My 11 1/2 year old is consumed by Minecraft these days and while we were working on our master bedroom, N asked if he could re-do his room next. I asked him what he had in mind and, of course, the answer was “Minecraft”! I have to say that I had no idea what Minecraft even looked like. I know he loves playing the game, he’s shown it to me before, but I hadn’t paid much attention because video games don’t really interest me. As a kid, I received an Atari 2600, which was coveted by every kid in the neighborhood but me. I wanted something else, what I no longer recall, but my mother bought me the game system instead because she knew it was popular and thought I would really like it, bless her. So when my son told me he wanted to decorate his room like a video game, my mind pretty much went blank. Where to even start?
Coincidentally, Apartment Therapy ran a post about a Minecraft inspired room and I showed it to N to see if it was along the lines of what he wanted. He liked it a lot.
(image from Apartment Therapy)
It certainly gave me a starting point and I have to say if he was going to pick a video game as his inspiration, this one at least has some cute design possibilities. N and I sat down together and did some quality mother/son web surfing to get an idea of how he would like to decorate his room. He found some items that he feels are “must have”. He definitely wants posters and we found these two on ThinkGeek:
N really likes the first one and I really like the second one. I made the mistake of gushing over it a little too much, using words like “cute” and “steampunk”. He was eyeing it suspiciously after that but I made sure to dial it back. Too much enthusiasm can have the opposite effect with 11 year old boys. They want their mothers to approve but not to embrace. If he remotely thought I might want that poster for myself, forget it. (But I really do like it!)
He also decided that he needs either the pickax or the sword for his wall. They’re cute but they’re $20.00 a piece, which too much for a foam implement. They’re available at ThinkGeek, as well, although I’m going to find a way to DIY them. We’re on a budget after all.
He would also like to get this torch light, which I have to admit is really cool. This is also available at ThinkGeek, but I’ve seen it on ebay as well.
It can be mounted to the wall like a torch and I have a great idea of where to put one in his room. It’s a little pricey at nearly $40.00, but this is one thing I’m not sure how to DIY. Plus, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have $40.00 worth of materials in it when I was done anyway.
We also found two DIY projects we want to make. N really liked a picture of a Creeper pillow he saw on etsy and wants one for his new couch (yes, he got a new couch!) and he also saw a dirt cube footstool on IKEA Hackers and wants one to prop his feet on while playing video games.
(image by PixelCrafter on Etsy)
I feel confident that we can complete both of these DIY’s, at least to some degree. I’d like to keep the overall cost of this makeover down because in addition to ‘decorating’, we’ve also bought him some new furniture. When we were discussing how to make-over his room, I asked him some questions regarding the form and function of the space. He’s getting older and the bed on a trundle frame just wasn’t cutting it anymore. He described a “chill-out space” to me and said that’s what he like to have in his room. Since he’s well into his tween years and I wanted something that would carry him beyond, we finally decided on a loft bed with some sort of couch or futon underneath. That’s what I’ve been working on for the last week. On Monday, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to so far. I figure that the main thing is getting the furniture and the decorations are secondary, since he’s liable to change his mind in the future.
So, what have you been working on this week?