Our oldest, Landon, just turned 10 years old. We asked him if for his 10th birthday he wanted his own room. He chose to share a room with his brothers for years. Every time he asks for his own room he quickly changes his mind when he realizes that he will have to sleep alone.
He is a bit scared of being by himself and I can’t blame him. Sleeping on your own can be scary. I still get scared when Noah’s working nights and is gone. Somethings I guess you don’t outgrow, you just learn to deal with. I was the big scaredy cat kid who read Goosebumps and Fear street books ALL THE TIME. And instead of stopping reading them I would just sleep with a knife under my pillow because I was afraid. Yep, I totally did that, so I completely understand his fear. He said he was ready for his own room so we sat down together to decide what he wanted the theme of his room to be.
Landon loves all things sports and vintage/antique so basically he is me in boy form. Seriously the child is my mini me in so many ways and I love it. He chose a vintage route 66 combined with vintage sports theme.
We came up with fun ways to fill the space. We decided to paint the walls Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart. He chose the color because he wanted gray and liked the fact that it had the word Shark in the title, boy logic.
He also decided that he really liked the look of a brick wall so we found some cool faux brick panels at Home Depot. I plan on putting up the faux brick and white washing it as an accent wall behind his bed. We both really liked the book of industrial type wooden shelves hanging from the wall. I will put several of those up so he can display his Lego creations on them. You can see the Pinterest board we made for more ideas.
He currently has several vintage signs so we will incorporate those into his room as well as some Alabama Football signs. He really wanted a basketball hoop. We have bought way too many of the flimsy kind that get ruined too fast so we decided to put up one made out of palette wood. He loves that idea and said he really wants to help build it. We both think that a cool wooden palette headboard would fit his space really well so we will also build that. He found some bedding that he loved at Walmart as well as a metal lamp for his side table. My dad gave him an old metal bookshelf 2 years ago so he has that next to his bed with his books…. finally we got him reading.
We both had a ton fun sitting down and coming up with stuff for his space. I have loved working with him on creating a space he loves. He is still scared to be by himself in the room at night. Sometimes his sweet brothers come sleep with him so he isn’t so scared. A few nights I’ve gone up to check on him after he has fallen asleep and found his reading lamp on and a book laying next to him open on the bed. I love that he is growing into such a big guy. Dare I say, Pre-teen? I’m glad he still needs me for things like good night kisses and cuddles when he is scared.