The Treehouse: Boys Bedroom – Almost Done!

April 28, 2014

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Images and text by Gabrielle. I had such a great time working with Lowe’s on this room — it’s one of 4 projects I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks! #springiscalling

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Friends, I hope you are in the mood for some home-focused posts this week. Because I’ve got a bunch! This post is all about the Boys’ Bedroom. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a tour of our Living Room (plus, a Living With Kids post as well). And on Wednesday, I’m going to share a DIY about the shelves in the Reading Loft. Lots of good stuff! So let’s get right to it.

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We started work on the boys’ bedroom last fall. I said to Ben Blair something like, “We’ll just knock down this wall, do the sheetrock, throw up some paint. It’ll be a good weekend project.”

Hah.

It is the very end of April — 6 months later! — and I’m still fussing around with it. So you can imagine how excited I am to finally share some photos. I’m so happy with how this room has come together!

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A little back story: Back in September, when I started talking about bedroom makeover plans for The Treehouse, I mentioned I wanted to expand the boys’ bedroom by a couple of feet, by taking over some unused closets in the girls room. The previous owners had used this small room as a den and it wasn’t quite big enough for 2 twin beds. We thought a bunkbed might work, but we tried our old set out and it took over the whole room and made the space seem even smaller. Plus, my boys are old enough that bunk beds have lost their appeal.

We lived with our move-the-wall plan for a few months, until we were sure that was what we wanted to do, then we got to work.

I’m happy to report, moving the wall was a great decision! The room now fits two twin beds comfortably and even though it’s small, it feels plenty big for two people.

The room is north facing and gets no direct sunlight, and it can feel quite dark in there. So I went with white walls to keep it feeling as bright and open as possible (and as I mentioned here, I’m craving mostly white walls these days anyway.)

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This room is shared by 16-year-old Ralph and 9-year-old Oscar. They have different interests and a big age difference, so I thought hard about what a room might look like that would appeal to both of them. As I started gathering items for the space, I had in mind a loose color scheme of navy and grey and mustard yellow — there are little touches of yellow in lots of places — like the trim on a quilt and a duvet cover. I wanted the room to have a masculine feel without being forced and or overly rugged.

But let’s get on to the tour! There are lots of great finds and great ideas to share.

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I’ll start with the floor. It’s commercial grade Armstrong VCT tile that we installed ourselves. When we were newlyweds, we had VCT tiles installed in our kitchen and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. They’re easy for even a novice to install, they’re made to withstand heavy use, they’re simple to maintain — you can go matte, or get a high-shine with a floor polish, they’re soft underfoot, and if you scratch one, since the composite material goes all the way through, the scratch won’t show. Best of all, they are inexpensive!

We used in-stock colors for this project, but you can order any of dozens of colors to create whatever pattern or design you’d like. We’ll be using these tiles in other parts of the house as well. If you’re craving fresh new floors this spring, I highly recommend VCT.

(Yes, our first thought was to put in white washed wood floors here, but it just wasn’t in the budget at the moment. And that’s okay. I really do like the VCT. It doesn’t feel like a compromise at all.)

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The beds are metal military surplus frames. Sturdy as can be! No box spring required and they can handle the most rambunctious of kids. Plus, they have unusually high clearance underneath, which is great for additional storage — a major plus because the closet in the room is very small.

Speaking of the closet, it was only shelves at first. So we moved some of the shelves higher and added a hanging rod, then enclosed the space with a curtain.

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The rug is by Allen & Roth — I love the braided pattern. I think it’s the most handsome jute rug I’ve come across. It’s soft on bare feet, and it’s a bargain as far as rugs go!

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The bedding is a happy hodge podge. Sheets are two patterns from Serena & Lily mixed and matched. The seer sucker duvet cover on Oscar’s bed is also Serena & Lily. The grey quilt folded at the foot of Oscar’s bed is from West Elm, so is the grey coverlet on Ralph’s bed. The wool blanket at the foot of Ralph’s bed is from the Pendleton National Parks Collection — a Christmas gift from my mother .

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The shelves next to the beds are actually old wine crates. They make the perfect spot for stashing books, journals and a glass of water. If I had tried to fit in nightstands, they would have been squished, but these are an excellent alternative. (And inexpensive as can be! Inquire about free castoffs at your local liquor store.)

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The wall-mounted reading lamps are awesome. They can be directed anywhere and come with LED bulbs installed, plus they’re simple and handsome and don’t take up too much space. (I bought them in store at Lowe’s but can’t find a link online.)

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The dresser is vintage. We bought it on Craig’s List during one of our first weekends here. I love it so much.

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The lamp on the dresser is also super cool. Just the right size. Modern and masculine.

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Now to the posters! They’re one of my favorite things in the room. They look vintage, but they are really just basic posters that I hacked! (DIY post coming!) Oscar is super into marine biology right now, and I thought it would be awesome to seek out old pull-down posters from classrooms featuring fish and sharks and sea life. But I spent a good amount of time hunting and kept coming up short. So I decided to fake my own!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been quite slow and thoughtful about putting rooms together, but this was an instance where I felt I shouldn’t wait to find the perfect wall hangings. It could take me years to hunt down the vintage posters I’m picturing in my head, but Oscar’s passion for marine biology is happening right now. Best not to wait.

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Okay. I think those are the main things I wanted to share with you in the room. If there’s something I didn’t mention that you’re curious about, please feel free to leave a question in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer as quickly as I can.

In the title I say “Almost Done” and I do feel that way. I’m really happy with how the room has shaped up, but I feel like the wall behind the headboards is unfinished. I’m not sure what I want there. Maybe wallpaper. Maybe dark paint. Maybe something I haven’t thought of yet. And I want Ralph’s side of the room to have something more gasp-worthy going on — I want him to be as excited about what’s on his walls as Oscar is about the biology posters. We’ll see what we come up with.

But I’m not in a hurry. I’m moving on to new projects and will wait patiently until inspiration strikes! Until then, I’m marking the Boys’ Bedroom off my mental checklist.

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Now I’d love to hear your thoughts! Would this room appeal to your kids? Have you ever had a teen and an elementary school kid share a bedroom? And how do you feel about sharing a room in general? (I’ve shared a room for most of my life, but I’m guessing some of you have had the opposite experience!) Also, do you agree the room still needs a little something? Or would you call it complete?

One last thing: here is a “before” image of the room:

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P.S. — There’s some additional back story where this room is concerned — including a ceiling beam and demolition gone awry! I wrote it all up to include in this writeup, but the post became unwieldy. I’m including it here, but don’t feel pressure to read it. : ) 

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Here’s the remodeling story. When we started what we thought would be a weekend project, first we dismantled the closet doors in the girls room, and walled in that space. Then, we started demolishing the wall in the boys’ room so that it would open into the newly enclosed closet. That’s when we hit a snag.

constructions1Caption: We started taking down the wall and found an unusual configuration. Is it load bearing?

Instead of standard two-by-four + sheetrock construction, there was a vertical beam and what looked like lots of heavy duty support. It looked to be a load bearing wall, which meant we couldn’t take it down.

We were so bummed! And we didn’t know how to proceed. We had a couple of consultations but no one could say for sure if it was load-bearing — the wall had been part of a remodel at some point and it was hard to decipher the history of it.

So we hit pause until I had some head space to come back to the project. We cleared out the mess. We put the tools away. We swept up the dust. And the boys kept living in that room. It was as functional as it had been before the demolition started, but now it looked like half the room was a construction zone. Yikes.

Oh man. The boys were so patient! I had told them it was going to be short project, and here they were living with a weird, half-constructed wall for months.

In February, after Alt Summit, I was ready to dive in again. We called our favorite contractor and asked him to send his carpenters to figure out the wall. They needed to find out if it was load bearing, and if it was, they needed to figure out if we could move the support beam. They also needed to make a recommendation on the ceiling beam. Was it decorative or functional? It was hard to tell.

I confess, I was apprehensive. I knew this could turn into an expensive or complicated fiasco. But I didn’t need to worry. The carpenter team came in, started working on the wall, and found out it wasn’t load bearing! Hooray!! They cleared it out, reframed anything that needed work, and replaced the ceiling beam with one that extended across the new, wider ceiling. And the whole thing took less than 24 hours!

photoCaption: The wall is removed, but the ceiling beam is too short and some of the ceiling lumber is going the wrong direction.

Can you believe it? All those months of waiting on a 24 hour job. Hah!

Can't get your acoustic tiles down? Stop useless scraping and use a heat gun instead.Caption: Ben Blair at work. This was our first attempt at taking down the tiles.

constructions3Caption:So much glue left behind! Frustrating.

From there, we had some hard work ahead, but it was doable and straightforward. The most challenging part was dealing with the acoustic ceiling tile. Some of the ceiling tiles had to be ripped out as we took out the wall, so we knew we would need to come up with a new solution for the ceiling. The tiles were glued onto handsome wood planks — just like we have in the hallway. Ideally we wanted those wood planks to be exposed! But when we chipped away at the tile, big chunks of glue and tile material would be left behind. And it took hours just to scrape away a small section.

Then, our handyman recommended a heat gun, and that did the trick! Using the heat gun, we could scrape away the tiles much more easily. Hallelujah!

constructions6Caption: The new ceiling beam is in place. And all the ceiling planks are going the same direction. The acoustic tiles and glue have been removed. The ceiling has been sanded and primed.

Once the glue was scraped away, we sanded, primed and painted.

The Treehouse: A Bedroom for Two Brothers   |   Design MomCaption: The ceiling today. Gorgeous! Much better than the previous acoustic tiles.

The sheetrock, electrical and painting (the whole room is Origami White) were done by the end of March, and since then we’ve been doing the fun stuff.

Ah. The joys of remodeling. : )

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1 Felicia April 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The room looks beautiful! Have you thought about vintage movie posters for Ralph’s side? Doesn’t he like filmmaking?

Also, could you do a post on how to get kids to get along? Your kids seem to really like each other and be friends, which is sadly uncommon!

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2 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm

He does love film! I think maybe because of the Napoleon Dynamite wall, he’s wanting to try something non-film here. But I love the idea of movie posters!

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3 Liz April 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Great work! With the army beds it kind of seems “camp comfortable”!

Where do the kids store their “stuff” and clothes? Is the closet and dresser enough for both kids clothes?

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4 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

“Camp Comfortable”

I adore that description! May I use it?

And yes, the closet and dresser fit both of the boys clothes just fine. For now, miscellaneous stuff goes in drawers as well (or Ralph has a little grey cube hanging above his bed where he can put treasures as well), but I’d like to find an old metal cabinet to put in the corner — miscellaneous stuff adds up fast!

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5 amy j. April 29, 2014 at 12:26 am

https://www.etsy.com/listing/167865498/vintage-military-trunk-footlocker-trunk

why not get them military type trunks to store stuff…they should slide right under the bed.

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6 Liz April 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

ummm, yes you can:) I’m Canadian, “Camp Comfortable” is kind of our thing!

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7 Rachel April 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Very cool! I love the bedding–the fact that it coordinates so well without matching too perfectly. It inspires me for my own bed!

Also, I can’t wait for a tutorial on the DIY hanging posters. I have some maps I’ve been wanting to hang like that for months, but I’ve never been able to figure out exactly how to do it.

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8 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

It’s a simple tutorial but I was delighted I figured it out — and that it worked!

I feel like so many posters aren’t worth framing. This option is inexpensive, makes the poster look great, and when it’s time to say goodbye to the poster, it doesn’t feel like an investment.

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9 Linda K April 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

The room looks terrific! Must be such a hard thing to manage a room that gracefully bridges that age discrepancy, but looks like you nailed it. Can’t wait to hear about your posters hacks…my 9 year-old is big into marine biology and a room re-do is just around the corner.

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10 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I’ll share my poster sources too!

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11 Annik April 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I absolutely love the boys’ room, you did a fabulous job! I especially like what you did with the posters. I’m looking forward to the DIY. My son received a cool poster of vintage cars as a gift but it is very expensive to frame so we might try to hang it the way that you show in your post.

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12 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Yay! Lots of interest in the poster DIY. I’m traveling this week, but I’ll see if I can shoot it next week so I can share it right away.

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13 CMN April 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Love it! So impressed by the remodel progress, and really enjoyed the extra bit about the ceiling too. Thanks for including that!

I do agree that the room looks like it could use a little something more… how about a large monochromatic image that starts on Ralph’s side wall and wraps around onto the headboard wall? A large iconic travel image — like Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower or the NYC skyline would be stunning done in a grey or mustardy yellow. You could then totally blend it into the same a solid color on the rest of the headboard wall, so that it looks like the image disappears into the color (or vice versa, depending on perspective). Execute rather like you did the Napoleon Dynamite mural. It would be a real showstopper and conversation piece for Ralph & friends, without overwhelming the room.

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14 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I love your ideas! I’ve been toying with the idea of something pattern-y on the back wall — maybe even something I could replicate with Sharpies. And then I could layer printouts of Ralph’s Instagrams on top.

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15 Kim April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I ADORE this. I love the final result. Just gorgeous. And I love your outlook to the project and taking time to make final decisions :o)

Also, I love how conscious you are of the reader in all your posts – always being open to different opinions and outlooks and (specifically in this post) dividing up the final section lest the post become too long. I’m grateful that you opted to include it :)

Thank you! Cannot wait for the rest of the tree-house updates!

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16 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Thank you, Kim. This post is definitely a marathon read! I’m glad to hear breaking it up helped it to be less overwhelming.

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17 Tracy April 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

So inviting! I love it! And – question: you have a 9 year old, and yet not a lego in sight – how did you mange this?? (maybe your young one is not a Lego hoarder like mine is)

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18 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Hah! We have at least a million Legos upstairs in the playroom/family room.

Our philosophy has generally been to go for a smaller bedroom that is used almost solely for sleeping (and also getting some quiet time). Studying happens in other areas in the home, and toys are stored in other parts of the home.

I think if we had less children — say one per bedroom — we might approach things differently, and keep more toys in the children’s rooms.

In this room, there is one Lego set, but it’s Ralph’s! On his wall crate, there is a Big Ben Lego set. : )

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19 angel April 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

How much input did the boys have in picking out furniture, bed linens, etc.?

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20 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Oh! Just answered a similar question right below this one.

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21 Kathleen April 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I am curious too how much input Ralph and Oscar had on the room. My boys are only 4 and 6 and they already have strong opinions about their room, what’s on the walls, what’s on their beds, etc. I tend to just let them do whatever they want, which means the walls and ceiling around my older son’s top bunk is plastered with posters and other things. I feel like he needs his own space to express himself and if things don’t match much in that one room of the house, that’s okay. Your boys’ room looks great – I love the vibe and how things match but not too, too much. Looking forward to seeing what else you do in there when inspiration strikes!

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22 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Lots of input about some things — what goes on the walls (Ralph has album covers in the frames by his bed, Oscar has biology posters) was determined by them. But I still influence the look. If Oscar says he wants shark posters on the wall, I figure out a way to create good-looking shark posters. : )

For bedding and things like that, I’ll typically get their opinions as I go along. It’s as if they hired me as the interior designer and they are the clients. So there are lots of questions they answer: Do you like these sheets or these other ones? Do you want more seating in the room? Where will we store your knick knacks? How do you feel about a metal bed?

That sort of thing. And I show them photos that catch my eye on Pinterest to make sure I’m headed in the right direction.

Sometimes they want to be very involved, but at this point they also trust me — I’ve put together bedrooms in the past that they loved, and they know I want to do the same thing with this room. I have no interest in creating a bedroom they’re not interested in.

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23 Kathleen April 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Thanks so much for the reply! I would love to someday make their room look a little more coordinated and put together and your perspective and approach is inspiring. I’m guessing that they would be happy to follow my lead and would welcome me giving them some choices and asking for their input. And I love that you are up for a challenge, e.g. the shark posters. :)

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24 Amelia April 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Lovely. I shared a room from birth until I was a senior in college and got my first private room. Good experiences with all that sharing. Some bad too but I mostly only remember the good.

I grew up in a family with 6 kids in a 3 bedroom house. 4 girls in a LARGE room and the two boys in a small room. The boys were 9 years apart. I wonder how they liked sharing at different stages.

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25 Design Mom April 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

We do the very same thing! Four girls in a large bedroom and 2 boys in a small one.

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26 Jennifer April 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I’m curious how one or even a contractor determines if a beam is load bearing? I get that some beams are big and look like it, but what actual work did they do to confirm it wasn’t?

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27 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

I am still mystified by the process! I really have no idea what they did to evaluate it — I was upstairs working on my laptop, while the carpenters did their dismantling work.

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28 Kristian April 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

This is a fantastic room! Love the things you did (or are planning to do, in the case of the metal cabinets under the bed) to save space.

Just curious, but I was wondering with the girls’ room too- is how you manage bed times? My sister and I had the same bedtime when we shared a room, but we were much closer in age (about three years apart) and in separate rooms by the time I wanted to stay up later to read. Maybe it isn’t really an issue since they don’t use the room for much but sleep, but I’d love to know :)

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29 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

Happily, bedtimes are pretty straightforward. The younger kids go to bed first, while the older kids stay up later and finish homework in another room. Then the older kids head to bed while the younger ones are already asleep.

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30 annie leavitt April 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm

once again, i’m inspired. thank you gabby! onward ho!

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31 Claire April 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Love the Château Gaby wine crate!

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32 becky April 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm

I love this. I have always dreamed of twin beds in the kid’s rooms – actually a room just like this. And we always planned on having shared rooms no matter what, but with just two kids in the works and no others appearing on the horizon any time soon – it seemed a bit wasteful, space wise. Funny thing is, nearly half the time the kids pull the trundle out and sleep in the same room together. :)

For now, I will shelve the twin bed dream for my grandkid’s room someday!

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33 Karen D April 29, 2014 at 2:54 am

If you’re interested in using his Instagram on that wall, consider what you can do if you print them in color on transparency pages. We had transparencies printed for some photographs I used for work, and they created beautiful bold colors but still seemed etherial and were easy to use in inexpensive frames.

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34 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

Neat idea!

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35 Jillbert April 29, 2014 at 5:41 am

My boys, ages 16 & 10, share a room. It’s slightly bigger than your room but still cozy and snug. It’s in need of a re-do — the IKEA dragon-themed bedding was outgrown years ago. Love the military beds — I may copy you!

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36 Sarah April 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

This is sort of random, but I’m wondering where is their door? Between the beds? I love the layered bedding you used! And I will second one of the earlier comments that military trunks store a lot and fit under beds very well. I had two in college – donated by my grandpa.

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37 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

Oh dear! Did I not include any photos showing the door? Too funny! Yes, the door is between the beds.

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38 Laura April 29, 2014 at 8:18 am

How did you hang the crates on the wall? I love the idea and it would work perfectly in our master bedroom since it is small and nightstands take up a decent amount of space.

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39 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

I used wall anchors and screws — you can drill right through the crates!

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40 ck April 29, 2014 at 8:27 am

I like the flooring! Can you tell me what colors you used, because they look really nice. Trying to find an affordable solution for my daughter’s room.

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41 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

I’ll see if I can find the boxes so I can check the color names — they were the only two in stock options at Lowe’s so I didn’t pay attention to the names. : )

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42 JP April 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

We had the same experience when taking down acoustic tiles with the glue left behind. Somehow we found some stuff at an industrial cleaning place in Oakland. It is made, believe it or not, to spray on dog poo, and it freezes it on contact, so you can pick it up. When you spray this stuff on the glue, it freezes and then the glue can be chipped off with a chisel. It was still not easy, but perhaps easier then using a heat gun. Thought I would mention it in case you find more you have to do.

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43 Design Mom April 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

Thanks for the tip, JP.

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44 Jenny also April 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

Now I’m intrigued by the possibilities of VCT tile! Seems like a great option for our new laundry room + powder room. Maybe even something to think about for the family room/playroom? I’m not sure… in a larger space might feel too industrial for tudor.

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45 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:05 am

Since they’re made for commercial applications (they’re in pretty much every school and hospital in the country), they don’t always get considered for homes. But I love them!

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46 Emily F April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

Oh my gosh, you are SO GOOD at this. My sons (9 and 7) share a room and I just cannot seem to pull it together for them. Their room is oddly shaped and bunk beds was the only viable option for their room but like you said, it takes up the entire space. Their dresser is too long to fit on the opposite wall so it sits oddly right in front of the window…ugh. I’m just not good at utilizing a small space and making it desirable for both kids. I never shared a room until college and I sometimes feel bad that my kids have to share because I know the need for your own space…but my husband shared a room with 4 brothers so I need to get over it I guess. :) I love the way this room looks.

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47 Laura April 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

This is beautiful! (Wait…can you say that about a boy’s room?)
HANDSOME! Seriously, so handsome. Bridges the age gap perfectly.

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48 Alison April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

I’m in love with the mix of bedding!

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49 sarah April 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

so so glad you posted this. we are getting ready to put our boys together (age 4 and 17 months) soon. my husband is balking at it, but i am so ready and i think they will do beautifully. i have already started sticking to stripes and patterned sheets instead of trains or planes so that they can grow in the room and live with things for a long time and not feel babyish. we are going to do a tree house idea….with big metal initial letters over their beds and a real branch from the woods over the two beds. my son loves trains and cars and planes and ships, so we plan to add in metal and paper posters and signs (and i have a canvas map of the US too) as they choose them out and make the room feel like a true hide out of a tree house. so so excited. maybe more than they are!

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50 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

Sounds like an adorable plan!

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51 Michelle April 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

The room looks great!

I love the bold stripes in the wool blanket. I wonder how it would look if you replicated that striped pattern painted horizontally on the bare wall just above the headboards?

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52 MM April 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Chateau Gaby! Mom by your bed.

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53 lyn April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

How in the world do you do all that you do? A remodel in the boys room… six children, blogging etc…

Please tell, I have three (9,7,1.5) and well I feel like I’m always two steps behind. I’m just trying to find time to mop the floors. Do your kids play sports or involved in afterschool activities, how do you work out homework with between the different age spans of your children? Hmm maybe a post about that would do. ;)

Thanks your inspiring and awesome- love the treehouse and if I showed my children they would love to live there!

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54 Ginna April 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I love this so much, beautiful work Gabrielle! I can’t believe you turned that tiny room into such a wonderful camp chic retreat. My absolute favorites are the hanging wine box “nightstands” and the seersucker duvet. The original photos look like the doorway is pretty far to the left side of the room, but the new photos make it look much more centered between the beds. Did you end up moving the frame? I can’t wait to see your other spaces!

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55 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

Nice observation! You guessed it. Since we took out the left wall and expanded the room by a couple of feet, the door is now centered.

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56 Laura April 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I have two girls 6 years apart who share a room, so I really appreciate this post! The room turned out great, with lots going on but still restful. The mural ideas sound great for that back wall–Eiffel Tower maybe?–but I was thinking vintage maps or posters of France/Normandy would be cool, or Abigail Edwards Seascape wall paper, to stay with the marine theme. Can’t wait for more home posts, thanks!

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57 Emme April 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I really like it! (Especially that dresser!) I agree that it still needs a little something… one time we had a wall that had a dark blue Ralph Lauren Suede Paint–it had a really cool texture. Maybe something like that would add character! Even without that, the bedroom is looking really good!

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58 Natalie April 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Lots of great ideas in this room!
Because I am currently searching for the perfect window coverings, I noticed that this room has none – do the windows have shutters on the outside? Or do you have a different solution?

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59 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

Since we have so much privacy around the house, we currently don’t have window coverings except in the bathrooms. I guess technically we have curtains in the reading loft, but they’re sheer so I don’t really count them. : )

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60 Heather April 29, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Love love love!! I can’t wait for the poster DIY! Is it bad that I want those posters for my 31 year old, fish loving boyfriend’s room! Just kidding… maybe! ;)

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61 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

They’d be great for kids or adults!

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62 Amy3 April 29, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Wow! The room looks great! I love the mixed bedding; I’ll have to remember that as we’re contemplating an update to my 12-year-old’s room. Particularly if a bed remains unmade (as hers often will), there would be a visual that might read less like just clutter. :)

You did a super job creating an interesting, welcoming space that works for a teen and a grade-schooler. Well done!

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63 gigi April 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

love the mix of bedding. would you consider giving the source for the sheets and blankets

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64 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

You bet, Gigi. The sources are in the post — but it’s a looong post, so I’m not surprised they are hard to find.

Here’s the paragraph from the post:

The bedding is a happy hodge podge. Sheets are two patterns from Serena & Lily mixed and matched. The seer sucker duvet cover on Oscar’s bed is also Serena & Lily. The grey quilt folded at the foot of Oscar’s bed is from West Elm, so is the grey coverlet on Ralph’s bed. The wool blanket at the foot of Ralph’s bed is from the Pendleton National Parks Collection — a Christmas gift from my mother .

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65 Ann April 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Love this so much!!! Love the simplicity of the beds and
the idea of the galvanized bucket for storage! What great ideas!

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66 Christie April 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

I love this room! I am getting ready to redo my 15-year old son’s room and there is lots of great inspiration here. I have one question: did you use a regular-sized mattress on these frames? On Amazon it looks like it calls for a slightly narrower mattress. Also, my son is 6 feet tall and I’m wondering if, as he gets taller, his feet can just go off the end? It looks like the footboard might be low enough. Thanks for all the inspiration and information in every post!

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67 Design Mom April 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

Hi Christie! We use standard size mattresses and they fit quite normally. Width is perfect. The mattress length is a little short, but it allows me to tuck in a thick comforter so I don’t mind.

As far as feet going off the bed, I’m not sure that would be comfortable, just because of the metal bar. But considering these are military beds, and military folks come in all sizes, I’m guessing the bed should work well for most heights.

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68 christie April 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for the reply, Gabrielle! I know I should really get my son a twin-XL bed but they’re not nearly as cool as the one you’ve chosen. : )

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69 ilda April 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

You just proved that boys rooms can be beautiful and cool and stylish and friendly. All good things in one!

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70 Jenny May 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Oh so adorable. We have a similar fish poster that my son adores. He likes to name off the fish as he goes to sleep. Great inspiration, as always.

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71 Lisa H. May 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

I found you via Emily A. Clark, and I LOVE this room and your style overall. Thanks for great inspiration–the military surplus beds would be perfect for my rough and rowdy son!

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72 Bridget May 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hello, I was wondering what size the beds are? I can see that they take a standard mattress but it doesn’t say the outside size of the frame. Thank you! The room looks awesome! Best, Bridget

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73 Sara May 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

This boys room made me think a bit of your boys. Maybe you can find some inspiration here.

http://www.jdolaninteriors.com/portfolio/#/vintage-military-boys-room/

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74 Rae Stiles May 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Love the boys room! Such a great mix for the ages. Is there DIY for the posters up on the blog? Searched for it, but didn’t seem to locate. Looking for this exact idea for my living room! Super excited you already tackled and it looks perfect. Thank you!

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75 Dottie June 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Beautiful room! I’ve been thinking about it since I saw it first posted. I especially love the open, airy feeling of it all. Thank you for the inspiration! One question. Would you mind sharing what white paint you use for the walls? I feel like I’m forever on the hunt for a good white color and keep coming up short. Thanks again!

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76 Design Mom June 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Sure thing, Dottie! The white is Origami White by Sherwin-Williams.

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77 Leah Collier July 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Hi! I love the bed frames you went with and plan to use them in our guest room. What size mattresses did you use? A standard Twin or did you get a more specialized size? We noticed the width if the military frames is slightly narrower than the standard twin frame.

Thank you!

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78 Design Mom July 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Hi Leah! We use the same mattresses we used on our standard bunkbeds. They are typical twin size and they work just fine with these frames.

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79 Kylie July 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Hi Gabrielle!

Do you know of any online instructions for installing the VCT tiles that are… decent? Where did you learn to install it? We’re considering this flooring for a large space in our house, but I’m curious to know what the installation process is really like before diving in. :) Thanks!

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