Michael and I love working on a project. In fact, I often tell him that I think our marriage is best when we are working towards something. It could be anything: picking out a new perennial for our garden, looking for Christmas decorations, whatever. We love having a goal. So the two of us (okay, mostly me) were giddy with excitement at the thought of decorating the kids' rooms. A project! And a fun one!
I've been spending the last few months scouring flea markets and Etsy looking for treasures to make the rooms perfect. I definitely could blow hundreds of dollars, easy, on Pottery Barn quilts and bookshelves. But that doesn't fit with our whole three-kids-in-daycare situation, so it was important to do it on a shoestring budget.
Neither room has a "theme", exactly. Gavin loves being outside, so we decided to decorate with things you might see at a summer camp. I decided that I really wanted a pair of oars hanging over his bed, like these from PB:
But Pottery Barn is not cheap (side note: how do they get away with those shipping charges? Ridiculous!). So after a few months of looking (I never thought it would be so difficult to locate a pair of old oars!) we scored a pair for $18. Here they are as they looked when we bought them:
We are using primary colors in Gavin's room, so I bought some Rustoleum spray paint in white, navy, and red. I painted the larger oar white:
And then I added some blue painter's tape so I could paint some random red stripes:
I wanted to personalize the smaller oar a bit. First I painted it navy, and then made a stencil of the number 5 to paint on the paddle. I printed a 5 I liked on the computer, cut it out, and then traced around it with pencil:
Then I painted the five with yellow acrylic paint. The nice part about this is that I knew I wanted to distress the oars, so I didn't worry too much about paint drips or perfect lines:
After the paint dried, I got out some coarse sandpaper and went to town on those babies. Here are my little beauties now:
We're heading to the Depot this weekend to find appropriate hooks to hang them with. I can't wait to see how they look on the wall! And we're one step closer to finishing the room...can't wait to show you!