Yellow and Grey Toddler Bedroom

April 19, 2017

Yellow Toddler Bedroom by Of Houses and Trees | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!Here it is friends. The moment I’ve alluded to on several occasions – my eldest daughter’s bedroom reveal. This room is like a vortex that continuously sucks me in. I mean, it’s a super happy fun place that I never have to drag my three year old to as she flails about wildly. Nor visit on numerous occasions during what I refer to as “not so quiet time” because she needs help dressing ponies in their Grand Galloping Gala regalia or requires me to find a teeny doll shoe in the explosive mess of toys.

The thing is, this yellow toddler bedroom truly is a super happy fun place. Yet, much like the ups and downs of teaching a tiny human not to be an asshole, the process of creating this room was also filled with ups and downs.

Let’s start with the paint. Much like with our baby’s room, I decided to paint the window wall an accent colour. I had long ago made up my mind the joyful yet soothing colour combo of yellow and grey would swaddle my eldest’s new room. So a yellow accent wall it was. Except the colour I choose after MUCH deliberation was… awful. It was too bright. Too green-hued. It made me want to puke when I looked at it.

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!
Bedframe, chair, cradle and dresser are all family heirlooms – how cool is that?

I spent some time mulling over how much I would care about a puke-inducing wall in the years to come. Then, we changed the light fixture and lightbulb. Voila! The colour transformed. Pregnant, sick and exhausted with the room makeover before it even began due to the extremely lengthy process of cleaning out the guest room/office that had inhabited it previously – I felt relieved.

I won’t go into detail on every little hiccup we experienced, but even the installation of the aforementioned light fixture did not go smoothly. And speaking of lighting, a lamp met its end on our garage’s concrete floor. This incident led poor Devin to embark on a solo Ikea trip where he convinced a costumer service agent to replace it for free by weaving a tale of woe featuring a pregnant wife murderously enraged over what I can now – with distance – admit was an unfortunate accident.

Then there was the chair, which was featured in a post of its very own. Once again, I will not outline every aspect of that nearly FUBARed project because, as with the broken lamp, time heals all emotional wounds inflicted by incorrectly upholstered furniture. But as with many things in life, the “oopsie” moments are the things we often remember and treasure most. Or is that just me? I do love a good story. Even if it’s one that wasn’t so good when it originally occurred.

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!
Curtains and rod from Jysk. Shelf from One Man’s Treasure.

Take the dresser, which also has a post of its own. Built by my grandpa, it was my mom’s dresser when she was a child. Other than the fact that it was lengthy, the painting process went pretty smoothly. Although the hand painted tree did originally look more like a bolt of lightening and required MANY touch ups before I inevitably said “oh eff it.” Yet, the knobs were the biggest problem. No, not the owl knobs, which I purchased from Whimsical Vintage Creations and think are perfection.

As perfect as they are, the owl knobs were NOT cheap. But I had to have them! So I decided to do four across the top and buy cheap wood ones from a big box store for the rest. Cheap, indeed. We had to make three trips to pick up new knobs because they kept splitting in half upon installation. And, of course, I painted them before they broke so I had to repaint the new ones only to have them break… again. Oh, and did I mention I decided I didn’t like the plain wooden knobs at any of our local big box stores because they were like 1/8″ too big so we had to drive into the city every time we needed new ones?

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!
“Love You Forever” sign from Whimsical Vintage Creations. Love arrow sign by me. Vintage-inspired mounted key by me. All other artwork by Devin Patterson, except the large owl which is a page from the beautiful children’s book Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.

Even the original photos I took of my yellow toddler bedroom didn’t live up to my standards. I had to wait months to retake them because I needed the extremely elusive combination of a sunny morning, which is when the light is best in the room, and someone watching my kids. And yes, I do realize my particular and obsessive nature is the root cause for almost all of these problems. That’s just me.

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!
Both the wood and the glass owl knobs are from Whimsical Vintage Creations.

Now for the aforementioned owl knobs, aka my favourite thing in the room. I don’t even know how long I’ve been pining over these guys (gals?), but I just love them. They’re cute and quirky and where would they belong more than in a cute and quirky yellow toddler bedroom?

Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!
Quilt from Walmart. Plush owl was a gift. Smaller pillow cases from Bed Bath & Beyond. Larger pillow cases by me with fabric from Fabricland.

So, that’s it folks! Much like a proud yet emotionally worn down parent, I could talk about this yellow toddler bedroom for days. But instead I will wrap it up and ask you what’s the most exhausting home project you’ve ever tackled? Also, what’s your favourite colour combo for a kid’s bedroom? Make this longtime coming post feel welcome by commenting below and showing some pinning and subscribing love. 

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Yellow Toddler Bedroom | Welcome to our yellow toddler bedroom. Featuring grey and white accents and an owl motif. This room is a super happy fun place for a cute and quirky kid!

4 thoughts on “Yellow and Grey Toddler Bedroom

  • April 20, 2017 at 9:19 am
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    As always a wonderful blog (whimsical but informative at the same time)! I too love the wee owls and the colour combination of yellow and gray is great. Life never quite runs smoothly does it, especially when you live 100 miles away from the nearest IKEA. Your daughter – the precocious eye fluttering one – must love her owl-y room and will appreciate it all the more when she is older. Word to the wise – she will grow to love elephants instead. What will you do about that? :) love to you all. auntie c.

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    • April 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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      By the time she has grown to love elephants I will have grown tired of the owls and be ready for elephants anyway… I wonder if I could find elephant knobs! Thanks as always for the comment :) You da bomb.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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    I look around this room and I see the hours. 10 hrs to refinish for one piece, 10 hours to do another. You add it all up and furnishing a room by buying items is way easier than refinishing old heirlooms. Maybe that is why when I came home post incident to what Larissa refers to as our “asshole” tolder eating one of the handmade accents in her room Larissa removed basically everything. She said that if our daughter does not appreciate the nice things in her room so she took them away. Afterward she admitted that maybe there was a slight overreaction, but hey I agree that was a 100 hr commitment. I would have done the same.

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    • April 24, 2017 at 8:19 am
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      Hehe – yes. There are times as a parent when you go a little overboard in trying to teach a lesson and then times when you probably don’t go far enough. It all balances out in the end… maybe? Thanks for commenting bud – this room wouldn’t have come together without you!

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