It’s here! Week six and the big reveal day for the One Room Challenge! It’s been fun to be a guest participant for the second time around. A big thanks goes out to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this semi-annual
If you’ve been following along from the beginning (or because you’re smart and can read the title of this post), you already know that for this round of the One Room Challenge I’ve been working on transforming my oldest son, Jackson’s room into an updated, modern boy bedroom.
But in case you missed anything from the past 6 weeks, you can catch up on the progress in these posts:
And as a quick reminder this is where we started (well, started after painting that is):
And this was the new design concept for the space:
annnnnnd, drum roll please! Here’s the space now!
Pretty sweet space for an almost pre-teen boy, right?
While I didn’t necessarily do everything according to plan, I think I managed to capture the vibe I was going for. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly on everything I did over the past six weeks to bring this space to life:
First up (after new carpet had been installed throughout the house) was getting rid of the twin bed and moving up to a double. This metal bed frame from Wayfair is modern and has 12” of space underneath allowing room for storage, sold! And about that storage…I was planning on doing a DIY project to add crates under the bed, but then I found these wood milk crates at Target that blended so with the existing wood tones I was bringing into the room, that I decided to splurge and save myself the time on the DIY project. The soft grey pin-striped Blavinda duvet cover from IKEA is masculine, yet keeps things a bit more light and airy.
This floating night stand was a last minute addition. I knew I needed a bedside table, and after an exhaustive, and failed search for an affordable floating nightstand, had just resorted to mounting an IKEA cube to the wall. But, in a stroke of luck I happen to find a small mid-century style table at a store closing sale. I was going to just place it by the bed, but then the light-bulb went on! I removed the screw mounted legs and my husband bolted the drawer portion to the wall. It created the perfect floating night stand that I had been searching for! Above the bed, I placed plug-in reading sconces from World Market to add some additional light to read by.
Originally my plan was to do a gallery wall above the bed – but in all honesty, I don’t really love gallery walls much. So I went with a more simplistic approach and opted for this vintage concert art print. I loved the style of it, and it coordinated well with the look of the room. The orange geometric print pillows from Target were a last minute find that I thought paired perfectly with this print. Love them!
Next to the bed is a small corner where Jackson’s desk originally stood. Since I’d planned to move the desk area to the other side of the room, I decided this area would be the perfect spot for a chair and some shelving. Adding shelving really was the cornerstone component to the design in this room. I really wanted a place that Jackson can display things that he makes or that are important to him.
In all honesty, I’m sure much of what is on these shelves will be changed out in the near future. I designed them more or less for the purpose of photographing the room, but the shelves are really there to be filled up with what matters most to my son. It is his room after all!
Over on the other side of the room, in the new desk area, I decided to change the old DIY refinished desk out for something a little more light and modern for the space. I picked up this modern desk at Target, and it works perfectly for a pre-teen’s room. Two drawers act as storage for necessary homework essentials, without being too big or deep to allow them to become bottomless pits of random stuff.
Adding shelving over the desk area was also a part of the initial concept for the space. This shelving will double as additional storage and display space for his room.
Next to the desk I added a small cubby style bookcase from Target that coordinated with the desk. It works well concealed storage of all those little do-dads that kids seems to collect that need a home.
Above this area became to best spot to put a cork board for more storage and display of Jackson’s things. Originally I was going to place the cork board between the window’s, however last week when I decided that I needed to edit things down a bit, I decided I didn’t want something on EVERY wall of his room. Keeping things a bit more simple and uncluttered keeps the space feeling light, modern and fresh.
While I’m calling this room officially ‘done’ for the ORC, I’m sure I will still be editing and tweaking things a bit for the next few months, both to satisfy my eye for the space and to accommodate Jackson’s style a bit more too.
So, that’s a wrap on this One Room Challenge! It’s been fun participating this second time around, and perhaps just like you, the reveal is my favorite part of the whole process. So if this Modern Boy Bedroom reveal has you wanting more, you can check out my Family Room reveal from the first One Room Challenge, or my most recent project the Transitional Black and White Bathroom. Here’s a peek of that project:
In the next few weeks I’ll be starting work on a mini makeover in my back entryway and hallway too, so keep checking back for that reveal as well!
P.S. Be sure to pop over to Calling it Home to check out all the other One Room Challenge reveals, there are some amazing ones!
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