My guest bedroom got a much needed makeover when the DRG moved in because his son stays with us on weekends. My decorating challenge was to make the room appropriate for a 10 year old boy AND the adults (like my mom) who visit on occasion.
It was definitely high time to make it look like something other than a junk room.
My first project was the Giant Pallet Headboard with Lights. The headboard came out great and it’s still one of my favorite DIYs to date. This rustic focal point set the tone for the rest of the room.
The duvet set came from Overstock.com, you can find it HERE. Overstock is my favorite source for inexpensive duvet sets – I’ve purchased several and have been thrilled with them. For whatever reason, they are crazy expensive everywhere locally.
I also added Burlap Clipboards next to the bed. I can easily change these out with different quotes and song lyrics.
I ended up with an empty wall on one side and wanted to put something in that spot that wouldn’t take up a lot of floor space. This is the smallest of my 3 small bedrooms, so it’s pretty tiny.
I started with an old extra door I had leftover from my old door fence project. This one was peeling, and not in a good way – I think the previous owner had painted latex over the original stain without priming.
I scraped the inside of the door, primed it and added 3 coats of chalkboard paint.
I also sanded down the edges and rubbed some brown glaze over the white paint to take the edge off the bright white finish.
I had a couple old brass hooks in my basement, so I spray painted them antique nickel and mounted them on the side to hold 2 little galvanized buckets from the Dollar Store for chalk. Since I had all the other materials on hand, this project came in a whopping $2.
Yes…I know the fuzzy sherpa butterfly chair is not exactly awesome decor – but it is perfect for a 10 year old kid who likes his X-Box.
We had the DRG’s extended family over for dinner not too long after I put this up and they used the chalkboard to leave sweet messages for Jimmy, which he loved.
The room is almost done, but there is one area I’m still trying to figure out.
The long low dresser has the TV and gaming equipment on it, but the other one has been a challenge.
The dresser itself is fine…my mom bought it at a thrift store about 20 years ago for a few dollars but never did anything with it. I rescued it a few years ago and gave it a seafoamy blue-green finish and some new knobs. The paint color didn’t work the bedding in here, so I gave it a more neutral paint job.
I haven’t been able to come up with an arrangement of stuff that I like on top of it.
I like the individual components, I just haven’t come up with an arrangement to make it all gel together, you know?
I love the vintage globe and the giant jack, not sure how I feel about the shelves. Should they stay, or go, or be rearranged? These are the dilemmas that keep me up at night. 😉
If you liked my upcycled door, head over The Shabby Creek Cottage where I’m participating in an upcycle challenge. You’ll find tons of creative and cool upcycle projects from bloggers all over the country. Cool, right?
I’m also linking this project up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE.