My 6 year old son, Grant, loves music and theater. He told me recently that he wanted a "rock star" room. Of course, it doesn't take much to get me to redesign a room, so I went to work. Both he and my 3 year old love pretending to be in a band and putting on shows, so I decided to build a stage.
Since I'm not a carpenter, I spent a long time thinking of how I was going to pull this off relatively easily. I decided to use old pallets - the perfect platform!
I used two pallets and covered each of them with pieces of plywood.
I then covered them with an inexpensive gray indooor/outdoor rug from Home Depot.
They loved it, but of course, the stage definitely needed something more. I had left over burlap fabric that I patchworked together in a triangle shape and hung it from the
ceiling above the stage.
Honestly, my boys would have been very content at this point, but I wasn't. I didn't want to hang a stage curtain because it wouldn't have lasted long with two rambunctious boys around. I decided instead to paint the remainder of the stage on the wall. I taped off the areas and painted in several stages.
I used black chalkboard paint at the top as a marquee and "behind" the curtains...that way, the boys can write the name of their show and draw in their backdrop.
After I completed this, I decided to add the vertical marquee surrounded by DIY "lights". I cut ping pong balls in half, hot glued in wet floral foam and topped each with a small piece of paper. I then used Command poster strips to hang them. None of them have come off yet...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
My boys love the stage! They had friends over recently, and when I asked them what the name of their show was, they replied, "Rockers of Death." Uh, yeah...
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