Boys Room Wall Desk and Gallery Wall

What I love most about my home is how personal it is. Before I started decorating my son's room, he made a list of all the things he wanted in his room. I tried to follow his list as best as I could, except for the giant photo of Darth Vader he desperately wanted. He shares a room with his 1-year old brother so I needed it happy and fun, and not scary. Sorry Darth Vader.
Since this room is fairly small, we built a wall desk to open it up. This gives his little brother room to play on the floor with his toys, and keeps my older son's toys up high so little hands don't wreck them.
We built the desk onto a wood filing cabinet for extra toy storage. This is the perfect height for our 5-year old son. He doesn't like to sit and play with his toys, he is always standing so this is perfect for him. And when he gets older we can add a chair and make it a desk.
For this small DIY project, I used string, thumbtacks, and miniature clothespins. I decoupaged the clothespins with colorful paper. What I love about this is that we can switch out these alphabet flashcards for art projects down the road.
We filled these shelves with toys we already had. My son loves to make pyramids with blocks, he is currently practicing his numbers to 100, loves this blue car because the doors and hood open, and is obsessed with Star Wars. So we filled these shelves with his favorite things.
One rule I have when decorating my kid's room is that everything must be kid-friendly and can be played with. Instead of buying a traditional bookend, I used his toy dinosaur. The dinosaur gets played with on a daily basis but now it serves a purpose too. Which brings up one of my favorite tips: shop your house before buying anything new.
To fill the frames in his gallery wall, my son chose the pictures and quotes himself. Everything on his wall is special to him, which makes him so proud of his room. He loves to be in his room because it makes him happy and that is the whole point of decorating.

Heather Hess
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Sep 30, 2014
    Love the clothespin alphabet letter banner! I would love to do something like this in my room with vintage post cards or Polaroid's! :)

  • Roxanne Roxanne on Oct 20, 2014
    Heather, I love this one, too! Just saw the sweet girl's room :)