This kids room statement wall is one of my favorite pieces of this shared space in the boy’s bedroom. Instead of including all the details in the room reveal post, I’m breaking them down here.
The wood is a full sheet (4×8) of 5mm poplar plywood from Lowes. ($16) We cut it to 6.5 feet long – or 78″, which is about 3/4″ shorter than the length of the IKEA KURA bed. You can also have the hardware store or lumber yard you buy this from make that cut for you usually.
Check out my review of the IKEA KURA bed, and read how we added more storage to this room with a pegboard hack.
This plywood is very thin and relatively lightweight. Our house is a rental, but we have permission to screw things into the walls. So this was attached to the wall over the bed with screws on the perimeter.
We’ve used this plywood in other projects before and it didn’t take stain very well, FYI. We liked the look of it raw anyway this time, and opted to leave as is.
You may already know that our family took an 18 month road trip in our RV recently, and we visited several national parks. These posters all came from one book we bought at Yellowstone called 59 Illustrated National Parks.
The book isn’t made with the intention of removing these posters. They aren’t easy to tear out, and many are double-sided. Still, the price was right for what we could get out of it. We used a straight edge and a razor blade to cut the pages out of the book.
We hung these on the kids room statement wall with Loctite Mounting Putty. This made it easy to reposition them, and will hopefully give us the option to remove some and frame them at a later date.
We used inexpensive 3″ vinyl letters to create this positive message. It was supposed to say “Be Kind, Live Loud, Dream Big” but I discovered I only had 2 Ds once 90% of it was up, so we switched to Live Happy… for now. I think I’ll probably go buy another pack of letters and change it up.
Use a level and draw some light pencil lines to help you align the letters before they go up. Also, do a little math to be sure you’re placing them in a way that looks balanced. These letters aren’t the easiest to remove and re-stick.
Finally, this shelf is the perfect spot for a lantern/night-light and a bottle of water. They come in a set of 2 for $20, so we were able to hang another down below for the bottom bunk.
Make sure you check out the full room reveal here!
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