It’s been a couple of weeks since I showed you how our son’s bedroom makeover was coming along. We had hung (fake) shiplap paneling on the walls and installed new hardwood floors, but we still needed furniture and everything else. Well, we finally got it all put together, so I thought you’d like to see how it turned out!
Here’s how that same corner of his room looked after we hung the wood paneling on the walls and got the new floors installed:
A few years ago I took this picture of what his room looked like on a “real day,” and I’m so glad I did. You think you want photos of your house looking clean and neat and perfect, but really it’s the “everyday” pics that bring back the most memories!
He called me from college one day and said, “I’m showing my friends your blog but I can’t find any photos of my room. Why haven’t you featured it yet?” And I was thinking, well, because it usually looks like this. 😉
Jake went on to say that his friends couldn’t get over “how clean” our house looks in all the photos. “Don’t worry,” he said. “I told them it isn’t usually that nice.” LOL. Thanks, Jake! Kids always tell the truth about us, don’t they? Whether we want them to or not!
Anyway, as I was saying, here’s how that same corner looked after we got the shiplap hung on the walls, hardwood floors installed, and new, heftier baseboard and trim around the windows and doors:
Now that he’s in college, we need this to double as a guest room when he’s not home, so a bigger bed was in order. We used to have a Queen-size iron headboard in our bedroom that’s been sitting in the basement, so instead of buying a new one, we brought it upstairs and bought a new mattress for it.
Here’s how the bed looked then, before we gave our master bedroom a makeover:
It was dark green originally, and we spray-painted it black. (You can see how our bedroom turned out here.) I think the bed looks much better in his room than it ever did in ours:
Because the room is so small (about 11′ x 12′), we left the footboard off the end of the bed when we put it in here.
I found this navy blue nightstand and the lamps at Target and love ’em. The giraffe and glass plate have special meaning to Jake, so I wanted to find a place to display them. His favorite books are inside the cabinet, and I bought a small basket that he can use as a “drawer” to stash odds and ends:
I pretty much found all the new navy and white things I needed for the room at Target, bedding included, so it didn’t cost a lot. The sheets have tiny navy dots all over them, and the quilt is reversible with stripes on the other side, which is fun.
You can’t see it, but I put another navy and white rug on the other side of the bed. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the new floor with a big rug (and didn’t have the budget to buy one anyway).
He has lots of books and “keepsakes” that he piled on these shelves in the corner between the door and the closet wall. Here’s how it looked before:
We reused all of his old furniture (besides the bed). It has seen better days, but it will have to do for now. It’s not real wood (it’s Sauder-type stuff), but it looks better than I expected with the new walls and floors:
His girlfriend Callie gave him that framed “J & C” photograph for Christmas last year, and it’s perfect for the room with its black frame and navy matting.
We hung a full-length mirror and some hooks behind the door for guests who will be using the room when he’s away:
Dave found this old painted mirror in an antique store and bought it for me back when we were dating. It was one of his first gifts to me, and I’ve always loved it.
Jake bought that cactus with his own money when he was 5 and we’ve been given strict orders to water it once a month while he’s at college.
I’m still shopping for a small round table and lamp to put beside this chair in the corner. This is where he likes to work on his laptop, so he’ll need somewhere to set it and other stuff:
Jake took that photo of a tall tree in our backyard. I had it framed and matted for the room.
I bought curtains but ended up loving the new Craftsman-style trim that Dave hung around the windows so much that I couldn’t bring myself to cover it up!
I took these photos on a gloomy, rainy day, without a flash, and the room still looks pretty sunny and cheerful!
One more look back at the before and after:
When Jake came home for Spring Break and saw the room for the first time, he was so surprised. He had no idea we were doing this much to it and couldn’t get over how much better it looks now.
It seemed to make him happy, which of course made me happy. Totally worth all the work just to see the smile on his face!
I have to admit I had an ulterior motive with this makeover — I’m hoping he likes it enough to come home and visit us more often now! I’ll let you know if it works. 😉