Before & After: Jackson’s Airplane Bedroom

Can it be true? A real, truly finished room in our house? That’s right, we’ve got one! 

I say it that way because, while we do have other rooms that I’d consider to be “finished,” this one is actually decorated to a point that I’m very happy with and it no longer has a to do list. 

Jacksons Room Before 1 Jacksons Room Before 2

When we bought our house, as you can see from the photos, the bedroom was a lovely shade of magenta, had wood floors and no closet. We actually removed a linen closet from the hallway in order to create a closet in Jackson’s bedroom (which also made room for more space in the former guest room/now baby’s room and you’ll see that another time). The floors were not in really great condition and the subfloors were all in desperate need of being replaced, so they were also removed and the brand new subfloors covered in cushy carpet. We actually prefer carpeted bedrooms, personally, so that worked out just fine for us. And last, but not least, the magenta paint was changed to be a more neutral, tan color. 

Boys Airplane Bedrom Jacksons Airplane Bedroom AFTER

Originally, we had Jackson’s crib in this room with his nursery furniture from our Houston house. Now, with baby brother on the way, we moved the nursery furniture to his room and Jackson got a whole new, big boy set. At first, we thought we would just get him some toddler/little kid furniture that we’d eventually replace when he got to be 10 years old or so. When it came down to it, we changed our minds and bought a set that was a little more mature and will grow with him. This way, as he grows out of the airplane theme, we can get new window treatments and bedding with the main pieces still being a good fit. 


I’ve always liked the Restoration Hardware Baby & Child vintage airplane bedding set and am so excited to have this be the theme of Jackson’s room. All of the bedding is from Restoration Hardware and the FLY pillow is an Etsy buy. Lamps are also Restoration Hardware and I really like that they’re small and Jackson likes that he can turn them on and off himself. We also tried a Tuft & Needle mattress for this bed and it is super comfortable! I loved the option of it being delivered to our door in a box and the quick and easy setup, and it has worked out very well so far!

We had the window valences done with the Restoration Hardware bedding (an extra set of sheets) and the Mickey Mouse airplane photo is from the Art of Animation at Walt Disney World. The hanging airplane is actually something that my dad made when he was a little boy, and we just love that it’s a more personal piece to have in this room.

Pottery Barn Kids Chair

We hope that this will become a little reading corner for Jackson. We do read one of his evening books there every night and he seems to really like it. He does love this little leather chair, which is from Pottery Barn Kids, and tells us that we can’t sit in it because it’s just the right size for only him. One of my favorite things about his bed is that the end is bookshelves (or storage for later) and he can access and choose his books, as well as put them away!

Airplane Bedroom Dresser Corkboard

I really needed something for this wall and saw this corkboard at Pottery Barn Kids when my mom and I were shopping a couple of weeks ago. I like the idea of putting little things up there from trips or his sports, and it adds a little more personality and fun to his room. 

Product Sources:
Paint color: Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan // Bed: Hooker Furniture // Nightstands: Hooker Furniture // Dresser: Hooker Furniture // Bedding: RH Baby & Child // Airplane Pillow: RH Baby & Child // FLY Pillow: A Grace Unlimited // Lamps: RH Baby & Child // Airplane Blueprint Art: RH Baby & Child // Chesterfield Leather Mini Chair: Pottery Barn Kids // Navy Framed Corkboard (large): Pottery Barn Kids // Airplane Clock: Pier 1 // Airplane Toy: Hobby Lobby



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