Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Boy’s Aviator Room Set

I’m so excited with how this project turned out!  And I had Cara back over collaborating on this one, so good times were had all around.  :)

It all started with a waterfall dresser I picked up at Goodwill for $12.  It had certainly seen better days.  As you can see, the veneer was coming off in several places on the drawers.


Cara and I threw a few ideas back and forth before deciding to do the dresser along with a twin headboard and footboard that Cara had to be a vintage aviator/military bedroom set for a little boy.  We were both quite inspired by the “big boy room” that Sarah over at Thrifty Decor Chick had done not-too-long ago for her son.  We especially were swooning over the vintage aviation posters she framed and hung on the wall.

The waterfall style of dresser is very art deco in style, so we wanted something with that kind of feel.  AND we needed to camouflage the boo boos on the drawer fronts with some big graphic treatment.  I found this poster from World War I (a perfect fit for the art deco style of the dresser) which served as our inspiration, and off we went!


We simplified the original poster, so it just reads “Join the Air Service” and we removed the soldiers for a bit of a cleaner look.  Cara and I tag-teamed the painting of the poster across the drawer fronts.  I did a little bit of distressing and an antiquing glaze, and here’s how it turned out:





It’s difficult to tell in the pictures, but the strip above the drawers and the wavy part below the drawers is painted a bright, shiny, metallic silver.  The sides and top of the dresser are gray and the trim is navy.

Here’s the matching headboard and footboard.  (The bed posts are also the metallic silver…)



Little boys deserve cool rooms too!  ;)   My husband said he wished he were eight so it could be in his room.  :D

Happy Wednesday!


Linking to:

Somewhat Simple, Miss Mustard Seed, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Perfectly Imperfect, I Heart Naptime, Life in the Fun Lane


  1. I absolutely LOVE it!! That is so cool I can't stand it. I love that you said boys deserve cool rooms too - I can't agree more. :)

  2. You did a GREAT job...very creative and well executed!

  3. Wow I am blown away, that is amazing! There are people that can paint furniture, and there are artists...I can only claim to be in the first camp, but you two are definitely in both :)

    xx Karen

  4. Wonderful!!!
    I want to be an eight years boy too!!

  5. GORGEOUS. I've featured you today :)

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  6. utterly amazing! you girls really are astonishing and artistic. i wish i could do that- i am blown away!

  7. You painted that? I'm shocked and amazed that you can do that. It is the most wonderful boys' dresser I've ever seen!

  8. AMAZING!!!! You girls did an absolutely WONDERFUL job! I can't get over how good that turned out (like always!) ... it's just perfect for a little guy! :)

  9. Love that! What a great way to cover up imperfections. That is a darling set.

  10. Too cute! I love this. A great way to camo bad chipping veneer too - thanks for sharing!


  11. Oh my amazing! You two sure pulled this one through. I just cannot believe the detail on this dresser. My jaw is still on the floor. Great job you talented ladies!

  12. that literally took my breath away! it is gorgeous!!!


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  13. INCREDIBLE!!!!! You did an OUTSTANDING job!!!!


  14. This is SO cute and SO impressive! I'm so jealous of your artistic painting skills!! Awesome! -shaunna :)

  15. That dresser is amazing! I don't know any little boy that wouldn't LOVE to have that in his room! And the matching bed frame just puts it over the top. Genius! Love it!

  16. Stopping by to say I LOVE your blog! Lots of sassy ideas! I would love it if you would add me to your blog list... you are already on mine! :)

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  17. Amazing! My youngest nephew would have loved to have a room decorated like that when he was young. He loves all things dealing with aviation. I totally agree that "little boys deserve cool rooms too!" Typically I see more ideas about how to decorate rooms for girls. Even in magazines you see one boy bedroom for every 3 girl bedrooms.

    You really did a fabulous job!

    ~ Tracy

  18. that is amazing! I love it.

  19. Your creativity known no bounds. Unbelievable again girls. Standing O!!!

  20. OMG, that is absolutely fabulous! We have a 4 yr. old with an airplane theme room. This is a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing.


  21. What an amazing job you guys did!!! I am so impressed! I really like everything about these pieces but of course the dresser is just awesome!
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Talent, ladies. You've got talent. Very striking and one lucky little guy.

  23. Wow..what a dresser! Some little boy is lucky! You two did an amazing paint job. How fun and so creative!

  24. This is so unique and COOL! I'm working on my son's room too. I love this look - outstanding painting!

  25. i love it! you are amazing! you do beautiful work!

  26. The dresser is soooo adorable! What a fantastic job yall did!! GoshI love it. What a lucky boy. The room is looking nice.

  27. You know my feelings on this, girls. I will say after seeing it again, and noticing even more detail, I'm quite blown away! I need a mural painted, okay? :) Thank you so much for sharing it at my little party! -shaunna :)

  28. impressive! This is the best little boy's dresser makeover that I have seen in a LONG time.

    I love the painting and detail on it.

  29. Super cute! What little boy wouldn't love that? It would also be really adorable in a military themed guest room. (my husband is in aviation, so it would work in our home) :)

  30. What a charming piece of furniture you have created! Very creative and artistic work. You two are extraordinarily talented. Thanks for sharing here on your blog for the rest of us to be inspired by your work.

  31. okay, you've won me over now. i'm your newest follower!

  32. Would you mind sharing the paint color you used on the walls?



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