Friday, October 25, 2013

Boy's Room Reveal


It is finally time for Part II of the Bedroom Makeover Reveals!  If you missed our daughter's room reveal, you can read it here.  

Before we dive right in with all the details of J's room, let's take a look back at what we started with:


Talk about BORING!  There was no excitement in this room; just a converted crib thrown into the corner and some toys scattered on the floor.  It was dreary, drab, and depressing.

After a few months of hard work, and the obligatory blood, sweat and tears (yes, all three of those things did happen), it is now safe to say that there is nothing at all dull about J's new room. 


Quite the transformation from the dismal and desolate room he had before!  Every nook and cranny is full of interesting things to do and look at.  

The gray and white striped wall is a major focal point in the room.  The stripes make the room look huge and break up what would otherwise be a large expanse of wall space.  

The gray bookshelf is from Ikea and easily stores J's books and toys.  I painted thrift store frames black and made my own graphic artwork to fit the "travel" theme of the room.  


The gray and white striped rugby bin holds J's favorite toys.


I labeled the rugby bin the same way I labeled the bins in A's room, by laminating scrapbook paper and using a wet erase marker to write on it.  The wet erase marker can easily be wiped off with a wet paper towel when you want to change out the contents of the basket.  


These old wood trucks are J's favorite part of his new room.  They belonged to my husband when he was a kid.  


This piece of map art was the inspiration for the room. I loved the idea of incorporating orange and turquoise to create pops of color throughout the room.  The car shaped coat hooks were found at a discount store.  I spray painted them orange and then attached them to a 1x4 that I painted white to create a custom coat rack.  


I searched Craigslist everyday for three weeks until I finally scored this bed.  It is from the Hemnes line at Ikea, but they no longer manufacture it in a twin size, so I needed to find it used.  Apparently it is a popular item because I lost the bed on two occasions by being too slow to respond.  Third time was a charm and I walked away with a great bed at a great deal.


At the foot of J's bed is a magnetic chalkboard that I made out of sheet metal and spray paint.  The orange and blue tin buckets hold chalk and magnets.  


This locker style cabinet was another Craigslist find.  It locks up with a little key that we keep stored in J's closet.  When he gets older, J can store whatever he wants in the cabinet, but for now I keep all of the quiet time activity boxes in it tucked safely away.  We picked up the funky orange lamp at Ikea for under $10 and J loves the patterns of light that it bounces around the room at nighttime.


The locker box on top of the cabinet holds a few of J's favorite books.  The orange and white striped frame was a quick DIY project using some leftover spray paint.



The reading corner is a definite highlight in the room.  You can read more about about this corner and the pipe ladder here.  I found the large letter "J" at our local craft store.  It is made out of cardboard and I spray painted it orange to match the colors in the room.


I feel like I have been running a marathon these past two months working on these bedrooms, but I could not be happier with the results.  Now I just have to decide which room I am going to tackle next!

To read other posts relating to this project, click on a link below:
Source List:  Paint Colors -- Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore and Extra White by Sherwin-Williams //  Map Watercolor Art -- created using maps.stamen.com  // Car Coat Hooks -- TJ Maxx // Framed Magnetic Chalkboard -- DIY project  // Orange/Teal Tin Buckets -- Target (Dollar Section!) //  Bed -- Ikea via Craigslist (Hemnes Twin Bed, no longer manufactured) // Duvet Cover -- Ikea // Sheet Set -- Target (color: orange grid) // Turquoise Knit Pillow -- Target // Airplane Pillow -- Pottery Barn Kids // Dog Stuffed Animal -- Ikea // Locker Cabinet -- Ikea via Craigslist // Orange Bedside Light -- Ikea // Striped Frame -- DIY Project // Locker Basket -- Land of Nod // Turquoise White Arrow Pillow -- Target // White/Gray Squiggles Pillow -- Ikea //  Bench Cushion -- DIY project (post to come) // Pipe Ladder -- DIY Project, post to come // Letter "J" -- Ben Franklin Crafts // Gray Bookshelf -- Ikea // Rugby Striped Bin -- The Container Store // Wood Trucks -- hand-me-down // United States Map -- The Paper Source //  Car/Plane Art -- created using a Silhouette Cameo // 

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15 comments:

  1. Wow - what an amazing room! Fantastic job Kristin!!

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    1. Thank you! My husband and I are a little jealous that the kids now have way better bedrooms than we do. Guess we'll have to add our bedroom to the project list!

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  2. You're hired!! Looks amazing. Love the stripes!!!

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    1. The stripes are my favorite part of the room! Now I want to stripe my whole house!!

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  3. That looks fantastic! I love the industrial touches (locker cabinet, ladder, etc.). Great work!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted it to be playful, but still have a hard edge to it . :)

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  4. I have got few article that you have shown above for my baby boy and he likes them very much. I have few more ideas from this write up. Thanks a lot for such a nice instructional post.

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  5. I absolutely love this room! You did a wonderful job! I am getting ready to makeover my son's room from a nursery to his big boy room. Thanks for all the ideas!

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    1. Thank you, Leah! I'm looking forward to seeing your son's new big boy room!

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  6. May I ask what your window treatments are? Are they pull down shades? Also, where did you get your fun bedding for this room?

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    1. The window treatments are honeycomb black-out blinds that we ordered from JC Penney's years ago when we first moved into the house. For the bedding, the orange sheet set is from Target and the grey squiggly duvet cover is from Ikea. Here are the links:
      Target Sheets (color - orange grid): http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-easy-care-sheet-set-prints/-/A-14269946#prodSlot=medium_1_17&term=twin+sheet+set
      Duvet Cover: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30250436/

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  7. this room is breath taking. I love the mix of colors and patterns. I'm so glad I came across your blog!

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    1. Wow, thank you! What a compliment. Honestly, this is my favorite room in our house and one of the few rooms that feels like it is complete. I love hanging out in here and playing with my son.

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