Before: Little-Boy StyleDiane Heppting's 4-year-old son, Steven, has outgrown his bedroom. This energetic child is ready for a "big-boy" room where he can transition into a preteen.
Steven needs a new bed and storage for his toys and books. He already has a computer of his own that sits on a toy chest, so he needs a real desk he can use now and after he starts school. The Design on a Dime team creates a train-themed room that will suit Steven and his mom for less than $1000.
After: Big-Boy FurnishingsA coat of leaf-green paint sets the tone for the more mature space. The design team replaces his crib with a loft bed and brings in a functional computer desk and chair. A rolling train table will provide an easy-access way for him to play with his trains while keeping them out of the way when not in use.
BeddingDesign coordinator Summer Baltzer gets started on the window treatments and bedding for the space. Using a vintage-look train pattern, she creates the bedding, then borders red fabric with the train fabric for the drapes.
Train TableDesign coordinator Charles Burbridge builds the train table with medium-density fiberboard (MDF). He attaches pieces vertically to a platform of MDF and shapes the top edge of each side piece to simulate mountain terrain. He then sands the edges super smooth so little fingers won't catch splinters. After attaching rollers to the bottom, he uses spray adhesive and a staple gun to cover the top with green felt. He creates trees for the platform with sea sponges and oven-bake clay.
DioramaInterior designer Lee Snijders creates a train-scene diorama using floral foam and miniature trains and buildings he found at his favorite hobby shop. After sculpting the foam and setting the components in place, he paints everything with great detail.
Computer DeskA new computer desk provides a functional space for playing and learning. A fun red lamp illuminates the workspace.
Railroad SignsSummer uses an overhead projector to transfer railroad sign images onto the walls. She traces and fills them in with acrylic paint. Bright-red depot lanterns give Steven's new room an authentic touch of whimsy.
- Benjamin Moore, HC-122 Great Barrington, $ 35.67 per gallon - Mark's Paint Store
Bed - $400
Train Table - $150
Diorama - $185
- signal tower, 1500604, $16.95
- depot, 9332806, $29.98
- bushes, 7850145, $8.29
- pine trees, T2, $15.00
- cut stone, 7851253, $5.99
- train, $34.00
- HO Midwest Cork, 4723013, $1.35
- track, Atlas, 1500168, no charge
- paint, 3318011 (Yellow), 4225843 (Denim Blue), 4226361 (Black), 4226296 (Ivory), $.99 each - JoAnn Fabric
Fabrics - $100
- felt, 2127439 (Hunter Green), 1780865 (Tan), $ 4.99 per yard - JoAnn
- bedding fabric, C1953, $7.50 - Michael Levine
Computer desk - $42
- desk, Mikael, 16386, $39.99 - Ikea
- chair, Stefan, 16384, $19.99 - Ikea
Accessories - $26
- desk lamp, Kila, 17796, $14.99 - Ikea
- lanterns, $2.50 each - Goodwill
Vintage chairs - $22
Total - $996