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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


one room challenge – cozy vintage boy room {week 5}

I’m at that point in the project where I’m fairly certain it’s complete shit.  We’ve all been there, on the hamster wheel of self-congratulation and self-flagellation.  It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge, the deadline is looming and I’m starting to panic a little.  The room feels like it’s missing a lot but I need to keep going and see how things shake out in the end.  Art will help.  I hope.


I spent Week 5 finishing up the curtains in Hollis’ room.  Unfortunately West Elm no longer makes  the curtains I really wanted to use.  The jacquard leaf print.


Why do you hurt me WE?  This gem was neutral perfection, it was lined, it had texture.  Please bring these puppies back!

Then I came across these origami print curtains from Nate Berkus.   They’re not lined but the pattern, color and price were just right.  Unfortunately they only have a pocket rod, not back tabs like I wanted, so I sewed on faux tabs using pieces of wide grosgrain ribbon.



The windows in this room are typical mid-century malarkey.  Let’s just jam ’em all in the corner.  Great idea.  At 10 inches wide that pointless corner window is basically an arrow slit.  Finding a bamboo blind to fit would mean going custom which seemed like a waste of money so I left it blind-less.  Does it look totally weird?


The strange window placement meant the curtain rod had to make the 90 degree turn around the corner.  These rods are surprisingly expensive so we DIY’d one using electrical conduit pipe, an elbow piece and a few coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.  I need to add finials to the ends but it came out pretty well.


Next up is figuring out what art to put on the walls.  Damn, I wish I’d bought something new and modern.  Oh well.


Be sure to check out what all the ORC-ers have been up to this week!

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And if you want to get caught up on my progress….

week 1 // week 2 // week 3 // week 4

Thanks for stopping by!




one room challenge – cozy vintage boy room {week 4}

We’re past the half way point of this One Room Challenge!  I didn’t crank as much as I hoped this past week but things still got checked off the list.

IMG_4529I obviously can’t wait to get art in this room

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one room challenge – cozy vintage boy room {week 3}

It’s Week 3 of Linda’s One Room Challenge!  I’m loving the updates from the featured participants and can’t wait to check out the progress of my fellow linking homies.


First let me say thank you for your supportive and lovely comments about the Big Green.  I was totally blown away.  It gave me the courage to trust my vision and keep the end result in mind.  Though I did have a tiny moment of weakness and tested out two other options.  They’re both beautiful colors but neither was quite right.  I need a green that will pop against the black accents.

other greenBM Great Barrington Green (left) and BM Alligator Alley (right)

So I forged ahead with the second coat of Bunker Hill Green.  After letting it cure and seeing it in the sunlight….I love it.  It’s vibrant and fun, perfect for a little boy’s room.  It’ll look awesome with all the black elements and weird art I’m throwing at it.  And you guys dig it.  Thank you for keeping me on course!

In the past week I finished painting the walls  – there was a lot of touch-up work with the bright color against the white trim – and painted the ceiling BM White Dove in satin.  Yes, this is technically a decorating no-no but it beats me why flat paint is the standard for ceilings.  It’s so dull and, well, flat.   Our ceilings are by no means perfect but I love the sheen and movement of light with the satin finish.

With the hard stuff behind me, I moved on to smaller fun projects.  You know, ones I can do while listening to This American Life and sipping wine.

We’re adding molding to the existing flat-front closet door and painted it BM Mopboard Black, a nice soft black.

IMG_4512I’ll be  adding leather drawer pulls to the dresser

The new entry door is getting a few coats of BM White Dove in semi-gloss.

I also hacked together a mid-century style nightstand.  I sprayed the hairpin legs with Kryon Citrus Green and attached them to an 18″ diameter table top from Lowes, which I stained with a 50/50 mix of Minwax Special Walnut and Dark Walnut, then finished it with 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic in semi-gloss.


Overall, I’m happy with my progress this week.  It helped that the weather finally warmed up here in the tundra, I mean Massachusetts, and I could open the windows and work outside.

Next up is window treatments.  I picked up these curtains from Nate Berkus  at Target but they only have a pocket rod, so I’m sewing back tabs on them this week.  Oh and I’m making the curtain rod out of electrical conduit pipe.

Be sure to check out the Week 3 updates from all the other One Room Challenge participants HERE

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Thanks for stopping by!  You can also check out week 1 and week 2 of my journey.

Before you go, a quick poll….what interesting art or wall decor would you throw at this room?  Vintage arrows?  A pennant?  Antlers?  People who’ve been to my house are raising their eyebrows.  Dude, I think you have enough weird art.  But this bold green can handle the quirk.  Lay it on me!






one room challenge – cozy vintage boy room {week 2}

I’ll be honest, this month is gonna hurt.  I have three grants due, a bunch of meetings and it’s the peak of our whale season.  Throwing a room renovation in the mix was a bonehead move but there’s no turning back now!   It’s like dissecting a harbor porpoise on a gillnet boat while getting sexually harassed… just put your head down and do the work.

For those of you just popping in, I’m participating in the One Room Challenge, put on by Linda from Calling it Home.  Check out all the details and the other talented participants HERE.

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This week went by wicked fast but I’m happy to say we have progress.  The walls are BM Bunker Hill Green which I had mixed in Valspar Reserve from Lowes.  This paint is the bomb!  The consistency and coverage are incredible and it’s perfect for a darker color like this.


This is a HORRIBLE representation of the color but the settings on my Canon are currently jacked up.  Thanks to my dumb ass  

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One Room Challenge – cozy vintage boy room {week 1}

After spending this apocalyptic winter honing the art of sitting by the fire and stuffing the kids into snow clothes 10x a day, it’s time to get motivated.  This 1950’s dump isn’t going to renovate itself.  One Room Challenge is just the kick in the pants I need.

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For those of you who don’t stalk this series, it’s the brain child of Linda from Calling It Home, a six week decorating challenge for bloggers.  One room, six weeks, transform that mother.   There are super talented featured participants but anybody can link up their project and play along.

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