Tween Boy Bedroom Reveal

I know it seems like it has taken me a long time to finish the kids’ rooms!!  In reality the majority of the work has been done for a while, just tough to catch the room clean enough for good photos!! 🙂

This room belongs to my youngest who is a lover of animals, nature, and music.  I helped with the general direction of the room, but he chose the color scheme.  It was difficult to do brown and green (with a little navy here and there) and not end of with camouflage, but I think we did ok.

The wall color is actually Spanish Moss from Martha Stewart mixed in Glidden paint and it really is more of a light mossy green rather than the strange lime color showing in some of the pics!

His favorite animal is the giraffe, so of course I had to incorporate giraffe print somewhere.  The brown curtains were ones I had on hand, but they were too short.  So, I added a band of giraffe print to the top.  A simple nod to his fav.

He’s a bit opinionated on how things are gonna be in here.  So, despite the fact that my plan was one large gallery wall, we ended up with two smaller ones. And, ya know, I like it that way. I’ll share more details on this soon.

He wanted something unique for his bed and when I suggested tie-dye he was all over it! This really expresses his personality!  We had a lot of fun creating this duvet cover together.  🙂

And, don’t forget the super easy DIY trundle bed hubby and I created!  It worked great when my oldest was home for Christmas break and I’m sure it will get a lot more use this summer!

The bookcase is actually a cheapy laminate one that we have had for years.  With a little elbow grease, paint, and wood-look contact paper it is a new creation!  I adore that he still loves his stuffed animals and toys…:)

His desk is organized to his liking, and covered with all of his treasures.  🙂

It is just right for him to go and hang out amongst his things, do some homework, or work on his music.  He loves it which means so do I!

To see the other kiddo’s completed room click on the links below 🙂

Bright and Fun Teen Girls Bedroom

All-American Teen Boy Bedroom

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Bright and Fun Teen Girls Room Reveal

In honor of my daughter’s birthday this weekend I thought I would finally share with you her new room!!  This was truly a collaboration between her and I design-wise, with her having the majority of the say.  In the past I would always tell her she could design her own room.  But, in the end it always ended up being more what I wanted.  This time I was intentional about letting her have her way.  Which proved to be difficult sometimes, I’m not gonna lie. 🙂
bright and fun teen girls room
orange teen girls room
triangle accent wall
I shared with you earlier the how-to on the triangle wall.  A labor of love for sure!
We did get to enjoy some crafting together along the way.  The large “A” above her bed was all her (and her dad). 
large A with lighted wall hanging
She drew the letter, dad cut it out, she painted it and she wrapped it in lights.  It’s super cute lit-up.  🙂  She said she wanted a big “A” and I just couldn’t see it, but it turned out great.
lighted A wall hanging
I shared with you last week the gallery wall I created for her.  I walk down memory lane.  🙂 So fun to put together, and she loved it – score!
gallery wall
She is very much what I like to call an out-in-the-open organizer.  If the place for things is not out in the open, things will not get put away.  So, I had stocked up on ideas from blogland for months and these are the ones we tweaked to work for us with a lot of supplies we had on hand.  
teen girl organization
dollar store tiered tray/ jewelry organizer – inspired by Charming in Charlotte / nail polish storage
teen girl bedding
The bedding is quite the combo.  With all the orange in the room, I insisted on white bedding. Daring to be sure with this messy teenager, but I knew the room needed some light.  We found this cuteness at TJ Max.  The throw and the adorable pillow were handmade by her granny and are just the right touch I think.  She was hoping for some fur pillows and I found these rather large ones at Sams before Christmas for $20 each, and they have feather inserts!  Steal :). The curtains actually moved with her from her previous room and they were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
bright and fun teen girls room
This room is so her, and I’m happy to have worked with her on this project! Do you have a teen you want to create a space for?  Make sure and give them plenty of input.  They need a space they can call there’s during these fun years. 😉  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!

P.S. If you are interested in seeing where this journey started you can check out this post.

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DIY Trundle Bed

Thinking of all my friends in the Northeast today!!  I will do my best to send some of our warmth your way – in the 70’s here the past couple of days!!  My college boy made it back just in time for all of the excitement.  🙂  I’m glad he wasn’t trying to travel in it, and that he doesn’t really have to get out in it.  Stay warm and safe everyone!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there are some fun things going on around here, not quite ready to share the after yet, but it’s coming I promise!!
Today I decided to bring to you a project that we actually completed this fall.  With my college boy being home for a month for winter break, it got lots of use!!  Our DIY trundle bed!

When all the siblings were splitting and switching rooms, we decided to adios the bunk beds.  At 11 and 13 they are getting a bit big for them honestly.  But, I knew that I wanted an actual bed for everyone to sleep on when college boy was home – rather than the couch or floor.  

There are lots of tutorials for trundle beds out there.  And we consulted several.  Our biggest issue was the height of the mattress and the space under the bed.  There was not enough room for a platform for the mattress to lay on, and it was barely big enough for the mattress alone.  

We decided to add height to the bed with casters. Which was fairly simple to do.  Our bed frame had these metal ‘buttons’ on each leg that I just popped off (with a little force).  Then, I was left with a hole to screw in the caster.  We needed to drill the hole out a bit to make it big enough for the caster, but pretty simple process really.

The issue we had was in order to have room for casters under the trundle board we needed like 3″ casters which are huge, and expensive.  
So, as we are standing in the aisle at Home Depot, hubby spotted these furniture movers. Light bulb!!

Surely I could attach these to the bottom of our platform and they would slide well.  We trimmed our board to fit the mattress and the space under the bed, and we rounded the corners to protect toes.

Then, we attached the furniture movers with liquid nails, and added a couple of straps for pulling – made of a thrift store belt cut into two pieces and attached with screws.

Does it slide you ask??  YES!!  I think it might work better than casters, and doesn’t leave marks on the carpet.  The kiddos can easily slide it in and out!

We already had the mattress, so our expense was only the wood ($20), casters for the bed ($12), furniture movers ($8), and belt ($2) for the trundle.  Under $50 for it all!  Far less than purchasing a bed with a trundle!

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Memory Lane Gallery Wall

So, I think I found my creative mojo folks!!  Yay!! We have been blessed with some beautiful weather around here the past several days, and I took the chance to do some spray painting projects that were on my list.  
First up was to work on a gallery wall for my girlie’s room.  She had some pics set aside when she moved rooms that she said she wanted in frames, so I decided since she was out of town this weekend I would do something special with them for her.
Months ago a friend posted a pic on facebook of a bunch of frames she was getting rid of. I don’t remember how much I paid for the lot – but it was a great deal!!
So, out of those, I chose the ones that worked best with the photos I had.  I removed all the glass, guts and backs of each frame {tip – somehow label the guts and the frame if you are doing a bunch all at once to make sure you get the right guts back in the right frame}. I chose a glossy black spray paint and went to work.
For the insides, I wanted to do more than just put the picture in.  Not wanting to spend the $$$ on mats, I opted for scrapbook paper and some paper tape. {I think the tape came from the dollar tree – it was bought during the holidays on impulse 🙂 – glad I did because it works great here!}
I simply cut the scrapbook paper to fit each frame and then attached the photo with the paper tape.  {Don’t you love that sparkly gold paper tape??}  If she gets tired of these photos, easy-peasy to remove the tape and insert new ones without damaging the background paper or the photo.
After all the frames were ready.  I moved on to the hanging and arranging.  Gallery walls used to terrify me.  But, after doing a couple, I now know that there is no wrong way to do it.  It just needs to look pleasing to you!  🙂
The gallery was going above her vanity table, and around the mirror.  So, I first positioned the mirror.  Then, I measured my space, and found a spot in the floor to arrange the rest.
After that was done.  I just started building the gallery.  Two pictures at a time, to get a cohesive look.  
In the end we have something that we both will surely love!!
Who could resist smiling at this cuteness everyday??
My girlie will soon be 17 (in 12 days!) and I hope that seeing these photos everyday will bring back sweet memories!!
So much love for my mini-me :).

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All-American Teen Boy Bedroom

About two and a half months ago I started re-doing kids bedrooms.  If you’re new here you can check out this post for more details.  Today I am finally ready to share with you one of those rooms!!  
Just as a refresher, here is what we started with in this room.  The room that used to belong to big brother – now in college ;).
boy bedroom before
This room now belongs to my middle son.  He just turned thirteen, and he loves all things Americana. 
Americana boys room
Once he agreed on my design direction, I let him choose the paint color.  He really wanted navy, but I really didn’t want the room to be too dark, so we met in the middle with this denim blue color.  The quilt he has had for years, and we love it.  It worked with the color scheme so we decided to keep it.
The flag is from a USA soccer game he went to with his dad a year ago, and truly was the main inspiration.  I knew he would want to display that so I decided to work with it!!  
The curtains are made from my trusty source – drop cloths, and were inspired by these that Sarah made for her boys.  The stars are cut from a chambray fabric.  I frayed the edges of the stars by washing and drying them, and then adhered them with some iron-on tape.
star appliqued dropcloth curtains
The bookshelf got a little personality from a poster that I found.
bookshelf backed with flag poster
I actually removed the cheap cardboard backing, and replaced it with a piece of foam-core-board that I mod-podged this flag poster to.
red white and blue striped wall
The stripes are perfect to break up the boring wall without the need for a lot of art work.
USA themed bedroom
The star I have had for years.  It was red, faded, and collecting dust in my garage.  A little silver spray paint and I think it fits perfectly in here.
The dresser was fun to paint and surprise him with.  He LOVES it :).  He said it looks like racing stripes on a mustang.  Mama score!!
Americana accessories
With just a few DIY’s and some personal touches we were able to create a room that we both love. There are still a couple of things on the list. Extra touches to make it a little cozier [maybe a few pillows;)], but for the most part it is d.o.n.e.

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