A barn-style loft bed and equine murals make this blue-ribbon bedroom a horse-lover's dream come true.
To create a mural, enlarge a horse poster at a copy shop and "trace" it onto the wall by sticking pins through it, then paint in the details with acrylics.
Build the loft bed from rough-sawn oak, oriented strand board, and salvaged hardware. The stall bars are metal conduit fit into strips of wood.
Sew a duvet cover by using horse-themed fabric and edge the board under the mattress with a leather rein. Beneath the bed, a small bench, a bulletin board, and a light, can be used as a quiet space where your child can play.
For the ceiling, screw old roofing tin to the eaves over the bed. Cover the panels on the existing bedroom and closet doors and paint them with white X's for a barn door look. Add decorative plaques made from rough lumber painted with Rust-Oleum.
For the window treatment, hang hickory saplings by using leather loops and cut pieces from an Indian-print saddle blanket and tie to the branches with rope.
Add a sawhorse, cover it with a large stuffed horse, and top it with a saddle pad and saddle borrowed from a barn. A cabinet, which can be built from the same wood and hardware as the bed, can showcase a collection of toy horses.