I started working on decorating my boys bedroom a few weeks ago, but beyond the new bedding and recycled pendant banner, I wanted some original pieces to add to the room, like vintage toys and thrifty storage to layer, making their room extra special.
At an estate sale I found a shoebox of old wood tinker toys for just a couple dollars. I almost set it back down because it didn’t have the original packaging, but then I remembered an old jar I had sitting around and my wheels got turning.
A long while back, I found an old green metal toolbox for Big B to hold his knife collection someday. He’s a cub scout and counting down until he can take the test and get his first knife. This box totally made his day!
The tinker toys were a perfect fit in the little jar, just as I’d hoped. (Rarely does something work out that smoothly for this girl…I don’t know about you, but I wear myself out with project ideas that have to be revamped time and time again). Not this time! A bit of orange spray paint on the lid and it was a done deal!
I am so obsessed with this…I keep trying to talk Big B into letting me put it in another area of the house, but he’s not budging…want to see why!?!
He’s got a killer collection started. Hahaha. So cute.
Here’s the other piece I grouped with this vignette, a 40 year old echo metal reeds harmonica from my boys great-grandpa. Opa was born a Polish man who moved to Germany in late 1914, as a child. In 1956, Opa left East Germany with not much more than a couple suitcases, this time with Gigi in tote, escaping to West Germany. Gigi’s has early memories of her dad playing this harmonica at their home in Germany. Now my boys play
beautiful music make loud noise in our home. I’m a minimalist with a huge weakness for sentimental items.
On the other side of the room, I placed a table with a wire basket that I found at the Goodwill this week, for $1. I had eyed some at other stores recently, but I was having trouble scoring a basket for a good price. Score! I had stored my boys cars under their bed in a bin and was almost ready to transfer them to the attic because they were just sitting there taking up valuable space. Now that they’re in eyesight, every time I walk into their room, those little cars are everywhere! So fun when a toy gets a new lease on life.
And as busily as I’ve been decorating the beds and walls…
…my boys have busied themselves with decorating their floors.
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