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playful patterns for a playful kid

April 10, 2021

Knox’s room has been a part of our 90% done club for a good 6 months now, so we decided at this rate we better finish it before he outgrows it.😆

One of my favorite memories growing up is when my parents would redo my bedroom and they’d let me choose whatever theme I wanted. So this time around we involved our little guy with a few choices for his big boy bedroom and I have to say- it was fun getting a little input from a 3 year old. I think we got everything on his list: trucks ✔️ blue ✔️ red ✔️ (what an easy client!😆) 

Knox is very much a bright & playful kind of kid, so I wanted his bedroom to reflect that. Some days he prefers pink (he knows it’s mom’s favorite color) & other days he prefers orange (thanks to Blippi) but usually you can catch him saying blue & red are his favorite colors, so we decided to do blue board+batten on an accent wall, along with accents of red here & there. We used this fun Serena and Lily herringbone wallpaper as a backsplash on the accent wall.

Besides that, I based everything else around his bright vehicle duvet cover that he adores, tying in some fun truck prints found on Etsy & a The Polymath Mom name sign that fits the room perfectly. The other truck decor came straight from Target or Hobby Lobby in their Kid decor area. We got his big boy bed from a local store, John’s Furniture Store, check out their website here. We chose this bed because of the extra storage pull-out drawers, where I like to store his off-season clothes for easy access & I know he’ll need this extra space over the years.

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Mike built this “book bench” for Knox last year & it’s been a great hang out spot for him. The hat hook is from IKEA & the amazing illustration was done by a friend, who is the most artistically talented person I know. Check out her instagram page if you’re interested in getting any illustrations done- @brookeoneill.illustration

These prints were digital downloads from Etsy. I got them printed at Fedex & framed them in my favorite IKEA Ribba $7.99 frames!

As Mike & I continue to DIY room by room in our house, we continue to have fun learning more efficient & better ways to do things. By default, this go around we learned that MDF board looks better, is easier to work with, & is cheaper than regular wood for board + batten. MDF has a smoother finish, versus actual wood. The MDF board also is more flexible than actual wood, so if your walls are not perfectly straight like ours, the MDF board can flex with it. The only downfall of using MDF is that it isn’t as durable as wood, but wasn’t an issue for us. We painted Sherwin Williams Revel Blue 5 ft from the bottom of the wall & used Sherwin Williams Pure White at the top of the wall (3 ft) around the entire room.

All in all, Knox’s room came together so nicely with a bright, playful feeling that is perfect for our bright & playful 3 year old. My goal was for him to love his room and he really does!

Paint colors: SW Revel Blue & SW Pure White

Wallpaper: @serenaandlily

Sign: @polymathmom

Duvet: @TheCompanyStore- “Going Places”

Truck Prints: @Etsy “OnYourSun” Instant Digital Downloads

Illustration done by: Brooke O’Neill

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My name is Megan and I’m a mama born & raised in the midwest. This is my blog where I share a little bit of everything from life as a mama of 3 little ones, DIY home ideas & decor, as well as where I'll share my love for capturing special moments. Read More



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