It’s been 7 weeks in the making but today is the day and I’m so excited to share my boys bedroom makeover for the Fall One Room Challenge!
Hey friends! In case you didn’t know by now, I have been hard at work on my 9 year old son’s boys bedroom makeover for the Fall One Room Challenge, and the big reveal is finally today! It’s been 7 weeks in the making, and I’m so excited to reveal the finished room today! Before we get started with today’s post, you may want to go back and start at the beginning with week 1, week 2, week 3 , week 4, week 5, and week 6 of my boys bedroom makeover.
If you have not heard of the One Room Challenge (also called ORC), currently in its twelfth season, it is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. It is hosted by Calling It Home and House Beautiful. Wednesdays is the day for the design bloggers to go live with their progress, and Thursdays is the day for all the guest participants to go live. You guys will be amazed at these reveals, they are just beyond words good!
If you found me through the ORC Link up, welcome! I am so happy you are here! My name is Nicki and I am the blogger behind Sweet Parrish Place. I love to share our DIY and home decor shenanigans, along with some organization, fashion, travel and other lifestyle types of topics. Thanks for reading!
I shared this vision board for the space during the first week of the ORC, and I am happy to say that the room turned out very close to the way I envisioned it! I feel like making this post more about the pretty pictures than anything else, so I am going to try to keep my words to a minimum and just show you how far this space has come in 7 weeks. My son had not had a bedroom refresh in over 5 years, so he was way overdue, and he is over the moon about this brand new bedroom. And the best part is he helped me choose so much of what you see in this boys bedroom makeover. So he really feels like his bedroom is exactly what he wanted it to be. His room turned out to be a cheerful, colorful space with a little vintage sprinkled throughout in the way of furniture and toys and books that belonged to me as a child.
It is important to note, this room was no gut job. I didn’t even replace the flooring because that wasn’t in the budget and the carpet in this room was new when we moved into this home 5 years ago. The biggest transformation in this room was the paint on the walls, and the fact that all of the furniture was brought in new for this space. Well, not exactly new, but it’s all new to us and new to this room.
There is a source list for everything in this room at the bottom of the post.
I made over this laminate cabinet during week 2 of the challenge. I also shared about the new blinds and curtain rod during the second week. And this corner of the room looks so much more fresh, new, and uncluttered than it did before. I think it’s quite obvious, but this before of the room was from my pre blogging days, Ha! Check out the before below. It’s so much better now!
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You can read more about the crates turned wall shelves in my week 4 post. I brought in this dresser during week 4 as well. At the time I asked for opinions about whether to paint the drawer pulls or replace them, and in the end I decided to spray paint them a brushed gold metallic. I found this cute little shaggy ombre rug online at Walmart. I just thought it would be cute to add a pop of color here between his bed and his dresser, and it gives him something fluffy to step out of bed onto each morning. He absolutely loves it! He was so excited when I opened the package!
I shared this little table that I painted blue just last week, and I mentioned at the time that I was planning to stencil it. Well here is the finished table, and let me just say that painting on this pattern using a stencil was a nightmare! I could write an entire post just about this, but that is for another day. It turned out acceptable in the end, but it is not fabulous, and it took me almost an entire day to save this project from my initial mistakes I made in matching this stencil when it was time to repeat the pattern. It does have a more “handmade” look than I intended. It’s cute, but I wanted it to look more perfect than it does. So I may eventually paint over this and try it again. I think I would do a better job the second time around after learning from my mistakes. But I ran out of time on this one.
I brought in this dresser during week 4 as well. At the time I asked for opinions about whether to paint the drawer pulls or replace them, and in the end I decided to spray paint them a brushed gold metallic. Below is a before and after of the change. I am pretty sure I am happy with the new look. I wanted to keep the original pulls because there are significant holes in the drawers from the way they are attached, and it would have complicated things more to change them. At first when I reattached the newly painted pulls, I was afraid I didn’t like them, but they have grown on me after living with them for a few days. What do you think?
Before we move on, let me remind you of what this particular corner of the room looked like before. I have never been so happy to see a piece of furniture removed from my home more than this loft bed. I like the little gallery wall I added to soften the look of the stark black TV.
I made this DIY headboard before this challenge began, and it is definitely a focal point in this boys bedroom makeover. And the star shaped fairy lights are something my son really wanted in his room. I found them at Ikea and they fade gently from one color to another. All of the bedding is from Target except for the dog throw pillow. The bedding has a subtle stripe and little fringes throughout. It looks a lot more interesting to the naked eye than it does in photographs. I wish you could come over and take a peek for yourself!
The desk is a vintage find, given to me by a friend. And you can read more about it and the small modern rustic file cabinet makeover during week 3. We recently added this wall mounted organizer to hang little buckets of pencils and markers so that they wouldn’t be taking up valuable real estate on his desk. And I am obsessed with letterboards right now, so I love this white one I found at Walmart. And the clever saying really made my son laugh when he read it.
This mirror was in the room before the makeover, but it was red. Spray painting it white made a huge impact and it looks great in the space all bright and white. It was time for my son to have a piggy bank upgrade, so we got rid of his red piggy bank and replaced it with a blue mason jar from my own collection. It goes perfectly in his room!
My son was adamant that he wanted the letters on the wall to spell pug, and we found these at Hobby Lobby. My daughter painted the little arrow that you see hanging over his closet. I gave her complete creative freedom to do whatever she wanted with the arrow as long as it would go in the room, and I think she did a great job! I added the Be You-Nique art below because it is very fitting for my son who just so happens to be an artsy and unique little boy that is not your typical boy. And I want him to grow up celebrating the fact that it is OK to be different and unique.
The last little area I wanted to share is this little wall behind his bedroom door. We found these cute little puppy dog butt hooks at Ikea and he just had to have them. They are great for hanging his jackets on. But I took them down so you could get a look at these cuties.
This room has went from this:
To this! I am so happy with this transformation, and I really feel like my son and I created a space that is so perfectly him. We still can’t stop lying in there at night when I tuck him in and marveling at the transformation. We are still giddy about it! You can read more about the boob light that we transformed into this pretty drum light for less than $15 during week five.
I hope you enjoyed following along over the past 7 weeks with my boys bedroom makeover! It was definitely a labor of love and I enjoyed spending this time scheming and dreaming up this space with my son, and then making it come to fruition with our own hands was a memory we will always share. He is thrilled to have a more grown up space where he can play and have friends over. And at this point, I am just thrilled that he is happy and that it is finished! Now I can start scheming and dreaming about decorating for Christmas. We actually just purchased a new tree as I sat here writing this post! But first, I have to tackle a huge pile of laundry and a whole lot of housework that I have been neglecting because I have been spending my time working away in this bedroom. But first, sleep.
Source List for My Boys Bedroom Makeover:
Paint color for nightstand- HGTV Home Paint in the color denim
Black chalkboard spray paint (for file cabinet makeover)
Dog Sign option
Wall Rail (over desk)
Gold spray paint (for drawer pulls)
metal decorative sphere (on nightstand)
Drum shade options
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