Well, as expected, it’s been a sprint to the finish for this round of the One Room Challenge. What a complete frenzy! As usual, I have a tendency to underestimate the time it’s going to take me to do things, run into unexpected delays, and rush out for last minute items (like the bedskirt that I bought in a KING size, and didn’t realize it until I ironed it and put in on the bed). Yeah, stuff like that. But, the room is looking fantastic, and even though it’s not her room, my daughter has given me two thumbs up, and told me that I do a good job on masculine rooms, and she loves it too. So, let’s get down to business, shall we? I’m loving this masculine gray bedroom!
This room has evolved as I worked on it, as sometimes I need to see things as they come together and make decisions at that point. But essentially, has a very soothing palette, with grays, creams, whites and wood tones. It’s masculine, but not dark (although I think my son would have preferred it darker), with a calm and restful vibe to it.
I wrestled with bedding throughout this process, and honestly, I still have both of them. I figured whichever one I didn’t use, I would give to my other son (since I haven’t done his room yet – he goes to college next year, so I’m thinking I’ll fumigate it and spruce it up once he leaves. Is that bad?).
To appreciate how far this room has come, we need to look back to where it all began.
And here it is now –
Ooooh, seeing these photos side by side just makes me happy.
This wall was just … pitiful. I’m not a fan of tv’s in kid’s rooms, and the only reason he had one is because this house came with so many when we bought it, that we actually had extras. Bad excuse, I know. But, he told me that he never used it, so I was happy to take it out. The desk that he had was a bit too wide for the room, so I decided that had to go too. Can I just tell you how much drywall repair I did to this wall? Oh. my. goodness.
As I did in my daughter’s room, I opted for a long desk space, and this desk from Ballard Outlet fit the bill perfectly. Can you even believe that the desk top was only $19.99? And I got the base cabinets for 40% off a nicely discounted price. So I’m happy with that score. The best part is that the depth on the desk fits just right, and doesn’t overshoot the closet door. That was trickier than I thought it would be.
I don’t know if the deer head is going to stay, since my son keeps insisting that he’s “not a girl”, but we’ll see.
I had been wanting a round wood mirror in this room, and this one from IKEA was perfect in every way. I love lighter wood tones with the shades of gray. It really works, don’t you think?
If you look on the other side of the bed, you’ll see my last minute side table. I didn’t grab either of the nightstands that I spotted in a consignment store (lesson learned), but it ended up working out just fine. I scored the nightstand at the Grandin Road Outlet, although it looked much different when I bought it (for $52).
Before I show you the whole thing, let’s take a quick peek at it in its original state. Yes, hot pink. I know, it’s a boy’s room, right? But, it was the perfect size, and I really liked the campaign-esque style.
It was in need of some repair – similar to this nightstand for my daughter’s room as part of the One Room Challenge.
I decided to give Amy Howard’s lacquer paint a try in Vendome Gray. It’s quite a striking result.
Let’s do another before and after comparison, shall we?
Don’t judge because we kept the ceiling fan – my son uses it all the time, so it stayed.
When I kicked off this project, I threw in the vanity for my son’s side of the Jack and Jill bathroom. While it’s not completely done, there was some serious progress. I painted the vanity (in the same color as the feature wall – Iron Mountain), removed wallpaper (which is HUGE – the walls were a mess!), and added a rug. I looked at lighting, but couldn’t make up my mind, so I’m holding off for now. Although I’m tempted to move the round mirror in there once I take the other one down!
Here it is before – wallpaper and all.
And a peek at it now – sorry I had a horrible time getting a decent photo! But look at that gorgeous wallpaper-free wall. I swear, I think replacing the drywall would have been easier than all of the repairing I did.
I have a large full length mirror that I haven’t hung yet, but you get the general idea of the progress. That wallpaper about did me in.
I think that about sums it up people! I’ll be sure to do a post with my source information, but this girl is whooped, and the rest of my house is a complete and utter zoo, since I’ve been so focused on this room! But, I think my husband secretly loves the focused chaos, since it means that I’m actually finishing a project!
Off to check out all of the gorgeous reveals out there at Calling it Home. Thank you Linda, once again, for pushing me to get it done!!
If you want to see my other One Room Challenge projects, you can check them out here: