Saturday, May 1, 2010

Labor of Love for Luke

It seems like we've been remodeling or redecorating since forever. I'm happy to say that Luke's bedroom is finally finished! It's really been a labor of love with Jason building his bed and nightstand and shelves, and us painting and staining it all, then putting it all together and decorating it! It's been fun too!

Anyway, I won't keep you waiting any longer. Here it is:

It's a very small bedroom, only 8 x 12, so it was a little challenging with furniture arrangement. The reason this bedroom is so small is my fault! lol! When we were building our home, I wanted our stairs to turn (and have a landing in the middle), which cut into that bedroom's space, reducing it's size and closet space. Joy endured it for 11 years and it's worked out alright, especially since we have a playroom area upstairs. However, we've wished many times we had just gone ahead and just adjusted the size of our house a few feet while we were building to make it that much longer, and had a bigger bedroom. But it is what it is! :)

Maybe one day he'll realize how special it is to have a bed made by his daddy (which I love by the way).

A little closer look at the headboard. I love the beadboard he used in it.

Jason also made the nightstand, complete with a little drawer of his own and a shelf for his favorite bedtime story books at the bottom too.

And the accents in here had to be red...Luke's favorite color, according to his foster family. These are the letters that Dan of Yesterday Once More so generously made and sent to us for Luke. Thank you so much, Dan! They're perfect for Luke's room and add so much character! The pegboard was repurposed from Joy's previous bedroom, given a coat of red paint.

I bought this dresser used before Colt came home to us. It was a really ugly dark dark color. Jason and I stripped it, and refinished it. It was used in both Colt and Joy's rooms when they were younger. Now Luke gets his turn using it!

Remember the prints I bought? I bought $1.00 unfinished document frames from Dollar Tree and painted them blue to frame the prints.

This one's my favorite print of them all! :)

I wanted no frill shelves...just basic plain straight line shelves, so that's what Jason made. We treated them to a coat (actually three coats) of red paint also. These shelves with fill up with Luke's toys and goodies when he comes home. Until then, we're leaving them as is and waiting to see what "belongs there". :)

I love these little overalls. I saw them over at Barbara's selling blog. It's one way I was able to sneak a little primitive in there...with the dirty distressed blue jean overalls! I thought they were adorable with the homemade sling shot hanging out of the pocket and the patches. It's hanging on a truck plaque that was handed down to us and I repainted it to match his decor. The stop sign over in the corner was a gift from my sister-in-law, Missy, at Christmas time, for Luke. It is actually supposed to be one of those that you use in your garage that starts flashing if you get your car too close to it or brush up against it. We just thought it would be cute in a bedroom done in transportation.

And aren't these just the cutest little things? Colt's girlfriend, Amber, picked these up unfinished at Dollar Tree and brought them over this past Monday. I had fun painting them to go in his room.

This red shelf started off life as a changing table for Joy, with a padding on top. Jason made it too. It used to be white. It was then turned into a shelf later for Joy's room, then given a new coat of red for Luke's room to hold some of those toys.

Oh, and Jason and I tallied up what we spent in here and it was right at $465. That included all the following: Building the bed, building the nightstand, building the shelves, all the bedding, curtains, and lamp, the laminate flooring, the ceiling fan, shoe molding, new white outlet receptacles, the transportation prints and frames, the painted plaques, and all the paint and stain for the walls and furniture.

And just because Jason and I took SO many pictures, I'll leave you with a few more!

Now all we need is our little Luke to complete the room with his personality! :)


terrypi said...

What an adorable room. I can't wait to see pictures of Luke in his new room.

Amy said...

A-dor-a-ble!!! Good job Mama

Heather's Stitches said...

Luke is a very lucky lil guy! You can see the love that has been added into the making of this room, wishing the days pass fast for your family!

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Absolutely adorable and perfect for a little boy. Your husband builds great furniture and does such a neat job.

Everything looks perfect and all you need is your little boy. He will love it.

Before you know it, he will be home.

Blessings ♥

Never So Simple said...

I absolutely LOVE it! I see so many things but most of all I see the LOVE. I can't wait until June so we can share stories of the newest chapter in our lives.

Remember that show where they redid a room for under $500. You could have your own show.


LeeHillPrimitives said...

Great Job! Looks amazing. Hope Luke fill this space with love and laugh soon. He was so lucky that God put your family in his life.

Jo-Anne said...

Lukes room couldn't be any cuter! You did a wonderful job decorating it. The bed is just beautiful.

I hope little Luke gets there soon! :)

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

Tammy it is a perfect bedroom for an adorable 2 yr old!! you all did such a wonderful job and Luke will love the bed his daddy built just for him!! I am sooooo excited for you all I cannot wait for Luke to come home!! God bless my friend!~hugs~ Wendy

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh Tammy, Yall didi such a lovely job!!! It is all beautiful! I love every bit of it! It is trully a wonderful room!!! Hope Luke is home really soon!!!!

Anonymous said...

Adorable, Luke is a very lucky lad. Can't wait to see pics with him in the room..great job.

Dan said...


Everything looks wonderful! I can tell it was a labor of love. Wow wonderful that Luke's Daddy made his bed and nightstand! I am sure he will cherish them for many years to come.

I am so glad that you liked the letters. It was my pleasure to make them for you!

I am sure Luke will love his room and feel right at home when he gets here.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I really love the green color of Luke's is bright and cheery with those red accents that I love!!! you both did a great job on the room and he is going to love it too.:)

Cindy B said...

You both did did a fantastic job on the furniture! and I think the hanging bib overalls with slingshot is adorable..what a nice touch..and the curtains and spread also..everything is wonderful!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

WOW- what a perfect little boy room :) Everything about it...just makes ya feel happy!!! Luke will LOVE his new room-such special touches and so much love (already) fill it!!!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

PERFECTION!!!! Y'all did a great job and I know Luke is gonna love it! How precious! Your husband is very talented! Love all the furniture.

Mandy in Mayberry said...

It's the cutest! I know you're just picturing Luke in there!

Luke is a very blessed little boy to becoing home to such a loving family!

I'm all ready to get your blocks done. I'll email you.

Sandy said...

Oh, Luke's room looks so awesome! I love all the little touches you guys used that will represent Luke :)

I really LOVE that dresser, what a beautiful piece to pass down to each child :)

And I agree, all you need now is your little boy.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

american girl primitives said...


You've done a great job, he will love it!


Tiffany said...

I absolutely LOVE it! All of the little touches are just so sweet. And that bed!!! Wow - how gorgeous, and how much Luke will love sleeping in his own bed made by his own daddy. Praying Luke is in that bed SOON.

Shelley said...

His room looks bigger than 12x8 - you put and arranged so many lovely things in it! Luke is going to love it! Look forward to seeing photos of him! God bless your family.

Lilly's Family said...

You both did an amazing job! Precious - can't wait to see Luke in there!

Nicole said...

That room is all boy!!!!! I love , love,love the overalls with that sling shot in the back pocket!
My Jake would have that out first giving that a test run!!!

Sherri/Here Goes My Life said...

Oh how I would luv to be a lil mouse when he walks in that room. He is going to be thrilled. It is just darling.I luv the colors you have chosen. The furniture turned out great. Very special from daddy to lil Luke. Have a wonderful day:)

Sharon said...

That room is just adorable. Your hubby did such a great job on the furniture. It truly was a labor of love. Luke is going to be one happy and lucky little guy.
Prayers that things will keep going smoothly for you.

Laura said...

Oh Tammy, another step-another step-another step!! By reading your post and by looking at these pics I'm so excited! I can't wait to see a pic of Luke sitting on this nice bed!

Tanya said...

Hi Tammy,
Cute cute cute. You and your husband are quite the decorating team. I can tell with all the great details. You have me very inspired to tackle a room!! Please take on something else to share! :) I'm sure that's not on your mind right now...but getting a little boy in that room is!!
Your patience is inspiring as well.

At Home With Amy said...

Luke is so going to know how much he is loved when he gets home. You have put so much into this little guys bedroom Tammy and it is just perfect. There is nothing more for you to do now but to welcome your little boy home!

arkie said...

What a special room you have made!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Oh Tammy! It's so cute! Y'all did a great job and the $$$ spent is amazing! It looks as if a designer did it. I know Luke will be so thirlled to have this room.

Have you started pinching yourself yet? This is really happenening and Luke will be home soon!

Praying every single day for all of you.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Luke's room is wonderful, Tammy! He's going to love it :)

Melissa said...

Oh, Tammy! Luke is going to LOVE it!