Our boys have been sharing a bedroom for many years now. In fact we put them together back when my youngest, Finn, we just moving out of his crib and he is now seven.
They loved sharing rooms… and we created a really fun, bedroom space for them that worked for years. But as time marched on, their shared bedroom space was starting to get more and more cramped feeling as they grew bigger and bigger and began to accumulate more things. We are lucky enough to have a playroom, so they don’t keep a lot of toys in their rooms, but even just their smaller toys and clothes and books and stuffies multiplied by 2 all wedged into an 11’x9” bedroom had become more then a little overcrowded.
We have three bedrooms on our main floor, but I had turned one into my office/craft room. Oh, my glorious craft room. But since I usually end up doing a lot of my work right at my dining room table or kitchen island, I decided it was time to suck it up, move the craft room downstairs and release the third bedroom to it’s original use. As a bedroom. So, after New Year’s this year we had an extra week off school which made for the perfect time for a little musical room swap. Because why ruin a perfectly good holiday season by taking time off and relaxing, amIright?
All of this musical rooms has led to the opportunity for a new room makeover, which I can’t say I’m sad about! In fact, I’m super excited to be joining up as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge this spring, and am looking forward to tackling this space in the next six weeks.
Have you heard of the One Room Challenge before? It is a blogger challenge hosted twice a year by Linda from Calling it Home…. Bloggers try to makeover a room in their home over six short weeks!
And really, it’s four weeks, because the first week is where we share our plan and the last week is our reveal.
Now let’s take a look at what I’m dealing with! You might remember this room in it’s previous incarnation as my craft room / office. In fact, I gave it a makeover during the One Room Challenge Spring 2015! Three years is a pretty good shelf life for a room around here.
And now that we’ve moved my craft room belonging to the basement and moved Finn’s room into here, this is how it’s looking…
My Dad built this twin bed for us a few years back when we originally moved the boys together and we had intended to have two of these beds in their room… but once we got it into the house we realized how MASSIVE it is, and that we couldn’t possibly fit two in one room. Instead, we used it in one of the basement spare bedrooms for the past few years. I’ll be painting it to suit the new room scheme as part of the plan.
We brought along Finn’s DIY book display shelf from his old bedroom, but I don’t think it will end up over the bed again. I’m looking for a new home for it. We’ll also need bookshelf of some kind; this little table is not going to cut it!
The pegboard from my gift wrapping station is still in the corner (there is an old glass block window hidden behind it). All of that will be going….
The room is currently a hodgepodge of furniture. He will need a bookcase and a desk, but probably won’t need a dresser because we’ve got a serious closet unit planned! We are following along with the same system as we used in our closet, here. For now, we’ve got TWO dressers in here – the old DIY aqua linen-texture one I used in the craft room…
As I mentioned, the closet is going to get some work. It was setup with shelves for craft storage, so it needs to be turned back into a proper bedroom closet…
Now that you’ve seen the messy, disorganized, hodgepodge BEFORE… let’s talk about the plan!
Finn is a huge fan of the beach! He loves the lake and swimming, as well, but is definitely beyond happy whenever we are on some kind of beach holiday. Here are a few pics from our trip to Hawaii last December…
Since he’s loved the ocean ever since he was a toddler, a surf/beach theme was a clear choice for his first “own” bedroom design. Did I mention he is also a shark enthusiast? He loves reading books about sharks, and wants to incorporate some sharks into his bedroom. He is super excited about the whole project! In fact, we had to talk him out of having a “sand floor”. Like, real sand.
Large Surf/Wave Mural behind his bed
Metrie Complete Pre-painted Shiplap on the rest of the walls
Paint his bed and possibly his nightstand
Create a gallery wall in the style of surf art, but with a personal twist
Install an efficient and organized closet system
Keep the current drapery (it’s blackout lined!)
Incorporate plaid bedding with shark sheets in tones of various tones of blue and pops of yellow
Source a bookcase, desk, and chair
Create a bulletin board area above his desk
Source fun finds for accessories, art, and storage solutions
Here’s is a little sample of my inspiration for this space…
Similar bed painted grey // Faux Shark Taxidermy in Silver // Surf Gallery Art // Wave Mural // Bean Bag Chair // White Desk // White Bookcase // Metal Desk Chair //Shark Sheets // Madras Plaid Quilt //Corn Yellow Tear Drop Curtains // Yellow Chevron Pillow Cover // Paint swatches all by Benjamin Moore, from top to bottom the colour names are Indigo, Yellow Rain Coat, Admiral Blue
Well, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us! First, it’s time to tackle the clothes storage and closet issues. I’ll be back next week to share my plans for that, and *hopefully* even a DIY project!