Boy to Teen Room Makeover
My youngest son turned 13 in August! It is official: we have all teen boys in our household now! (Plus, a perimenopausal 45 year old, but that's a story for another day! :) ) His birthday and the first day of school fall on August 9! Poor kid!! I swore to him I did NOT plan this when he was conceived, so to make it up to him, ( and to make sure he believed me ) I decided to give his room a makeover complete with a new bed, more mature bedding, and accent pieces. He had been asking for a new bed for a long time. Turning the big 1-3 seemed like the right time.
His room had neutral walls, with primary color accents. He previously had Pottery Barn dog sheets, quilted shams, and thin wale corduroy duvets on his bunk beds, which were later replaced by these striped comforters. We worked those bunk beds in almost every way possible. We got our money's worth, that's for sure! And honestly, if my son hadn't asked for a new bed, I'd probably still be trying to use those bunk beds! They really do work great for small spaces and when friends sleep over, I must say.
My starting points for my son's room were these turtle shell Giclee art prints by Nostalgia Fine Art in Douglasville, Georgia, and the ikat fabric. One of the owners had a booth at our local antique mall, and I fell head over heels for his prints! Many of their prints have been used in showhomes here in Atlanta. They offer antique prints, custom framing, and Giclee prints. Their work is beautiful! Choosing only 2 was the hard part! I knew my son wanted me to incorporate some items from our favorite Gulf beach spot that we vacation at every year into his room, but these turtle shell prints were screaming at me! I originally wanted to do 3-4 of these turtle shell prints in his room- there were prints of the topside and underneath of many different types of turtles, and they ALL were antique, masculine, and interesting. But I wanted to ask my son what he thought of them. He let me know that he was ok with a few turtle prints, but he also wanted some other art, like wildlife photos from the Gulf such as fish,etc. This helped me to narrow down my choices. ( I reminded myself to always listen to my client, even when the client is my own son. It is his space, and I am just helping bring it all together in an attractive way.Remembering this really helped me stay focused on the outcome of the project!)
I found the camel ikat fabric at another vendor that same day at the antique mall. She is a local lady who offers wonderful fabrics, but some she only has 1-2 yards of, and others she has a bolt. There were 2 yards of this ikat, so I knew that would be perfect for a couple of large throw pillows.
I started thinking of paint color for the walls after I had the art and fabric choices made. The walls were already Duron Crisp Khaki, and I liked the way the neutral walls looked with the curtains. I had lengthened the curtains not long ago, so I wanted to keep those. The curtains and walls being the same or similar colors helps visually enlarge a room, and I wanted the focus to be on the bedding and art, which were going to be the main focal point of the room.
I also knew I wanted to repaint the red dresser/ gaming console, so that was the next step in choosing the room's color palette. I started looking at different gray paint swatches next to the prints and fabric, and the charcoal gray instantly won me over!
Next, I found the tealish colored quilt and shams at Target, and LOVED the color, and the combination of tan, charcoal, and teal.
I wanted a stripe to go with the ikat fabric, which was going to be the bedskirt, and I lucked out finding a remnant of 3 yards at Hancock Fabrics. ( I will do a separate post on how I made this easy bedskirt soon!)
Finally, the solid linen at the top was for the upholstered headboard we wanted to make for Colby's room. It is actually a Belgian linen curtain panel that I found on clearance at Restoration Hardware. I am fortunate to have a RH outlet store near my home!
This project got a little tricky with all the tans I chose. As you can tell, they all coordinate and blend together, but they are each a little different, which made getting the paint color a tad challenging! Remember I told you the walls were already Crisp Khaki? Well, it blended well enough, but there was too much of a red undertone when I held up the linen headboard fabric next to it. That drove me crazy every time I kept
This is only a FRACTION of how many samples I bought for this project!! Neutral tans are tricky to find without red or yellow undertones, then there's time of day, direction the room faces, and lighting to consider. In the end, I used Sherwin Williams color, Basket Beige, but in a Behr paint with primer. I'm really loving the flat enamel right now, because flat gives you the truest hue, without the light playing games. It's also washable! Even though I did alot of work repainting a tan room tan again, I really like Basket Beige for its' true color. Beige is kind of a misleading word with various beiges having different undertones, but this particular shade is pretty much a neutral tan. In my son's room, I noticed an ever so slight green undertone, if any, but that will vary with time of day, lighting, room furnishings, etc. ( sorry, I forgot to post a picture of all the samples on the walls!) The color in the can looks nothing like the final result, but you get a sense of the shade....
SW Basket Beige
This is the dresser that the boys use as a gaming console. They keep their x-box, controllers, games, etc. in it. I wanted this to be painted a dark gray. I should mention that I had painted this last year with chalk paint I made by adding Plaster of Paris, and then light and dark waxed it. However, I did not want to wax it this time, but instead to use a flat paint, with possibly a glaze, and then a polyurethane to protect it. This is the point where I decided that chalk paint may not be my friend! Sure, it adheres to almost anything and looks beautiful, but try to do any of those over the top of all that wax, and you just got yourself some extra work!
Intellectual by Behr
I painted the existing dark brown mirror base a dark gray, dry brushed it with a tan, and then wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. ( free advice: always check what your mirror is reflecting when taking photos!! :/ )
I chose a weathered wood frame and a jute mat at Hobby Lobby, and had them frame it. They always do a great job:) I love the way the weathered wood and jute mat look next to the crisp details of the art print!
I also love the striped fabric with the bedding and ikat fabric. It feels like a linen/cotton blend. Would you believe I found just enough to make the bedskirt on the remnant table? SCORE! I love when that happens!!
Here is a very basic picture/ description of the upholstered headboard. We ( and when I say "we" I mean my husband!) used plywood, 1 x 4's, and screws for the base after cutting from a template he made. He measured the length and width, cut it with a jigsaw, and used self-adhesive spray to hold the 2 inch foam on to the plywood. Then I ( and when I say "I" this time I really mean me! ) laid the headboard with foam on top of some batting, and then stapled it taut. This rectangle shape is the easiest shape to get clean, taut corners. After you have the batting stapled, lay down the fabric, and pull taut and staple again. At this point, you can leave it plain, or add decorative tacks, nailhead trim, etc. I added individual bronze upholstery tacks. I used a tape measure, and made a mark every inch or two lightly with a pencil.You can make up your own distance between, based on what you prefer. We ( again, my hubby!! ) covered the legs, also. You can screw the legs to the bed frame, which is what "we've" said "we're" going to do, but so far, both headboard we've ( yes, BOTH! ) made are just propped up behind the bed, and that has worked fine.
I will be writing a brief tutorial soon about making these envelope-style pillows...super easy and so handsome, don't you think? I added a large button to each because that looked a bit masculine and teenage boyish to me. And let's not forget.....my son is now an official teen!!!
I bought 2 matching side tables at an online yard sale site where I live. I used one in my middle son's room (as seen here) and this is the other one. They are Bassett, and very solid, good quality side tables. I bought a fillable lamp at Lowe's and filled it with shells from St. George Island, our favorite Gulf beach location that we visit each year. Mark had a turtle shell at work, and he brought it home for us to use. For some reason, I got really into turtle shells this Summer. ( thus, the turtle prints ) We found alot of different types this year. The patterns are so beautiful!
I replaced the beanbag with a dark brown leather chair from Target. I'm on the lookout for the perfect ottoman to accompany it. It's a really nice, comfortable chair!
This is the wall grouping for now. I love the aged shelves I found at Home Goods, but I want Colby to add things that express more of who he is over the years. The pelican is a photo I took on a fishing trip in Apalachicola Bay last Summer, and the guitar represents his love of music. This dresser needs a makeover very soon, but I like to keep a mix of natural wood pieces in a room, with an occasional painted piece. I don't want every single piece of furniture to be painted in a room. To me, that takes away from the charm and unique character that painted furniture gives a space.This piece, however, needs something. (coming soon.....)
I found these geodes at Home Goods. Aren't they perfect for a teen boy's room?
Room item summary
Paint: Sherwin Williams Basket Beige in Behr Ultra Paint and Primer Flat Enamel
Quilt, shams, & sheets: Threshold at Target
Dresser/gaming console: Intellectual by Behr Ultra Paint and Primer Flat Enamel
Leather chair: Target
Decorative natural spheres on shelves: Southeastern Salvage, Chattanooga, TN
Decorative shelves: Home Goods
Bronze fillable lamp: Lowe's
Drum lamp shade: Target
Giclee turtle shell art: Nostalgia Fine Art ( www.nostalgiafineart.com )
Frames/mats: Hobby Lobby
Fish print/frame over gaming console: Hobby Lobby ( I painted the frame )
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed the boy to teen room tour at The Painted Chandelier and Interiors by Melanie Robinson! I welcome and value your feedback and nice comments! Email me if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them:) Have a BLESSED day, friends!!