I’ve been working on creating a new bedroom for my boy and his primary request for the room is “sports”. And not just sports, but “sports EVERYTHING!” So far I’ve painted, assembled bunk beds, hung nightstands and book ledges, added lighting, and created the wall-o-books. But I haven’t added much in the way of sports so it was time to get on that. Enter the DIY baseball scoreboard.
Can you tell this kid has been into the World Series (or World Serious as my daughter calls it)? I’ve seen a few versions of this type of scoreboard but decided to create my own for pretty cheap. And that way I could customize it to say “Pierce Field”. I used a $3.99 board from Home Depot, some paint I had on hand, my favorite chalkboard contact paper (which I also used in the kids’ playroom and for our fridge), and then some vinyl lettering. Here’s how it went down.
In other words, take a board, paint it, tape off some lines to paint, then add lettering. I added individual chalkboard squares for the inning scores but in retrospect it may have been easier to just add one large area of chalkboard contact paper and then to draw lines if I wanted. That aside, it was a pretty straightforward project and so fun to make.
I hung the scoreboard behind his bedroom door, low enough for the kids to write on it easily. I also grabbed an extra board I had on hand and a few hooks from Home Depot, and created a row of hooks to add more function.
What I love about this corner is that it takes a previously ignored spot in the room and gives it some life. Here is the before – boring:
And now, even with the door fully opened, you can still see that something fun is happening back there.
And when closed, it is no longer a dead, bare spot but it totally fits into the room.
The kids have been playing on this daily (I credit the World Serious timing) and have been having so much fun making up scores and then acting out all the plays to get to those scores. Not that I’m a fan of kids playing baseball in the bedroom, but it is pretty cute…
Okay, next week I’ll share the completed room. Guess that means I need to actually finish it. I’ve done all the stuff I think is “fun” – using power tools, doing a little DIY, and creating a new layout, but it is the finishing stuff that I have a hard time putting together. So wish me luck on the final touches.
P.S. Be sure to check out all the other fun spaces in the challenge here.