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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Star Wars Loving Boy's Bedroom

It's done!

star wars bedroom

When we moved in (almost 3 years ago) my son asked for a Star Wars bedroom (and I practically did a cartwheel).  As much as I love me some Star Wars I didn't want to go overboard with a "theme".  I wanted the room to reflect his love (and mine) for Star Wars without getting too charactery (yes, that's a word).  It took me a while to put it all together, but I think he's pretty happy with the end result.

star wars bedroom

I think there are more diy projects in this room than any other room in the house which is probably why it took almost 3 years to get it to where it is today.  By far the biggest Star Wars bang for the buck is the ceiling.

star wars bedroom

It was an inexpensive way to bring home that Star Wars feeling he was after, and when (if) he graduates from Jedi training I can pretty easily remove the decals and roll on some primer.


Those stars glow in the dark, and I kind of wish they were on my bedroom ceiling.

The biggest labor of love was "building" a storage bed and turning a pegboard into a headboard.

union jack headboard

I need to take a minute here to address the elephant in the room or rather the flag in distress.  You see I learned after this project was done that I had apparently painted the flag upside down?  Ummm....oops.   I used a catalog as my guide for the image, so I guess it pictured it wrong as well.  I never would have thought to check that the catalog pictured it correctly.  You live and learn I guess.  The best part is when I told my son about my mistake and that an upside down flag is a signal of distress his words were priceless!  "I think that makes it cooler - I mean you force me to go to bed at 8, so it kinda makes sense."  You gotta love an honest 8 yr. old boy!

So, here it is - upside down  - in distress   - and apparently cooler like this to my 8 yr. old.   Not one of our American friends has caught this mistake and even my English friends didn't notice........right away.  ;)

pegboard headboard

union jack bed

Taking advantage of the awkward ceiling and shape of the room I created a study area.

star wars bedroom



As usual the little details are some of my favorites.  I also really love the artwork - some handmade - some found on Etsy.

X -Wing Fighter Art

It's a Starry Star Wars Night

Printed Instagram Pics in plastic polaroid frames with dry erase marker 

I'm so thankful it's finally done...............for now.  ;)

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is........truer words have never been spoken.

star wars boys bedroom

Here's a list of all the diy projects in this room.


I also changed the hardware on the furniture (Pottery Barn Kids) with fun knobs from the Hob Lob, and turned some paper mache letters into faux metal - but never blogged about those little projects. 

Thanks for coming on the journey with me!  May the force be with you - c'mon, you knew that was coming.  



*Linkung up at Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick 

41 comments:

  1. I love this room Carmel!! I think you did a great job of giving your son the Star Wars themed room he was wanting without going too "themey."

    And I would have never know that the flag was upside down on the headboard! To me, it looks like every other union jack flag I've seen! If yours is upside down, then so are hundreds more all over blogland!

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  2. I want to do homework in his room! And I always hated homework. Kid has the coolest room!

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  3. I'm not sure if you are joking or if the flag really IS upside down. I don't see a difference.

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  4. Great room. my jedi would have loved this when he was little. Love the headboard, very clever to use pegboard!

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  5. Looks amazing!! I think it's awesome you are giving your son such a cool one of a kind room. When I was a kid I would have LOVED a cool room like this! (except girl themed of course:) Great job!

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  6. it is AMAZING!!!!!!! i pinned it! one of these days sawyer and collin need to get together and play in each other's rooms- they would have too much fun!

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  7. So many great details went into this room - I love that platform bed, and the pegboard headboard! You are so creative and I bet your boy is lovin' his digs!!

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  8. As a fellow Star Wars enthusiast, I'm freakin' in love with that artwork you found! How cool is the Star wars starry night??? Not to mention that I'm pretty sure most young boys would give an arm to have that cool of a room. (c;

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  9. Its obvious you aren't decorator, but I think you did great job with the limited budget you had.

    Keep trying and it will soon look a lot better.

    Great effort though.

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  10. That is a COOL room!! my 5 y/o son loves it!! While I can appreciate Star Wars, I'm not as nuts about it as my husband is( I think he over-played the movies as we were dating). But this would work. Not too themey, yet, a definite Jedi vibe. Where did you fin the Starry Star wArs night print? Love it!

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  11. Fantastic job, Carmel! I'm sure there are throngs of boys who would love to hire you to do their room...mine included! :) Finished...such a nice (rare) feeling!

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  12. Carmel, it looks so good. I am still loving that headboard. I bet he loves his room, too and that is what counts.

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  13. Loving It! I hope it doesn't take me 3 years... but it sure paid off!

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  14. Everything about this room is so fun and special. Your son is lucky to have you as his mom!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this room! It is seriously awesome! You cant beat Star Wars, especially when it looks this classy!

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  16. Cute bedding too!!! It is awesome! Love the ceiling. Great job. Where is the bedding from?

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    1. The striped duvet is from Target, the red plaid throw - Old Navy, the stars shams Marshalls

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    2. It looks great. Really. It looks fantastic. You are very resourceful!!!

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  17. Wow! This looks awesome! Where did you get those Polaroid picture frames from?

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    1. I bought them at a little local boutique store but I've seen similar frames at Target.

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  18. I love it! And the flag? I don't get it, it looks the same on the top and the bottom to me. How is it upside down. Maybe I am being a total airhead?

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  19. Carmel...AWESOME job! I love how the room turned out. Love the ceiling, adore the headboard and just all the little details! I know it took awhile but it was worth it. It looks stellar! :-) <3 Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies.com

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  20. What a lucky lucky boy. It's a fantastic room, Carmel. All of the details have me swooning as well. So impressed with how it all came together. So happy we got to see all of it like this. And the use of that space for a desk is so smart. You rock!!!

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  21. Now I'm curious, how exactly is the flag upside down? I googled other UJ images...looks right to me.

    On a different note, you go girl, his room looks awesome. Perfect cuz it's not too "themey", and it can really grow with him.

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  22. I love this room soooo much! My son also wants a Star Wars room. This has given me lots of ideas for his room - thanks! (I didn't notice the flag either.)

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  23. This room is fantastic! Lucky boy! I would love some details on the rustic-looking book crate on wheels...I need to corral my magazine stack in my living room, and this is much cooler than anything else I've seen. Thanks!

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    1. I found the crate at TJ Maxx and I added the castors. Such an easy project!

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  24. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments!

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  25. I love your blog .All day I visite your blog. You have a follower from Chile
    Angelica

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  26. The force was definitely with you when you did this room - that ceiling is amazing! You're one cool mom!
    Kelly

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  27. I am in love with this room!

    My youngest son, 7, has been such a huge help with our current kitchen and bath renovations that I have promised him a room makeover when we are all finished. He saw this room and wants to move in (!) so I am going to be copying some of your ideas, if you don't mind.

    I absolutely love the dark blue ceiling with the stars! Can you tell me what paint brand and color you used and how you got those little swirly-things on there?

    Thanks a bunch, and have a very happy New Year!
    Stacy

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  28. PS: I'm doing the pegboard headboard as well, but want to paint it Star Wars related -- but fairly easy cause I am not artistic in the least. Any ideas? I thought of the logo, but I'd like something "cooler". :)

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  29. Hi there! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your creativity!! I am getting ready to create a Star Wars room for my son.... and like Stacy, I would LOVE if you could give some advice or directions on how you created the swirly blue ceiling! ? I Love it ! Please help!!

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    1. Check this post here for the how to on the ceiling - http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2012/01/letting-my-geek-flag-fly.html

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  30. Thanks!! I sooooo copied your wall and ceiling colors and I love it!! I don't think mine quite compares to yours... but hey, my 5 year old will love it! Soooo... My next question is... How did you do the quotes on the wall? Like the one above the window. Is that a sign? Or painted on somehow? How did you do the letters? I must tap into your creative juices! Lol... hope you don't mind. Thanks again for the amazing inspiration!

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    1. I bought these vinyl quotes on Etsy from this shop here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/decalhappy

      Doesn't look like there are Star Wars quotes in the shop right now but maybe you could convo her with a special request. Or do a search for Star Wars vinyl quotes and tons of other shops will pop up. Hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks again! I will see what I can find. Did you just order the black letters from etsy and then paint the blue and the red on the wall? Or is the whole thing a decal? Hope I'm not driving you crazy with all of these questions!! It's your fault for being Star Wars brilliant. : )

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    3. I painted the light blue first - then applied the vinyl letters and taped off for the red border. But you might be able to find something pre made. You're not driving me crazy at all. ;) I'm happy to help!

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  31. This room is AMAZING! I am actually doing a Doctor Who room for my daughter and we ordered the rugby striped bedding from Target as well, and I am doing Chevron Curtains in red and Union Jack flag accents to compliment the Doctor Who items. My question is, can you tell me the paint colors you used in your Union Jack flag? They are perfect! Also, can you tell me the gray you used on the bedroom walls. I have tried several and they keep turning out too blue or too purple. Thanks so much :)

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    1. The red is porter - apple red and the navy is valspar royal navy. The wall color is Olympic moonstone. Grey can be a tough color to work with as it really depends on the lighting in the room as to what the color will look like. My daughter's room has the same color on the walls but it reads more like a lavender than a true grey in her room.

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