‘Big boy’ room bedding details

I’m happy to report that our big boy bedroom renovation is nearing completion!

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

The thrift store headboard I bought has been transformed into a plank bed. (Be sure to check out the details of that project here.)


And I’ve been filling the walls with yard sale-scrounged pieces that I turned into customized art.

Wallternatives-lettersToday I wanted to share with you the thrifty details of the bedding I chose for the room.

I started with a set of rails I picked up at a thrift store. Then I found a new twin-sized box spring super cheap at my local furniture store. (They beat Walmart’s price!) When it comes to the box spring and mattress of a bed, I’m kind of a stickler about buying new. Blame it on the germaphobe in me, I guess.

I chose a Yogabed™ mattress for the top. I tested out this mattress while at the Haven Conference this year. It is amazingly comfy!


This mattress is comprised of the Yoga Comfort System™, an advanced layered system that supports the body by dispersing weight evenly and reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning. It’s built on four core elements: instant response foam, gel, a breathable foam base and a support base.

I went with Yogabed for a number of reasons:

  1. Our son was not sleeping well, getting up sometimes five times a night – not an awesome experience for mom and dad. We needed a mattress he would be super comfy on.
  2. It is affordable. Some of the popular foam mattresses out there are super expensive. Yogabed’s pricing is comparable to regular spring mattresses.
  3. This mattress comes with a removable, zip-n-wash mattress cover. Love this feature!
  4. Every mattress comes with free pillows, free shipping and a 101-night, no-risk trial period.


If you’re in need of a new mattress, check out Yogabed and be sure to use the SAVE60 promo code to receive $60 off your purchase.

As far as the bed linens, I started with an airplane sheet set and royal blue quilt and sham set I picked up at Target.


I bought the Varsity Plaid Microfiber Comforter for $19.99 on clearance from Boscovs.com.


Then I added this airplane pillow to finish off the ensemble. I’m still waiting to receive a red linen airplane pillow I ordered online weeks ago; it hasn’t arrived in the mail yet.



Our little man absolutely loves his new big boy bed – and room. And his habit of getting up five times a night? Gone! Seriously. He sleeps through the night like a champ now.

What do you think of the new big boy bed?

Special thanks to the folks at Yogabed for providing a discount on the mattress I purchased in exchange for an honest review on the blog. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.  

DIY yard sale wall art

I have been making some really great progress on the “big-boy” room so far.

The wall are painted (Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) and the carpets are scrubbed. Whew.

Plus the thrift store headboard has been transformed into a plank bed! Be sure to check out the details of that project here.



Now I’ve been working on filling the walls. This may just be my favorite piece of DIY artwork yet.


I created this metallic, monogrammed wall art using three 16×20-inch blank canvases I scored at a yard sale for $2 total! I added metallic paint and vinyl letter decals to complete the look and stuck them to the wall with Command™ strips.


Check out all the details of how I did this DIY project on my Paint+Pattern blog post here.

And don’t forget to enter to win the HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter that is helping me knock out this big boy room in record time.

What DIY artwork are you planning or tackling right now?

Thrift store plank bed (plus a giveaway from HomeRight)

This month, HomeRight® challenged its brand ambassadors (that’s me) to do a makeover on a $20 thrift store find, showing how it’s possible to create beautiful decor on a shoestring budget. So right up my alley, right? 😉 I had the absolute perfect project to tackle for this challenge.

I’m currently smack dab in the middle of our “big-boy room” transformation and one of the most important furniture pieces I needed to find for the space was an inexpensive bed.


I scored this wooden headboard for $20 and the set of bed rails for $30 at my local thrift store, with the vision of transforming it into a modern-looking piece with stained wood planks.

See what I turned it into in the brief video below (or scroll through to read the project steps).

I started the project by removing the trim from the center of the headboard.


Next I coated the headboard with paint stripper, scraped off the finish as much as possible, then used a sander, sandpaper and steel wool to remove the remainder of the old varnish.


4-sanding-off-finishThe headboard was then ready for new stain. I used my handy HomeRight Finish Max and HomeRight Spray Shelter to apply a coat of stain to the entire headboard. (Stick around for an awesome giveaway at the end of this post!) 


I chose Varathane® stain (Kona color) for its one-coat coverage and soap-and-water cleanup.


While the stain dried, I went to work on the wooden planks for the center of the headboard. I chose lattice trim boards, cutting them out on my miter saw, then arranging them randomly in the headboard.


The pattern I used is very similar to what I used when installing our hardwood flooring.


After I cut and arranged all the boards, I took them out, laid them on a dropcloth and applied stain to each piece, creating a random patchwork pattern using just about every stain color I have in my basement.


When the pieces dried, I permanently adhered them to the headboard using Liquid Nails.


Then I applied a coat of matte polyurethane to seal the planks and fill in any cracks.


Finally, I attached the “new” headboard to the rails.


Done! We’ve now got a brand new, big-boy bed.


Finished-plank-bed Finished-plank-bed-2What do you think of my thrift store transformation?


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Disclaimer: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are my own.