If you are a frequent visitor to RuedeEmily you will know that I immersed myself, along with 14 other bloggers, in a challenge to redo one room within each of our homes within a six week time period. My pre-teen son's room was badly in need of a makeover. The six week time frame seemed realistic for his room and so it began.....here is what the room looked like before we started....
If you are interested in looking at the series from the beginning click here. If you are ready for the big reveal here it is...... the best part about this project is that my son and I worked on it together. He was VERY involved in the design process and helped me with getting this done on schedule! (Please excuse the quality of the photos...I am still in search of my good camera so these were taken with my iPhone).
Here is the view from the doorway entering the room.
We created the captain's bed because there is a radiator (1920's home heating) in the corner of the room that takes up strategic floorspace. So by creating the curtain we hide it from view and it creates a space to lean pictures on. As we collect more interesting photographs or artwork created by Monsieur R (my son) we will cover these walls with interesting pieces.
The room has two windows and it can be a very bright room. I like that the dark wall paint makes the room more masculine but not drab and dark.
The desk area...we made the bulletin board out of faux alligator hide and found the chair at IKEA. The artwork on top of the bulletin board was made by my son and we found the other antique "ship" oil painting recently at a local flea market.
Here are two photographs- one from each side- of our paper mache- French newspaper covered- Elephant. We purchased this at Anthropologie and it is my favorite item in the room! Underneath the elephant is an antique ship's captains desk. It fits nicely on the wall and stores a lot of my son's art supplies and found objects.
I had three objectives in moving my son's chest of drawers into his rather big closet.
- I needed more floor space in the actual room for more interesting pieces.
- The color of the chest was a little too juvenile for the new room- the blue was a little off. I don't mind touches of different blue hues...the dresser would just be too much of a new hue! However the chest works just fine and I didn't want to get rid of it.
- My son has a tendency not to always keep his drawers neatly closed...I got tired of asking him to close the drawers. Now, that is a non-issue.
We added a rod for hanging shirts/pants along the side of his closet. I could never get away with this with a girl but boys just don't have that many clothes that need to be hung. Drawers work just fine. The photographic angle makes it look like it is a pretty tight space for the hanging shirts- although in reality everything fits with plenty of room.
The tree stumps collected in the neighborhood came out great and make a fun collection of side tables.The leather chair also reclines and is super comfortable. I can definitively attest to the fact that my son's interest and time spent reading has increased since he has had it. He LOVES parking himself there for a good book! If for no other reason...money well spent on this makeover!
We even had room behind the curtain for his hamper. I really dislike having hampers on display so this little area worked perfectly.
We organized his bookshelf so that it looks interesting and neat!
At the head of his bed behind the curtain is another wall that he can fill up with his artwork or collectibles. Right now, it holds a sentimental favorite...one of his first paintings!
These are fun repurposed road signs....
I hope you enjoyed this little series! Now I have caught the "refreshing" bug and will soon be revealing changes in other rooms in my maison! Thanks for visiting!
Please visit the finished spaces of my blogging buddies who also participated in this challenge! Thanks to all of the ladies for their support and encouragement along the way. I would also like to give Linda at My Crafty Home Life (dining room) a special thanks for including me in this fun challenge!
Suzy at Saved By Suzy (girls room)