I had a couple of Hobby Lobby gift cards so I decided to go there and look around. All of their metal decor was 50% off! I was able to get a few things there and add them to the other items I had:
I was really excited to find the multi-colored chevron hanging...they had several of these at Hobby Lobby on clearance. All they consisted of was heavy fabric stapled onto a wooden frame; I think they had used them as a display at one time. Most of them were kind of ugly but this one just seemed to stand out and yell Caleb's name. So I snagged it for $8. The horseshoe, metal "C" hanging, and gasoline sign were also all from Hobby Lobby and 50% off. I found the mustache/top hat fabric remnant at Walmart and used it to make a dresser cover and a wall hanging (I stapled it to a cheap canvas I found at Jo-Ann). The mailbox is from Jo-Ann...Caleb loves getting mail so I figured it would be fun to leave little notes and surprises for him in there once in a while. I got the clock from Target; he can't tell time yet but it will be good to have when he can. And finally, I made the Cowboy and Engineer pictures from that Goodwill book I found a few weeks back.
I hung stuff up yesterday afternoon. I thought Caleb would come running when he heard me hammering nails into the wall, but he was distracted by a movie he was watching, so in the end it was kind of fun to see him run in there and see everything at once! He hadn't seen any of the stuff I found so it was all a big surprise!
Here's one wall....it's the one to your right when you first walk in, between his bedroom door and his closet:
Then there's the wall by his train table...you can see it straight ahead as you walk in:
And here's what's going on over his bed:
Hopefully that will help it from getting scratched...and dusty. :o)
There's still a lot of blank space above his dresser, but we can figure that out at some point. Whatever we put there, it'll have to be like his other stuff...cheap or free!