Football Game–Boys Room Decor and Game

A couple of weeks ago I shared a sneak peak of this subway art dresser as part of a Silhouette Giveaway and Project.  The dresser is part of my second oldest son’s room redo after his older brother (who used to share this room) moved into his own room which I share here: Boys Room Makeover

For a Lowes challenge, recently we were challenged to use Pantone’s Color of the Year in a project.  Now I have spent the last year and a half transitioning green out of my home décor.  My house was full of green and now it is not.  So this was particularly challenging for me simply because I had no where to use it in my home, and I am not a fan of making something that I was not going to really use.

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So I racked my brain about something that I could feel authentic about for my home’s style right now.  I was right in the middle of working on my son’s room, who LOVES sports, especially Football, Lacrosse and Baseball and he wanted a sports themed room.  This kid loves to play the paper football game.  You know the one where you make a triangle football out of a piece of folded paper and then shoot it through your opponents fingers that are shaped like a field goal?  So I decided to make him a football field to play it on and to also double as room decoration. 

Here is how I made it.  I took a piece of plywood and cut it down to measure 38 inches x 20 inches.

My husband is such a perfectionist and insisted that this small field be the exact proportions of a standard football field.  He played football in college and also is a huge fan of the sport, so I had to let him get his way on it, but let him do all the math to figure it out.  I will just tell you the measurements so you can copy them if you want.

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Then I painted it with Valspar Signature paint with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Emerald Green.  It took two coats.  After the paint had dried I used a ruler to mark out the yard lines and goal lines on the field.

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Then took my silhouette and cut out the yardage lines and numbers and laid them every 2 inches apart.  I painted the end zones blue.  Then painted a varnish over the entire field to protect the vinyl and to keep it from peeling off.

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I added some side pieces to make it into a box and simply used some flat door moldings that I had painted white.    We cut two side pieces on the length 38 and the end pieces 20 and the extra width of the wood to make them match up. 

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We glued them in place and held them together with clamps to dry.

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The field goals we made out of cutting a small wooden dowel for the base and then a square wooden dowel.  We glued them together with wood glue and then drilled hole in the end zone for them to sit in.  You can glue them in place or just make it so they can be removed if needed. 

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We opted for the latter since my son likes to use this for his little football and soccer guys to play on as well.  He puts a little soccer net on the field sometimes.

Now this sits in his room as décor when he is not using it. 

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I am pretty happy with how it turned out…especially because he actually uses it.  That is always a bonus.

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DIY Pallet Headboard

So…I promised this DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial that we made for my son’s room, several weeks ago…oopsie.  I don’t know what took me so long to finally share this…but nevertheless…here it is for those of you who are interested.

I decided to build the headboard after seeing my friend Char from Crap I’ve Made’s pallet headboard for her daughter’s room.

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This is one of the simpler projects we have made.  The hardest part is getting those darn pallets boards off the frame.  Those nail/screws are brutal.  We pried a few off and then just ended up chopping the boards off of the pallet with a chop saw…so much easier!

Some people have raised concerns about possible chemicals in pallets.  If this concerns you, simply use other boards.  You can also google how to make new wood look old.

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Here is what you will need to make your own Pallet Headboard:

Materials and Sizes:

2 – 2X6 48 inches in length

1 – 2X4 61 inches in length

1 – 2X4 50 inches in length

2 – ½ inch plywood pieces 10X22 inches

Enough 40 inch long pallet boards to make a width of 61 ½ inches

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We made the frame by placing the 61 inch 2×4 piece at the top and 2×6 pieces on each edge of the 2×4.

We then placed the bottom of the 50 inch 2×4 28 inches from floor end of the 2x6s.

Then you will need the plywood pieces to provide support to the connections of all the pieces (we inset the plywood ½ inch from the top and side to make the piece hidden from view on the completed head board).

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Flip the frame over and lay out the pallet boards on the frame (we had the top and sides over lap the frame by ¼ inch).

Use wood glue and a staple or nail gun to adhere the boards to the frame. Stain and varnish completed the finish.

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We drilled holes (aligned with the bed frame) in the bottom of the 2×6 posts of the headboard and then bolted the bed frame securely in place.

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That’s really all there is to it.  Such an easy project and it has been perfect in my son’s room.  To see the entire room reveal you can go here:  Boy’s Room Reveal.  We also made a fun Pallet Map for my son’s room.  You can see that here:  Wood Pallet Map.

Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

Several of you requested the tutorial for the wood pallet map we made for my son’s room that I shared with you the other day.  This was a super simple project and cost literally nothing for us other than the cost of the map.  You can’t beat that now can you?

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First of all we picked up some pallets for FREE at our local nursery.  They will allow you to take up to 8 pallets before they charge.  Score!

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Then comes the tough part.  These pallets have some serious nails holding them together.  It takes some serious muscle strength to get these planks off.  We ended up cutting off the two ends right up to the nails and then just pulling out the middle nails.

Then I took a heavy duty file and sanded down the edges and the rough spots of each plank.

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Make sure you have enough pallets to have a bit of overhang on the map so you can see your pallet wood.  It gives it an antiqued look.  You can cut your map down a bit so that it fits better too, which is what we did.

We connected the pallet planks together with a piece of plywood on the back and then glued them into place with Gorilla Wood Glue (my favorite wood glue).

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We found our map on Amazon for a $1! They had a few different styles and we went for a more Old World look.

Trim around the edges in a non-patterned way to give it a more worn look without crisp clean edges.

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Then take a candle and burn the map around the edges.  We did this outside and had a pitcher of water on hand….just in case.

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We burnt the map all around the edges and then even burnt some holes in the middle of the map in some of the less prominent areas on the map.

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Lay your map onto the wood pallets.  This next part you will need and Exact-o Knife to cut the map into long strips.  Now I debated about cutting the map, but I wanted the individual wood planks to show through and give some detail to the map.  I was worried that if I just Mod Podged the map without cutting it, it would just be a flat map.

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I am SO glad I decided to cut the map.  It added so much more detail and un-perfectness to the overall look.

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We recruited the kids to help us hold the map into place while we cut it.  We did not want it to move at all and mess up the cut.

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We cut the map one section at a time.  When we had a new strip, we Mod Podged it onto the individual plank.

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We purposely left a small space between each plank.

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After all the strips were glued onto the pallets, we let it dry completely.  Then we put two coats of water-based polycrylic in a satin finish on the map to keep it nice and protected.

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I LOVE it! And so does my son!  He wants to pin the places he has been to on this map as well.  What do you think?

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I was inspired to make this map when I came across this image (below) on Pinterest.  I searched all over to find the original source of the map so I could link back and give credit to who made this and I could not for the life of me find out where it is from.

My search led me to believe that it may have been sold at Hobby Lobby a while ago. If anyone knows where I can find the original site for this I would love to know so I can give them credit and a link!