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one room challenge – cozy vintage boy room {The Reveal}

That went by fast!  The end of One Room Challenge is here.  Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments over the past six weeks!  You kept my eyes on the finish line.  As a greenhorn blogger, it’s my first time participating in Linda’s challenge and I loved it.  There’s so much talent, inspiration and support.  It’s been a lot of fun and a great motivator – I would definitely do it again.


Here’s where I started….pale, blah, no art, no curtains.  In our defense we only moved in a couple months ago. Hence the sheet.



It’s amazing what paint, art and window treatments can do.








The placement of the bed against the wall is necessary for a squirmy three year old boy.  Overall I’m really happy with how the room turned out!  Hollis is loving it too.  He wants me to fill the lamp with rubber snakes so we’re working on that one.

We kept the closet door but added molding, black paint and oil rubbed bronze hardware.





A big thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing this fun mayhem and to you all for being so supportive!

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Source List
wall color – Benjamin Moore Bunker Hill Green in eggshell
ceiling color – Benjamin Moore White Dove in satin
closet door color – Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black in semi-gloss
spindle bed – free on Craigslist, painted Rustoleum satin black
side table – DIY with dark walnut stained top and hairpin legs spray painted Krylon’s Citrus Green
table lamp – Target
rug – Safavieh indoor/outdoor from Overstock
curtains – origami by Nate  Burkus for Target
curtain hardware – DIY using electrical conduit piping and Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint
dresser – Ikea with DIY leather pulls and brass bolts
duvet – Ikea ticking stripe
sheets – Target Threshold
Hudson Bay blanket – vintage from Acushnet River Antiques
pillow cover – Etsy
light switch cover – DIY decoupage with a free beetle print from Vintage Printables
art – vintage/junk/stuff from our grandparent’s basements

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  1. I love how the room turned out! Beautiful green walls and perfect art and decoration for a boy’s bedroom. Love it!

  2. This is such a great room! You have mad DIY skills. And vision. I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of your house. As we say in RI, this room is “wicked good.”

    • says:

      Thanks Amy! There was a lot of DIY now that I think of it. 🙂 Good because we’re spending all our money on windows and a furnace this year.

  3. Love, love, love, LOVE it. Everything…the green wall color you chose, the Hudson blanket, the art for the walls…it’s all fantastic!

  4. Looks great! I love all the vintage additions. The paint color is amazing. And that bug light switch cover??! LOVE IT! Such a great room!

    • says:

      Thanks Kristen! 90 beans for similar John Derian light switch covers! I figured I could DIY that mother for nothing.

  5. I just wanted to say I love how this room turned out. The artwork, and the way you arranged it, especially, really makes it a killer space. I’m glad you kept the faith in the green walls – it wouldn’t have been the same without that perfect color. Congratulations!!

    • says:

      Wow, thank you Kelly! I’m glad I got over the green terror too. 🙂

  6. LOVE how this turned out. The green walls are still my fav but that gallery wall on top of the green walls is like the cherry on top! Bravo!

  7. I never knew you were a marine biologist!!! I love every element in this room. It has a traditional feel without being too predictable!! It’s great and I love all the little touches from changing out the closet hardware to the decoupage lightswitch cover!! Great job!

    • says:

      Lol. Yup, my day job. 🙂 Thanks so much, Fran! Can’t wait to see your dining room.

  8. Bridget says:

    erin! the room is perfect. you are a master at hanging art!

  9. Everything is absolutely PERFECT Erin!!! The colours work perfectly together and looks so sophisticated! That gallery wall looks amazing and I’m totally crushing on that fab side table! LOVE it all!!!

  10. Love love love!! It turned out great! That gallery wall is fantastic and your son is onto something with the snakes!

  11. Erin, this is such a perfect space for a young man! Designed perfectly, AND, you allowed him space to be a boy! The perfect combo ! Congrats on getting it done! That green is still killing me!! Love!

    • says:

      That closet is an apocalypse of toys. 🙂 Thanks so much Kim. The green is so rich in person.

  12. I can’t stop saying how much I love this room! Game changer. And of course you had me at the leather pulls. 🙂

  13. Wow this is such a wonderful transformation! I LOVE the green and that gallery wall has so much personality!

    • says:

      Thanks so much Katie! It’s quite a change. Hollis is loving it too.

  14. Wow, love the green wall and that wonderful gallery wall. Well done!

  15. I love everything about this room! That green is perfect!! Wonderful job!!


  16. I LOVE IT!!! and your paint by number is the perfect boy-equivalent of my two in my orc room!!! such good work!

    • says:

      Your paint by numbers rock! I’m obsessed with those things. Thanks Emily!

  17. Your room is perfection; truly one of my favorites from the ORC. You truly picked the perfect shade of green…well done!!

  18. I love, love, love this room! That green is such a great color, and your dresser pulls are one of my favorite DIY’s in the whole challenge. Impressed!

  19. It’s so nice to just show up uninvited to the wrap party. You rocked this out. There are few shots that are truly publish ready. That green is so awesome. You got mad skilz!

    • says:

      I was wondering if you would show up for the after party. 🙂 Damn with the compliments. Wow. Thanks so much Steve!

  20. Great job! Love the colour and all of the vintage pieces.

  21. Erin, this is stunning! When I first saw this on Instagram via Abby M I had mistaken it for her’s, that’s how much wow factor this had on such a whilrdwind of day in blogland! I’m loving the green walls with the blue carpet, new bedding and the dark painted door! I have to say that gallery wall against the green wall is beautiful! Cheers on a job well done and a beautiful room for your son! Sarah

    • says:

      Ha! I’ll take someone mistaking my room for Abby’s any day. 🙂 Thank you so much, Sarah!

  22. So perfect- every little detail and item is so well thought out and I am forever crushing on these green walls!!

    • says:

      Thank you! The green was a leap of faith but turned out perfect in the end.

  23. Turned out so cool!!! I love the green walls and the vintage accessories! Very successful first ORC! Yay!!!

  24. This room is amazing. Each element on its own is lovely – the rich green, the vintage art, the spindle bed – but paired together, you’ve created the kind of room that will linger and be remembered fondly in childhood memories. Congratulations!

    • says:

      Jen! You’re so lovely to say those things. I’m really happy with the room. Now to tackle our pink bathroom….and pink dining room. 🙂

  25. The green wall is fantastic, the wall gallery is great! Very English gentleman feel, love it!

  26. What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • says:

      Thanks Laura! It did go by fast but I love the motivation. Cheers to us!

  27. Great job in this bedroom! I love that your son wants to fill the lamp with rubber snakes… such a boy idea, and a great one at that!

  28. I have been a big fan of this room since the first time I set eyes on THAT GREEN, and it turned out absolutely darling! The vintage gallery wall, the table, the drapes, you killed it on every front!

    • says:

      Brittany! You are so sweet. Thank you. I’m loving the room too. The green is even better in person.

  29. mary ellen says:

    Nice, Erin! The room has such a warm, cozy, fun, upbeat feel that you may find Hollis in there ALL the time. So the little guy has your creative genius….snakes in the lamp…..who would have thought of that?? Maybe you can start your own line of kid-inspired furniture.

    It is perfect. Nice going, girl.

  30. That green color is just divine, I love how the space turned out!

    • says:

      Wow, thanks Kevin! I love when a space turns out just how you pictured.

  31. What a great space for your little guy to grow up in. Love the black closet door!

    • says:

      Yes! Me too….the dark door is my favorite. thanks for the kind words, Kourtney!

  32. It looks so so good! I love the bold green! Pinned for future inspiration 🙂

  33. Brenda says:

    LOVE this room. The green paint color, the artwork is fabulous and I can’t believe you got that bed frame for FREE. I have raised two sons and now have a grandson -this looks the way a room for a boy should look. Well done.

    • says:

      Brenda, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you! I’m loving it too. 🙂

  34. Love the green walls and the white and black checked pillow! That gallery wall is perfection!

  35. Thank YOU for jumping in. I said it before, this is the best use of green I have ever seen in a room. I love this color and the way you styled it. Great job.

    • says:

      Linda ! You are seriously making me blush. Thank you so much! And thank you for allowing us to join in.

  36. Go go green! Well done 🙂

  37. I love everything in this room, especially the color – a perfect green. Of course, there’s also the wall art, the leather drawer pulls, the bug switch plate, the ticking bed linen and the vintage Hudson Bay blanket. And as soon as the glass base of the lamp is overflowing with snakes, it will be an absolutely perfect room for a three-year old boy . . .

  38. This space is soo good! The gallery wall has so much character & I love the choice of textiles – the design will transition beautifully with him as he ages. Fantastic design!

  39. I just LOVE what you did with this room! The paint color and all of the details are so perfect for a boy’s room. And I love the idea of rubber snakes in the lamp 😉 This room brings back sweet memories for me, having worked a similar theme into my son’s room years ago.

  40. Fantastic Erin! This room has so much Character! Love the gallery wall you did and the green color just brings out all the beauty in all the vintage items in the room!

    • says:

      Vel, you’re too kind! Thank you! I’m so glad that people love it as much as I do.

  41. I couldn’t wait to get to this reveal! I’m usually not a fan of green but you seriously converted me. This is such a lovely paint color and I love all of your details in the room. High five on a job well done!

    • says:

      Wow, Jennifer! That is so sweet – thank you! It’s an awesome feeling when the design in our mind turns out to be something other people love too.

  42. Oh my goodness, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have a Hudson Bay blanket for my son, an old patchwork quilt, and a vintage bed, and a very old house. I’m thrilled with the way my older son’s room turned out but was racking my brain with how to make my younger son’s relate but be a room in it’s own right. That green has rocked my world. Thanks!

    • says:

      Amy! You’re too kind. Sounds like you’ve got a good base for your son’s room. Glad I got help things along. This green is even better in person. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

  43. WOW! Such an awesome room for a little big guy. Two questions: I know you said Ikea dresser, which one? And lampshade- Target as well?

    • says:

      Thanks Kristi! The dresser is the Tromheim but I don’t see it on Ikea’s website anymore. And yes, the lampshade was target too.

  44. Megan Shears says:

    What color of white did you use for the wainscoting? It’s perfect!

  45. I’m so in love with your room. I’m starting my own project of two boys’ rooms and I love your dark door. Did you paint the entry door black too?


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