Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 6 Reveal

So I can now say we have one "completed" room in our house. After 10 years of renovating, it's kind of nice to have at least one totally finished space :) Participating in a round of the One Room Challenge was just the motivation I needed to finally pull this room together.

I chose to do my oldest child's room as it seemed like the most neglected room in the house. We plan to move in the next year (HERE is why!) so I really wanted to finish it for him, so he could enjoy it for at least a little while. He is pretty pleased with it and keeps thanking me for "doing a good job!" We'll call it a success!




This was my original Idea Board that I started with and now you can see where it went from there.



The finished big boy room!



Originally, my plan was to center the bed under the windows for symmetry.  Once I actually got the furniture in the room, I didn't like how the headboard blocked the natural light, so I shuffled things around (with my sister's help!) until it felt right. Having the large rug in the room helps anchor the furniture so now I like this layout.  Large rooms are tricky as they can feel empty without enough furnishing, but also cluttered if there's too much.




The bed was a Do-It-Yourself project. I now have my first headboard upholstering experience under my belt. Cameron built the frame from plywood and 2x4's and cut it to shape.  It wasn't the easiest thing to do as a beginner with upholstery and I didn't pick the easiest fabric to work with (lining up the seams was a pain!), but I'm pretty happy with the results.  The extra effort of adding cording as it gives it a more finished look that I love.









The nightstand is a favorite find from wayfair.com. I was looking for something clean lined that would work well with his vintage dresser. It also needed to be a little larger then standard nightstands so the scale would be right next to a queen size bed.  This one totally fits the bill and the fabric wrapped, hand painted finish and texture is an added bonus! I love having pieces of furniture that can grow with kids and look good long term.







Across from his bed I needed something to fill the space. I ran out of time to upholster a chair for him, but still wanted to do something fun in this corner.  This is what I came up with using things I had around the house.  The clear acrylic shelf was left over from a few I added in my girls' bedroom, and the rhino head was already in the room from before.  The hook is my favorite from Anthropologie. Not bad for a last minute arrangement :)










On the opposite side of the door is storage for his toys, books and artwork.  The cubbies were a baby gift to him from my sister and they've served him well!




The cowboy boots were a gift from my parents in mexico, they don't fit him anymore but they're too cute to let go of.  He used to call them "boot cows" when he wore them :)

The Lego set is Cameron's that he played with as a kid and so are a bunch of the books here too.




This dresser is a vintage Drexel piece that I picked up for a steal at a consignment shop. Cameron used his paint gun and sprayed it with a glossy oil paint for me. It looks better than new!










A little Brasso polish cleaned up the original hardware and I love how the brass finish pops against the blue!




Black and white prints seem to work in any space! I had this picture of my Grandpa on his farm (Photopro if you're local does awesome work!)enlarged and popped it into an Ikea frame.  Not all art has to be hung on a wall, you can just prop it up for a more casual look I did here.




This kid lives in his super hero costumes!




As for the art on the walls, the photoshoot was well underway before I had anything hung! The morning of the shoot, I had spray painted a couple of thrifted bamboo frames and had them laying in the sun when my photographer got here, hoping they would dry in time! Thankfully they did (barely) and so I pretty much eyeballed it and quickly threw them up on the wall...




My method is far from technical! I just lay them out, try to make them look balanced (asymmetrical is OK!) and wing it :)




My best advice would be to use what you LOVE and hang things at eye level. That's likely the biggest mistake I notice when I see art/pictures on the wall.  Hang them low enough that people can look at them!

Mix things up too...I wanted pieces that would mean something to Talmadge so there's some vintage pictures of his relatives, a fun (not perfectly composed) shot of him and his super hero cousins along with animal prints from a clearance rack. Nothing fancy or expensive, but personal! Keeping the frames limited to white or orange and using simple white mats makes it look cohesive but still fun for a kids room.













The ceiling sputnik light fixture was an inexpensive wayfair.com purchase. It had a weird grey brushed finish that I got rid of with a little black spray paint. The ceilings are really low because this room is actually an attic we converted when we added our addition so I needed something flush mount, but wanted a lot of light so I was happy to find this one.




The bamboo shades are from Blinds.com. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on shades since they'll stay with the house when we move, but I needed to hide the gap between the window trim and the ceiling as it was just slightly off and not totally level. Mounting these to the ceiling eliminates that problem and black out lining means someone sleeps past 6:30 now. #totallyworthit




Anyways, he loves his room and I'm happy with how it turned out too.  It was fun to learn something new(upholstery!) and make something that makes someone happy.  That's always my favorite part of design/decorating is seeing people enjoy their space!







Thanks for reading and following the One Room Challenge! I hope this inspires you to try something new (seriously, you can learn anything watching You Tube videos!) or even finish up a space or get a few things hung on your walls. I already want to tackle all my other blank walls now!!!



Now I need a week to catch up on what all the other participants have done! There is some incredible talent and creativity that's gone into the projects! Make sure to check them out HERE and HERE if you haven't already! And of course, a big thank you to Linda at Calling It Home who created and takes care of this event!

I have to shout out to my photographer Elena from Attic Co. She was so accommodating and awesome to work with, especially given the short turn around time I had for these pictures.  She's a blast to work with and I'm thankful for her talent and help shooting this room!


PS. For fun, you can see the room when it was in it's construction right HERE and how we installed and stained the floors HERE

14 comments on "One Room Challenge: Week 6 Reveal"
  1. Gorgeous bedroom!! I love how everything turned out.

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  2. Fantastic Janna and I love your taste. It's a bright gorgeous room and such a cute boy! I love the bones of your future house btw- very cool light, ceilings and beautiful land. I totally see why you bought it and wish you the best! Xo Nancy

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  3. what a great space for him to grow and play! love the headboard and the dresser!

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    1. The headboard was a labor of love for sure, and I know how much you love vintage furniture!!!

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  4. This is such a sweet room. I just love the headboard fabric. Beautiful job.

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    1. Thank you Emily! So nice of you to stop by here :)
      Your blog is one of my favorites!

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  5. What a great space - and I really like that nightstand!!!

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LoVE this room!!!! Boys rooms are so tricky and this one will grow with him and is neither too young or too old...perfection!!!!! great job!

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    1. You're so kind! I had fun putting it together, and I hope these things will grow with him too!

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