One Room Challenge – Week 1 – Spring 2016

One Room Challenge – Week 1 – Spring 2016

one room challenge

Hello!  I am excited to be a Guest Participant in the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  We are always working on a project – or five – around here, but sometimes I feel we have a bit of a “cobbler has no shoes” issue.  I finish client projects, and they turn out so lovely, and I think, “I could live in just this room”, ha, and truthfully, I lose steam on my own home.  We have lived in our nearly 100-year-old fixer upper for 5 years now, and we have come a long, long way, but we still have many rooms to complete.  We have had to do so much work on the “underbelly” of our house – plumbing, roof, plaster, etc. – that we are really just now into the decorating part.  Which of course, is the fun part.  Having the Kids Bathroom done has been so so amazing, it really felt like our home renovation reached a milestone when that project was complete.

kids bathroom makeoverImage by Brian McWeeney Photography

For  the One Room Challenge, I could have chosen several rooms, but I eventually decided on my Boys Bedroom.  Their room has fallen apart a bit over the last year, and it is really important to my husband and I that our kids have a thoughtful and organized space to call their own.  Not that it always looks put together, but we want it to be imaginative, and we desire for everything to have a place.  With four kids a year apart, organization is SO key, though we are not always successful at keeping everything together.  It seems very cyclical at times, but now that most of the heavy construction is finished around our home, I feel we can start giving things a place to go.

My little boys are best buddies and have been since day one, it seems. (with lots of normal brother shenanigans too, of course)   They really don’t know life without each other, and I still treasure the memories of my oldest getting in the crib with his baby brother in those early years.  They just loved each other so much and did not want to be apart.  There is a special respect and appreciation between them that is very tender.

Throwback photo.  Oh, these sweet faces!

boys in aprons

In my opinion, their room is large, especially for an older home, so we felt there was plenty of space to get creative with.  These boys love sharing a room together, but they are getting a little older now (they are in 1st and 2nd grade), and are therefore closer to sleepover years.  It feels like time to upgrade their room.

boys faces

They LOVED the idea of bunk beds, and I have always thought those bunk rooms are so fun.  For a hot second, we considered renovating our attic and putting a kids space up there, but it ended up being out of the budget/too big of a hassle.

I wanted to show you some before pictures so you can get an idea of what the space feels like.  And please know none of these “before” photos are styled, they are real-life photos of a room that has gotten a bit out of control.

We have had these darling vintage Jenny Lind beds since we moved in.  The below picture shows the back wall of the room, opposite the door when you walk in.  As you can see, there used to be curtain rods with drapes, but the rods broke. #boys

boys jumping on beds

For a kids room, I really like the end to end bed setup simply because it allows for a large amount of play space in the center of the room.  That type of furniture placement does not always work in a room, but it functions really well here, and in my girls room actually.

In this image, the door on the left goes to the boys closet, and the door on the right goes out to the hallway.  We need a little toy reorganization obviously.  : )  Also, see how the old oil-based paint on the doors has yellowed over time?

messy toys

Their closet is small, but for two little boys, it works fine.  Thinking ahead a few years, however, I worry they are going to outgrow the current configuration.  The space is a bit awkward, and I believe we could tweak some things and make it more useable.  We have cleared everything out since I took the above photo.  You can see how the closet factors in here.  It is in its original 1919 state – built-in dresser and shelves plus cedar!

closet before


The following picture shows the area to the left of the closet.  The little bump-out you see in the corner is due to our Master Bathroom renovation.  To gain 18 inches of space in our shower, we had to create this column in the Boys Room.  We added book racks to it to give it a purpose, and that solution has worked well, but it still bothers me a bit.

book rack column

I’m pumped about the plans I have which I will share next Wednesday, and I will be sharing more about the space each week for six weeks until May 12th.  I think we have arrived at a design scheme that will be both practical and fun for my two rambunctious boys, but boy, do we have a lot of work to do!  : )

PS – Special thanks to Linda from Calling It Home, the Creator and Founder of the One Room Challenge, and also to House Beautiful, the media sponsor for this season’s challenge.

Written by Grace

  • Kelly KV
    Posted at 20:56h, 07 April Reply

    I am SO excited to see what you do! I have always loved their room but need some inspiration for my little guy’s next room update. 😉

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:00h, 13 April Reply

      Thanks KK! 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted at 21:01h, 07 April Reply

    Yes!!!!! I have wondered why you have not done this before. Can’t wait to see what you do. Your room makeovers are my favorite.

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:00h, 13 April Reply

      Hey Sarah, I know! I have considered it in the past, but honestly, my list is always so long, it is hard to fit something like this in. But it’s a go this season! xo

  • Emily
    Posted at 05:46h, 08 April Reply

    I always love seeing what you are up to and your makeovers. You definitely have a signature style, that I adore. Your kids bathroom was so creative, and I know this room will be too. Good luck sweet lady!

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:01h, 13 April Reply

      Oh Emily, always so great to see a comment from you! Hope you are well! Thanks so much, fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Lynn
    Posted at 07:48h, 08 April Reply

    Exciting! I’m sure it will be amazing.

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:01h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you Lynn! xo

  • Gwen, The Makerista
    Posted at 08:39h, 08 April Reply

    It’s going to be sooo good! Who wouldn’t want to give those handsome boys a great space to call their own?! 😉

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:02h, 13 April Reply

      Gwen, thank you, friend! And I’m biased, but those handsome guys have my heart. 🙂

  • Allie
    Posted at 12:18h, 08 April Reply

    If you decide to sell your jenny lind beds, I’m interested and local!

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:02h, 13 April Reply

      Hey Allie, they may already be sold, but I will keep you updated! I am sad to see them go.

  • Frances
    Posted at 17:05h, 08 April Reply

    So glad to see you taking on the challenge…looking forward to seeing how the room turns out.

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:03h, 13 April Reply

      Frances! So great to hear from you! Thank you so much! xoxo

  • Renee
    Posted at 06:41h, 13 April Reply

    Can’t wait to see your plans for the boys room! I actually like the column shelving and the jenny lind beds. I also have to put my kids beds up against the walls for more play room because they have awkward layouts and are small. I will be joining you and linking up to the One Room Challenge but I am doing a “Sweet Dreams” girls room just in case you want to visit and take a break from the boy stuff.

    • Grace
      Posted at 08:04h, 13 April Reply

      Hi Renee, thank you so much for reaching out! Can’t wait to check out your girls room! 🙂 xo

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