Josh's Rockin' Race Car Room

Josh's Rockin' Race Car Room

Sarah Rae Smith
Dec 1, 2009

Name: Josh Trombley
Age: 2
Location: Schaghticoke, NY

You might remember Josh's room from the Small Kids Big Color Contest, but a few things have changed and we wanted to give this little man's space a proper showing. Take the full tour, packed with diy details everywhere you look!

Eve Trombley has been hard at work in her son's room. It's a magical space that has just that—space. It's full of oranges and blues, race cars and has room to play and to just be a kid. Make sure to take the time to check out what Eve has to say about the space she created for her son below, she's really gone all out, and has built a space that has just as much personality as the rest of her home.

Ohdeedoh Survey:

Inspiration: David Perry's Hot Rod photo series... it inspired a past bathroom and inspired the wall graphics in here.

Favorite Element: Probably the painting. I made it for Josh before he was born, and hopefully it will be something he keeps and passes down.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to figure out a color scheme to incorporate the blue walls (which were painted first) and the blue car bed (a $30 Craigslist score). When I found the orange Ikea drapes and the fleece fabric for the bedspread, it all fell into place. The other challenge was trying to decorate on a budget since we just bought our house and have been trying to revamp multiple rooms at once. I didn't want the room to be a carbon copy of his nursery in our apartment. I think we accomplished this being a different space while re-using several items that were in his first room.

What Friends Say: "I wish I had a room like this when I was a kid!"

Proudest DIY: The hot rod wall graphics. I think they look really cool and not what you would expect from vinyl wall decals. And the diamond-plate vinyl on the closet doors - originally I was going to paint them with magnetic chalkboard paint, but the "metal" just fits so much better!

Biggest Indulgence: The gas pump. A friend found it on Smart Bargains a couple of years ago and it was $50 with shipping. Other than the Ikea PS Cabinet (a necessity for clothes storage), it was the priciest item in the room.

Best advice: Try to create a space your little one can grow with, without making too many changes as they get older. I hope that when Josh outgrows the toddler bed, he will still like the other elements in the room. And if he doesn't - I know my husband will!

Dream source: Ikea, CB2, Chiasso, Land of Nod

Ikea - white PS cabinet, orange Ritva drapes, wall mounted magazine rack, pillowcase.
Offi - blue plastic pod chair (it's hollow for toy storage).
Brylane Home - yellow rug (eons ago!).
eBay - tin auto signs & diamond-plated vinyl for the closet doors.
Craigslist - bed.
Smart Bargains - Pennzoil gas pump.
Crate & Barrel - mesh metal book rack.

(Thanks, Eve and Josh!)

Images: Eve Trombley

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