Sunday, August 4, 2013

Space room!

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It's finally done!!!! I started this project mid-June and put the finishing touches on it yesterday. Tristan's new space-themed room is completed and he loves it. He's loved space since as long as I can remember. He's always asking questions about the universe and galaxies, and he even won the science award at his school last year in Kindergarten.

Come on in!!

First I'll start with the paint colors--I used two different colors. The first 3 walls (and ceiling) are by Valspar, and it's called Cosmic Blue (4008-10C) and the wall with the curtains on it is also by Valspar, called Star Gazer (4008-8B). The combination of the two colors really makes the room pop.

I used his existing curtains from his old room. They are made by pottery barn. They were pretty long, so all I did was fold it up to the length I preferred and using this amazing stuff called Peel 'n Stick. I cut fabric to size and used the Peel 'n Stick again covering the fold. I recommend that stuff, especially for people like me who are oblivious to sewing machines! (That's another project in due time)

Yes, yes....I realize yellow submarine has absolutely nothing to do with space, but we're a Beatles-loving family and Tristan LOVES the song and the movie, so we kept it. :) The toy box is old, we got that at a yard sale years ago. It's all battered and bruised but we love it.

His bed set comes from Target, it's made by Circo. The clothes line and clothespins come from Wal-Mart. I painted the clothespins orange and yellow. Using photoshop, I changed the photos I wanted to use to black & white and then added blue stars on them. They are regular sized 4x6. The main reason I went with a picture clothesline is because we live in California, and earthquakes are not a rarity. I did not want something hard like a big picture frame over his bed (even though that would have been cuter)  so in the event of an earthquake, it wouldn't hurt him. 

You definitely cannot have a space room without CAPTAIN EO! It's one of our favorites at Disneyland. If you haven't seen it yet...Gogogo! It's so much fun.

The yellow picture frame is sized 11x18 and spray painted yellow with a bit of the clothesline and another clothespin- this way we can change artwork :) This current masterpiece is of course, a spaceship. 

We got this awesome solar system canvas at a store called Utopia. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist in our mall anymore:( 

Welcome to Tristan's homework center!! I'll start off with the bulletin board- I got that at Michaels. I painted the outside of it with color of the year by Valspar (they sell it at Lowes in small containers), it's called Emerald Green. It's the same color I used to paint his bookshelves on the wall, which I'll get to in a bit. I made the calendars using Photoshop and we will fill it out every week/month. Again, the clotheslines/clothespins come from Wal mart, and I painted them just like his picture line. I also made the chevron bunting in Photoshop. The buckets come from Michael's and I just used some hooks from Lowe's on a cheap curtain rod. Tristan loves it because he can take them off to use what he needs and just put it right back on when he's done.

I made the labels again, using Photoshop.

See that folding chair? That was the funnest part! I got that thing at a thift store for next to nothing. I took it all apart re-covered the seat and back cushion with the same fabric I used for the curtains- The fabric comes from Joanne's. Then I spray painted the whole thing with a jade green and put it all back together. Best. Homework. Seat. Ever!

And now for the other wall in the room- I got those crates at Michael's and painted them with the color of the year by Valspar. Nailed them on the wall and put books inside! The book shelf comes from Lowes. And Tristan LOVES Mario, so we have a little Mario center on his book shelf. The blue rug comes from Target.

Check out this ceiling. My nerdy husband (love you babe!) also loves the universe, and meticulously placed constellations on his ceiling. He wins father of the year. At night, while falling asleep, Tristan can point out the little dipper, the big dipper, Orions belt....and so on. Seriously, so cool. The hanging planets came from my mother in law, who is a teacher, so I don't know where she got them.

And that's it! A room that will last him until he's a messy teenager and I'm not allowed in there. 



  1. This looks soooo good! I love the homework center! You did a great job!

  2. Gorgeous! Great inspiration - I'm just about to do my boy's space room... :)

  3. Pleeeeease find out where your MIL got the hanging planets!!

  4. That's so funny - I got that exact same Solar System canvas at Target about 7 years ago!! You did a great job though. :)