An Industrial Vintage Sport's Vibe for Jack
Ever since we completed Alfie's room makeover with a Rebel Wall Mural, Jack has been asking if he could have his own. To be fair, both boys had outgrown their room decor, and as I decorate myself, and had spent a very busy three years at work, I'd let things slide. When he asked again after Christmas, I said yes, we would sit down and plan it and when I took a week off over Easter i would decorate for him.
Unlike Alfie's who has very clear ideas about what he wants, Jack is more comfortable to go with the flow (he just wants a "cool" room) and so our starting point was to actually choose the mural and the paint colour and then the styling and room vibe, he left to me.
Because Rebel walls have such a vast array of murals to choose from, it took us a few goes to find the right one, but I actually stumbled across this mural in the home of @kateyoungdesign, and the minute I showed it to Jack, I could see we had found the mural he wanted.
The Mural we have chosen is Brooklyn Wall, which is based on a rough exterior wall from New York, it is industrial, cool and more importantly will grown with Jack (who is only 9) as he get's older.
It also gave me the idea of going with a sports/vintage vibe to tie in Jack's love of football with the industrial wall; to create a room that was based on his personality. Think vintage sports items alongside, industrial lighting, old wooden crates as storage and vintage letter lights, my vintage desk and a metal desk chair, all tie the look together and I will explain more about all of these later.
More importantly, and a good tip for those on a budget, nearly every item this room has been "shopped" from my own home, I will point out what is new and what we already had.
Finally we had to choose paint colour, and once again Farrow and Ball who I worked with on Alfie's room, were my first choice. Jack already had blackboard paint on two walls, which he wanted to keep, so we decided just to tie that in and use "off Black" by Farrow and Ball, which you can see juxtaposed to the mural above. it is a bold choice for him (i've always loved the colour) but really works with the industrial vibe going on.
A wide angle view of the room and you can see how well the off black paint from Farrow and Ball ties into the blackboard paint
The Mural is very easy to put up, you just paste the wall, (in fact the mural comes with paste) the pieces are marked as to where to cut them, and this wall probably took me two hours to finish.
You can see Jack's blackboard wall to the right of the picture.
In this shot, Jack's bed hasn't changed, although it probably will shortly, the boys have broken the slats in their over-enthusiastic bouncing. We did receive a lovely Eve Sleep Hybrid Mattress as a gift, which you can see to the right.
The cabinet to the left of the picture was my husbands from before we were married and was sitting in our cellar. I simply painted it in the same colour as the walls and added a vintage apple crate on top for Jack to store some of the toys he likes to have on display. At some point I'd like a vintage wire locker, as Jack grows older, but for now, this will do for him.
The industrial bronze lamp was in our dining room and the silver lamp, our living room, both from Covet. The green storage basket a gift from the basket room and the stool was in our bedroom, bought from Alpine Lifestyle Boutique. The rug was an Ebay find.
The industrial shelf in the centre of the wall above was in our bathroom and sourced form RockettStGeorge. On the shelf is a vintage shop front letter that has been rewired, bought from Decoporium, an emporium just outside of Wetherby, the vintage boxing gloves and tennis racket we already had, and were sourced vintage.
Ceiling lampshade was already in he room, sourced from Homebase
This Vintage Desk was in my study as was the metal chair both from Covet, Faux cacti from Abigail Ahern, pictures from a variety of sources including @patirobins and the 9 and 3/4 sign was bought from Crimple Hall. A vintage rugby ball and baseball glove bring the sports look around, as does the England flag (Jack's idea not mine
The Egg chair was bought off eBay.
So there you go, slightly later than planned, but Jack now has his new room and judging by the fact we haven't seen him since it's been finished, I will take that as a positive sign. Seriously, though he loves it.
Thanks go to suppliers for this room;
Rebel Walls, https://rebelwalls.com/uk/wall-murals/categories/surfaces/concrete.../brooklyn-wall
Eve Sleep, www.evemattress.co.uk/Hybrid/Mattress
The Basket Room, https://www.thebasketroom.com
The Girl with The Green Sofa