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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cowboy Room Reveal


Benjamin has been very patient with his mother.  He can't recall the wonderful room I had decorated for him as a little guy, since he was moved out at the age of two.  The next three years were in a rental that only allowed us to live there as "captured-mortgage-paying guest." My creative juices were bottled and walls stayed bare.  So when we moved I determined to make this rental our home...and I could paint over anything the landlord didn't like when we moved out...until then, we are going to live!!

Sonja of Bits and Pieces,  had encouraged me to decorate Benjamin's room anyway he wanted it.  He had his own ideas and even drew them out for me last summer.  So patiently he waited for his mom to bring his vision to life.  He agreed to stay with the theme I had on his bedding...thank goodness.


I started with these "green" walls...now surely I can't make it worse.  I painted a solid color over the green giving me a clean slate.
He had requested cactus and these were draw on his paper....so I gave him a cactus, barb wire, post and horse shoe.
You can enter into his farm..."it is not a ranch." he said.  He loves Sue@PearTree Lane Farmhouse and wants a farm like hers.  Forget the fact that cactus and gardening don't go together...we will use our imagination...when we enter his farm.
After buying a art projector off of Craig's List I was able to take the cowboys from his sheets and bring them to life on his wall.


This cowboy was funny. I decided that I would have him swinging his hat, so I started to add the hat in his hand.  Benjamin kept protesting, but I couldn't understand why.  I was busy painting as he kept saying, "you have to take his hat off his head!"  As I stepped back I started to laugh...you can't have a cowboy swinging his hat if his hat is also on his head. Benjamin was insistent the lasso rope was to be brought down across the cowboy to his other hand where there were loops of extra rope. He is  a boy of detail.  His distance gave a better perspective.
So instead of a hat he got a lasso!


Finished Product....and now it is done.  What a fun project.  Now on to my room...maybe I will be finished by the time we are here one year....oh my!!

The riding cowboy is on the wall at the end of the bed.  The standing cowboy is on the wall next to the door going out of the room.  Woodiy from Toy Story sets on the dresser looking over the whole room...I think he likes it too!

From the Farm of Benjamin!

28 Joining in with more words:

LDH said...

What a fantastic room and so full of Benjamin's creativity and imagination! I think it is wonderful! A very fun room :)

Mary said...

absolutely wonderful. i am sure just walking into his room puts a smile on his and your face!!

you both did a wonderful job!!

Farm Girl said...

Oh what a nice room! I do love decorating rooms with themes. Too bad my boys are too big.
I bet you had a blast.
Does he want to spend all of his time in there playing?
Well, I can't wait to see your room and what you come up with.

Sarah Jane said...

Ohhhh I love it!! You're officially hired to decorate our little ones rooms someday... it looks great!! And I love Woody in there too... it's the perfect touch. Benjamin's one lucky little guy (although I know they've ALL had precious rooms)!

Vee said...

Oh what at a great room! Benjamin has a great eye for detail. What if that rope were a real rope? Wouldn't that be cool? Course, how would you get the glue off later... Don't mind me, I got all excited about the ranch...er, farm.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I LOVE this! Soo cute! And so full of imagination and detail. Reading and seeing all of this took me down memory land and made me miss when I use to do this with my kids. Well mainly Melody I guess. My boys were not always interested in this. Looking forward to seeing how you do your room You are soo creative! Have a good day! HUGS

Canadagirl said...

What a wonderful room for a boy! You did such a good job. I loved how your son was able to step back and see the BIG picture when you were caught in the details. That is a lesson to be learned over and over again. [o=

Blessings and ((HUGS))!
-Mary

Catherine said...

Dear Janette. I love it!! It is imagination at its best. I bet you had fun creating this room and made lots of good memories. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Petra said...

What a Blessing of a mom you are! And so creative! What boy would not love such a cool cactus farm? Blessings!

Sonja said...

Ride 'em cowboy Benjamin!! What a great room. I think your mom is so smart, and I love the drawings you did to help make this such a special room. I can just picture you there with all of your cowboy friends! :)

Sassy Granny ... said...

Between's Sonja's wisdom & your creative undertakings, I'd say this is one Yippee Ki Yay outcome!

Debbie said...

I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that I came visiting tonight. I was going to wait until morning to roam around, but...

This is just wonderful from beginning to end. I love the cowboys on the wall and the cactus and barbed wire, and oh just EVERYTHING! If I had son, I would have wanted him to have a room like this.

Yeehaw! (And tell him that I want to grow up and live on Pear Tree Lane Farm too.)

You rock. This is terrific!

Miss Stella said...

Wow! Great job, Jeanette! How creative and what a memory you have made with your son - more precious and lasting, too! Just like your heirloom dresses - gorgeous! And, your prayers for your eldest on his mission trip to Cambodia. I'm looking forward to hearing a good report there. You are a Proverbs 31 wife and mother, milady - the Lord bless you in multiplied ways!
Joy!
Kathy

Christine said...

A Mother's love is showing!
And her fabulous talent, too.

Diane Young said...

Wow, Benjamin! What a fun "cowboy" room!! You and Mom did such an amazing job of creating cactus, drawing cowboys roping and painting all of your farm. What a wonderful Mom you have,and you'll always have this fun memory of together making your room so very special for you! :)

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

So creative, Janette. I am sure
Benjamin loves his room. What a lucky lad to have a mom like you.

Maryann said...

This is a real standout, your creativity is inspiring

Sally said...

Good job Mom. Love those art projectors. My sister had a good eye and hand for drawing. She put a 4ft micky mouse on my wall and a tree on hers, only because it was a basement room and my mom insisted on a ladder against the wall for us to climb out if there ever was a house fire. The tree made the ladder tolerable.

Sue Anne McKinney said...

this is so cute! I love it! Really like the cowboys and lasso idea. And the barbed wire. Benjamin has great ideas. Reminds me of my brother, David, with 4 boys and 1 girl. David does almost ALL decorating and cooking in his house and is so creative. Good for you to go with Benjamin's ideas to the detail!!

Kristin Bridgman said...

I agree with one of the commenters above. . ."I see a mother's love here". And such talent! This made me smile from ear to ear :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, I know Benjamin loves his room!! You are a wonderful Mom, Janette! blessings ~ tanna

Lisa said...

Love it! And I know Benjamin does too! My law school son had a Woody just like that one way back yonder. Slept with it every night.:)

Karen said...

What a fun room! A little boy's paradise! My boys would be beyond thrilled if they had a room half as cool as this. Well done!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

what an awesome mom you are.... Benjamin has a room any boy would be proud of. love the cowboys on the wall and little Woody sitting there. I can imagine B. falling asleep with a huge smile on his face.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh my goodness, I bet he is a happy boy getting to sleep in that cowboy room. You did a wonderful job in creating this special place Janette!

♥Lee Ann

Shelley said...

Oh bless ... I bet he can hardly stand himself ... I remember my mum and dad doing a secret room make over for me ... made me feel soooo loved. Well done x

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Whoeeeee that's a whopper of a room! He's one lucky boy and you're one talented momma! I LOVE IT ALL!!! Wish our boys could get together n play cowboy. Jack loves to share his pony... Will ya stop in please when your wagon's passin' these here parts? ;-)
xoxo
Leslie

myletterstoemily said...

YOU are amazing! my kids were lucky
to have beds. :) i have absolutely no
sense of interior design.

sweet dreams, benjamin.

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