A bedroom fit for a young king of his castle – reveal

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A young boy’s bedroom calls for a recipe of restful, whimsical and fun!

This sleeping boy remains safe alongside a massive brick wall, a flickering torch and sparkling stars illumating night’s shadows.

A haven of soft grayish blues, greys, black and white mesh together to create a restful little corner with a touch of fun. The messy-made bed suits this boy to a T!

(puffy bed staging how-to is HERE)

A mesh of mixed patterns from new and used finds create a potpourri of bedding bliss.

(bed in a bag set from Walmart Dec 2009, the rest from thrifts)

kid's bedroom headboard unique

Shining stars create an illusion of a tall headboard, however this look takes you waaaay up high into the sky! All the way into the puffy clouds…

… created from the underside of a piece of scrap wall paneling. 

Sketch – 2 min. Cut with a jigsaw – 3 min. Painted clouds – 15 min. An under 30 min no cost quick solution for a whimsical valance.

Lights were from Ikea.

(sorry, no tutorial post available)

The stars cast a wonderful glow as evening approaches. The lights don’t get warm and take the place of a night light, however I will say, although they clear a sleeping child’s head, I’ll be hiring them so my son doesn’t hear them ‘bonk’ at night when he moves around. :)

At the foot of the bed, is this opening that was the perfect place to stash an armoire, filled with books and blankets. 

Rather than looking at dark doors to match the rest of the cabinet which would have created a black hole, a bright flat sheet was hung curtain style instead. The ‘no sew curtain’ was left with massive puddling on the floor so the sheet can be used as it’s original intent at a later date if desired.

Tip: If you find a sheet with top banding as this one, it has a custom made look. This sheet was part of the bed in a bag set.

Wrought iron metal brackets from who knows what (thrift find), created the perfect companion to hold up a chunk of black curtain rod.

Between the armoire and the bed was the perfect little spot to tuck in a small desk.

The desk top and legs were painted white to lighten up the room against the blue walls. Black details tie in the chair and other blacks in the room, creating abit of added interest to the piece. The bonus is a more masculine looking arrangement, yet doesn’t further darken the room!

Tip: Two toned furniture really takes a redo up a few notches. If you’re still painting furniture all one colour, you need to give the two-toned a try. Once you start, you’ll view furniture in a whole new way!

With the bed to the left, the fun place to hang is to the right! A lower kid sized play table is the perfect spot for Lego building or doing homework. The table received the same colour treatment as the desk to lighten up the top. A stow away bin always resides under the table for a quick cleanup.

Over sized bulletin boards don’t overtake the room when painted out the same colour as the wall, yet allow for amble changeable art displays. More morphing to come in this area… I have big ideas for a larger magnetic board among other enhancements.

Wall mounted pen storage (Ikea) allows organization to the hilt without cluttering up the desktop. And is rather cool to look at if I do say so myself. :)

Lego and building apparatus DOES of course, take priority in this room after all. :)

Tip: lighter table tops allow you to find small toy pieces much easier. This tabletop use to be black and it fatigued the eyes. White solved the problem.

To the right of the play table, is a massive dry erase board. Not only is this a total boy magnet for drawing all kinds of boy type things, the board also makes spelling and math practice much more of an adventure!

 Honestly, my son sits at this thing every single day and creates the most amazing drawings, stories, lists, etc.

The back of the door holds funny dog tails (Ikea) that create the perfect little dressing area, alongside…

… a very funky skinny mirror. (Ikea) No square inch is wasted! The hook location, being behind the door, is the perfect hiding place for the piles of clothes that tend to accumulate. Each evening, clothes are hung on the hooks to get ready for the next day. (allow me to rephrase… we attempt this part)

The ceiling and walls are painted the PERFECT dusky blue that I had created.

Cloverdale Paint Canada – D3244 + 1YB

The brick treatment was stamped on the wall with a brick sized sponge, using an ice cream bucket lid filled with swirled paint. Highlights of black and white were added to each brick with the edge of a cheap sponge brush. I can do a how-to at a later date if there’s interest. It was a very easy treatment, just abit labor intensive.

The entire room was wrapped in this treatment. The blue sky was left blank especially for super hero posters, that could be later taken down, leaving the room still somewhat themed for other current likes. The posters are already down so the idea was a sound one!

(there is no tutorial avail of this process)

In case you’re wondering how this room can stay so tidy and where all the toy storage is…

… it’s in the PLAYROOM of course! (the 3rd bedroom upstairs) Being that there is only my son and I in our home and I used up the entire basement for my work, a playroom was created for the overflow of stuff and the need for extra romp room for visiting boys.

Tip: if you can separate the bulk of the toys from the bedroom, it becomes more of a study/sleep area.

Hardwood floors are in both rooms (actually the entire upstairs) which makes for the most incredible easy to keep clean floor ever! Felt liners are stuck onto anything that touches the floor for floor friendly sliding mobility.

This boy’s room is easy on the eyes, is restful as well as fun! My son is now 10 and with the removal of the Spiderman bedding and posters, this room easily morphed into his current age group by a simple means of just changing out the accessories.

May your own little knight in shining armour or lovely princess in her palace give you the perfect excuse to morph into the land of kid-dom yourself someday soon. :)

Other full room makeovers are HERE.

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  1. WOW… I am running out of words for your posts… amazing is the first word that comes to mind… it looks fabulous… LOVE the brick treatment… I know first hand that is a very time consuming task… you did a fantastic job it looks awesome… Love your colour choices also… another great job Donna… thanks so much for sharing… I hope your son appreciates his talented Mom.

    Hugs Deb

  2. Love, Love, Love everything about the room! It is amazing! The wall is incredible and the grey tones are fabulous. What a special boy to have a room fit for a king! Happy Holidays!

  3. You are amezing! My guestion is where do you store thrifts store finds until you use them. That’s my problem. I find things I don’t know what I will do with them but I know they are good finds and something will come up someday.
    Happy Holidays

  4. Awesome! My oldest grandson would love this! We just got him two of the castle lego sets for Christmas. He took them home after leaving here Sunday and has already put them together. He has a desk that Grandpa and grandson has been fitting with dungeon bars and paper mache mountains and trees just waiting for Christmas presents to come.

  5. What a fantastic room! I love that you honored his needs and desires and made a room that is fun and creative. I love that it can grow with him.

  6. This belongs in a magazine! Really! I’m so impressed I truly don’t know what to say except it’s wonderful and you are incredibly creative and talented.

  7. Totally terrific! You thought of everything. That little guy is one lucky boy! Amazing as always Donna. I miss decorating a young childs room… guess I’ll have to wait for grandkids now :-X
    Lisa

  8. Wow, that room is amazing. There’s so much going on, but it feels so relaxing because of the colors you chose. My little guys would love a room like this. I bet your son enjoys his room so much. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. I don’t even know where to start. This room is AMAZING! I always feel like it’s easier to design and decorate for girls, but this shows that that is just not so. What a great room. I especially love that little stool for the play desk and the marker board.

  10. Thank-you all!

    KarenSue, storage is indeed an issue around here as well. :) You do need to grab and hold onto special pieces when you find them. My deal is, I get a new piece and just hang onto it for awhile and leave it in the basement or garage. If it doesn’t make it’s way into my home, then I entertain thoughts of enhancing the piece to sell. I haven’t done the latter yet, but am slowly collecting pieces that I know I won’t keep in order to entice me to get going on the sales part.

    It’s very hard to relinquish nice pieces that you can’t find a home for. My poor house feels that pain every day! :)

    FJ Donna

  11. Wow, there are some fabulous ideas that you did that I might be stealing for my own boys’ rooms! Legos dominate their world too, I love the desk with the buckets holding the art supplies too and the stars behind the bed..it all looks great! I’m now following your blog! Lisa :-)
    p.s. Check mine out too!

  12. I love the room! I just realized you live in the same province as me – you must be nearby to be able to hit Ikea? Hmmm…
    I love the paint colour and want to re-paint my son’s room. Since we are renting and hoping to be in a house soon I may wait. Hard though – love to paint!

  13. WOW!!!! i love it! the stars are incredible… what a great find. i love how you’ve kept it a rest/study area by keeping the storage area separate!

    what an inspiring post!
    have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
    nori

  14. Love it. Yes, the puffy bed looks fabulous! Redoing son’s bedroom since he moved to campus. It is electric green and I wanted nice calm grey. Love the colors, and that bedding is perfect. An adult version is just the thing for his room redo. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. Merry Christmas.

  15. Lucky, lucky boy! This room is just amazing!
    Lets all relax for a couple days.
    The New Year is almost here and there is lots of junk out there just waiting for us!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Deborah & Hubs

  16. Outstanding! Love, love, love it!

    I’m going to tackle my youngest daughter’s bedroom at some point this year and I’m sure I’ll be coming back to this post.

  17. As always, a feast for the eyes and the imagination. You hit it with color, organization, creativity, and personality. Your son must be as thrilled with *his* castle as you are with your white trash bedroom! Interesting comparison. Royalty, trash. hmmmm. :)

  18. Your home is amazing and I LOVE your posts. I just have one quick Question; Is your home a split-level(raised ranch). The reason I ask is that we have a raised ranch and your floor plan is very similiar to ours minus the fact that your entry is on the main floor. LOVE IT!! Do you make this change? Also I am going to try some of your tips and ideas on our livingroom… sooooo cute! THANK YOU!!

  19. Ok, so where is this paint tutorial? Surely I’m not the only one who wants to see it! I would LOVE to do my son’s room’s walls like this. Please, please, please explain!