Saturday, July 18, 2015

Big Boy Bed

I turned Daniel's nursery to a big boy room. He has loved his baby bed and  has been happy sleeping in it. He still had enough room to stretch out even though it did not convert to a toddler bed. He did know how to get in and out of his bed by himself, so I knew now was the time to make the change. Since I am out of school for summer, I thought it would be a good time to change. I was worried about him getting up at night or falling out. So far he has only fallen out once and will not get out of his bed until "the sun is open."

The day that we picked up his mattress.  We are all walking into the store and I look down at Daniel.  He is so excited and he is walking in the store with this puffed out chest and this  walk that showed he was the big boy getting the big boy mattress.  I could not help but get tickled at him. 

This is his bed. It is an old iron bed and I think it looks just perfect for a little boys room. It may not work in a few years when he will be taller than me, but I will worry about that when the time comes.    I bought it several years ago and it had been sitting up in the attic since.  We had it sandblasted to get the rust off. 
It is a half bed and it has to be pretty old. 
I sprayed it with a primer.  Just one good coat.  I used some that is suppose to be rust proof.  I got it at Lowe's and it took one can.  I then sprayed it with a dark blue that was also made for iron and was to help keep it from rusting.  Side note-- If you are spray painting in the garage, make sure your floor is well covered several feet out.  Our garage had a blue tint to it, but it comes up pretty easily too.  Also, the garage is not the best ventilated area and this paint was very strong.   
It took about 3 coats and 2 cans of spray paint. 
 Soon it was time to move it in.  This little boy was very excited about his big boy bed. 
The bed is a half bed and the mattress is a twin.  This left a few inches on each side.  I was worried about his falling out but did not want to put up side rails, so we covered the bed rails on both sides with a pool noodle that we sliced and fit onto the rail.  It worked perfectly. 
His finished room.  I did not want a cartoon theme even though he really wanted Planes.  I let him pick out Planes sheets and that worked for him.  I did use vintage inspired airplane prints and accessories.  The prints came form etsy.  Frames from Christmas Store, and airplane accessories from Hobby Lobby.  His bedding is Nautica from Ross. 

I love how his boy bedroom turned out. 
I sold the baby bed and I know it is going to a special family, but it was really sad since it has only been down for less than a year in the last almost 8 years.  My babies are growing up too fast. 

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