I thought people were pulling my leg when they said that it takes years to pull a house together.
“Years?? Come on…you’re kidding, right?”
I thought we’d move into this old 1973 home, being the young, zealous, excited new homeowners that we were, and just….renovate. Yep, remove all that wallpaper…paint this wall and that wall…and really turn this house into a hip, happening home.
My latest room makeover epitomizes the idea that it takes years to make a house a home.
Dammit if they weren’t right!
Let’s take a walk through time, shall we??
Rewind to 2010 – BEFORE
Out of all the crazy wallpaper in this home, the wallpaper in what would be the baby’s nursery took the grand prize.
The floral awfulness needed to come down immediately.
Hubby and I ripped it down and scraped the residue off the walls.
We were left with yellow underneath, and piles and piles of sticky mess!
I was hugely pregnant with Kojo (baby #3), but that didn’t stop me from painting it a baby blue, and even got my other boys involved.
(OMG, I was so doggone big!!)
The Junk Collector
Despite the fact that the walls were done (and there was a crib in there) Kojo never used that room as a nursery. All that wallpaper removed but we never even really finished the room!
He slept with us until age 2, and then he moved over in the other bedroom with his brothers.
Over time, it just became a room to hold baby junk that we weren’t using anymore!
My Oldest Son Claims the Room!
My sister gave us this mattress and boxspring which were perfect for this “blah” of a room. At the very least, I thought we would have a guest room for the non-existent guests we get. 😉
But my oldest son, when he saw the bed in that room, jumped on it and claimed the room as his.
Plus, when kids get to a certain age, they like their space, right?
But poor Kwabena…The room sat like this for at least a solid year–with baby blue walls that were once so promising, but were now outdated for a tween!
He never even had proper sheets for this bed and even had to use my old ratty floral comforter! Oh, the horror!
Even worse, we still hung up the much-too-short curtains from when he was a baby years ago. SMH….
I can’t believe I let my son’s room look like this for so long. Thankfully, he never complained!
The Tween Boy Bedroom Makeover!!
The Home Depot contacted me a couple of months ago for a DIY Challenge. They assign you a material (I was assigned “PIPING”) and you have to pitch them three possible ideas for projects.
One of my project ideas was a copper piping headboard for Kwabena’s room.
Forget the fact that I have never done a project with piping…. But I knew I could get creative with it!
And since I was going to be building a copper piping headboard with a built-in bookcase, I may as well make over the whole room, right?
So that’s where I was this whole past week: working on this project that was waaaayyy overdue!
Let’s take another look at the progression of this space first!
BEFORE WHEN WE MOVED IN
Even trying different configurations with the furniture, it just wasn’t happening. LOL
The Boring “AFTER” …
The Tween Bedroom for My (Almost) 10 Year Old!
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love, love, love this tween bedroom makeover!
But the first problem I ran into what: What color am I going to paint the walls??
My Friend Said Blue Is Boring
I envisioned an accent wall with something pretty, like this Behr Mosaic Blue and light gray on the other walls.
My best friend, however, sighed, “Oh, blue is boring? Why don’t you do a kelly green?”
Well, first of all, I had to look up what in the world kelly green looked like….. [insert head scratch here].
Then I decided to trust my gut (and the comments from you all on Facebook), and I went with Mosaic Blue!
Dark colors scare me, so I was still a little unsure this would look right, but hey–it’s paint. You can always change it if it doesn’t work out, right??
And since this was only using 1 quart for the accent wall, why not give it a try??
When it was done, I knew it was the right choice! It wasn’t a dark boring navy blue.
This blue had life in it!
So I kept going, ignoring my friend’s negativity in my ear.
I love to reuse as much as I can with a room makeover, so I just spray painted the existing curtain rod black.
Then I bought some cheapy thin white curtains from IKEA for $10.
The Copper Piping Headboard!
My son loves to read, but I didn’t have any place in his room to hold his favorite books (dude, he’s read the entire Harry Potter series four times already!!).
I decided that I would build a copper piping headboard for The Home Depot Challenge (#HomeDepotDIYChallenge). I think it turned out great!
Copper piping is much easier to work with than I imagined (although it can be pricey). I can’t wait to do my next project with it!
By the way, the tutorial for this copper piping headboard will be on The Home Depot blog soon, so I’ll keep you posted about that!
I worried that books would fall on his head! LOL
But I was sure to space the pipes exactly wide enough to comfortably hold them without them shifting around.
Plus, it’s anchored to the wall. This thing ain’t goin’ nowhere!
The little reading lamp came from IKEA ($10) so he can stay up and read it he likes, which he usually loves to do!
The Desk Area!
When we moved in 6 years ago, we’d found this old desk on the side of the road in our neighborhood. It’s solid wood, a bit ugly, but….well….free…
Who can argue with FREE??
I remember lugging it home at 3 a.m. in the morning after one of our late-night wallpaper removal sessions after we had just bought it and was staying with my mother-in-law while we prepped the house for move-in.
We had a little Honda Accord, so there was no trunk space to move this baby. We heaved it up the hill and down our street in the dead of winter. HA! Good times….
For the life of me, I can’t find the BEFORE picture!
Oh well…..just know that the AFTER looks much different, with a coat of Annie Sloan Paris Gray and some shades of orange to compliment the blue walls!
The Little Shelf!
We had gotten rid of this old IKEA dresser from our bedroom makeover, but I had kept the pine top as scrap wood. It came in handy and I ended up cutting a piece of it and painting it orange to use for a small shelf above the desk with IKEA shelf brackets!
AFTER – As a bookshelf!
I share a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff on Snapchat (let’s be friends!), so here’s a little 4-minute clip of some footage when I was working on the project!
The chalkboard was thrifted years ago and I sprayed it down with some chalkboard spray paint and painted the edges to match the desk!
The dresser was a $20 mid-century modern dresser was thrifted and I had refinished that some time ago.
The lamp I still need to make over, but the lamp and the shade both came from the thrift store years ago.
The chair was a $5.00 mid-century modern thrifted chair (which I may decide to re-cover or replace. Not sure yet.
The rug was IKEA.
And the big “K” was cut from scrap wood I had with my RYOBI jigsaw and painted it orange! (watch the video above to see how I spilled this orange paint everywhere when I thought the top was closed. HA!).
The Big ‘Ole Maryland Map
I was in luck this week when school ended and my son came home with this big ‘ole map of Maryland, where we live!
I used spray adhesive and mounted it to some scrap wood I had on hand.
Because I didn’t have a frame for it, I just painted a gray and white border around it to help define it!
The strings of lantern lights and corner chair are from Target! ($5 for a strand on clearnace right now!).
I need to find a better way to position them so they don’t look so spotty and random, but I love the cozy touch they give the room!
The little bench with the stuffed animals is thrifted and was painted some time ago with Annie Sloan Florence.
Let’s Talk Budget
This is the part that I always hate.
I’m so bad about keeping track of what I’ve spent. I do try to reuse what I have, but sometimes, you just have to buy things.
The materials for the headboard were sponsored by The Home Depot for the DIY Challenge. Those materials came to about $100.
Jeez, I have no idea. If I had to guess, I would say probably $300 or less.
Maybe after I publish this post I’ll go tally it up. 😉
But considering that I’ll probably not do another room makeover until my son has facial hair….well, this makeover will get a lot of life out of it! LOL
Perfect For My Son!
It’s funny to look back on this picture of him from 6 years ago, helping to paint what would want day become his own room!
I was thinking the other day: this is the room he will grow up in.
I mean, turning 10 in less than two weeks is a big deal. Double digits!
Hopefully, this room will be the fond memory he thinks of when he’s a grown man looking back on his life when he was a kid, remembering the cool, cozy room that Mommy did for him.
Plus, I want to look back on my kids’ younger years and know that I gave them the best I could.
My husband came over into the room as I was finishing it up and asked, “Do you think this was worth all the effort?”
Umm….do you even need to ask??
Of course, it was!
Down to the minute details of washing the ceiling fan blades and repainting them–YES!
Because when I give my best, I’ll never have to question anything I do.
And in this room–I did my best in the 1 week time period I had!
So what do you think?!
I hope you love it as much as I do!
Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a BIG step up from where we started!
And I hope this room inspires you to see that you, too, can transform a room with just paint, a few furnishings, and a vision!
And as long as my baby is happy, I am stoked!