Boys’ Bedroom Redo Sneak Peek

The boys’ room has needed help for a while.  It’s a great room with great bones (probably the best bedroom in the house) but basically always looked like a toy store exploded in it.  I definitely needed to get in there and clean out old toys but the set up in general just wasn’t conducive to play either.  Also, the blue (a color my oldest chose when he was three) made a room with big windows and plenty of light feel dark.  Here are the befores:

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The mural was cute a few years ago but now just felt sloppy and dated.

So, after donating a bunch of old toys, painting and rearranging things, Things are starting to look better.  I still have several projects to finish–painting a bookshelf, getting new duvets, making a new cushion for the bay window, but here’s where we are now:

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The curtains over the bay window serve several purposes; They block out light.  They close to make the bench a little stage.  And they also close to give a little privacy for two boys sharing the same room.  One can sit in the window and read a book and close the curtain and feel a little more separated from his brother.  Privacy and providing a way to get a break from each other was a big concern for this redo.  I plan to make a new seat cushion for the bay window too of black ticking stripe and then add some throw pillows.

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The art above the bookshelf are pages from a vintage 1970s calendar featuring scenes from The Hobbit.

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The vintage/antique maps are of various CA and Bay Area locations.  The dresser looks so much better now!  I kind of hated it in the old room but now I actually think it’s pretty…

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The chalkboard paint on the walls was barely dry before they started writing on it!  What is it about writing on walls?  I just love chalkboard paint for how much depth it adds to a space.  The table and chairs are vintage school chairs that I painted.  I did the metal of the chairs in ASCP Graphite and the table in BM Agave.  The stripes on the wall are Agave too.

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The bed area still needs work.  I moved their tall bookshelf to the end of the bed–I still need to paint the back of it.  I like that it creates a little cave out of the beds as well as an entryway to the room.  I also need to get some bedding to cover those comforters and some lighting.  We’ve used baskets under the bed for years as extra clothes storage and love it.  It’s easy for them to get to and I don’t have to have another dresser in the room to store all the clothes.

That’s it so far.  I’ll post more photos when I get it really finished and styled.  I’m just happy I can walk across the floor in there now without breaking my neck!

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7 Responses to Boys’ Bedroom Redo Sneak Peek

  1. The Vintique Object October 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Oh, whoops! Here I am sending you an email asking about the boys’ room and you have a post up! That’ will teach me! You’ve been hard at work, Lady. I had no idea you were doing something this extensive.

    Love the stripes, love the dark curtains, and LOVE the white bed against the black chalkboard wall. Everything looks super cool and vintage-y and I agree that the chest of drawers is amazing. Every room needs a bit of wood. :)

    I also love the clothes below the bed in baskets. That is such a great organizational idea!

    • Lane McNab October 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks so much Camille! I think you actually sent your email before I posted. :) I guess it looks like a lot of work but really it was mostly painting. And cleaning. Really, there was no where to go but up…

  2. Lisa October 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Lane, that window seat?? Can I buy your house? Please? I can’t get over all the nooks and crannies and those gorgeous windows in your house!

    Love what you’ve done with the boys’ room…the bunks are so fun as is the striped wall!

    • Lane McNab October 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks Lisa! I have to say sometimes I can’t believe we got this house. I think the work that it needed really intimidated people at the time (new roof and foundation not to mention all the cosmetic stuff). Thanks again for your kind words! When I run out of projects I will have to put it up for sale, but I don’t think I will ever run out of projects…

  3. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door October 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Are you sure you didn’t make that room bigger?! :) It looks SO much bigger. And I’m in love with the stripes. What a great space!!

    • Lane McNab October 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks Elizabeth! I think clearing out so much clutter was the key! Now to do the finishing touches…



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