Well it’s Thursday, and as promised I have an update for you of the boys room. It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and I have to say I am impressed that I accomplished anything this week! Step one was to clean the boys room- which felt amazing! I have a better grasp on the storage needed for their toys, books, and the impressive collections of sticks, rocks and bottle caps 😉 Boys are so fun!

I spent some time working on a style board, to give me a visual of how I want the space to feel. The three words I shared last week were cottage, coastal, and camp, so keeping that in mind, here is what I pulled together.

Cottage Bunk Room Style Board

When I look at the board I just feel happy. It says boy– but it can definitely grow with them. It isn’t too themey, which I like! So, now, it’s time to get to work.

I decided to take a risk (at least for me) and go dark on one of the walls. I LOVE the way it turned out. My 5 year old wants the whole room grey…part of me agrees with him.

Dark Grey Plank Wall, White Farmhouse Trim This Mamas Dance-5

Here is what it looked like before, toys and all!

Pine Wall, Kids Room| This Mamas Dance-1

The color I used is actually a wood stain I bought last year for outdoor use- the color is “Pewter” by Behr. It took 2 coats.

Dark Grey Plank Wall, White Farmhouse Trim This Mamas Dance-4

Don’t mind my two photo bombers. It’s just been that kind of day 😉

Pewter Gray Horizontal Plank| This Mamas Dance-4

I would like to add more storage for books, because the boys read a lot. I am also planning to white wash the pine using the same technique from our Master Bedroom wall. I love that it still allows the wood grain to show but really tones down the yellows and red in the pine.

White Washed Horizontal Planked Pine Wall-1

Speaking of pine, this quaint little pine dresser will be going somewhere in the room…

Rustic Pine Dresser | This Mamas Dance-1Rustic Pine Dresser | This Mamas Dance-3Rustic Pine Dresser | This Mamas Dance-4

Isn’t he a cutie?! I love those little turned feet, and that little corbel type detail on the top.

While I was snapping photographs this was going on behind the scenes. What a cat! He is pretty much the most perfect little guy for our kiddos, he’s more like a dog than a cat…

Kids and a Cat | This Mamas Dance-1

Kids and a Cat | This Mamas Dance-3

He just sat there with his new accessories, keeping warm over the heat vent while Fin exclaimed “He likes it! He likes it!” I’m not as convinced…

I hope to get started on the white washing this week (there’s a lot of wall space!!) as well as adding shelving in the lockers. They don’t offer very functional storage right now.

One area I am a little stumped about are the window coverings. There are 4 windows in the room, all varying sizes and heights. For the large window pictured above I think my best option is a black out roller blind- because this room get’s a lot of the evening summer sun, and I don’t want to hide the trim work that Matt added. That wall is 14ft wide, so the windows are really long. Drapery panels just aren’t practical. What do you think? I love windows and don’t like to obstruct the light, but I think I would need to mount the rollers inside the opening.

You can follow along with the other bloggers and the 20 designers who are also a part of the One Room Challenge here.

As a fun add on to the One Room Challenge, I sent out an invitation to virtually join in with a room of your own, over on my Facebook Page. Feel free to leave a comment saying the room you are going to work on, and share progress photos on my page. I’d love to here from you and toss around ideas!

-Miss Ash

See all of the ORC posts for this room here:

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shared at Sundays At Home

10 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Week 2: Paint, a Pine Dresser, and the Plan”

  1. I would do the roller blind and sheers. Ones where they are purely for looks, ones that are more like cheese cloth and you can still see the trim. A simple black rod like the master and maybe even clips instead of a rod pocket?!? You could still do the sheers every where on all the windows. But just not add rollers or blinds in the casing if its not needed. 🙂

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