Sunday, July 7, 2013

Boys room makeover... I'm done!

Now that Jacob is 7 1/2 and around 4 foot 5 inches and Joshua just turned 6 and is 4 foot 2 inches they really, really, needed to move out of their toddler beds. I started the redesign of their room last year when I had it painted Benjamin Moore "Cumulus Cloud" and got them cool "Flor" rug tiles. Some unexpected expenses put the rest of the reno on hold until this year. It took me a really long time to choose their bed. I went back and forth to the furniture store three or four times with measurements and I even taped out the silhouette on the floor of my top choices. I am thrilled with our final choice. The boys actually choose the one we ended up getting.

So here are the details:

We went from heavy sliding mirrored closet doors to these nice bi-fold wood doors in order to allow for easier access. Of course they were a non-typical size so I had to special order them from Home Depot. They came finished white but they did not match the trim in the room so I just finished painting them today!  Thanks to a much needed 4 day weekend!

The trim color is Benjamin Moore Navajo white.

I had a custom closet system installed with room to grow into. The hanging bars can be moved higher when they get older. And a whole unseen row of shelves above the viewing area holds all of their board games (they have alot).   


Because I removed the full wall of mirrored closet doors I added a simple wall mirror from Ikea.

I made my own custom cornice coverings for the windows from 1" x 10" pine, fabric batting, picture hanging hooks, and cool "Monsters on the loose" fabric from

The boys made the solar system mobile, with my Mom, from a Magic School Bus Science Kit.

I got the little Sloane leaning desks and bookcase from the Land of Nod. The desk height is 24" which is what my work desk height is so I felt like they won't out grow it too quickly. The adorable red and blue chairs were from Ikea. I covered regular cork bulletin boards with burlap and detailed them with dark upholstery tacks. I saw identical boards for $90 each in a high end catalog. Mine were around $18 each and easy to make!


These picture frames are actually artwork holders. These pictures are the boys from last school year. The front is hinged and you can change out the artwork and even store the art right in the frame.

Here is the other window with a cute chalk board poster that they can write on. The lamp is covered with The Beatles Yellow Submarines. We purchased it in my favorite boutique in Cape May, NJ last summer.

I needed somewhere for the clock and lamp so this was how this area started.


The bed is a storage dream, it has stairs with drawers, a large drawer under the full size bed, a whole set of drawers along one side of the bed. It also has this little book shelf along the left side of the bed that holds a ton of books (and Jacob's nesting doll collection).

The dark wood makes it hard to photograph but one neat feature on the stairs, besides the drawers, is a small motion sensor light on the top step. The bed is not as high as most bunks and there are safety treads on each step. The color of the bed hides the black tread.

Joshua was sold on this bed when he saw the shelf and light on his lower part of the bed.

Joshua also loves that I let him hang his Cars 2 poster on the inside of his bed.
Jacob even got his own shelf for his books, nightvision goggles, & flashlight. It is really helpful since he reads every night at bedtime for about 30 minutes.

The boys LOVE their new room and I love that I can say I am almost finished with it. ( I just have some floor repair to finish in the closet). I loved planning it, pinning my ideas, and ultimately the success of a functional good looking room with lots of hidden storage.

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