To give you a bit of background, we moved into this house when Ebi-kun was 2 years old, it was perfect timing because he transitioned from co-sleeping to going to his own room. As he was only two, he didn’t have much say in the design and I did it with a ‘under the sea‘ theme, Ikea helped a lot by having a lot of great fishy items at the time.
Now he is 7 and 2nd grade at school we decided he needed something a bit more grown up, he said he still liked the fish but it felt a bit babyish. So, we sat down and had a talk and decided on a space theme.
I wanted to share the actual transformation, so here are a few ‘before’ shots of the room…
Now onto the ‘after’ shots. I will include the links and info on what I bought at the bottom of the post. The bed is from Ikea, it is the Kura model, my husband attached the wooden frame at the top initially to stop Ebi-kun falling off the top (he slept underneath on a futon until he stopped having nose bleeds and moved up to the top when he started school). I use a metallic acrylic paint and painted the frame of the bed and the Ikea bookcase which also acts as stairs at the end of the bed.
The yellow strip at the top is the plastic that they use in places that prepare food – the strips hang in the doorway, we bought it from the home centre – this part of the project was a headache because we couldn’t find the right materials to do it exactly as I wanted. This worked out fine though. The side of the spaceship is vinyl, just cut and nailed in place and the orange door is really sparkly, sadly the photos don’t do it justice.
I was really impressed with the paint, it looks great but it smelt terrible and took quite a long time for the smell to disappear, Ebi-kun slept in the spare room for a couple of weeks. Under the bed is now a proper reading nook.
When we went to buy the fabric, Ebi-kun took a shine to this gold vinyl, I used an old foldable futon and made a cover for it with the gold vinyl, I also used some orange vinyl piping, I feel that really makes it. Ebi-kun is a big reader and will often disappear off to stick his nose in a book so he is really happy he has a more comfortable spot to read in now.
On top of the bed. I bought fabric and made the bed covers and pillow case. He has a little shelf at the end of the bed with his Chewbacca tin, the original Space Cadet, his calendar, some Star Wars characters, a clock, a bin and the hologram thing is for tissues.
I have had these little display boxes for years, they were from Daiso. I painted them silver too and then we put some little Star Wars figures inside.
These are the spaceships control buttons. I made a large wall decal and the buttons are on that, along with the Yoda quote (pictured above) and the window looking out on a nebula (pictured below). The round buttons are actually bubbles from the fishy room decals.
This was the finishing touch, the decal is fabric and removable and the printing is so clear, Ebi-kun absolutely loves it and it was the one thing I actually ‘splashed out’ on. As we did the bedroom we did a lot of de-cluttering and sorting and sold a lot of things that he had outgrown, that money paid for pretty much everything we bought.
The other side of the bed had his closet – with a control panel, the Death Star, which was a gift so I’m not sure where that came from and Yoda looking very cool.
The other side of the room, we turned the Ikea mirrors round so that they are now vertical, Put up hooks for the light saber and another so he can hang up his Jedi cloak that I made him for Christmas. The light saber and Yoda I bought from Amazon using a gift certificate I won the week before!
Finally, I wanted to keep the blackout curtains but change the fishy net ones that we had up. I found this amazing sparkly light weight fabric, Ebi-kun sleeps with the light from his CD player on as a night light and with just that on the tiny holographic dots really sparkly like the stars in the dark, I teemed it up with some silver satin and it looks great – even if I do say so myself! With the scraps from the bedding and curtains, I made a cushion for the swivel chair too.
According to a certain little boy, I am now the best mommy in the UNIVERSE! Ohhhh Yeah!
Here is where you can buy the various items:
Yoda from Amazon.com
Light Saber from Amazon.com
Kura bed from Ikea
Shelves from Ikea
Blue swivel chair from Ikea
Window, Yoda quote, buttons decal (you will need to cute everything out, it’s not pre-cut) from Spoonflower
All the fabric was from a small Japanese store Carrot (all Japanese)
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