A few months ago I decided that it was time to finally take down my sons' crib and replace it with a big boy bed. I oringinally chose his crib because it was the same wood tone as our spare bedroom furniture. Though we would need to replace his crib with the queen sized bed and frame eventually, I figured that the dresser and bedside tables would last through his teenage years. Here are a few before pics of his baby room:
I absolutely love the Eddie Bauer crib set which I found at a local children's consignment shop for about 1/3 the cost of a brand new set! I purchased the truck shaped toy baskets at the same consignment shop on clearance. The red curtains were purchased at JC Penney's on clearance. I used a coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond to purchase the metal stars throughout the room. I also used a coupon to purchase the letters from Michaels. The sports themed rug was from Sam's. I showed you how I recovered the chair in his room here.
We originally took off the front rail of his crib and turned it into a toddler bed, but he was always rolling out, even with the addition of a toddler bed rail. My husband and I purchased a new mattress for our room at about this time and I decided to try the old one out in my sons' room. I placed it on the floor so as to lessen the distance to the floor if he happened to roll out in his sleep. I was very happy to learn that the back of his crib was the perfect size to use as a headboard. We simply screwed a few screws through the existing holes to attach it to the wall.
Someday I think that he will want the bed off the ground, but for now it is perfect.
I found the sports themed hooks on clearance at TJ Maxx and thought that they would be perfect to hang his crib quilt. I attached some loops to the back of his crib quilt and love that the quilt can be a part of his room just a little bit longer.
The room is basically the same, we just moved things around to accomodate the larger bed. Though I like the neutral paint color of the room, I would like to paint the room. I have not yet painted the room because I am not sure what color I want to use. I am also putting off painting because I would like to have another child. As we only have 2 bedrooms upstairs, we would have the kids share a room. Depending on the sex of the child we may have to swap the kids rooms.
I would also like to purchase new bedding, but am having trouble finding something I like in queen size. Unfortunately most of the character or sports themed bedding that I like is only available up to full size.
Aidan is loving his new, big bed and his room. I am loving that the changes to his room were basically free!