Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Boy's Bedroom Makeover

boys bedroom makeover

A complete boy's bedroom makeover featuring all DIY Ana White furniture builds.

Since moving in 10 months ago my son's bedroom has been a mess:

boys bedroom before

We started with dated feminine wallpaper, a simple metal bedframe, nothing hung on the walls and complete disorder - that's a recipe for a makeover.

boys bedroom after

After a ton of hard work and his room is finally functional and beautiful.

I pulled together furniture I had built in the past plus a few new pieces along with stripping the wallpaper, adding paint to the walls and trim, new wood shades and shutters and building a shelf in the eaves to complete the space.

boys bedroom with diy furniture

A complete source list with links to posts and free plans is down below at the end of this post.

diy play table desk

My son is only six so he doesn't necessarily sit a his desk yet but it provides good surface area and storage.  See the full play table desk post here.

diy rolling dresser

Next to the desk I placed the rolling dresser which has tons of drawer space for most of his clothes.
And above the rolling dresser is a cubby shelf, the perfect display spot for all his little knick knacks:

diy cubby shelf

To keep it all in perspective below is the before picture, just as the room looked when we first saw our home at the initial walk through:

saltbox farmhouse mls listing pic before

The previous owners did a beautiful job of keeping everything period relevant in this 1740 primitive saltbox home however I've chosen to update the space to reflect a younger generation while still paying tribute to the historical features.
It's a tricky balance between honoring the past while stepping forward in time.

boys bedroom antique farmhouse after

diy cubby shelf detail

no girls allowed handpainted sign

I still need to paint the louvered doors leading into the hall.

diy pipe and wood slat twin bed

Yes I know the flag is supposed to hang the other way, with the star field to the left however it was sewn the way you see it now so it will remain.

diy number 1 shelf  diy pipe bed boys bedroom

The pop of red from the #1 shelf against the blue walls (Benjamin Moore old navy matte) goes great with the red exterior (Benjamin Moore cottage red) peeking in from the windows.

saltbox style farmhouse low windows

One of the absolute best features of this bedroom is the shelf I built in the eaves just above the windows.

It is the perfect landing spot for legos.

diy shelf in eaves

wood knobs on shutters

I opted to use old wood knobs on the shutters.

diy dresser with cubby shelf

diy play desk with corkboard

boys bedroom desk with corkboard

There's still a bit more work to be done in this room, as you're looking out into the hallway there are two built-in shelf units on either side of the doorway.

For some reason the built-ins do not match each other at the upper portion???
I plan to remove the added paneling on the right side and install additional shelves then give all the built-ins a fresh coat of paint (and paint the louvered doors too).

boys bedroom built ins

navy walls boys bedroom


wall paint: Benjamin Moore old navy matte


  1. This room looks amazing, Jaime! So fun to see all your hard work pay off.

  2. holy wow! it's amazing! i love it all- the desk, the bed, the colors, the "1" shelf!

  3. What a great space to grow up in. Really lovely.

  4. I absolutely adore everything about this room. What a lucky boy! Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

  5. I absolutely adore everything about this room. What a lucky boy! Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

  6. Oh it looks Amazing! Simply Amazed at all you have done!!!! Way to go!!

  7. this looks great! Would love for you to link to Friday Favorites today at
    I just redid my tween son's room! Love the space your son has !!! laura

  8. What a transformation! I'll definitely be looking here for inspiration when it's time to do my boys' room! (soon, hopefully!)

    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

  9. With two boys of my own, I am always looking for inspiration on decorating their bedrooms. This is amazing! What a transformation!

    We would love for you to come link up Mondays 8:00am EST at Your Designs This Time.

  10. Jaime,

    Hello sweet friend! LOVE this project! Just pinned it to the BHG board!

    Happy day to you!