Right now I’m all over re-doing my boy’s room – sports town here we come. I’m totally letting him plan his own room (with limited choices – duh) and along with sports, he wants all gray all the time. On top of the gray bunk beds, he really wanted gray walls. But before I could start painting, we had to do the prep work. The first step was getting rid of all the unused toys. After going through everything in the room, it wasn’t too surprising that the primary toys he wanted to keep were all sports-related. By the way, I am totally going to crack up when he is anti-sports at age 16. The first clean-up spot we tackled was his closet. His closet is pretty awesome – big, interesting, sloped ceiling-ed, and a great play space for a kid. But oh, so messy.
Those pics are proof that I am so about the reality, not the perfect “afters”. Some people might be embarrassed to show messy life, but this is real and I am cool with that.
Mess aside, that closet used to be so much fun for the kids – when it was clean. But around the holidays (10 months ago – eek!) we dumped a bunch of Christmas stuff in the closet and things never quite recovered. The floor was covered with toys, play money, too-big and too-small clothes, and even leftover Halloween costumes. So I cleared everything and then noticed the floors were seriously dinged up. I really wanted to paint the floors white (no surprise, I love our painted white bathroom and master closet floors) but again my kiddo picked a dark color. We had painted the floors chocolate brown a few years ago but both time and toddlers took their toll. So I just did a refresh with a couple of coats of fresh porch and floor paint.
Then we moved the dresser in here. It is such a great use of space – why did I never think about this before? We don’t use the closet rod to hang clothes except for a couple of off-season coats, so using that space for a dresser opens up the bedroom and allows for more storage in the closet. The shelves in the closet need to be organized, but things are looking up in here, indeed.
Next up I went to work on the actual bedroom. I piled everything in the middle of the room, patched up a bunch of holes, and then started painting the edges.
I love to vacuum the heck out of the usually hidden areas of the room so the vacuum in that last pic was in constant use.
The gray paint isn’t a a huge change in the room, but I like it so much better already. After giving my kiddo a bunch of gray paint choices (the benefit of having lots of test pots of gray paint around) he picked Benjamin Moore London Fog. I was happily surprised considering this is the same color we have all throughout the rest of our house (guest room, hallway, breakfast nook, entry). Great minds…
And here you can see the fresh gray paint and fresh white baseboards, and a very sad mattress sitting on the floor after we Craigslisted the old Pottery Barn bed. But what you can’t see are the freshly painted white doors. Let me tell you, it is ridiculous how in just a few years kids can dirty up doors (and walls) sooo much.
Next up we are so onto building the bunk beds. I mean, this kid can’t sleep on a mattress on the floor forever. And we should probably also decorate. A little.
I hope you stick around to see how the Fall 2014 One Room Challenge is going. Follow along with a bunch of other folks linking up their one room challenges – I love seeing everyone’s ideas and am particularly loving watching those tackling a boy’s room, too:
- Vivid Hue – um, I think I just want to steal this boy’s room
- Krystine Edwards – that gold, I can’t get enough!
- Delia’s boy’s room – love the color choices
- Oh Amy Repurposed – so awesome this family is embracing a teen into their lives
- Willow Interiors – those kids’ pics super crack me up
- Dear Emmeline – can’t wait to see what this gal has up her sleeve – love the camp look
- View from the Fridge – the baby boy room was so cute, the big boy room will be awesome, too
Okay, wish me luck knocking out a new bunk bed this weekend…