint. (They were actually able to look up the Lowe’s color and mix it!) I used the flat scrubbable sheen and I love it.

The roman shades on the window are from Lowe’s:

red sconces

I get most of our bamboo shades there but I’ve also bought them at Home Depot and Target. The privacy liners I’ve only found at Lowe’s though.

The sides of the built ins are basketweave wallpaper, from Lowe’s, painted the wall color. The sconces are from Home Depot (about $35 each I think?) and were spray painted with Rustoleum Crimson Red spray paint. (Gleeeee! I love that red!)

I had drooled over the star quilted bedding from Pottery Barn Kids for months, if not a year now:

pottery barn kids star bedding

The quilt was $130 I believe, and the shams were $30 each – told you they were a total splurge! Funny how I don’t hesitate to pay that much for my boy, but our bedding set cost $25. ;)

The precious airplane sheets were from KMart and I got three sets! As one very smart reader mentioned, I knew I’d want more months and years from now, so we’re set for a while. 

The sweet button pillows were made by a sweet, very talented friend. She’s made a few pillows for us and I am never disappointed. If any of you local Indy folks need drapes, cushions or pillows made, shoot me an email and I connect you with her! She rocks!

The DIY headboard needed a little somethin’, and when my friend Richella directed me to one of her headboard posts, I knew just what it needed:

DIY headboard

A few bucks of white cording and it made it pop off the wall!

I just hot glued it to the back…shhhhh…

The Bub’s desk was a fantastic find a couple years ago:

red desk

There’s a farm house not far from us that used to have a huge antique/random sale a couple times a year – I got the desk and a matching chair for $15. (I think?) It’s not antique, but definitely vintage. I spray painted it the Crimson Red color about a year ago.

The chair that came with the desk was a bit too short, so I replaced it with a navy blue school chair I found at Goodwill a few weeks ago. Love how it ties in the blue and metal tones in the room!

Some of the accessories were store bought…or should I say Target bought? I just realized most of them are from Tar-jay. ;)

The red piggy bank was a major act of patience:

red piggy bank

The only one our Target had was damaged so I waited and waited…and no new red piggy bank! I finally found one at a different Target weeks later. (No, I did not go from Target to Target searching…but I was considering it!)

The propeller ($30) I had walked by numerous times, not even noticing:

propeller artTill a few of you Squeezieeees mentioned them to me. I went back and wasn’t crazy about the original brown color -- I wanted it to pop off the blue walls. Nothing some brushed nickel spray paint wouldn’t fix! Now it really looks like a propeller!  :)

We found some teeny tiny fans one day while strolling through Target, and they had at least six colors available:

yellow fan

I asked the Bub what color he wanted and he insisted on yellow. I thought red or blue would work better so I kept on with “Are you SURE you don’t want blue? The red is sooooo cool!” But he was stuck on that yellow!

And my child is brilliant! It is perfect.

(That picture is my sweet Bub “conducting” Daddy’s band. Could you just die??)

The little storage ottoman was on clearance a few weeks ago for $20:

striped ottomanNo way I could pass that up!

The airplanes throughout the room were mostly clearance purchases:

I’ve had this one for years – since the Bub was just months old. I got it on clearance at Hobby Lobby thinking someday I might use it. It was a dark brown metal so I sprayed it brushed nickel and hung it with fishing wire. Lurve.

Two of the planes displayed in the built ins were more Hob Lob clearance finds for a few bucks each:

hanging airplane


I’ve been grabbing them up over the past year or so. They both had a little bit of damage, but nothing hot glue and spray paint couldn’t fix!

The yellow plane was $20 from HomeGoods a couple months ago:


The perfect pop of yellow!

I reused whatever I could from the nursery – including boxes and baskets I repainted to work in the new room:

(Cutie lantern was from Goodwill last year!)

(Cardboard “E” used to be apple green, and the box was spray painted to work in the room as well.)

The baskets used to be a very pale yellow:

Navy blue spray paint saved the day, along with wood tags I bought last Christmas to make ornaments (that never happened!).

Squishy’s digs are a Goodwill gumball machine made into a fish tank:

gumball fish tank

You can find the how-to here.  :)

Most of the picture frames (from Michael's, 40 percent off) I already had. I did pick up a few more to fill up the shelves a bit more. The “mats” are really just navy blue poster board from Michael's:

I just taped the black and white pics (printed on regular paper) on the front of the blue paper.

By the way, that picture is one of my all time faves of my Bub. :) I took that as I held him after a bath – just goes to show what good cropping can do!

A couple of my favorite pieces in the room are the lamps. This one is a touch light I found at Meijer:

airplane lamp shade

I loved the metal, the shape, the size! Just for fun, I used an airplane paper punch and extra navy poster board to cut out the shapes. I sprayed them with spray adhesive and then just stuck them inside the shade randomly! (The light is low voltage and the paper is not hot at all…I checked.) I LOVE the effect!!

A bit of skinny grosgrain ribbon finished it off!

I used the ribbon on this one as well:

airplane lamp shade

The little airplanes “flying” around the edge are really buttons. I snapped the backs off of them and just hot glued them around the bottom. (The shade was purple fabric before and I recovered it in white muslin I had leftover from the drapes.)

The lamp itself was sprayed in none other than the brushed nickel! I love that stuff! ORB better watch it! ;)

Some asked how we light things in the shelves. When my dad and I built them years ago, we used a large drill bit to make holes in the sides and backs of the cabinets as well as in the bottom shelf of each one:


Someday I’d love to run lighting up to the very top of the shelves as well.    

Overall, this whole room (not including the price of the new bed, which was a given), came in at just over $1000! That includes everything else – bedding, molding, paint, fabric, accessories.

Some items were taken from other rooms. Some we already had that I repurposed. Some I’d had for years, hoping they may work someday. :)

There are only two things left from the nursery…one is the turtle nightlight:

turtle nightlight

This is really our second one – the first one we used so much it stopped working! My Dad and Stepmom got the first one for us when I was pregnant. To say we all adore this thing is an understatement!

It has constellations in it’s back and when you turn off the lights, the whole ceiling is covered in stars. It is adorable. We found the new one at our children’s museum gift shop.

The only other item still here is his rocking chair, now dressed with an airplane pillow from KMart:

built ins

There are still days I rock my baby in this chair.

Cause as you know…he will always, always be my baby.


Thanks again for your lovely comments!!

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