We’ve been in this rental house for about 2 months, and we’re feeling pretty productive. We’re as unpacked as we want to be in a temporary living situation, the garage is cleaned out and organized, and the shared boys room is completely done! Admittedly, we focused efforts on this room first in hopes we could get these two bed hogs out of our room in the middle of the night.
Guess how that’s going.
At least the room is cute and organized. Lowell (the 6 year old) is really proud of it, and tries to keep it picked up as best as his toddler brother will let him.
We chose an adventure/explorer theme for this room as an extension of Lowell’s request for a “bear & fox” room. It all began to come together when Nugget asked us to help them launch their deep green colored – beanstalk- play couch. I knew this would live in the shared boys room, so we built out from there.
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The wall-hanging was an inexpensive way to take up space on a big, blank wall. A few people have asked if I took that photo- I didn’t. It looks a lot like some of the pics I took at Glacier National Park, though! Unfortunately, it would have cost a lot more than $20 to have one of my photos printed on a 60×40 wall hanging.
The long curtains came in a pair, and inspired this corner faux window. We found an old window at a thrift store on the Facebook Marketplace, and we filled each pane with a sample of Chasing Paper’s “Wild” print.
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When Lowell told me he wanted a “bear and a fox” room, I envisioned this removable wallpaper as an entire accent wall… until I priced it out. 😬 It would be a worthwhile investment if we planned to be here more than a year. But I super love the way we incorporated it into this temporary space, maybe even more than a whole wall. Now they have a WINDOW into the wild world! 🐻🦊 We ordered 8 sample sheets and they fit nearly perfectly behind the panes of a window we got at a thrift store. 🙌🏻 Wallpaper by @chasingpaper
We sourced quite a bit for this room from the Facebook Marketplace, including this little table and chairs, and the toy/bookcase. We also got the nearly-new IKEA KURA bunk bed from the Marketplace for $80 cheaper than the store.
I also found that BEAUTIFUL octagonal mirror at Goodwill! For only $15! We sanded down the poly finish and left it rough and unfinished. It doesn’t photograph nearly as beautifully as it looks in real life.
That pegboard is a super simple IKEA KURA hack that gave us some flexible storage options.
As I mentioned, a toddler is supposed to (eventually?) sleep in this room. The Beddys bedding + Washabelle mattress combo is probably going to come in handy more than I’d like to think about. The mattress is actually washable! It comes apart into machine washable sized pieces. Full review of that to come after we wash it all for the first time.
The Beddys bedding (gifted to us) in Olive You is $249 for a twin-size set. I understand that is quite an investment, but if it’s something you can budget for, I wholeheartedly say GO FOR IT, especially for bunk beds!
I found a few gently used Beddys sets on the Facebook Marketplace!
The covers and sheets are all one piece that easily zips and unzips entirely. Making the beds is SO EASY. (And keep in mind that you are getting all the sheets, pillowcases, and blankets included in that $249 price!)
We have the minky option for the top blanket, but they also make an option without it. We’ve had these for over 6 weeks, and the quality is incredible. The zipper never gets stuck, and the bedding is really soft (but also durable). We keep our house about 68 at night and the weight of the blankets seems fine so far.
We are limited in what we can do to the walls in this rental house, but we can screw things into them, so we created an easy statement wall with a sheet of poplar paneling, and it’s the perfect home for a series of national park posters, which I think is Lowell’s favorite part of the whole room.
I wrote a lot more about the kids bedroom statement wall here, including where we got that hanging wall shelf.
Finally, we added additional light to the wall with this spotlight pointed up because this room has no ceiling lights! And we certainly don’t want to pay to add one in a rental.
That dresser is an IKEA RAST. Read more about the makeover here.
I love having a happy space that works well for the shared boys room, and I’m very hopeful they will both sleep in it ALL NIGHT at some point.
Since there’s so much going on in this space, I broke out all the details into several posts. Be sure to check out the others:
- IKEA RAST Makeover with Jolie Matte Finish Paint
- IKEA KURA Hack With Pegboard
- Kids Room Statement Wall | Easy DIY Projects
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