Saturday, April 12, 2008

Vintage Western Baby Room...

You may have noticed that The Addiction has been SLOW lately. Well...
We are expecting our first child within a week or so!


We have spent quite a bit of time on the baby's room lately. I thought I would share what we have done...
Being that we are into vintage style and not really into the cutesy bears and bunnies nursery things. We went with a Vintage Cowboy room (yep, it is a boy). Many childern of the 50's were big time into the westerns and their cowboy heros and thought it would make for a neat room. We wanted a room that he wouldn't grow out of in a year. The cowboy theme is kinda popular right now with expecting parents. That means there is a lot of sets to chose from on the market. The goal was to make a room knowing that we could do this in the DIY style instead of paying big bucks for things we could make ourselfs. The colors we selected were red, light blue, and tans/browns. We found a fabric we liked that had a really neat pattern...

http://www.thefabricfinder.com/GoldingRodeoDenim3.JPG


We also wanted to incorporate our vintage style along with the new made items. If you really shop around you can find some pretty good deals out there. Making a large portion of it really helped with the cost of it. My Mother help out a ton and we thank her a bunch for that.


I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Insead of me blabbing on about it, lets take a look...


This is the entry from the hallway...


Here is the entry from the bathroom side. We wanted to keep the wall color simple. We thought about doing a wall in cowboy wall paper but figured that it would get too busy with the fabric pattern. I made the window cornices/valances (or whatever you want to call them) with the fabric for the tan roman shades..

The crib is vintage and has been in Molly's family for a long time. Don't worry, It checks out and won't be a problem...

The crib bumpers and skirt was made by my Mother. She did a great job. Sadly, I couldn't get a very good picture of them. She bought a bumper kit and made them from the cowboy fabric...

My Mom also used a bears and bunnies mobile and converted it to a more appropriate horse mobile. She use the fabric and little toy horses from The Oriental Trading Company...

We picked up these vintage Broyhill dressers off of Craigslist for only $125. They are in great shape and provide a lot of needed storage. The stick pony a gift from my parents and is vintage 1940's. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of the framed photo on the wall. We found the picture of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Gabby Hayes for a whole $2.50 at an antique store. I found the frames for all of the art in the room at St. Vincent De Paul for 2 bucks each. The Roy Rogers picture has a matte I made using cut paper...
I found this old magazine of short stories for $2.50. I liked the cover a lot but the poor magazine was falling apart. I used another frame from St. Vinnies and it worked great because it already had a matte in it. I only backed it with the tan paper and mounted it...
The magazine was too worn to save but it had a bunch of cool line drawings in it. I cut them out and decoupaged them to another St. Vinnies frame...

The cardboard cutouts above the crib are vintage 50's from the Dolly Toy Company. They actually hung in Molly's Dad's room when he was young...

We kept the lighting pretty simple. The vintage lamp was given to us from a family friend a year ago and works perfectly in the room. I had to rewire and refinish the base but its a great little lamp...


The vintage cowboy shade was found on Ebay for a pretty good price...


Another Mom made item is this diper stacker...


This is one of the only built-ins in our house. The shelves hold his books and other collectables. A cool vintage Roy Rogers toy puzzle and vintage turquoise kids cowboy hat look great up there. Of course you gotta have Woody also...

My folks gave us this rocking chair they had since the 70's. So I stripped and painted it red. I made the chair pads for it with a tan faux suede-ish fabric....


I made these braided leather ties for more of a western look...



I'm pretty proud of this one even though it is a crappy picture. I made this hand embroidered pillow based on one of the images from the fabric in the rest of the room. Yeah, guys can sew too! Anyway, I took quite a while to do but I'm happy with it. I will have to take a better picture of it..


I hope everyone has enjoyed our efforts. I'm sure our Son will also.

NOTE: Thank you to everyone for the kind comments! We had fun doing this project. Knowing that it would be a appreciated by us and by Calvin really helped the project along. It really has come out nicely if I do say so myself. We have been adding bits and pieces here and there and will keep everyone posted on any great new stuff.

Thanks again!
Brian and Molly

8 comments:

Maddy said...

Adorable room. Love the 50s cowboy theme.

Good luck with the big event!

Mama Brook said...

Gorgeous room!
We're re-doing our son's room to 1950's cowboy. Thanks for the inspiration!

Good luck with your birth :)

Lisa Wilson (& Alfie!) at The Pickled Hutch said...

Congratulations on your expected arrival. Really nice job on the room. Not so cookie cutter and much more interesting than the pastel route. I have one of those 60's rocking horses on a spring and metal frame that would be perfect if you only lived close enough to pick it up. If you are ever in SF....
Lisa & Alfie

Julie said...

Wow, that room is amazing! If we have a boy for our next one, I am totally going to use your room for an inspiration.

Congratulations!

Sharkeysday said...

Congratulations and it looks fantastic! :) I'm on a mission to find a cute 50's playhouse plan - so I'll document it so you can have it for that next stage! :) (it comes WAY too soon by the way!)

50s Pam said...

Congratulations, Brian. Buckle your seatbelts, you're in for a nice long 18 year ride. I love the room, and especially those Broyhill dressers, sweet!

Monica said...

I was in target and they have a whole cowboy section in the bedding section, go take a look!!!

Chrys in KS said...

OH!!! I just dug a set of these cowboy and indian pinups out of my dad's basement. I remember them on my brother's walls and they must have been in my dad's room as a boy. I didn't realize there was supposed to be a calf. Too cute. We have the bucking horse, they boy that is flying off him, and his flying hat as well as a cowboy and an indian sitting around a campfire having a peace pipe. They are so cool. : )