This grey and red boys’ bedroom is a breath of fresh air, especially when you see what it looked like before! We recently updated this room and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out today!
This project has been about two years in the making. Ever since our realtor showed us this 1950’s home that became our own, I just knew I wanted to tackle the boys’ room as one of my first “refresh” projects. I fell in love with the original hardwood floors at glance one and they are to date one of my most favorite characteristics about our home.
The original room was dark with creepy (albeit well-painted pink and brown animals) on the walls. I’m pretty sure they gave my boys nightmares with their eyes that bared into the soul. Ha!
Surprisingly, my oldest son still cried when I painted over “his animals”. I guess he grew quite attached to them over the course of two years. He quickly overcame his emotional state, however, when he saw the incredible transformation that took this room from drab to fab!
Right now my youngest is still in a crib, but we’ll be moving him to the bunk bed within the next year or so.
Unfortunately the ceilings were blue, too, so it meant quite a bit more work and a great deal of sore muscles afterwards. But boy was it worth it! The white ceiling instantly added light to the area!
I wanted something more fresh and bright for their room. And I knew it still needed to incorporate superheroes and “things that go”-one interest for each of my boys. So I kept most of their decor from before and added a little to it. I’ve always loved their built-in shelves. They’re the perfect place to display photos and things that mean a lot to them right now. The metal signs are from Hobby Lobby, as are the sailboat and metal airplane. I made the superhero sign a few years ago. I mod podged photos of them onto square wooden scraps, also a few years ago.
I opted to paint their room the same color as my girls’ room that I recently updated (Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore). If you haven’t checked that makeover out yet, you can do so HERE. The boys’ room is quite a bit larger, so we will probably be swapping rooms for them once we have teenage girls needing extra space for clothes, shoes, makeup tables and such. So I wanted to be sure that the color was neutral enough to work for boys or girls. After all, I don’t want to have to paint those rooms ever again! Ha!
The airplane quilt is old and is a splurge buy from Pottery Barn a few years back. I purchased the beige geometric rug new from Target.
I still adore and cherish this cute red dresser that my dad designed and made for my boys years ago. The turquoise metal basket is from Hobby Lobby and is a perfect way to contain art projects, LEGO creations, books, and other messy randoms, as you can see. 🙂
I ordered the superhero photo collage from Nations’ Photo Lab years ago.
I put together a simple collage with photos of my boys and a cute framed quote from Hobby Lobby. I tore off the original small baseboards and added in new, more substantial ones. We also added in a new light fixture on the ceiling.
I was so glad to finally check this project off my list! It makes my heart so happy to watch my boys playing cars and trucks together on their new rug, in their newly-updated room! My boys aren’t ones for gawking about “pretty things”, but they told me they really like their new room and that it’s much better than their old one, so that’s good enough for me! 🙂
If you haven’t gotten your fix yet on “home refresh” projects, be sure to check out these posts!