Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tween Boy Baseball Room--Part II Baseball Curtain Rod

Hello!!  I have more to share on my stepson's baseball room.  In part I I left off with an extra long curtain that I had sewn.  I purposely made only 1 curtain panel due to how close the window is to the wall.  The curtain is wide enough to cover the whole window if he wants to close it but this room doesn't get too bright so I think it will stay open the majority of the time.

To bring in more of the baseball theme, I had an idea for a baseball curatin rod and tieback.

I started with these "soft-tee" baseballs.  The inside is rubber.

To hold the ball in place while I drilled, I used my mitre box.  Those posts in the picture allowed me to wedge the baseball tight enough so that it wouldn't move.

And I was able to drill a hole about 1/3 through the baseball.  I'm really glad that I used these rubber baseballs.  I'm not sure how easy it would have been with the standard hard baseball.

And I just wedged the baseball on the end of the curtain rod.  In full disclosure, this rod was 3 times wider than the hole I drilled above and I didn't have a wider drill bit so I ended up drilling 3 holes next to/overlapping each other and made a bit of a mess.  To do this right, I would have to start with a wider drill bit.  You can see in the picture below a little of the baseball cover is kind of torn.  This is not noticable in the room though because its so high up.

Next, I wanted to make a baseball tieback to swag the curtain panel.  I started with these from Walmart. 

The decorative finial on these tiebacks screw off so I was able to drill another baseball to replace the finial.  Once again, I didn't glue the baseball or anything, just stuck it on the end of the holder.  The rubber inside of the baseball really helped here.I started with these "soft-tee" baseballs.  The inside is rubber.

Here is the close up of the baseball tieback installed.

And here is the more realistic room view.

Thanks for stopping by I have more baseball room to share coming up... 


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tween Boy Baseball Room--Part 1

My stepson LOVES baseball.  Yankees in particular.  His room has only 1 window so not much natural light.  Here is where we started out.  A faux-birch wood and navy bunk bed contraption and builder beige walls.  Stepson added his own wall art in the form of posters tacked up everywhere.  There was also a lot of clutter.



We put up the Derek Jeter fathead about 2 years ago when we moved in and wanted to keep him intact throughout this makeover.

Step 1.  Paint!  We started out by painting one wall a deep blue/gray color (same color as we used in the library) and the rest of the walls a bright white (I just used Behr paint and primer in one with no tint added).  Wow, did it brighten up this whole room.  Amazing, its like we added 10 lights in there.


Step 2.  Swap out small dresser for a refurbished IKEA Malm dresser that I painted navy.  You can see it in the picture below.  I used spray paint.  I did prime first and used a clear coat after.  I didn't get the best coverage on the side you see below but not so noticable in the room.

AFTER part 1:

Step 3.  I sewed a curtain and some pillows.  I plan to swag this curtain with a tieback (that will be in the follow up post) thats why its extra long.  Not sure why the blue wall looks so light in these pictures.

AFTER part 1:

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Derek survived the move to a new wall intact!  It actually wasn't that bad to move him although we were a lot nervous about the move.  We rearranged the furniture and I'm working on painting the rest of the faux-birch.  The bunk bed will be back after I paint it. 

So far this room looks 100% better and so much brighter.

AFTER part 1:

What is left to do for this room:
--new comforter (already here, you'll see in the follow up post)
--paint bunkbed
--add tieback for curtain
--add magnetic board
--hang mirror
--add shelves above dresser

Thanks for stopping by!!!