Ready For Take-Off

Ready For Take-Off

I hope you are all having a fantastic week.  Here in TX the weather has been gorgeous!  Hopefully we won’t have another cold spell, because I’m loving this 70-80 degree weather!

I wanted to share with you a painting project today for a bedroom room.  As you know our son LOVES flying.  It’s his passion (and major).  G is not a pilot, but he also has strong passion for aircraft.  So we have this airplane room that brings the runway right into the house.  I don’t have step by step pictures for these two projects because it all depends on your wall and the door you use.  My dimensions won’t be the same as yours.  I know your thinking what are you talking about!  So let me show you.


Both of these projects are a painting chore and involve some math.  But I love the outcome! We did these projects several years ago when we redecorated his room.  Here is what you will need to do to make your own runways.  Don’t be afraid if you mess up, it’s just paint so paint over it and try again!  Just bring your patience to this project.

1.  Measure your wall so you know your dimensions.

2. Pick your runway number.  Our wall has 17, and whether or not that’s a real runway number is beyond me.  I told Brack to pick me a number with straight lines because we have that heavy knockdown texture and it’s to difficult to get a curve.  It’s difficult enough getting a straight line!  So 17 was his choice.  The desk was smooth so he chose 24.

3. Draw out your design using a reduced scale so you know the dimensions needed for all the rectangles and number.

4. Cut out the shapes from large paper pieces in the right dimensions, or just use an overhead to get the right size.  I used an overhead, and used the shapes from my scaled down drawing.  I adjusted the overhead until I got the right dimensions then drew the numbers on the wall, and use painters tape to mark off all the rectangles and border.

5. Bring a steady hand and get to painting!  The bottom of the wall is a charcoal gray, the top a light gray, and then white for the runway graphics.



For the desk top we just used an old door.  Then G screwed some 2×4 pieces to the wall, and built the end leg from some soda crates and old lumber.  Our challenge was to do it all with stuff we had.

I hope your able to incorporate this into your life for some boy who also has a passion and love for airplanes.  It’s a little tedious, but so worth it!

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  2. I love this look, so fun for a boy to have a room like this. I like that you have made his room fun, impeccably decorated, but still a boy room he can enjoy. My boys are into anything transportation and I have had such fun decorating their room. It must be a boy thing, they love things that move and go fast.

    • I agree with the boy thing. However, I’m not sure they outgrow it because my hubs just had surgery and is out of commission for a while. His TV watching consists of things that move also. If your boys are into transportation there is a video series “There Goes an….airplane, train, etc” They are awesome. I have to admit that I enjoyed them, but only the first couple of times.

      Shannon ~

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  11. This is so cool! I’m looking into doing a makeover of my son’s room–pinning this for inspiration!

  12. This is really, really cool! I’ve never seen a room done with this idea before, you have something quite unique here, I think. Thank you so much for sharing this at this week’s History and Home Link Party on We Call It Junkin – take care! -Dawn

    • Thank you so much for such a sweet compliment. We love how it turned out, and I hope it’s unique. I’m flattered to get such an awesome comment from you because I enjoy your blog so much.

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