Fun fact: I do 99% of my blogging on an old iPhone with a cracked screen and a damaged camera lens (I’m very professional like that!). So I’ve been putting off this bedroom reveal until I upgraded my phone … and today’s the day! I’ve upgraded to an iPhone 7 and my pictures are so much clearer! (This bedroom was finished in December and it’s taken me three months to photograph it for the reveal because I was waiting for the phone upgrade.) If you’re new to House of Hollingsworth Blog, welcome! You can catch up on how this room was a junk room a few months ago and how I created a clean slate with the power of paint. This room has had a huge transformation and I’m so excited to show all of you my boy’s bedroom reveal! Let’s dive in, shall we?
This is the view of #1’s bedroom from the doorway. He loves bright colours (orange is his favourite) so although it’s an all-white room I think his bedroom turned out sufficiently colourful. His bedding and artwork bring a huge amount of vibrancy to the room.
This room gets flooded with morning light and while the wooden blinds are great for privacy, they aren’t good at blocking light. To combat this, I hung a block-out roller blind above the wooden blinds. I love how discreet the roller blind is and that it doesn’t block his artwork even when it’s pulled down. I contemplated getting block-out curtains but I wanted to feature his art, not the curtains. I’m so happy I went with a white blind instead – it blends in with the wall when it’s rolled up.
Opposite the window is the bedroom door. I hung a couple of sticky command hooks on the back of the door so #1 can hang up his towel and dressing gown. I would have loved to use black coat hooks but the bedroom door has a hollow core so there’s nothing to screw into. Luckily the sticky hooks work well and have held up nicely to the whip-cracking force with which #1 hangs his towel up.
The captain’s chair in the corner was my dad’s chair (see the makeover here). I had envisioned this corner of the room to be a reading nook for #1 as well as an extra place to sit when his friends are visiting. However, the chair usually sits at his desk and this corner is actually occupied by a blanket box:
This blanket box was a Christmas present from my Dad. He lovingly made one for each of his kids and although the pine isn’t really my style, I can’t bare to change it in any way. (Now that he’s gone I desperately cling to things that remind me of him.) So this is how this corner actually looks but for the sake of the room tour I’m showing you how I’d imagined a comfy chair in the corner instead.
The London Calling artwork was an easy-peasy DIY job made from scrap wood and a tea towel. I love the giant punch of colour it gives this corner.
Moving to the left is the set of drawers that holds all of #1’s clothes. There aren’t any built-in closets in our house; our kids have a set of drawers each instead. I painted the drawers a Napoleonic Blue colour (you can read about that saga here).
The hexagonal mirror is a cheapy from Kmart. It was originally a fake pine colour but I needed a bit more contrast with the white wall so I painted it the same colour as the dresser (Dulux Night Life – a colour-match to ASCP Napoleonic Blue). Once it was painted, the mirror and drawers felt too matchy-matchy so I painted a couple of golden arrows on the frame to break up the blue a little. I LOVE how the mirror turned out! It’s one of my favourite things in his room.
You can see in the picture above that his drawers also act as his bedside table. The lamp is a spare one we had – I don’t love it but I can’t afford an alternative so I’m using what I’ve got for now. The blue and orange cushion is from Ikea and I love how the hexagonal pattern ties in with the hexagonal mirror.
On the other side of the window is a quick superhero mask painting I did a few years ago. I’m sure we’ll update these art pieces as he gets older but for now they’re just so sweet for a little boy who loves bright colours.
I framed his Lego Dimensions poster (and talked about how to hang something heavy when there isn’t a stud where you want it – still my most googled post). Above it I hung his guitar. He likes to imagine that since he owns a guitar he can automatically play a guitar. No my love, it doesn’t work like that.
His desk and shelves were made from butcher-block offcuts that I stained and waxed. Dad’s old workshop stool fits perfectly underneath the desk so it can be tucked away when it’s not in use. #1’s spare Lego is sorted by colour into clear tubs which are stacked under his desk. Then there’s a “work in progress” tub on top of his desk.
I wanted to style his pin-up board for the photos but he caught me taking down his deflated pink ballon and was mortified. “But it reminds me of #3’s birthday” he said forlornly. Like a knife through my heart it was. “Here mate, I’ll put the balloon back up. Have as many saggy old balloons as you like. Keep ALL THE BALLOONS, BUDDY!”
So that’s my Boy’s Bedroom Reveal 🙂 Thanks for reading till the end – I know this was a longish post for me. I just really love how this room turned out (and more importantly #1 loves his new big-boy bedroom).
* Linking up with The Handmade Hangout, Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Things, DIY Showoff, Keeping It Simple, Thrifty Decor Chick, Inspire Me Monday, Coastal Charm, I DIYed That, The Creative Circle, The DIY Dreamer, The Pin Junkie, Creativity Unleashed, Tatertots and Jello, Remodelaholic.*
Update: you can checkout this room along with loads of other gorgeous boy’s rooms over at Shutterfly.