Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Room for Improvement: From Nursery To Toddler Room
It is a dilemma almost every parent must face. How to turn your nursery into a room just right for a toddler. Well tonight, our makeover maestro is proving he's really a kid at heart. Here's Martin Amado with room for improvement.
WSVN -- What happens when a baby is no longer a baby, yet his nursery's décor screams "baby" all over? Do you follow? On today's Room for Improvement, we're helping a two-year-old boy make the transition from the crib to his own big bed in a brand new bedroom!
Martin: "Hi Johanna … let's see Jeremy's room.
Martin: This is obviously his current bedroom and it's gorgeous. Why do you want to change it.
Johanna: "Well he just turned two last month. And, since he learned how to climb out of the crib he's been sleeping with my husband and I. So it's definitely time to change his room to his own space. Into his big boy room."
Martin: And this is the new bedroom. This is the new bedroom. Are we keeping any of the Mickey Mouse Décor?
Johanna: "Not at all. We definitely would like something he could grow into which is why we chose the darker more substantial furniture."
Martin: "We're balancing the heavy and dark furniture in the room, by introducing primary colors that would still appeal to a little boy! And I think a theme of Planes, Trains and Automobiles will also do the trick!"
Martin: "We're doing a two-step painting process today, first step, paint the entire room a khaki color!"
Borders done through either wallpapers or even paint, always help give the space more visual impact, so keep this in mind if you want to jazz up your child's room without having to paint the entire room.
Martin: "I found these letters for 99 cents each, so I decided to personalize Jeremy's space even more by working on a custom-made name plaque for his room!"
Martin: "First step, we're going to go ahead and spray paint the letters."
Martin: "Once the letters are dry we're going to go ahead and glue them on the name plaque. For around $20, it brings an extra special touch to your child's room."
Martin: "We all know the one thing every little girl and boys have a lot of is stuffed animals! So why not integrate them into the room's décor! In this case, a plane will make the perfect accent piece hanging from the ceiling like this. Let me show you how."
Martin: "I'm just using a clear plastic cord with "s" type hooks, that way you can take it off the hook if Jeremy wants to play with it."
Martin: "The room is now complete!"
Martin: "In one day this unused bedroom has become a stylish, yet functional space ready for the new adventures of a two-year toddler. I think it's pretty clear this bedroom definitely does not belong to a baby any more!"
Martin: "Okay, Johanna, your son Jeremy is no longer a baby. So, open your eyes."
Johanna: "Oh my God. Oh my goodness. This is awesome. Wow. I love it. I love it. It's beautiful."
The best advice when creating a kid's bedroom is to stick to a design plan that appeals to all ages. Make the accessories the "theme," because it's much easier to change those out than it is to create a whole new space when they grow up! My job is done here. We'll see you guys next week!
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