If you’ve been following along, you know that I normally work on one room at a time in our renovation of a less-than-a-thousand square foot, 1970s, beat up, double-wide trailer (for 2 adults, 4 kids, and 2 pets!) that we call home. I have most recently been working in our kitchen, putting up a brick backsplash, making a versatile accent wall, and adding a little storage to the cupboards. However, October is a busy, busy month for us this year, and we have some larger projects in the kitchen that we won’t be able to get to right away before we can finish it up. So I’m taking a break from the kitchen to work on my boys’ room, joining the One Room Challenge while I do so.
If you’re one of the very few people like myself (until recently) who has not heard of it, the One Room Challenge is a fantastic event that Linda from Calling It Home hosts, where designers and bloggers work simultaneously to fix up one room in six weeks, all the while inspiring each other, cheering each other on and getting to know and make new friends. This is my first time, and I’m so excited to be joining!
So, let’s start from the beginning, shall we? This is what the room looked like originally.
And this is the current situation:
Right before we moved in, my sisters painted the room in navy blue and a light blueish gray color. I chose the colors because I originally had a blue and gray room in mind with the Star Wars theme, but over the course of the last year, my plans have changed, and I have decided to go with black and gray. I really like the bedding they currently have, but it’s too much dark in a dark room, and reads a bit more preppy, while I want the room to be a bit more modern, industrial, and space-like.
Other than the paint and bedding, the current décor has been completed by my 7 and 9 year old, which includes vinyl wall decals, a random leftover party decoration, lots and lots of stuffed animals, hidden messages secretly written on furniture (I think you can guess which secret message was written in retaliation after a heated argument involving both occupants of the room), stickers on furniture (grrrr!), creepy test tube aliens, and movie posters.
I know, it’s crazy that I would even think about changing any of these things, right?!? But I do have a few ideas for finishing up the space, and making it a cool, kid-friendly place that my boys still like and want to hang out in.
It will be a challenge because it’s a very small, dark room, and we have to fit two beds and two dressers…not much room for anything else. Also, as a theme room, I don’t want it to be over-the-top theme-y, which is why I’m adding in the industrial accents, and hopefully a few natural elements to balance things out.
This is a rough idea of the feel I’m going for in this room:
Here’s the list of what needs to be done:
-Paint at least the two accent walls; the rest is to be determined
-Paint a mural on one of the accent walls
-Fix and give these dressers an industrial-style makeover
-Add some creative storage and Lego/toy displays
-New bedding (quite possibly a DIY project)
-Finally give them real curtains, just a small upgrade from this paper shade they’ve had for way too long
-Find and make creative artwork and accessories over the beds and on the walls (including some printable artwork I’ll be making)
-Do all of this with a $100 budget (which will absolutely be the hardest part!)
So, I hope you stay tuned! There will be some exciting things to come! And, of course, be sure to check out all of the other bloggers and designers joining this challenge here.
Have a great weekend!