Sunday, August 23, 2015

Little Boys' Room Makeover

Here is my littler boys' room make-over. It is shared by a 12 year old and an 8 year old, and the previous bunk beds made for a crowded footprint, with no room for a desk. I started out asking what they wanted for a color scheme. There was already a dark purple wall, and, believe it or not, that's what Monkey #1 wanted to work around. "And add orange". Yikes. OK.... 
I sanded the drawers of the existing white, vintage dresser (roughly) and stained them chestnut. I spray painted the insets and legs the signature orange the older monkey requested. I corralled the plushies into a "zoo" on top.
 My husband built loft beds, stained chestnut. He engineered them to be attached to the studs, so they have absolutely no wiggle and can withstand the weight of future teenagers.
 I spray painted a huge box on casters for all of the lego insanity.
 I repainted an aqua bookcase from my older boys room white (white was the only way I could figure out how to bring the purple and orange together in palatable way).
 I repainted  a black desk and a wooden chair from my older boys room white. I spray painted the handle orange.

 I googled "Old school Nintendo oil paintings' (because that is how I roll - I want what I want) and bam! Old School Nintendo oil paintings.
I also repainted their old red bookcase white. Note: there is one corner of the room I'm not showing, because there is a flat screen TV that will be mounted on the wall, but is now sitting sloppily on a purple dresser. Monkey #3's railing is also missing in these pics, but goes up later today.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Big Boy's Room Makeover

Here is my older son's room reveal.

Here is a link to the Pinterest board I used for inspiration.

For the Pipe and Board industrial shelving I started from the tutorial found here. But please note: THIS WAS NOT EASY!! Even with very careful math and a carpenter (my husband) collaborating with me, this project was tedious and took a LOT of trial and error and teamwork. Although we could not get the kind of perfection I had planned for, it still looks great, and is very sturdy and functional. It had to be strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of a 6 foot 2 fourteen year old.

the biggest help I can give you is the source to buy these pipe fittings online. They're almost 1/3 the price of what you find at the hardware store (and have free shipping).

Maybe you remember this old thing (already painted once). This time I used a matte navy and sprayed the hardware copper for a look that will hopefully last him through high school.

 I re-purposed a lampshade I had previously  in the family room, a re-used his Japanese print from years ago.

I made an orb from old embroidery hoops (I went through an embroidery hoop phase and have a cajillion.)

 I had an extra piece of pine from the shelves once all cut to size - so I made a bracketed nightstand.

 The Mason jar lights were the brainchild of my husband. Adding them complicated things a little, but in the end they are pretty spectacular. I painted an old boombox my son had bought at the goodwill to look quasi-retro.

Because he is into Japanese things I hung this vintage Japanese world map from the 1800's (with Japan as the central focus).

I used more embroidery hoops to display old T-shirts.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Boys Room Make-over - Teen Edition

Maybe you remember four years ago when I re-did the boys room (click for that blog). Now they need a rehaul that will get them all the way through High School. Once again they are gone for the summer, and I can do whatever I want to update both their rooms. Here is my inspiration I'm starting from.

Big guy's room:

The Two Little Guys' room: