In all honestly, I’ve started so many unfinished things, the weather has been dictating what I continue with next. When it’s nice, I’m cranking up the curb appeal with pruning, pressure washing, weeding flower beds, and painting trim.
But since it started raining on Saturday, I head once again for my son’s bedroom.
Last I wrote about this room was in 2012. Egads… and nothing had changed. Nothing. Except it got messier and messier.
Years of school paperwork accumulated. The junk in the room spread beyond the bins. Because of the nice sized 2 room bedroom, it became a dumping ground for DIY things, the vacuum, things that no longer had a home… it was BAD.
So bad, I refused to take a before / before picture of it. So I’m afraid all I have to show are before / mid after takes.
But that’s ok… because when it’s purged, you can see the room again. I mean, there is not even one thing under that bed. I was relentless.
So… this all started with me plunking myself on the floor about a week ago. I wanted to sell the route 66 cabinet, but it was heaped full of papers and office supplies. EVERYTHING got dumped, and the sorting began.
And then things just snowballed from there. There was no stopping this time.
And I’m SO GLAD I didn’t plan what came next, otherwise I would have booked a vacation instead! I’ve been on this room a solid week now, purging and selling toys that aren’t keepers, (many still are), and just attempting to get this bedroom back to the land of the living, not dumping.
Remember my post, “Finish the house?” I’m happy to report, it’s sticking.
I even gutted and sorted my linen closet. BAGS came out of here.
TEEN stuff. Or, stuff we’d keep anyway.
Ok, I admit, there are still some kid toys. That entire bin of Hot Wheels… well, that’s just a classic that can be handed down. Same with the hidden Thomas the Train stuff. Some stuff just has to kick around a little longer.
Baby steps here… 🙂
I think the chalkboard wall will stay, but will be repainted in regular black house paint and possibly diminished a little.
Here’s the other side of the room. And I cannot WAIT to get rid of the blue.
Hmm… I forgot to go through the closet. That’s next I suppose!
Instead, some new bedding came into play. This lovely, reversible grey / stripped bedding is from Ikea. It’s classic, clean, and grown up! But can easily be downplayed with cool stuff too.
Here’s the basic look we’re going for. Super clean black, grey, white, with wood accents, and a splash of green. This look will carry through the remaining teen years, also serving as a pretty nice guest bedroom and craft room.
And as soon as I was finished taking these pictures…
And so it continues…
Any tips and tricks on how you managed to scale down a toy room, or teen revamping?
See the entire BOY’S ROOM story HERE