Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Boy Room Reveal, At Last!!!

I have been planning a new boy room for almost a year now, and my son has been waiting sooo patiently for it, which is a challenge for an 8 year old.  I was inspired by a photo from The Bumper Crop, http://thebumpercrop.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/three-boys-one-room/, who did amazing wall bunks.  As soon as I saw them, I knew that I must do my own version of them.  They are just so cool looking!

The original room was cute, with a captain's bed and trundle that resembled something from Pottery Barn.  I don't have a good picture of the whole room, but he also had a ceiling height bookcase at the foot of the bed, a tall primitive cabinet as you walked in the door, and assorted toys. 


I had done a French wash on the walls and ceiling when it was a nursery, and while we still loved the warmth and texture, it was starting to get a little banged up.  I have slowly been switching out the fake wood trim for white trim, so this room was the next to get an upgrade. 


Bye bye, brown!  Hello, Behr Creek Bend!  We also added crown moulding.  The old ceiling fan went away, and we replaced it with something more industrial looking, for a mere $25 at Lowe's. 


I wanted to keep a more industrial boyish feel to the room, so we made the curtain rod from a galvanized pipe and fittings.  Also, this puppy is NOT pulling out of the wall like the last flimsy curtain rod.  The large flat plate that anchors it disperses the weight/force of dragging the curtains open and shut.  I re-used the drop cloth curtains that we already had in the room.


The original bookcase was cut down a few feet and attached to the wall under the head of the upper bunk, both for storage and support.  The bed frames were lag screwed to the studs all along the walls.  My husband then added the decking, and the kids had their first sleepover!  The lower bunk is only attached along the back.  It has a couple of legs set back under it for additional support.  I wanted to leave a gap at the head to allow room for the curtains to hang.  I prefer floor length curtains to half length.

A ladder was added, which also provides support to the upper bunk.  It was amazingly sturdy!  The Bumper Crop used ropes to anchor and accent, but I wanted to go with chains.  The ropes I looked at were either too stretchy, too expensive, or the kind that gets the slivery fraying. 



Under the top bunk is a cozy little hangout.  We put in lights by each bed for bedtime reading.  I think the lights are one of my son's favorite features. 



The bedding came from Marshall's last year.  I was so excited to find a simple, bright set for a low price.  Once I put it on the beds, however, all I could think was.....  Caskets!  Yikes!  Look again...  Do you see what I mean???  I am planning on adding throw blankets, putting more pillows on, and possibly lining the pillows up the back wall more like little sofas to camouflage that creepy little visual.  lol  Any suggestions?








The sweet little desk came from Craigslist.  He ABSOLUTELY LOVES having drawers to stash all of his supplies in.  He also likes watching our friends coming and going through the window. 



I wanted a place to display his collection of Matchbox vehicles, and found this cute old printer's drawer at a local antique store. 

I still need to paint the closet doors white, re-hang the bedroom door, and put some license plates above the car display.  The big work is done, however, and I am SOOOO happy with it!  The kids love it!  Even the dog approves...  ;)

 
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25 comments:

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

This just looks SOOOOO AWESOME!!! So glad I spied it on {Primp}! You guys did an awesome job!!!

kcandcoley said...

Thank you! We love it!

Geri O said...

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Claire said...

The room looks great-love the bedding too-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

Anita said...

The room looks GREAT! I kinda have to agree with you on the bedding but I know you so I am pretty sure you will do something fantastic with minimal effort!

Natalie said...

Just amazing! Im a new follower - and excited to see what you do next. xx Nat

Thebumpercrop said...

Great job! I love the red and navy with the grey walls. As soon as I saw the room I thought of this:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/decorativethings_2200_19395412

We have it and I was so tempted to put it in the boys' room- the red w the grey is awesome!
Now, I don't know how you feel about putting up a Brittish poster in your all-American room, but... You might be able to find a funny variation- they're everywhere! (keep calm and rock on... Etc.)

Rooms by Ann said...

You did an awsome job. I really like the shelf that is holding all the little cars. Thanks for sharing.

Crafty Mischief said...

Wow! This room is awesome! I love everything about it! Thanks for sharing! :)

MuseBootsi said...

Amazing! I love those beds!

What a great room for boys to have adventures in!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

That came together so well - you are so talented! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

-Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

jilly bean said...

Wow, you did a great job! Great colors, too. I just love the drawer for the cars! :)

sara @ applestone drive said...

Such a great job!! I love all the details from the Hot Wheels display to the cool light fixture. And, obviously, the bed is just awesome. I know my boys would love a room like this!!

-sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

Katie said...

This is such an amazing room! LOVE the beds! I featured you today!

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Amanda @ Burlap & Denim said...

Love this! Amazing, love the chains, bedding, and natural wood! I'd love you to link it up at my first party: http://burlapanddenim.com/2012/03/party-on-mondays-1/

cheryl @ nefotlak. said...

fantastic makeover! love everything you've done. just lovely.
cheryl xox.

vsutton said...

Great beds but yes do something with the bedding!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Awesome! I love it all! I'm your newest follower and am featuring you today!!! XO, Aimee

Melissa@thecre8tiveoutlet said...

LOVE IT!!!!
What if you turned the quits horizontal? Less coffin like?

kcandcoley said...

Thank you all for the sweet comments!!! I am so excited to have the room done, and by all of the people who have featured it! I appreciate all of the tips. I can't turn the stripes sideways, although I did consider it. They are not wide enough to cover the mattress if I do that. I'm thinking maybe of lining up pillows on the back wall and throwing in some that are not flag related. Suggestions on different pillow patterns/colors?

gail said...

great room! I love all the "manly" touches! I'm thinking of doing that curtain rod for my "booth" in my garage. To keep all my signs free of dust.
thanks for linking up to catch as catch can!
gail

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Fabulous makeover! Truly a room ANY young boy - or girl - would love!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop by tonight, and see yourself featured. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Daneilia @ Anchors Away said...

Those bunk beds are absolutely amazing! I would have loved these as a little girl.

Deanne said...

these are awesome!!!!!

Melinda said...

Love it! Shared at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Skyline-DesignGroup/229248977144207