It’s already week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and today I want to share my boys bedroom makeover progress.
Hey friends! I am starting to see the finish line on this ORC thing, and from what I hear, they have extended the deadline by one week. I wasn’t really expecting that, but it will give me time to dilly dally about some final decisions with my boys bedroom makeover that I am doing for my 9 year old son. I am really hoping that some of you will chime in and tell me your opinion. It would really help me to decide some things. Before we get started with today’s post, you may want to go back and start at the beginning with week 1, week 2, and week 3 of my boy’s bedroom makeover.
If you have not heard of the One Room Challenge (also called ORC), currently in its twelfth season, 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!
Boys Bedroom Makeover Progress
When we got rid of his loft bed, we needed to buy a dresser, a bed, and a desk. We bought just a plain metal bed frame, and I DIY’ed a headboard that hangs over his bed. I made over a tall cabinet that holds some of his toys for ORC week 2, and then for week three I shared his new vintage desk, and a chalkboard painted file cabinet makeover that is being used for my son’s art supplies.
And here we are at the present time with the room. We brought in this dresser that we found on Craigslist, I painted the existing mirror in his room white, we brought in some colorful storage cubes to contain more toys, and I found these teal colored storage crates that I thought would be perfect to use as shelves in his bedroom makeover.
As a reminder of how far this room has come, here is the same exact corner- above is now and below is before. I can’t believe it’s the same space. I am so so glad we said goodbye to the loft bed and hope to never see one again in a home that I live in. Ever.
We paid about $125 for this dresser we found, and I’m really happy with the quality of it. It is a very solid and heavy piece, and it was made to stand the test of time. And this is my first conundrum. I can’t decide what to do about the drawer pulls. I think for now that I have decided not to paint the dresser, and one day I very possibly may change my mind on that. but for now I will leave it because I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge about the piece to paint the wood, and because the wood tone of the desk that I brought into the room coordinates very nicely with the vintage desk.
But what do I do about the drawer pulls? Do I leave them as is, paint them, rub n buff them, or polish them? I honestly am kind of digging the look of the original pulls, but I really REALLY want to know your opinion. What say you? I do really like the curve on the legs of this dresser too.
I found these wooden cube nesting boxes at a local furniture store, and they were on sale. I paid $80 for them, and they were worth every penny. They hold some of his toys and books. They are heavy and sturdy solid wood boxes. And I like the ball feet on them. They fit nicely in this little corner of his bedroom.
One of my sons only requests was for a lava lamp, and this is the one he settled on. He so loves having his bed on the floor and having a nightstand to sit a drink and his iPad on. I found these crates already painted this color at Marshall’s and knew they would make perfect shelves for his boys bedroom makeover. Most of the things on the shelves are his little collections or rocks, sea shells, and souvenirs, along with his own creations.
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I found this little pug painting that was painted by a local artist, and I could not resist picking it up. The colors were perfect for his bedroom and the dog looks just like our Tyson Chicken Nugget. My son loves this painting!
I really used all of the colors in these wooden cubes as the inspiration for my color choices throughout the room. This nightstand has been in my son’s bedroom since his first nursery, and I think it is time to give it a new look, so I will be repainting it. I would love any color suggestions you might have! I am leaning towards a shade of navy right now. What do you think? I also ordered a furry rug to layer over top of the berber carpet here on this side of the room. He will love stepping out of bed onto that each morning.
This is the rug I ordered for the space you see in the above photo between the bed and the dresser. He requested a fuzzy rug, and I think this fits the bill.
If you will notice in the before photo at the top of this post, I am still using the same mirror, I just painted it white. And it made a huge difference! I also plan on adding a little gallery wall around his TV. I have been collecting things to hang on this wall.
I bought this mirror years ago at Goodwill, and first I painted it red to go in my son’s Thomas The Train bedroom. I used some white spray paint that I already had on hand and spray painted it white. It still works just fine in here. And I like the details on the frame.
All of the big things in this room are done. My son is already using and enjoying the space, and I have to go in each weekend and clean it all up and get it ready to take photos, which is the only downside of him living in the room while I am working on it. Here is a list of what else I still need to do in this room.
- paint nightstand
- add area rug
- possibly paint or change out knobs on dresser
- install an organizer over his desk (I ordered this one)
- Change ceiling light
- Add art and accessories
The most tedious thing we have left to do is to change the ceiling light. I haven’t broken this one to my husband yet. But it is a plain old boob light, and I want to add something with more interest. After all, this is the ORC #amiright? So I am currently on the hunt for an affordable light that is a bit more interesting than the one he has. We are so close to the finish line with this boys bedroom makeover! I hope you will join me back here next week, same time same place, and hopefully I will at least have his nightstand painted to share with you.
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