We have lived in this house for 8 years. It’s the longest we’ve ever worked for a ranch and lived anywhere. You don’t realize how fast time flies until your son is finally old enough to attend a week long church camp, and then will be turning 10 in a couple of months. Of course having two older boys; 22 and 20, remind me plenty about how fast the time goes and how turning 40 made me feel really old this year. Anyhoo, we really wanted to surprise Truett with something special while he was away at church camp. We finally got his Staar test results back and HE PASSED! It was a big deal for him because he has struggled with reading comprehension and such. He was so stressed and worried that he wouldn’t pass and even go into the 4th grade!!! Poor kids have so much pressure these days. We also know that he’s growing up and wanted to transform his room from little boy to young man. We really don’t have much money so I wanted to pass along some of the things we did for his room, while on a very tight budget.
First, I stalked Pinterest for a few days. I picked a couple of things I thought I could do and went from there. When I say we’re on a budget, I mean it. We really didn’t have the money at all to redo his room so I kinda just pretended I had ZERO money to do his room. This led me to facebook. Yep, facebook and all those annoying groups! HA! I knew what items I needed so I put a call out, on my profile and in a couple of groups, for what I needed. I asked people if they had an old basketball rim, baseballs, bat, and ladder for his bed.
Now while I’m in search of those items, I start gutting and painting his room. We threw away a TON of stuff and packed other items to be donated. Now paint can be expensive so if you’re on a budget, I would also ask people if they have any gallons of paint. You’d be shocked at how many people have gallons just laying around and many times, the paint is still great! Since this is the ranch’s house, they paid for our paint. I went with a 2-1 primer/paint and we chose Crisp Linen, which was an off white.
While the paint was drying, I shampoo’d his carpets, twice. The carpet was pretty yucky when we moved in so there isn’t much else I can do but clean them. I have a Bissell and it did a great job! While the carpet dried, I started on projects! OH! I was lucky enough to be given baseballs, a rim, and few other things. It was awesome! I started on the “football field” growth chart first!
You could get all fancy and use the Cricut and fine wood for this, but honestly, we don’t care about things like that. We went out to the junk pile and found an old, cracked board. I spray painted two coats to get it to the green I was after. I use painters tape to mark my lines and the little paints you find in the craft aisle to paint them. I handpainted the numbers. Are they perfect? Nope…but I seriously doubt Truett will even notice that imperfection.
I moved on to the MVP cap rack. I found another old board and painted it blue. I bought the letters, MVP and painted them sports colors; orange for basketball, white for baseball, and brown for football. I simply glued them on and screwed on hooks!
Next, I tackled the curtain rod! Super duper easy. We used my husband’s drill press.
Finally, we put together the basketball rim and board. This was easy but since it was heavy, we needed to make sure and buy good wood screws. The rim was given to us by a generous man, Dale White, also a talented knife maker. He has had that rim since his boys were little and when they grew up and moved on, he had it stored. When he saw my plea for one, he didn’t even hesitate to give it to me. We will cherish it! Our plan for this was a “laundry shoot”.
Most of the money went on paint, bedding, curtains, and these pillow covers. In all, we spent about $100 for the whole room.
My very good friend, who also owns SLJ Embroidery, put Truett on his hamper and his nickname on two new caps.
These three were some of my favorites, along with some sports motivational quotes I had printed and glued onto canvas. I bought the digital prints from an Etsy seller and they turned out great! You’ll see it below.
It took me 3 days total to gut, paint, DIY, and decorate. I’m thrilled with how it turned out. It’s nothing fancy but when you’re on a super low budget, you do what you can. I think Truett will think it’s amazing. I hope so anyways…..
The ladder was given to me! We went to our local furniture store and they had one they were gonna throw away because it was warped at the bottom. It was BARELY warped y’all!!!
All I have left to do is clean up the trim.
I love it and I know Truett will too!