Boys’ Room Progress

A couple of weeks ago I posted about some changes I had made to the boys’ bedroom.  Some paint, some new window treatments, etc and it was starting to look better.  I added some more updates–throw pillows, a light fixture and made a new cushion for the window seat–and it’s coming together even more.  Here’s where I started a month or so ago (these before photos are pretty embarrassing!  I wish I could say their room wasn’t always this messy–but it basically was):

And here’s the bay window now:

In addition to the window seat, I framed the vintage Hobbit prints and painted the back of the bookshelf.  I’ll get some more pics of progress soon.  Also, check me out on Twitter to see a fun art project the boys and I did on the chalkboard wall–it was so fun and turned out pretty cool!  Just click here or on the Twitter link on my sidebar and check out my recent tweets.

I have some sick kids and John is out of town so I might be away from blogging this weekend.   Hope everyone has a good Veteran’s Day and thank you to all our veterans!

Boys’ Bedroom Redo Sneak Peek

The boys’ room has needed help for a while.  It’s a great room with great bones (probably the best bedroom in the house) but basically always looked like a toy store exploded in it.  I definitely needed to get in there and clean out old toys but the set up in general just wasn’t conducive to play either.  Also, the blue (a color my oldest chose when he was three) made a room with big windows and plenty of light feel dark.  Here are the befores:

The mural was cute a few years ago but now just felt sloppy and dated.

So, after donating a bunch of old toys, painting and rearranging things, Things are starting to look better.  I still have several projects to finish–painting a bookshelf, getting new duvets, making a new cushion for the bay window, but here’s where we are now:

The curtains over the bay window serve several purposes; They block out light.  They close to make the bench a little stage.  And they also close to give a little privacy for two boys sharing the same room.  One can sit in the window and read a book and close the curtain and feel a little more separated from his brother.  Privacy and providing a way to get a break from each other was a big concern for this redo.  I plan to make a new seat cushion for the bay window too of black ticking stripe and then add some throw pillows.

The art above the bookshelf are pages from a vintage 1970s calendar featuring scenes from The Hobbit.

The vintage/antique maps are of various CA and Bay Area locations.  The dresser looks so much better now!  I kind of hated it in the old room but now I actually think it’s pretty…

The chalkboard paint on the walls was barely dry before they started writing on it!  What is it about writing on walls?  I just love chalkboard paint for how much depth it adds to a space.  The table and chairs are vintage school chairs that I painted.  I did the metal of the chairs in ASCP Graphite and the table in BM Agave.  The stripes on the wall are Agave too.

The bed area still needs work.  I moved their tall bookshelf to the end of the bed–I still need to paint the back of it.  I like that it creates a little cave out of the beds as well as an entryway to the room.  I also need to get some bedding to cover those comforters and some lighting.  We’ve used baskets under the bed for years as extra clothes storage and love it.  It’s easy for them to get to and I don’t have to have another dresser in the room to store all the clothes.

That’s it so far.  I’ll post more photos when I get it really finished and styled.  I’m just happy I can walk across the floor in there now without breaking my neck!