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The Boys’ Bedroom…Almost Finished


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Before we dive into looking at our boys’ bedroom, I just wanted to say what a SUPER sweet bunch of readers you are. 🙂 Thank you so much for all the get well wishes you sent my way with the last post.  I am better – although not totally well as I found out in Target today when I tried to do a little shopping and started running a fever again.  boo hiss  But I am determined to get this post out for you.  So let’s get started.

One of the things I don’t like about magazines lately is that they show you these little vignettes but don’t give you the full room to get the context of where they fit in the space.  They may look beautiful with gorgeous photography, but I always want to see more.  Don’t you? I think you need both the whole room and the closeups.  In my post with the sneak peek the other day, I only showed you the small vignettes. Yes, guilty as charged. Today I want you to see where they fit in the room.

Let’s start with one of those small vignettes.  This was a small section of the bookcase in the bedroom shared by our two sons (now in their twenties) previously when the room was done in black and white with accents of yellow and had accessories that were related to travel.


When I started thinking of redoing this room, I wanted to get rid of the black, and use accessories that were a little less serious.  My favorite version of our sons’ room was when they were around 10 and 12 years old, and the room had a sports theme.  It had red and blue plaid fabric for bedskirts and drapes, and red accents.  I didn’t want to recreate that room, but I did want to incorporate some of those elements.  Both of our sons are planning on going back for more education, so I decided to use the sports gear along with school accents for more of a collegiate theme.  Here is the new version of the space pictured above.

bookcase in boysI don’t think you could easily tell there was beadboard in the back of that bookcase before.  I simply repainted it red, added college textbooks, a basket of sports equipment, and framed a photo of the football stadium where one of our sons attended college.  I liked this lamp I found at Lowes since it had kind of a “trophy” look to me.  Now here is how this vignette fits into the entire bookcase.


This was the previous view down the bookcase wall.  You may recall all the changes started because we needed to replace the twin sized beds with queen sized ones.  That meant the chair had to go.  (It went to daughter’s room.)

bookcase wall before boys

And this is the view now.  The black dresser went into the closet, and the desk moved over to the bookcase side of the room.the bookcase wall in boys

This is how the antique postmaster’s desk looked in its previous location.

antique desk boys

And now a better view of it in its new location.  I really like how the baskets with sports equipment turned out in the arrangement above it.  I also replaced the antique stool with a new one that is adjustable for different heights.

the boys

I showed you this vignette of textbooks in a basket the other day.

dresser in boys

It sits atop a dresser that is now in the place of the desk.  The dresser had been in the closet and had old hardware on it that looked dated.  I had planned to replace the handles with brushed nickel ones, but changed my mind after going through a million metal changes with lamps.

drapes made from pbteen sheets Talk of the House

This room took a verrrrrry long time for me to do because I did not want to make the drapes, but I also did not want to pay a tremendously high price for ready made ones.  I looked and looked for months and continued to come up empty handed.  I finally realized that I was going to have to make them.  One day I had an idea that duvet covers might work if you cut them in half.  I decided on a plaid and had several in my cart at a Pottery Barn outlet in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Then I remembered that I had not actually measured those windows to be sure they would work so I put them back on the shelf. It was a good thing because when I did finally measure them, the windows were several inches longer than the duvet. That killed that plan.  On to plan B….sheets!

pbteen sheets and duvets  Talk of the House

PBteen has a good selection of plaids, and I really liked this brown and red one.  When they went on sale, I bought 3 queen sized sets and used the flat sheets to make drapes. I cut them in half and lined each panel with twin sized white sheets from Wal mart.

Another biggie that slowed down redoing the room was the beds.  One of our sons used his mattress and box springs in college, and they sat on the floor.  The other son had his on a metal frame in his apartment in Atlanta.  So neither son had a real bed, and I wanted real beds for their room, and again I did not want to pay thousands of dollars for them. I looked and looked and looked and looked.  There were many pretty ones out there, but none at a price I would pay.  So my husband decided that he would build them. Here is the first one he finished.

Handmade bed Talk of the House

I really had planned to paint the beds the same color as the room, but after he did the final sanding on this one it looked almost antique.  And of course, all the males around here (and even our daughter) prefer it stained and not painted.

My husband is still currently finishing the second bed, and that is why this post is titled Almost Finished.  I will show you the other side of the room when he gets the other bed completed.  I also have a little “tweaking” left to do myself on a couple of things in the room before I think it is truly finished.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have accomplished so far (even if we aren’t completely through. :))

basket wall in boys

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Heather (The Home Field) - June 10, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Great room! I especially love the storage/decor over the desk.

Kellie - November 1, 2013 - 10:14 am

I just found your site today (thanks Holly Mathis). Where did you find the great baskets on the wall?
Welcome, Kellie! I thank Holly, too, for sending her wonderful readers my way. 🙂 The baskets in the boys’ room came from Target. They are stacking baskets found in the bath accessories aisle (where the soap dishes and shower organizers are.) I just hung them “sideways” on the wall. I kept looking for real locker bins, but the ones I found were all too expensive. The ones from Target were a good, less expensive option for it.
Thank you for reading!

Wanda - October 15, 2013 - 8:00 am

Hi Kelly! I haven’t been around for a while. Long story! I love the Edomite of the room! What did you do with the black drapes? Want to work a deal?!!!!!
Hi Wanda! I have missed you! (And I cannot believe how many blog posts you have done since starting your blog…amazing!) You are going to have to teach this teacher something…what is the meaning of Edomite? I thought it had to do with a group of people from the Bible. The drapes have gone to other locations in the house. Sorry. I switch them out like seasonal wardrobes. 🙂
Hope you and your family are doing well!

Jill - October 14, 2013 - 9:17 am

Yeah….Kelly’s back!!
The boy’s room looks GREAT! I always love a sports room for boys…done well. And you always do things well.
Hope you’re back to feeling 100% soon!
The sports room was definitely my favorite of the boys’ rooms various “looks” over the years. So happy you like it! And I am feeling much better (although daughter had to come home from college to see a doctor because she was sick with strep throat. :()

Garden, Home and party - October 14, 2013 - 12:03 am

So sorry to hear your still fighting the bug. The room is looking fantastic. As the mother of two sons, I wish I would have had your great ideas years ago! I love the brown and red plaid sheets. Yes, I really hate it when magazines don’t show the complete setting. I also don’t like it when they show a before and after but the after is from a completely different angle.
Get well, my blog friend.
Glad you like the room, Karen! You know I could not resist a plaid that had red in it. Oh yes, the dreaded before and after shots that don’t match. I forgot to mention that! That is quite aggravating, too. Perhaps we should all go to work for home design magazines.:)

Holly - October 13, 2013 - 8:54 pm

That bed is amazing… cannot believe he made that! I absolutely love the room and so appreciate that you let us see the vignettes and the whole picture. How did your boys do sharing a room growing up together? I would love to do the same with our two boys and free up space for a guest room. They are 5 and 8, so it would be easy right now, but we worry about the teenage years.
Holly my sister and I shared a room growing up, so I guess I just thought the boys would be better off sharing a room too. They did great, and they have had mutual friends growing up (brothers in one family the same age as our sons) so when friends came over they would all play together. At one point that room had a double bed, a set of twin beds, AND a trundle mattress under the bunkbeds so that we could sleep 5 boys in there (and we did many a night with their friends.) I think siblings sharing a room is great prep for the dorm at college. LOL There is also the playroom in our home for them to “escape” to when one of them is getting on the other’s nerves. 🙂 I think the age difference in your boys is not too large, so they should handle sharing a room fine.

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - October 13, 2013 - 8:15 pm

So………our computer has been down for several days and I was super busy for several more, then my husband told me everything was wiped out on the computer. What??? all my bookmarks are gone???? Guess whose blog I just had to get to first???? And bookmarked first?? You got it. Next to the bible, your blog is my favorite thing to sit and read with a cup of coffee in my hands! So sorry you have been sick…don’t you love when our students share (that is usually where it comes from for me)! So GLAD your feeling better! I am so busy these days that I don’t have a lot of time to spend on the computer…..but your blog is one I LOVE TO TAKE TIME FOR!!!! Have a great week!!!
Girl, thank you sooooooo much for your super kind words here!! I hate that your computer died, but I am glad you were able to get it going again. And I am so very flattered that you enjoy the blog so much. Thank you for being such a faithful reader of all my ramblings here.
Have a happy Friday!

Joy Cooper - October 13, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Glad you are felling better. I am here in Georgia also, so I hope you were able to enjoy some of the nice weather regardless. One quick question, what do you have in the duvet? I like something very light, which I a thinking that is what you have here.

No hurry in answering. Feel better first!

Joy, the duvet that is inside the cover is the “down alternative” from Target. It seems very lightweight to me. We have one on our bed in the master bedroom too, and I believe it was a little under $30 for the queen size.

Dawn - October 13, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Glad to hear that you are coming around. It is so frustrating to get sick and have to slow down. I love what you have done with the room…so far. I can’t wait to see the rest. I love the red bead board the most.
Dawn you are SO right about being frustrated with having to slow down. I am not a good patient in that regards. It is frustrating and depressing to me. I am glad you like what we have done so far with the room. I will be happy when it is entirely finished! 🙂

Linda@Lime in the Coconut - October 13, 2013 - 3:14 pm

What a GREAT room. Places to relax. work. read. You seem to have thought of it all. Just love it!
What a sweet comment, Linda! Yes, they needed a space for all of that AND a big bed. I am thinking of putting a bench at the end of one of the beds, but it may be too crowded. I need to think on that idea awhile.

anita - October 13, 2013 - 12:01 pm

This is one spectacular looking room! I most definitely love plaid and with red, it is a winner indeed! Also like the buffalo check on the chair and curtains… it all. I was able to get a desk just like your son’s from my daughter’s school, it is so practical! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Gosh thank you Anita! Plaid and red are both hard for me to resist. And thank you for the get well wishes. Today was the best I have felt in 11 days. 🙂

Rose L - October 13, 2013 - 11:31 am

Hi Kelly,
Hope you’re feeling much better today! Love what you’ve done with the boy’s room. Love the plaid! I’m gobsmacked that your husband MADE the beds. What talent! I totally feel what you’re saying in regards to vignette pictures. I must have one million kitchen pictures pinned on Pinterest of kitchens and all they ever show are the sink areas. Where is the refrigerator? Mostly though that sort of thing drives me crazy in gardening pictures. I don’t want to see a close up of a daffodil, I already know what one looks like…I want to see the whole garden and see the layout and see how it lays in relation to the house or the garage or whatever. I’m tearing into my living room today and getting ready to paint and lay new flooring. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!! Have a great day 🙂
Thanks for liking the room, Rose! And yes, hubbie made the bed (and is at the sanding stage on the other one.) Vignette pictures in gardens ARE aggravating. I am with you on wanting to see the layout and where it is in relation to the house. Hope you are making great progress on your living room. Sounds like a lot of work!

Donnamae - October 13, 2013 - 10:43 am

Great looking room! I love that you actually showed us the room instead of little vignettes…so much better! It looks very warm and collegiate. Of course, the first version looked great too! 😉
Yes, the whole room makes you understand where the little vignettes fit in, doesn’t it? Thank you for your sweet compliments on it, Donnamae. And I am glad you liked the first version too. 🙂

judy - October 13, 2013 - 10:30 am

first, let me say i’m glad you are better, even if not totally 100%. I found out yesterday my “baby” boy has strept(sp?) throat and is on antibiotics and got a shot. so good times at their house!

I love what you’ve done in your boys’ bedroom, although I have to say that I loved the previous look too! How special that your husband is making their beds….that can become a family heirloom.

Don’t overdo it (sounding like a mama here!) and I can’t wait to see the other side of the room.
Ohhhh strep throat. Not good. And that shot is a killer! Many people can’t even stand right after that shot, but it IS supposed to be the fastest thing to knock it out. Hope is worked fast for your son. So glad you liked the room (both ways! :)) Not overdoing is always the hardest part of being sick for me.

Riki Driggars - October 13, 2013 - 10:20 am

WOW, what a lucky family you have. The bedroom is wonderful. I love, love, love the plaid bedsheets you used for the curtains. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the almost finished room. Bring on some more !!!
So happy you liked it all, Riki! The other bed is in the sanding stage, so it will be a little while before it is ready for photos. (Sanding takes a looooooooong time with my husband.) But as soon as it is ready a post will be coming your way. 🙂

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

Oh this is so pretty, I love the plaid, and wow that bed is amazing. Great accessories too. Hugs, Marty
Marty, thank you for always taking the time to read the posts and leave your kind messages. You are always so sweet! All of us plaid lovers need to form a club. 🙂

Charlene - October 13, 2013 - 10:03 am

Love the room! I am in the process of redoing our younger son’s room and this has given me lots of ideas. As usual with your posts! And I am always amazed how, in each post, you say something that seems to be lifted directly from my own thoughts! 🙂 This time it was the shared annoyance at magazines and websites that only share photo shots of small areas in the rooms they feature! While I do like close-ups to see details of those vignettes, I love to see the overall picture! Thanks for featuring both. I love your website.
Great! I am glad there are ideas you can use here, Charlene. I wonder if the magazine folks know how their readers feel about the close up photos they feature. Perhaps we should let them know. LOL

Barbara Hinske - October 13, 2013 - 9:58 am

Kelly — this is stunning and all of your hard work and thoughtfulness show in every corner. Absolutely charming! You have some mad decorating skills, girl!!! Great idea to use the baskets.
I’m so happy you liked it Barbara. The baskets on the wall are my favorite thing that I did in there (and of course I love the beds.)

Paula B. - October 13, 2013 - 9:57 am

You are amazing (your husband, too). Hope you feel lots better and are able to get some fun in, on this long weekend! And, I’m sure the boys will appreciate those new beds!
The boys do like the new beds because of the size. 🙂 (and the fact that I did not paint them.) Thank you for the compliments for both me and my husband. We appreciate it!

Kayleigh Harkins - October 13, 2013 - 9:25 am

Kelly, the boys’ room looks fantastic!! I love the wire baskets to hold items – I might just have to “borrow” that idea. Also, please tell your husband that he needs to open a side business and sell furniture he’s built. That bed looks awesome!
Wow thank you Kayleigh! And my husband says thank you for the compliment on the furniture too. Building these has been a major project for him. You go right ahead and borrow any idea you can use.

Martha - October 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

Kelly, I am so glad you are feeling better. The room looks great! Love the bed your husband made. Thirteen years ago, when we went from a queen size bed to king size, we could not find a headboard we liked and could afford so my husband made one. I thought I would eventually replace it, but it is still doing it’s job and I haven’t found anything I like better. Love the plaid curtains, I use sheets for curtains too…..aren’t we all thrifty and clever ☺
I see you too are lucky to have a husband who can build furniture! It really comes in handy. 🙂 And yes, we are all thrifty and clever. (Sometimes having to be thrifty MAKES one have to be clever!)

Jayne - October 13, 2013 - 8:43 am

I usually can’t find curtains I like at the price I need, so I have made curtains from sheets. I’m in the process of making a quilt for my daughter’s room from sheets. I have also heard of making curtains from table clothes. I’m also looking for ways to improvise I instead of spending a bunch of money. Love the boys room. Can’t wait to get started on my boy’s room.
I had looked at tablecloths, too Jayne. In fact I waited on the Christmas products from Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to appear in their catalogs to see if I liked the tablecloths to use in the boys’ room. You are so right about fabric being so expensive today. If you can find sheets you like, they are certainly a good way to go.
Good luck with the quilt and your son’s room.

salmagundi - October 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

Great! I always check out sheets when I need lots of yardage. Regular fabric is getting so expensive. Did you use those extra fitted sheets to cover the box springs? Take care of yourself. Sally
What a good eye you have, Sally! Yessirree I did use the extra fitted sheets on the box springs. 🙂

Gail Berkebile - October 13, 2013 - 7:51 am

Your children are so totally blessed to have such gifted parents. What wonderful ideas for boys rooms. Even though my husband and I are retired, I am forwarding these ideas to my children who have sons. Hopefully they can use some of your innovative ideas for our grandson’s rooms.
Praying for total restoration of your body from this recent illness. We, your faithful followers, truly want to see you well for your sake and so we can continue to enjoy all these wonderful blogs. I anxiously look forward to each and every one!
You are too sweet Gail! Thanks for spreading the blog love on to your children, and thanks for your prayers. Slowly but surely I am getting over this mess. They sent me home from work yesterday, and I stayed out another day today. If I don’t talk, I won’t cough…that is a little difficult when you are teaching. 🙂

elle - October 13, 2013 - 2:42 am

It looks fantastic! I usually sew curtains from sheets too and while it’s easy (straight lines and all that) it does seem to take forever. I usually back them with plain muslin from the fabric store – it’s cheap and I find it gives some shape to the sheets (which can be thin in my experience).

I really am curious how you were able to even decorate in grown son’s room! There is usually a lot of resistance with kids/bedrooms/decorating. You’ll have to share your negotiating technique! 🙂

On your recomendation I picked up the first Mitford book at the library today and am starting it tonight – thanks for the tip!
Glad you liked it Elle. I definitely need the straight lines when making drapes. Helps me a bunch! These pbteen sheets were a good weight, so I did not feel like I needed a heavier weight lining (plus I go overboard on using starch when ironing them.)
I did the decorating of their room while they were gone on a 6 week trip, BUT they really do not care how it is decorated. They were happy to have their small beds replaced with the queen sized ones. I hope you are enjoying the Mitford books. I really want to reread the whole series one of these days.

Colleen - October 13, 2013 - 1:21 am

OMW!! Kelly the room is beautiful! You are so good. I love what you have done with your home it is so warm and inviting.

Get well soon.
Thank you so much Colleen! I am glad you love the room. 🙂

Louvina - October 12, 2013 - 11:46 pm

I just happened to check messages on my iPhone before retiring and there IT was a posting from you— so I grabbed up my iPad for a bigger view! My goodness– from those small vignettes to these views — what a difference!! I really see what you mean. Love what you have done for the guy’s room. I think it is wonderful that your husband made (is making!) the beds! And YOU Wonder Lady made the draperies and painted the beadboard that lovely shade of red. You have been busy!! But please don’t over do and have a back set– take care and regain your strength. I just finished my dining room today with my new furniture which is smaller but gives us much more room and less storage space so I had to down size dishes and etc. but who needs 8 sets of dishes anyway?!:) looking forward to seeing the completed project. I’m off this week to beautiful Charleston, SC. Want to go visit some plantations and see the furnishings. Good night!
Down sizing can be good! I would love to have more space, and you are right. No one needs 8 sets of dishes. (I need to tell my mom that.) Have fun in Charleston. You should have gorgeous weather there this week – perfect for checking out all those plantations and gardens. As always, thank you for your enthusiastically sweet comments, Louvina!

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