Sharing how I created a neutral vintage boys bedroom in our 1800s fixer upper farmhouse.
Vintage Americana Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Home Decor
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Vintage Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Inspiration
My design goal for our 1800s fixer upper is to create spaces that feel authentic to our homes history. You can tour our whole house when we first bought it HERE.
I enjoy the challenge of bringing life back to our old home while still appreciating the original character of the house. I wanted to do the same for our kid’s rooms as well. When designing a bedroom for my son, I was very inspired by wooden toys and vintage Americana decor.
Farmhouse Fixer Upper Bedroom BEFORE
As you can see, I had a long way to go when I first tackled this project. Every inch of this room needed to be prepped and painted from ceiling to floor. I share how I paint wood and tile floors HERE.
The ceiling was a mauve color that took four coats of paint to cover. Nothing about a room renovation is quick, especially when you live in a fixer upper. However, I was able to save some time by adding these awesome outlet covers and light switch covers that prevented me from needing to hire someone to change out all the fixtures to make them white.
Walls & Trim: White Moderne by Behr Ultra Scuff Defense in Flat
Floors: Edgecomb Gray by Behr Porch and Patio in Low Luster
Fireplace, dresser, chair: Ash by Fusion Mineral Paint
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Vintage Boys Bed
Several years ago (before I was even married) I was driving home from work and saw a vintage inspired wooden Jenny Lind style crib on the side of the road. I picked it up with the intention of using it as decor. When I began designing this vintage boys farmhouse bedroom, I knew that crib would be perfect!
I loved our Newton baby mattress so much in our nursery, I got another one for this room. I created a fun layered gallery wall by nailing empty vintage frames and adding a vintage print and plane model hanging from fishing string.
I also made a DIY pendant light using a $2 vintage enamel shade from a garage sale and this light kit. An upside down wicker basket would also be perfect for this project. These black out curtains work amazing and add an extra cozy vibe.
Well Woven Rug: Lola Jute Chevron Natural Hand-Woven Chunky-Textured Rug in the 8×10
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When my first son was two months old we ventured out to an estate sale down the road from our house. When picking through the barn I found an old painted sign that was from a local gas station. I loved the colors and history of it so I bought it with the intention to use it as a focal point in his future room.
Since finding that sign, I began collecting other vintage pieces that had an Americana vibe to them. I painted the antique fireplace mantel in Ash by Fusion Mineral Paint to compliment the sign. I carried that color throughout the room as well. I painted the doors Putty by FMP.
DIY Changing Table
I bought this old dresser off Craigslist several years ago for $20. I loved the shape of it but it needed some TLC. I painted it Ash black to match the fireplace mantel and added a changing pad to create a simple changing table that doubles as a dresser. It has plenty of storage and will continue to be useful even after we no longer need a changing table.
Cozy vintage farmhouse boys bedroom details
I wanted this room to be a cozy retreat for my son. Not only should his room be comfortable to sleep in, but I also wanted it to serve as a play space. I added the Lola Jute Chevron Natural Hand-Woven Chunky-Textured Rug in 8×10 by Well Woven Rugs and it was the perfect addition to tie the room together. It’s softer than most jute rugs and the perfect place for my son to play.
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To pull the vintage Americana theme together and create the patriotic vibe I was going for I brought in my collection of old American flags. This collection has grown over years of yard sale finds. I’ve always been drawn to the vintage American flags that are torn and tattered.
Over the years my collection has grown to have American flags in all different ages and sizes. I chose a few of my favorites to display, including my all time favorite old flag that has ’76’ enclosed by a circle of stars. It’s similar to this one I found online that has an authentic vintage look.
Thank you so much for touring my boy’s vintage farmhouse bedroom. A lot of paint, time, and vintage treasures came together to create the perfect rustic Americana decor themed boys bedroom. This room was a labor of love and I look forward to watching my sons grow up enjoying this space I created for them.
A great way to get a similar look for your home is to shop the thrift store, antique shops, flea markets, and vintage shops. These are all great places to source items like old flags, vintage paintings, mason jars, canvas prints, vintage red decor, and other primitive Americana decor. If you want to learn all my tricks for finding affordable vintage and antique treasures check out my free eBook, Top Secret Antiquing Tips & Tricks
I hope this shows that patriotic decorating is a simple way to decorate for more than just Independence Day/ July 4th, Memorial Day weekend, and other patriotic holidays. Be sure to leave any questions you may still have about this room in the comments below and follow along on Instagram for more behind the scenes and day to day life.