Hey! So, our youngest boy is turning 12 soon and we wanted to update his bedroom. For a long time, actually. His bedroom was originally Tyler’s but the bedroom was themed (Transformers). Caleb still liked Transformers, so we just had the boys switch bedrooms. It made a lot of sense to do it that way, but we knew we’d have to update it eventually.
So the time has come.
Here’s how we did it!
The Transformers wall border was adhesive like stickers, so imagine my joy when I realized how easy it was to peel off. The same goes for the Transformers wall decals! We also had a long string attached to the wall by 3M hooks for Caleb to display his artwork. The smartest thing we ever did was to find way to hang things that were removable.
So we did the usual when it comes to painting a room. We removed everything from the walls. I washed them to get rid of dust and dirt. My husband took some drywall compound and filled in any existing holes and fixed some dents and scratches. When it was dry, he sanded it and I painted the bedroom.
We went with Ethereal Blue, from C-I-L. This is a beautiful pale gray with a tiny tinge of blue. We made sure that we picked a paint with a built-in primer.
Caleb was not thrilled when I said his room would be all light gray. He didn’t know how light it was, he kept telling me he didn’t want a gloomy, dark bedroom. He didn’t understand that we were going WAY lighter than the existing paint.
His bedroom was a medium blue on top, and a medium gray on the bottom. The border separated the two shades. It was already dark and gloomy! The primer helped tremendously.
His carpet is a navy blue, which we had replaced many years ago when Tyler (maybe 5 or 6) spilled fluorescent orange paint everywhere. It was an accident but it had to go!
I painted the bedroom, using two coats of paint, and then went around his room with a small can of white paint and fixed the trim. Once I got started with that task, it was hard to stop. I ended up in Tyler’s bedroom and the hallway. Finally, I had to just stop myself because nothing else would have gotten done.
Caleb was sincerely impressed. The room had become so much brighter and had a nice, clean feel to it. It was fresh!
I purchased two navy microsuede curtain panels and a new curtain rod from Walmart, along with a new set of mini blinds. We’d had his previous ones for so long, they were cracking and breaking.
We had some leftover chalkboard paint from a backyard project last summer, but I found some adhesive chalkboard sheets at Indigo. I bought the largest size, it was $25. It came with (broken) chalk, but I had some stashed away anyway. Caleb LOVES this addition!
Next, my husband was able to score more pegboard for free from work. We cleaned it up and installed two pieces in a corner where Caleb’s soon-to-be-built desk would be. We decided to build him a small corner desk – his old desk was old school – think cathode ray tube monitors!
My husband used pallet wood to build this little desk. There is a triangular space in the very corner which allows for charging cables. I love that it takes up less space in his bedroom, and it’s the perfect size for his laptop. By using the verticle space above, fewer items need to clutter the top side of the desk.
Caleb loves to be different and insists on sleeping the opposite way, which is why the pillow is at the foot of his bed.
So the bedroom is less cluttered now, and had a clean, crisp but boyish look. 3M hooks and pegboard help to declutter the space and keep everything within arm’s reach.
What do you think of this project?