Above is a photo of my son Cameron's room a couple of years ago when we was a wee babe (cue wistful music.) Somehow, it seems he turned THREE this summer, and while he has grown in both height and personality, his room has not changed. Well, that's not true, it got WAY messier than this (as did he).
I had great plans for a whole new look for his room, but as I started plotting and gathering, my elder son got wind of it and insisted that HE wanted the new look. I debated a bit, since I don't want Cam to feel that he is always getting hand-me-downs and nothing new (even though that is the absolute truth) but at this point, he really doesn't care what's in his room, and Will does. Plus, I haven't touched Will's room in as many years, so I decided why not.
As a result, this weekend I moved many of Will's items into Cam's room, and took out all the baby stuff. Note to new parents: don't go too crazy buying all those cute baby items, because it won't be long until you are putting them in the Goodwill/Give-to-friends bag and shedding a tear over a) the insane adorableness of it and how quickly time passes, and b) the insane amount you spent on it.
I am happy to say that this new update cost all of $0. I simply moved things I already had around, mostly from Will's room, but also drawing on a couple of other places in the house. The dresser had moved in a while ago and actually has my husband's clothes in it (I have no idea where we are going to put things when the boys clothes are bigger...). The gorgeous colourful art is from Will's room and was made by my friend Yara. However, the little framed piece next to it is also by Yara and was made just for Cam (see the little box riding on the big box? It's him and Will. :) ). The Hunter and the Animals print was bought at an estate sale.
I couldn't bear to part with the simple elephant painting I did just yet, so it stayed. We took the side off Cam's Ikea crib ages ago to give him a Big Boy Bed (he chose the floor instead for months) but his new bed is waiting in the garage to be painted - not sure what colour now!)
As for Will's room, the fun has only just begun. I'll leave you this one photo showing what we did today as a teaser of what's to come! Again, I was lucky enough to have most of these things or steal them from my folk's house in NB, save for the lighthouse I got at Value Village for 99¢. :)
Hopefully this won't result in my eldest growing up feeling entitled, and my youngest feeling passed-over. Right now Will is SUPER excited about doing this room with me, and Cam is perfectly content with his. But... would you have done it this way?