Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gitter Done Challenge: Boy's Room Reveal

Here's a shout out to Donna at Funky Junk Interiors...I gotter least as far as I'm going to gitter done for now!  Warning...long post ahead...but I'll try real hard to make it interesting :)

My boy is back in his room, and loving it!  This is his first look at his bed all made up:


Diving in
(the room is still in the works when I took these pictures)
He literally dove and all I got in the shot was his leg!

 Just look at that grin.

The theme just kind of evolved as I started working.  It became kind of an automotive, metallic theme.  It is not my taste in decorating, but it's his, as it should be.  And even though I wouldn't decorate the rest of my house like this...I think it's pretty cool...for him.  That smile on his face makes me smile, and that makes all the work and headaches worth it!

It isn't completely done.  We still have to get trim around the windows and doors, as well as closet doors on.  I did buy some closet doors at the Habitat Restore, but still have to buy tracks and get the trim on before installing them.  But the painting of walls, floors, and furniture; installing, caulking and painting of baseboards; shopping for bedding, rug, curtains and accessories is done.  And I'm tired, but in a good way.

Basically this room was a gut job.  Except for the drywall.  We took everything out and I painted walls, which turned into a nightmare (that you can read about here), but it's done now!

 I also primed and painted the floors.  That was a job in itself.  I scraped years of old crud from between every crack in that floor before giving them a thorough hand scrubbing.  Then I primed with tinted primer, and finally painted with floor paint.

Now for the grand unveiling.  I don't have a very good picture of before, but I do have these "in the works" pictures:

This first one is what one of the walls looked like after stripping wallpaper.  It was the only wall that sustained damage.  It had to be skim coated and sanded.  Poor kid had lived with the pink and white striped wallpaper we'd put up when this was our daughter's first room.

If you really want to see more before pictures you can go here.  This post is already too long!

So here's a tour of his room starting at the door and going counter clockwise.

These blank walls will be getting something special done to them.  That's a future post.

His bed is from a futon bunk that was taken apart.  The top bunk part is what we used for his bed.  We took it apart and I primed and painted the posts. Here's what it looked like before, well at least what the head and footboards looked like:

I found bedding on clearance at KMart that was perfect!  You can read about that here.  He already had the red blanket. 

Because this was once a bunk bed, the legs are very tall, leaving a lot of space between the bottom of the bed and the floor.  It is great for storing his legos, but a regular dust ruffle wouldn't work.  I found a red sheet set, just like the black ones I bought for his bed.  By this time I was tired and feeling very lazy.  This bed doesn't have a boxspring.  It has a bunk board.  So I just laid the flat sheet under the bunk board, tucked the ends under a little, put the bunk board over and called it done!  I still have the pillowcase I can use on his bed, as well as the fitted sheet to make something out of later if I want.

The curtains I found had a cool metalic sheen to them, with huge silver grommets.  I wanted to do something different for a curtain rod, but had no idea what.  So I started wandering the aisles of Home Depot, Big Lots, and finally ended up at Tractor Supply.  You'll never guess what I came up with.

Chain Link...yeah baby!

Once the trim is up, this window will be painted to match (same color as the baseboards).  It's an eyesore right now.

It ended up being a little more challenging than I thought to install, but hubby and I put our heads together and got it figured out.  I'll do a separate post on that soon. 

The nightstand was a garage sale steal for $5.00.  I sanded and painted, then sanded the edges a bit.  Again, I wanted something different for knobs, so back to Tractor Supply I went.  I came up with these huge bolts from their bulk bins.   My hubby had to customize them to make it work.  The bottom drawer had two holes close together, so I came up with a different plan for them.  Again, I will post how we did this later.

We had two white bookshelves, one in Jared's room and one in our daughter's.  These are just the cheap "buy in a box" melamine shelves from Big Lots.  We've had them for several years, and they really are very sturdy...just not very pretty.  At first I planned to paint them black, but the more I thought about it, I decided it would be too overpowering in this little room, especially since it only has one little north facing window, so it doesn't get much light.

Then I wanted to put a metal backing on them...ummm, have you priced sheet metal lately?  Yeah...not happening.  My brilliant hubby suggested I paint them with some of the metallic paint I'd been using for other things in his room.  Well...duh!  Why didn't I think of that???  Sometimes the simplest solutions escape me.  He removed the backs, then I used Rustoleum Hammered Metal in Aluminum to spray them.  It really didn't take on much texture.  But I still like the outcome.  I may trim the shelves out to make them look more finished, but for now they will do.

 I decided not to reuse the dresser he had.  For one, it was way to feminine for a boys room, and for another, he wanted a basketball hoop on one wall, which was the only wall left to put a dresser on.  Instead I used a shelf that my husband made, which he previously had legos on.   I tucked it into his closet.  He has very few hanging clothes, and a deep, though short closet, so it works well.  And he doesn't have to struggle with sticking drawers anymore.  No picture yet, as we still have to sort through his clothes.

For decor I found some real bargains, most that required some kind of paint therapy.  The first didn't though.  All I had to do was unwrap and unroll...easiest project in the whole room!

The rug was actually the first purchase I made for the room, other than paint.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it is black, silver and gray.

The lamp we already had.  We picked it up at a garage sale earlier this summer.   

I teased you with this photo a couple of weeks ago.  

The chain link you've already seen, used as a curtain rod.  Here's one of the other pieces.

This propeller/fan looking piece of art, I found at Big Lots on clearance.  I actually hem-hawed about it for at least 10 mintues!  It was a brown/bronze color.   I'm so glad I bought it, because after a coat of paint, it's my favorite piece in the room, after the chain link curtain rod...and the wall stripes...and...ok, it's one of my favorites!

The other piece ended up in two projects.  When I bought it, it looked like this:

I used the Eiffel Tower for my French Bulletin Board.  But I originally bought it for the back piece to make a magnet board for Jared's room.  After removing the Tower, I painted it silver, used washers, nuts and bolts to fill the holes, then used larger nuts and bolts to create magnets.  I layered the nuts and washers the way I wanted, then glued magnets on the back.  I'll post more about that one later too.

When I returned to take pictures, Jared had rearranged the magnets.  Made me laugh!

We've had the silver trash can for a long time.  It's perfect in here. 

I painted his switch/outlet covers with the hammered metal paint.  

The clock is actually my favorite...I think...yeah.  Who wouldn't like a hubcap clock...come on...I know you want one!  I was snooping around the barn one day and found a set of these old Chevy truck hubcaps.  Bells and whistles started going off in my head.  I put one behind my back and walked out to where hubby was cutting wood.  I waited patiently until he noticed me.  I have this policy to never surprise someone with a chainsaw in his hand.

When he finally noticed me I batted my eyelashes at him, all the while holding the hubcap behind my back.  He started laughing (a good sign!).  Then he asked what I was hiding.  I pulled out the hubcap, thinking for sure he would say, "No Way!"   I told him I wanted to make a clock for Jared's room, and he was cool with that!  What??? Not even a little fight?  Wow, that was too easy.  I should have asked for the whole set!

This blank wall is going to have a basketball hoop which isn't done yet.  We have the hoop, and I have an idea, but I have to wait until hubby has the time to cut out a backboard at work.  I'll post about that when that day comes.  Only nerf balls will be allowed!

I found these two plaques on clearance at Big Lots.  They were actually white to begin with.  I forgot to take a picture before giving them a coat of red paint.  I wish I had a picture of Jared's face when he saw these:

He looked something like this:

Okay...this is not him...but you get the idea!  I reassured him that they would not have purses and high heels on them when I was finished with them.  I found pictures of a couple of cars and mod podged them to the plaques.

Here are the inspiration photos I showed you a few weeks ago.  I took one little idea from each one and tweaked some a bit.

This first one is where I got the inspiration for the stripes.  I was going to make a metal initial too, but when I found the propeller, I decided to use that instead.

I would have loved to do a wainscoating in this corugated metal, but it wasn't in the budget.  Basically I took the inspiration of metal and scattered metallic accents thoroughout the room.

Do you see that clock up way up high on the wall?  It reminded me of a hubcap.  I had no idea my hubby had hubcaps in the barn when I posted this.  It was meant to be!

This one I haven't used yet.  If it works out, I'll let you know what inspired me in this photo soon.

The whole remodel was a pretty frugal one.  Here's the cost breakdown.  Paint accounted for most of the budget because I painted walls, floors and trim.  I also included spray paint which I used on several things.

$66 - Paint        
$38 - Bedding and curtains (I originally said under $30 but I ended up buying one more curtain)
$53 - Accessories
$159  Total

Now other than cleaning up my daughter's room before she comes home from college in a week for a very short visit,  I'm going to take a break.  I am exhausted.  But happy :)

This post is another Gitter Done project thanks to Donna at Funky Junk!

FJI's Gitter Done! challenge

I've aso  linked to these awesome link parties:

My Romantic Home 
Just a Girl
The Shabby Chic Cottage
The Shabby Nest
Tatertots and Jello
A Vision to Remember
Under the Table and Dreaming
I Heart Naptime
Between Naps on the Porch
It's So Very Creative
Craft-O-Maniac Monday


  1. Oh I absolutely love what you have done with the room. So perfect for your son.. he must be so proud of his very talented mum. Hope you enjoy your break..take care Kym X

  2. OH MY GOSH I L.O.V.E IT!!!! You did an amazing job!!!! Now I know what kind of curtain rods they sell at Tractor Supply! ;) that is so clever!! The hub cap clock is the best and all the other decor you made are amazing!! You should be really proud of yourself and it looks like you son is so happy with his new room!!!! It was so worth all the teasing and the wait!! Now, go get some rest superwoman and enjoy your weekend!!!!

  3. WOW! You have been busy!! What a fabulous turnout and well worth your efforts!! Love the touches you did and I am sure he does too! Happy Painting! Karen

  4. That is pretty darn cool!!! Love all that you have done, and he does look really happy :)

  5. oh wow. wow. He must be OVER the moon with the bad a$$ room!!!!!! :)
    love it!

  6. I love the window hardware and the bins on the booskelves. Looks great!

  7. Wow Debbie!!! you and hubby did a wonderful job putting this room together for your boy! A true labor of love, I'm sure.

  8. so inspiring! my favorite parts: The chain used for the curtain rod and the hardware turned into magnets. I'm definitely going to keep this room in mind for when my boy is older.


  9. Deborah Lynn... you definitely "gotter done"! Wow!... that's alot of work... you son looks so happy with it! It looks great! Very industrialish!

    Have a great weekend!!

  10. LOVE it! It is all boy! I love your attention to detail that really brought the room together.

  11. Wow, what a change! I bet he'd glad to be rid of that pink wallpaper! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by & post this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround. The Linky should be up this evening :)

  12. Deborah
    This room is perfect!
    What a labour of love!
    I love all your photos, but especially the leg of your son as he dove in :)
    and the one of the face in the mirror made me laugh out loud!
    That was too funny!
    You've worked hard and with fantastic results!
    Ill bet your son loves every inch of that room.
    Very creative and what you've done!

    Also thank you so much for your thoughts on my desk!
    Robins egg blue is so prety and I've always loved teal. And yes I love brown and that colour together sisters have a dress in those colours and they go so nicely together.
    You've given me lots to think about and I'll keep you posted on what I decide to do..thanks so much for thinking of me and sending your kind thoughts my way :)
    Have a great weekend my friend!

    Deborah xoxo

  13. The room is fantastic! It reminds me a bit of what we did in my son's room (you can see it here if interested: ... metal accents and lots of grey. I love your red accents and the chain you used!

  14. I enjoyed this post! From start to finish! What a lot of work, but so worth it! I love it!

  15. WOW! this was a labor of love! His expression is priceless! That's why we moms do what we do!!!

    The chain is great for the curtains! Clever lady!!!

    The silver shiny stuff is perfect! Bet he's spending a lot more than sleeping time in there!

    You did a fantastic job!

    Found you from FJI GD!


  16. What a great job on your son's room! Looks like he just loves it! My favorite part is that neat hub cap clock, what a fun idea! And I also really like the fan/propeller! It was the first thing I noticed in the room!

  17. All the hard work paid off!! It looks absolutely fabulous!!

  18. This is just great, I am sure he loves it!!! Great job well done, rest up!

  19. It looks great and well worth all the hard work! He is too cute and glad he loves it!

  20. Wow, it looks fantastic!! I can see why your son loves it!!! I really like that you showed photos of the inspiration rooms too.

  21. It looks fabulous! Love the mix of red, black and silver - very boy!

    Found you over at Its so very Cheri

  22. That is just a great boys room, I love all your metal bits, I am sure any of my boys would love something like that too!

  23. Your wall stripe turned out amazing! That's so tough to do without the bleeding :)

  24. Well done girl! Sorry I didn't chime in sooner, I didn't see your post sneak up into the party!

    I loved the pics of your son's expressions the very best. Doesn't it rock when they actually appreciate all we do?!?

    Fab metal accents! Have fun tinkering with the rest. :)


  25. That looks great! What a huge difference. I really like your ingenuity with the bulletin board and the chain link curtain rod. And it's funny but as I was reading this I was thinking, "She should totally link up with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors link parties"... and then I got to the end and saw that you did! I can't wait to dig into my sons room a bit. Hopefully sooner than later (:

  26. the boy's room has been done very cleverly, the shelving unit has been placed very aptly and adds a great touch to the room for storage as young kids have lots of stuff to store, a nice looking room

  27. Very very cool! Allie

  28. I started my son's room redo last August. I lost inspiration, motivation, and discovered blogging. So now I got a bad case of that bloggy butt you speak of.



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