With baby girl due to arrive in just a few more weeks, it was high time to move the boys around and get the nursery ready! Our boys are currently 10, 7, almost 5, and 2. Gresham and Owen (the middle two) currently share a bedroom, and Aidan and Jonathan had their own rooms. After lots of thought and consideration, we finally decided to put the oldest and youngest together! Gresham and Owen get along really well, and we hated to disrupt that. Plus, Owen gets up more than anyone else during the night, and Gresham both sleeps through it and doesn’t encourage it. If we put Owen with Jonathan (age 2), it would probably be a disaster!
So, all that to say that this bedroom re-do needed some well-thought-out organization. Aidan needs places to store his things that Jonathan can’t get into, and Jonathan needs to feel like the room belongs to both of them rather than that he just moved into “Aidan’s room” where he only gets to sleep and is told not to touch anything. No system is foolproof – it’s going to be a process to teach Jonathan to respect things that don’t belong to him. But I think it’s working well so far!
Shared room for a 10 year old and 2 year old
We went with a cars theme. (Cars in general, not the Disney Pixar Cars movie!) Aidan is really into cars – Mustangs, Corvettes, Ford trucks, etc., and Jonathan loves vehicles of all kinds. So it worked well.
Our needs for this room:
- Paint – the room had 10 year old “builder white!” It was rough.
- A piece of furniture for toy storage
- Bedding for Jonathan
- A desk to replace Aidan’s school locker style desk, which would not match the new room theme at all
- Wall art
- A dresser for Jonathan’s clothes
The wall paint is called “Liberty Gray” from Behr paint at Home Depot. I love the color! It’s more of a blue than a gray, but we wanted a blue that had some gray to it.
We had bought a set of Cargo brand bunk beds with two cubbies and a dresser a couple years ago on Craigslist, so we already had a bed for Jonathan. Aidan was tired of sleeping on a top bunk, and after the evil stomach virus of 2013 I was happy to comply. So we are using the beds as two separate twin beds.
I found this awesome red desk and a matching book case at Target. The chair was given to us by a friend a few years ago – it came with a vintage school desk. The drawer unit on top of Aidan’s desk is holding his Lego minifigure collection and all of their accessories. Gotta have a spot for those!
The metal Mustang sign came from Hobby Lobby, and the license plate is a vintage Pennsylvania license plate that my mom’s father bought a long time ago.
Here’s a better view of the bookcase on Jonathan’s side of the room. Aidan has room for his Awana awards, Mustang model, and Lego sets on the top shelves where Jonathan can’t reach, and the bottom shelf is for Jonathan’s stuffed animal collection.
Inside the bottom cabinet, each boy has a shelf for toy storage. Most of our toys are in the game room, but Aidan keeps his own Hot Wheels collection and Rainbow Loom stuff in there and Jonathan has his Bob the Builder trucks, since no one else plays with those.
We couldn’t find any bedding that we liked (at a reasonable price), so we ended up using two navy fleece blankets that we already owned. I bought tan sheet sets at JC Penney’s.
This painting is a giclee canvas print entitled “Cars” from artist Laura Hescock. We bought it at a local store, and they gave us a discount of 20% off the price it is listed for online. I wasn’t planning to spend this much on artwork, but I LOVE this painting! It’s perfect because it’s such a classic look and works for both a 10 year old and a 2 year old.
We found two more pieces of car art at Hobby Lobby.
We also found this Mustang wall art with hooks at Hobby Lobby, and it’s perfect for hats.
To conserve space, we moved Aidan’s dresser into the closet. The top of his dresser is another place to store Lego sets that he wants to keep together – a Star Wars ship, etc.
There is really not enough room in this dresser to add Jonathan’s clothes, so we needed something for him. But dressers (decent ones) are expensive! And it was hard to spend a lot of money on something that was going to have to go in the closet anyway.
We ended up going with something totally different – a cube storage unit from the closet organization aisle at Target. I need to find a way to label the baskets, but this is working really well so far! By the time he is 5 or 6, his clothes will be too big for these baskets. My plan is to have Aidan hang his pants and shirts by that time, and then Jonathan can have most of the dresser drawers.
Now, if we could just get Jonathan to stay in his new bed – ha! Actually, he has been in there for just over a week, and every night gets better. Aidan does get to stay up 30 min. later than Jonathan, so if Jonathan isn’t asleep when Aidan comes in, we have problems. It’s just going to take some getting used to, but I think Jonathan will be fine if we stick with our routine!
For another bedroom idea, check out Gresham and Owen’s dinosaur bedroom.