Sunday, February 7, 2010

Brick & Maps

Part if this is a re-post form my son's bedroom re-do last year. We taped off and painted a wall in his room to look like brick. It took a lot of measuring and running tape, to make a Brick grid.



Once the grid was taped out, we had to cut off every other piece to make it look like bricks, not squares. Then we painted with red and sponged with several other colors to give it some depth. Once the painting was done, we removed the tape before the paint could dry, then you get nice clean lines! Here is the finished wall! I planed to decorate the room with vintage gas station signs, and cans. It turned out very cute, but over the last year Nicholas has really gotten into maps and globes too, so I decided to incorporate some of those into his room as well.
I had this old chair, some wood pieces that were old shelves, I think the were about 10 x 12, and an ugly dresser. So I rounded up the troops to do all the dirty work for me, The kids hauled, the hubby painted, and I did very little! I was able to sit and mod podge the drawers, then I took a nap, while the hubbs finished the rest for me. I had to be the "director" today, and did not like it one bit! I would much rather be the one doing the dirty work, but at least he was willing to do it all for me!

He cleaned Nicholas' room, and got everything put together! It turned out so cool, and now Nicholas has lots of maps to look at all over his room!







So I wonder what else I will think up while I sit here on my couch...


57 comments:

kristin said...

Oh I love it! Very well done!

Judi said...

This is so awesome...you have great vision and design elements. I love how you incorporated the bricks, gas stations paraphernalia, globes and maps into your room makeover. The colors on the walls are perfect. Your Nicholas must love his room!
~judi ;)
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Lori said...

Wow - this is really neat! Loving the dresser and how everything came together.

BabiesandBargains said...

Very cute! Im amazed at how you did that wall must have taken forever!

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

Great room. Love the creativity.

bec4 said...

I love it Missy especially the dresser. I have a question--I just got a bunch of coffee bean burlap bags. Did you do anything to get the smell out?

alissa said...

I LOVE the dresser! What a great idea.

Patti said...

I love what you did to the chair...very clever. The room looks fabulous, too

Nancy said...

That is a very cool room. I bet your little guy really loves it!

Nancy

De Javu Crafts said...

I just found your blog, I think it is so adorable. I love you head board for your bed. SO cute!
Anyways im grabing your button for sure!
Amanda

Allison Shops said...

What a great idea for his room. Neat brick treatments and I really like the map dresser!

One Cheap B*tch said...

I love how you used the maps on a lot of different surfaces. Everything looks amazing!

Kammy said...

Very nice and I bet he loves his room !
Kammy

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

wow, that room is fantastic! it looks awesome, those "bricks" are really cool, and I bet they were a ton of work! Great impact in the room though! awesome, awesome, awesome!

Wendy said...

Wow! What a cool room. The brick looks great!

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The only and only Lady: said...

I love his room it turned out great!

Andrea said...

I can't tell you how much I love the maps! And the bricks turned out so well. So real looking!
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Ronda Batchelor said...

I like your brick wall. I did one for my teenage son's room. I didn't tape it off. I just eyed it in. Check it out, http://lesrondabatchelor.blogspot.com/2009/06/project-2-jaysens-room.html

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

That's really cool!!!!! That's a lot of tape and patience. I'm really impressed.


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Frugal Home Design said...

Great Job. I can't even imagine how long that took to do. The room looks great.

Jenni R. said...

Love all the maps! Thanks for the ideas!

The Horton Family said...

Fantastic! You did an amazing job, I really can't get over that brick wall! Nice way of bringing it all together with the maps.

Leanne said...

This room is incredible. The room is amazing. You did a fantastic job. Way to go!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Missy, that is awesome!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Formerly-Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

That turned out really well.

I love the desk chair, and the drawers and the vintage hardware on the dresser drawers.

Good work...Commanding the troops!
If you ask me, way to get it done. LOL

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is a great room - I love the bricks so much.

Whitney said...

Wow! I would have never thought of any of that, but it looks awesome. I especially love all you did with the maps. What a cool room!

Michelle said...

That is absolutley addorable and if it wasn't 5:30am I would be up in my son's room right now with some maps and the mod podge!! I love your blog, keep coming up with ideas. Hope your knee is doing better and that you will be able to get off the couch soon. I know that I can't stand sitting around and not being able to do what I want. Also sorry about your Grandfather's passing.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You made that dresser cool! Amazing transformation everywhere!! You work well as director! :)

Dee said...

What a great room. I love maps too. It reminds me of a small town "filling station". Love it!

Kaysi said...

WOW!!! I love that brick wall. It looks like a lot of work but it looks so real. I never thought to use maps as decor, my son loves maps right now maybe I'll have to do something with them! Thanks for sharing
Kaysi
Keeping It Simple

Funky Junk Interiors said...

How fabulous, Missy! That wall is the icing on the cake here. As soon as I saw the brick and Texico sign, I was sold!

Such a fun room to look at!

Donna

Lindsayb-mo said...

Love your blog! That brick wall is AMAZING! I'm so happy I found you. YOu must be added to my favorites!

Lindsay

Leah said...

What a lot of work, but what a transformation! Looks awesome!

Anny said...

The whole room is lovely but that map dresser is amazing!

Prior said...

LOVE maps, so i love all this. Great job!!! Lezlee

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

My fave part is the chair-how fun is that? I also love the brick wall-it looks so real! Thanks for sharing and for linking back!
-Tiff

Mom in High Heels said...

That is fantastic! Indy wants to redo his room this year into an "adventure" theme with lots of maps and "artifacts" a la Indiana Jones (it's a sickness I tell you) and I've been looking for a way to incorporate maps. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

wow, what a visionary you are! I would never have thought that painting a brick pattern on the wall would look so amazingly stylish!!
someone should be thankful for all that labor intensive taping :)

GREAT WORK!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Adorable. I love it.

Cheri

Kelly said...

Very cool room! I have a couple of map loving boys here, I might need to think about a few of these ideas for their room. I especially love the dresser!

Debby said...

I love this!!! Did you have to put anything on the chair besides modpodge to keep it from being sticky? I have that exact chair in that exact before condition...would love to do that with it!! Thanks!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh. my. goodness. That room is fantastic, I love the dresser!!

alice said...

Wow, That looks so good. The maps are such an added plus!
smiles, alice

mzerr said...

That looks so fantastic! What a fun room!

Melissa

Marianne@Songbird said...

I love the maps! You have one lucky little boy, I am sure he will ace Geography now.

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Wow! That brick wall is terrific! I wish I was doinf my little boys room-but he's a big boy now! I do think I'd like to bring in the map idea somehow!
~Nancy

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

wow, this room turned out incredible! cute boys, too :)

Amy said...

Wow on the brick wall. Looks so real!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Great job on the wall - it looks amazing! I linked to this on my weekly roundup thanks so much for sharing!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a cool room! Love the brick wall.

jenjen said...

What an amazing room! I love the bricks. And the map dresser - awesome! I am working on a map project right now. Love it!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party!!!

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Jen

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

SOOOOO Awesome! I can't even imagine the work that wall took! The decorations are a great touch to the finished room!

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Missy Luukkonen said...

Thanks everyone! It really didn't take us nearly as long as you would think, once the tape was strung, it was a piece of cake!

Bec4, I let mine sit outside for a few days, that really seems to help!

Heather said...

I love, love, LOVE the brick wall! I may just have to do that at my house!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The map dresser is very cool and I have so much respect for the patience and time you spent on the brick wall. The thought that you put into this room really shows.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I love both the faux brick and the map drawers. What a fun room! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.