Vintage Farm-Themed Room

As part of Typography Appreciation Month, I’ve shared with you two tutorials on how to make a vintage ruler growth chart and an advertising-inspired sign. This week, I’ll reveal all of Ryker’s room, which features typography in numerous ways. It’s been nearly 4 years in the making, and I’m always adding, changing and rearranging things, but overall the vintage farm theme has been my inspiration.

When you first walk in you’ll probably notice the signs, every where, on all 4 walls. Galt is where my husband and I grew up and his dad got the sign from working a railroad job. The Jackson St. sign is one I picked up at a flea market years ago for $12. The Route 66 sign is from swap shop for $3. The Country Raised “BOY” sign is one I hand painted (tutorial here). And the license plates have been collected over the years, either from my husband’s old cars/trucks or flea market finds. Other vintage farm items include an antique saw, random iron tools and a John Deere thermometer.


Vintage farm themed bedroom

Vintage farm themed bedroom



Ryker's RoomThe cow and the pig were helium balloons from our baby shower that we kept for decoration. The small bench and Lego table were both mine as a child.
Ryker's RoomThis bookcase was handed down to my husband from a relative, while the John Deere corn planter container was his grandfather’s. Jackson made the wooden base for it. The rocking chair was made by a close friend’s grandfather. He makes one for all of his grandkids, and Ryker was lucky enough to be included in that bunch!

Ryker's RoomOf course, Ryker has to have his own TYPOGRFX. I actually waited to create this until he was about a year and a half, because we wanted to capture some of the nicknames and fun things we liked to do with him as a baby. My favorite – Mr. Babypants. (There’s a whole song that goes along with this nickname we made up. I can still sing it word for word.)



And Ryker’s truly impressive bunk bed. Let me explain. In our old house, we were so crammed for space, that we had to make use of vertical space as much as possible. Jackson had this bunk bed from his childhood and he added a “lift kit” of sorts to make it tall enough to put his weight bench under (this was before I came along). When we moved here, we figured with our tall ceilings, we might as well keep it as is. So when Ryker graduated from a crib to a big boy bed, we started out with the mattress on the floor underneath and used the bunks for storage (our house does not have any closets – more on that some other time). Eventually, we built stairs and a removable side rail and moved the mattress up to the bottom bunk (which is a good 3 feet off the floor) so Ryker could have the additional play space underneath the bed.

Ryker's bed

Ryker’s bed

And if you’re going to have a bed 3-feet off the floor, you have to have stairs to it. My husband built these (trust me I tried and was going to fail). But I painted, lettered and distressed them for that vintage look. This is my second favorite thing in the room (besides the “BOY” sign). It reads “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep” which is a line I found from a song. My husband, always being a comedian, took one look at it and read it aloud from bottom to top (go ahead and do it) and has joked about it ever since.



An under-bed hideaway would not be complete without a “parking garage” as Ryker calls it (my husband calls it the “ratty shelf” because it’s another burn pile save.. I screwed salvaged bead board to the back and painted/distressed it. Hey, it was FREE!). I picked up the “corral” for the animals at a flea market for $8. There’s also Christmas lights for added ambience!



And lastly, we have to keep track of how fast this “BOY” is growing, so I made my own version of a ruler growth chart – again using a board from our neighbor’s burn pile (tutorial here). It was  painted white and on a whim, I applied stain over top of the paint resulting in a unique but perfectly aged look.

Growth Chart

Growth Chart

And there you have it! A vintage farm-themed bedroom fit for any country “BOY” complete with tons of examples of using typography in decor.