In the middle of building walls and doors and closets in our daughter’s room, my oldest son needed a bed. He and his younger brother shared a room with bunk beds in our last house, but decided that when we moved, they wanted their own rooms. So big boy needed a bed. Both my boys are at the age (11 and 8) where they want to pick and choose and have a say in their rooms. Darn it! Kidding, it just meant I needed to compromise a little, and “guide” them a little. I still need to work on letting them have a little more say when its not something that really matters. Choose my battles right?! Plus it’s good for them, and gives them a little control in this big world.
He asked for a platform bed, and then dad got involved and suggested we put lights under it. I just rolled my eyes, thinking of the gaudiness that this project was becoming. However, what happens when I let go a little is that I typically really like the end project, and this is no exception.
We perused pinterest looking for inspiration and stumbled upon this bed from Shanty2chic. He loved it, didn’t care for the wheels (which I loved!), and said “I want my room that color too!” I don’t like to normally use sooo much from one inspiration pic- because then it’s not really inspiration, it’s copy/paste, but in a rush to complete at least one room in the house, and desperate to end the argument for a BLACK room, I agreed. I actually LOOOOVE the color they used- it’s Valspar Rugged Suede, I had it colormatched to Behr paint. It feels very masculine and “grown up”, while still feeling neutral, and de-beige-ing the house. (I don’t care if that’s not a word, it is now!)
He wasn’t in love with the headboard either, but looking a little deeper into their plans, we found this one that we both agreed on. I knew I had enough scrap wood in our pile to replicate the look, and we decided to alter the height a little too. This turned out to be such a fun, easy project!
He even got to help, which made it that much more special. He lost interest pretty quickly though=). And, I know I have this disclaimer often, but excuse the grainy iPhone pic- pre blog.
Ready to check out the (mostly) finished space?!
His little sister’s table isn’t quite cutting it, so someday a desk that multi-functions as a nightstand will go in this spot. But there’s a waiting list for projects, and I hate to break it to him, but it’s last on that list.
His gallery wall is one of my favorites. Sometimes they just come together smoothly and effortlessly, and this was one of them. The chalkboard was a gift from my sister a few years ago. She found the saying on one of my Pinterest boards, and made this for me for Christmas. I’m not much of a crier, but such a thoughtful gift was truly one of the best gifts I’ve ever received and I may have shed a few tears. He requested the bulletin board and organized it himself. I love that he always keeps the picture of his sister on it! The rusty license plate was a find his grandpa retrieved on one of his dives. He was part of a volunteer search and rescue group before he passed away, and was such a big part of it, that they named their building after him. He is who our son is named after, so all the little pieces of him in his room are extra special.
The quilt on his bed is another of those special treasures. I married into a truly wonderful family, and they have so many special pieces we have been gifted throughout the years. The quilt was also his grandfathers, and just recently given to him. It was made by his great-grandma, from her little boy’s jeans growing up, and is so well loved and soft and worn. You can see where the lining has been repaired multiple times, and now is different flannels pieced together. She made one for each of her grandsons also, so my hubby has his on our bed during the winter. It’s so cozy!
You can see the faint glow of the rope light underneath the ledge. Even though I pictured a disco when this idea was brought up, I love it now, and is just the perfect soft glow at night.
The curtains were a DIY project from a few years back. I ordered them as solid blue, and wanted to jazz them up a bit. I cut strips of drop cloth and used iron on hem tape to fix the stripes to the curtains. No Sew! They have held up pretty well, and I always figured I could go back and stitch them if I needed to, but the way I like to change my mind, who knows! I’m a little surprised they are still in their current striped state, but I’m still loving them. The crocheted blanket has a fun story too- my sister had made it for an old boyfriend=). Now that she’s married with kids, my mom didn’t think she’d want it, but there’s no reason we wouldn’t!
And that’s his room- I’m loving how it has come together, and I think it will fit him for quite some time. Now I need to pay a little attention to little brother’s room since he got all the “old” stuff, he needs some new fun things in his room too!