Thursday, 10 May 2018

Little Boy's Bedroom Reveal - One Room Challenge Spring 2018 - WEEK 6

Here we are at the final reveal of the One Room Challenge !  We made it!
This was my first time participating in this challenge... over the past six weeks I've been making over the sweetest little boy's bedroom.  
I'm so excited to show you how it turned out!

Let's go back to the beginning and remember where we started from.  If you've been following along you know that this bedroom had a lot of good things to begin with (bedding, dresser, lighting) & really just needed something to take it to the next level.  

Here's what it used to look like.

It's amazing how little changes made such an impact!

 This bedroom is a real lesson in just using what you have and making it all work.  I think a lot of people get to this point in their decor and then are not certain what to do with a room.  You can see that the layout worked and that the paint and lighting stayed as well.  From this point I just took my inspiration from the bedding that my client had.    Common themes you'll see throughout the room are black & white, primary colours & toy cars.  Typically I stay away from themed rooms but his little boy loves cars and he had the sweetest bedding.  I wanted to add something striking on the focal wall but didn't want to compete or take away from the bedding's pattern.  The swiss cross decals added a bold statement without being too overpowering...
seemed like the perfect fit & were very easy to put up.

I think every toddler's room needs a teepee ... why didn't they have these when I was growing up?  This beautiful striped number (from Walmart) was perfect for the room.  This corner needed some height and some black to balance out the room.  The toys/stuffed animals I styled on the dresser and bookcase were just toys I pulled from the toy box.  Hey if it's cute and works with the colour scheme, why hide it in a toy box?   I also used some art that my client had and some that my toddler client made, to style the dresser.  

This black IKEA lamp was perfect for the dresser, and added the height that was needed just under the shelf.

These classic car prints from Moriland above the bed were just the perfect addition to this bedroom.  You can see that they are simliar in style & colour to the bedding but not exactly the same.  

Here's my sweet little client, Nolan, who actually helped his mom with the final decals... I told you they were easy.   
And for all those moms out there wondering if kids play in teepees... this little guy does!

Had such a fun six weeks doing this challenge.  Thank you to all of you who followed along!!!
Hoping to do another room in the fall with the next ORC.  

And a big thank you to my friend, Diana at Shindig Sweets for trusting me to makeover this bedroom for her little boy,
 and for providing lots of coffee & yummy cupcakes & cookies!!!  

You can see my other weeks below:

Be sure to check out the featured designers here  & the other guest participants here.

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Grey Euro Pillows, Black & White (Wide Striped) Pillows,
Striped Throw, Pom Pom Blanket & Lamp         

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Pom Poms & Banner 

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Swiss Cross Wall Decals 

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Black Book Shelve

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Chevron Rug &  Swiss Cross Baskets

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Friday, 4 May 2018

One Room Challenge - Week 5 - Adding Art & Accessories

Hey there... welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge sponsored by House Beautiful!  
We have one week left in this little boy's bedroom transformantion... this week we added some art & even did a little DIY.
You can check out the other weeks here:

*** week 1 * week 2week 3 * week 4 ***

The budget was very tight for this little bedroom so I had to shop my client's home (ie. toy box & closet haha) for some of  the accessories.   This little "I love U" sign was something my client had & wanted to incorporate into the design.

I also made the cutest little pom pom blanket with an inexpensive IKEA blanket & some pom poms from Michaels... so cute & simple.  No sewing necessary... I just tied the pom poms to the fringe... easy peasy!

Another challenge for this room has been where to place books... Oh, and did I mention we don't have a big budget?  This little bookcase was one I've had for years & was sitting in my basement... a quick coat of black paint (same as the door... Black Jack by Ben Moore) & it fits perfectly in this corner.

The sweetest art arrived this week from Moriland for above the bed... how cute are these little vintage cars?!?

We're getting there... see you next week for the reveal!  
Be sure to check out all the other guest participants & featured designers here.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Week 4 ORC - Boy's Bedroom Makeover

Here we are at week 4 of the One Room Challenge.  
For the past few weeks I've been making over a little boy's room and have just six weeks to complete it.   
If you're new here, you can check out my other weeks here:

My little 3 year old client has been away on vacation this week so we haven't' done any more painting, but we do have some new arrivals.  First up is this adorable striped teepee.  I had been looking online for one but stumbled across this one at Walmart. How cute is this?!?!  
I think it's my favourite thing in the room amd more importantly, it's my client's favourite thing too!  

Next up, this adorable rug arrived.  I've mentioned before that cars are a theme in this room as my little client absolutely LOVES them, so this rug is perfect. 
 And for those mothers out there wondering if the rug is practical or not, he uses it all the time.

That's all the progress for this week.  
Be sure to check out the other guest participants here & the featured designers here.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Boy's Bedroom Makeover - One Room Challenge - Week 3

 I can't believe we are already at week 3 of the One Room Challenge.  If you're new here, over the last few weeks 
I've been a guest participant in this challenge which is hosted by Calling it Home & sponsored by House Beautiful

 I'm making over my client's little boy's room in just 6 weeks.   If you missed it, you can see the first and second weeks here & here.  My goal is to create a bedroom that is timeless, and  although it's for a little boy, I want it to be a bedroom that will grow with him. I'll be mixing black & white with some primary colours.  
This little boy absolutely loves cars so I will be mixing in some cars in subtle ways. 

So this week we tackled painting the doors and hardware... what a huge difference it made!  I absolutely love black doors... it's a great way to cover up doors that are less appealing.  If you follow this blog or follow me on instagram, you know I like black, and I paint a lot of things black.  

One of my go-to black colours is Black Jack by Ben Moore, and we used it here but used Behr paint & primer.  
(If you're wondering how we used a Ben Moore colour in a Behr paint, just go to your local Home Depot amd ask them to mix it for you. 
 They have all of the Ben Moore colour codes and will mix it in their paint).  

Next up was spray painting the drawer pulls with Rustoleum.   I love the shape of these pulls,  but just needed a little more black on this side of the room.  Since the pulls are in perfect condition, I used my easy fix for most metal things--a coat of black spray paint.

So here's a little peek at the changes... a little before & after...BIG difference!  
We are slowly getting there.

Be sure to check in next week to see the progress!!!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Boy's Bedroom Makeover - One Room Challenge Week 2

Hey there!  
 Here we are at week two of the One Room Challenge hosted by
 Linda from Calling it Home & sponsored by House Beautiful.

 We've made a little bit of progress in this little boy's bedroom.
 If you missed week one, you can see some of the before shots & my vision & inspiration for the room here.  

 This week these gorgeous pillows from Land of Nod & IKEA arrived for the bed along with some new bedding from HomeSense.  

We also started the wall of decals. I can't believe I'm saying this but this was actually fun to do.  The painful part was all the measuring that had to be done first.  We measured out the wall & then put decals every foot starting 6" from the ceiling & staggered the rows.  We also had a foot between each row.   It's best to use a ruler & a level just to make sure things line up properly.  Like I said this is the hard part but putting them on is quite easy.
You will also need something with a straight edge, like a credit card, to help smooth the decals out.  They really just peel off & stick.  You do have a bit of time before they stick so you can shift them if you need to before you smooth them out.
 Like I said, the measuring was the hard part but putting them up was quite easy.

And here's a little teaser...don't they look amazing!?!?
 Such an easy way to add impact in a room.  

So that's it for progress this week. 
 We hope to do some painting next week & of course, we need some new lighting, baskets & rugs etc. for the space.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the other 
guest participants & featured designers here.