When we looked at bedrooms for guys the other day I said I would share photos of our sons’ bedroom the next time. Well… this is “the next time” and these are the befores- or at least I hope they are. That would imply that there is to be an after at some point down the road. Let me give you a little information about this room as we go through it. Several of you had smartly suggested that I take into account my son’s interests in planning a redo of this room. My son’s biggest interest is reading reading reading, so there are built-in bookcases for him. He has soooooo many books that we really need more bookshelves. This is what you see when you enter the room.
The bottom cabinets are also filled with books. There are books under the bed, books in the closet, and books of his in other rooms of the house. Let’s walk further into the room so that you can see the layout a little better. I don’t necessarily have to keep that black and white checked chair in there. As much as I like it there, it could be traded for another chair that we have in the great room (but this one is more comfortable.)
This is the present twin sized bed he has had for a very long time. He had shared this room with his older brother since we moved in here. The beds were originally bunkbeds from Cargo. They had a horizontal rail design, but I eventually asked my husband if he would dismantle the bunks and add beadboard to the rails to make it look more substantial. This bed is the one that is going to be replaced by a queen sized one, but as of yet, I have no frame for it.
The other day I mentioned that the bedroom from The Lettered Cottage was the best match for the feel and layout of the room. Just for fun I thought you might like to see how the two spaces compare.
This room is L-shaped. Our oldest son that used to share the room here has a place of his own now, but we still need to leave another bed in the room for when he visits.
I have to tell you the story of that desk. I am so not a yard sale person, but my mom is the queen. When I shop, it is usually to find something specific, and I hate looking through things to find what I am after. I don’t even like shopping in Macy’s or other big department stores because there is so much to look at. (I do shop in Target because I know exactly how the store is laid out.) So going to yard sales is not something I enjoy doing.
Anyway, when our oldest son got his first apartment, there was a weekend when seemingly everyone in this county had a yard sale. My mom suggested that we look for furniture for him at these yard sales. So early that Saturday morning, we pulled into our first neighborhood, and began walking up to the first house we stopped at. As we were walking up the driveway, I spotted the desk sitting outside the garage and I knew it was something good. I yelled, “How much is that desk?” They yelled back, “$75.” I then again yelled, “I’ll take it!” My mom rolled her eyes as if to say That is not the way you do at yard sales, and she whispered, “I bet you could have gotten them to come down some off that price.”
When I got up to the owner, he told me that the desk was an antique postman’s desk with its original stool. (I wish they still had the letter cubbies that would have been atop it.) It came out of a general store in Georgia that is now a museum. Isn’t that cool? We were in a car at the time, so I paid him and told him to hold it until we could get back after lunch with a truck. I didn’t find another thing to buy that whole day. Guess I used up all my beginner’s luck with my first (and only) purchase!
Well, my husband and I went back to get it in a truck that afternoon. When we walked up to the owner he said, “Man! I could have sold that thing for 4 times what you paid ma’am! I had 3 different customers and an antiques dealer who all offered over $300 for it.” Thank goodness I got it when I did.
So that is the story of the desk. I offered it to our oldest son, but he did not want it. That is why it is presently in here. Finding room for it and the queen bed (and the dresser and other bed and nightstand) are the reasons that the room is going to need some major furniture rearranging. Across from it is a chalkboard wall.
Both of our sons want to travel, so that is why you see all the globes and map-related things in the room – hopefully reflecting some of their interests…although both will quickly tell me, “Mom, I don’t care what you put in there. Put what you want.” Even though they say that, I do agree with you all that it should show some of their/his interests.
So that takes you around the room, and it finishes all the “before” pictures I wanted you to see. As I said previously, this project is on hold until after the holidays. That will give me some time to think about what we need to do in there. The furniture arrangement is my biggest dilemma right now. I am open to all suggestions!
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