Do you have an awkward area in your house that you don’t quite know what to do with? In our house, our shared boys bedroom has a nook about four feet off the ground. We built a raised bungalow, so this nook was the area above our front hall closet. My intention all along was to make a built in bed with storage, and complete the room with a reclaimed wood desk and a second built in bed to match. Over the last 6 weeks Tony and I have been working on completing this shared boys bedroom as a guest participant in the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge. And I’m glad to say we have completed (for the most part) everything on our to-do list!
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Let’s have a quick look back over the last 6 weeks, then I’ll show you all the pretty pictures!
We started off with a room that was cluttered and disorganized, and not very fun for two young boys. The plan was to take everything out, build a loft bed in the nook area, build three storage steps, and a solid wood desk top.
The first step was to build the cabinets for the built in bed and storage drawers. I built the boxes out of 3/4 mdf, and glued, clamped, nailed, and biscuit joined them all together.
Next I painted all the cabinets and the twin bed. First I primed with a good quality primer, then did two coats of paint using Behr alkyd satin enamel color matched to Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. I also painted the trim and doors using the same paint.
Next I repainted all the walls, because the first time I painted the room I ran out of paint halfway through the last coat. The new paint color I chose is very similar to what I have done previously, except that it was a clearer blue with less of a purple undertone. This paint color is CIL Fostoria Glass Blue.
This was our favorite part of the room. Tony and I built this desk top from reclaimed fir hydro pole cross arms. We cut them, planed them, glued them, sanded, stained, then finished with epoxy resin. The desk and steps are so shiny, and it really brings out the character of the wood (Check my Youtube video for the entire process). We also installed the drawer boxes and the hardware during week 5.
Shared boys bedroom built in bed with storage reveal!
This last week we worked on installing the plywood frame for the loft bed and finishing off the solid fir trim around the loft bed.
Next I built a box for the headboard that has a hinged top for extra storage, and painted it white to match the rest of the built in beds.
I replaced the two dressers that we originally had with one tall boy dresser. I found this dresser at a thrift store, and refinished it using two shades of country chic paint. Here is that dresser tutorial.
My budget ran out by the time I got to the artwork, so for the most part I used frames and pictures I already had. Then I filled it in with some 10 inch square IKEA frames, and put sentimental baby onesies and button up shirts in them.
I added an eclectic gallery wall above the dresser full of baby pictures, vintage pieces, and original kids artwork. And as a request from my husband and son, some Ottawa Senators things.
We also made some book ledges with leftover pieces of reclaimed fir.
I had planned to make matching zip-up bedding for the boys, but I ran out of time. Instead, I cut a duvet cover that I already had in half, and used one side for each of the beds. I love the mix of blues, lime green, and red within the room. It feels very colorful and fun.
We never finished making railings for the beds, but I actually think it’s okay without railings. The boys slept in their new beds for a few nights, and are so happy with their new room. And the best part, is that crib is gone forever! What do you think of this built in bed with storage? Is this something you could see yourself making in your own home?
I have a few projects in the near future that we’ll be working on, including:
- a dresser makeover using two shades of Country Chic paint
- how to make a farmhouse clock
- how to install an above ground pool
- designing and creating a new flower bed