Well, it’s finally here: the big reveal of Grady’s teen boy bedroom at The Shack. I’m sorry I’ve strung things out for so long, but I wanted to share all the details of our renovation journey. There’s a lot of planning and work that goes on, way before the pretty pictures finally happen!
Just to remind you, here is what Grady’s teen boys bedroom looked like BEFORE we began this long renovation process.
BEFORE: The view upon entering this upstairs bedroom is of the window wall. The room is painted a pale lavender color with a purple floral wallpaper border. It has the same cheap old shell molding for casing and baseboards, which gives the room a tired and dated feel. There’s also a mottled Berber style carpet in the room, which we will be happy to remove!
If you turn around and look in the opposite direction, the entry door comes into view and the closet is seen to the left. The closet is a nice size, but you can see they left the original dark burgundy plush carpeting in that space. Can you imagine this entire room carpeted in that horrible dark color? Oh my! Anyway, there’s not much to salvage in this space, so we’d better get busy tearing out the molding and removing that wallpaper border!
And below is the fun and colorful AFTER:
Grady’s Teen Boy Bedroom at The Shack, with its blue board and batten accent wall, custom orange and blue window cornice and bolster, and, of course, the big black recliner. It all turned out so great. What a rewarding project!
The blue board and batten accent wall definitely anchors the bedroom and draws your eye as soon as you enter the space. Using blue fabric to echo that color, combined with a highly contrasting orange for the bolster pillow and window treatment, was the perfect bold choice to enhance that wall! This room has so many bright and colorful accents, but I think we got the proportion of color just right by focusing primarily on the bold blue paint color: SW6516 Down Pour.
If we rotate around the room, the closet door comes into view. We placed a small vintage bookcase (which I painted black) between the closet and entry door. It provides nice storage and some added space for a few fun decorative accessories. This photo also shows a great view of the Pottery Barn Fauna duvet cover. The overscaled colorful images of birds and insects add a bright and cheerful note to the space, when combined with a crisp white bedspread.
At the foot of Grady’s bed we added a small chest for added storage (also painted black) with a small gallery grouping of artwork installed just above, which is enjoyed when lying in the bed. I had a great time incorporating a vintage hubcap, a galvanized metal letter ‘G’, an antique mirror, and a light up video game sign into the grouping just for fun!
Under the window resides this lovely Victorian Desk. You also have a closer look at the custom window cornice in this image. Just that one vivid design element adds so much interest to this room! You might also notice the new carpeting we had installed in this bedroom. It’s a soft grey color with some added texture from the wavy cut-and-loop pile.
Here you can see the cute and colorful artwork we installed above Grady’s big black reclining chair. I purchased these vivid prints from a vendor on Etsy and had them custom framed. We also added a small row of hooks beneath, to keep things tidy. Grady can hang his computer bag and other items (like his headphones) here. The back-plate for the hooks is made from a scrap of vintage hardwood we had laying around–I think it was leftover from our custom fireplace mantel project at The Shack. The wood echoes the finish on the picture frames quite nicely, and it even pulls the wood finishes on the desk and bed into the color scheme.
And that brings us back around full-circle. It’s quite a transformation from that original dingy little lavender bedroom at The Shack. I must say, adding new white wood trim, the board and batten accent wall, fresh new carpeting, and the fun colorful accents made such huge difference. I hope you’ll agree it’s a terrific place for a teen boy to spend his free time inside when visiting the Pocono Mountains! Grady seems to like it, and that’s what really counts!!
There’s still a lot more to share with you at The Shack, so I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house. Very soon I’m going to take a break from the DIY and start sharing about the gorgeous rooms of the 2017 Mansion in May. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!
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