Paxton's Fire Department Bedroom

A couple of weeks ago, we scored a great deal on a set of used bedroom furniture for Paxton's room.  His room had been a hodge podge of hand-me-down and Craigslist furniture, so this set was a very nice upgrade. 

I finally got around to hanging all his fire department-themed artwork last week and thought I'd share the "finished" photos.

Fire Department Themed Boys Bedroom

I've loved his bedding set that we bought at Target years ago.  Unfortunately, it's no longer available (though this one is similar) but we saw the same comforter on a bed in an episode of Good Luck Charlie this week!  Paxton thought that was pretty cool. :)

Paxton Fire Department Framed Canvas Print

About the artwork:

PAXTON Fire Truck Canvas Print

Last summer we stopped in Paxton, IL to see the fire station with Paxton's name all over it on our way home from Chicago.  While we were there, I took that photo hanging over his bed.  Believe it or not, the photo was taken through the glass of the fire station garage with my phone's camera! 

I had it printed at Zazzle as a 36" x 24" premium gloss canvas poster print, spray-mounted it to a cardboard backing and framed it in an open-backed barnwood frame that I bought on Etsy. 

It's like having his very own fire truck! :)

Wood "P"

Both of my kids have one of my wood signs in their room.  Paxton's is my basic brown Monogram Sign, though I've considered making him a "Paxton Fire Department" custom sign with hooks below it to hang costumes.  Maybe one of these days...

Framed T-Shirts

Framed T-Shirts

My dad (a retired Chief from the Chicago Fire Department) has provided us with TONS of CFD t-shirts over the years, so I used several of them in the artwork for Paxton's room.  Instructions for how I framed them are provided here in my Framed T-Shirt Art Tutorial.  The frames are all spraypainted red.

Framed Fire Department T-Shirt Art

Vintage Water Valve Handles as Drawer Pulls

Red Vintage Water Valve Drawer Pulls

Red Vintage Water Valve Drawer Pulls

Several of the drawer pulls on his large dresser were not staying on very well, and the baseball & football pulls that the seller had used in her son's room didn't really go well with Paxton's room. 

I've been eyeing some vintage water valve handles for years as an accent in his Fire Department bedroom, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to buy them! I found two sets of 4 red handles on Etsy from a store called palacecastaway

Boys Bedroom

Brick Wall!?

I'll probably never ACTUALLY do this, but if I was a regular home-decor DIY project blogger, I'd totally get some faux brick wallpaper and turn that back wall into a brick wall -- just like at the firehouses I grew up seeing in Chicago. :)

Boys Fire Station Themed Bedroom

So that's it, Paxton's new room. 

His reaction?  He gave me an appreciative nod and a "This is pretty impressive!" comment. 

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