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One Room Challenge – Josh’s Teen Bedroom – Big Reveal!

Hello my awesome peeps!! 🙂 🙂

Today is the long awaited REVEAL for Josh’s teen bedroom for the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home Blog. 20 Design and Lifestyle Bloggers make over a room in theirs or their client’s home and blog about the progress each Wednesday for six weeks leading up to the big finale. On Thursdays, other Designers/Bloggers are invited to join the link party featuring the rooms they are also making over during the six week period. Click here to check out this week’s link party


If you have been following my progress for my son’s room makeover, you will know that I started with a blank slate in a small 10×10 builder basic bedroom. You can get caught up by visiting week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5

Here is the room now


And here is where we started:

Remember this? Not very inspiring for a 13 year old boy



The room started with basic builder grade flat paint on the walls in a generic beige, and horribly worn carpet. There were no existing furniture pieces except for a full size mattress and an office armoire that we did not end up using.

The first order of business was to paint the room in a light blue gray and the woodwork in a deep teal blue.


Next we ripped out the dingy carpet and replaced it with plywood floors. I bought sheets of plywood and had Home Depot cut them into 6″ x 96″ strips and had them installed as hardwood. We then faux finished the floors in an industrial warehouse type look. I really wanted something unique and interesting for the floors


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Next I had to address the lack of storage in the room. The only closet in the room was really small with just a bar for hanging clothes and was not the most efficient use of space. I had built-ins done in the closet and on the headboard wall to maximize storage.


All the furniture pieces selected was also done with storage in mind: The platform bed has 4 large drawers. The dresser that we already owned but painted in a stripe pattern also has tons of drawers. Even the desk has a couple of drawers for pencils and other homework supplies.

The custom upholstered headboard is one of my favorite pieces in the room. To think that it was made from a remnant fabric that I already owned; but the nail head detail is what I love most


The fun part was putting the fabrics and color scheme together. I started with the window treatment fabric which you can see is a bold ikat pattern in rich blues and reds, and added other complimentary patterns for the bedding. I love layering bedding for a luxurious touch, even in a teen boy’s bedroom.


Styling the room was also a lot of fun! But not without drama. The back of the bookshelves above the headboard was supposed to be some fabulous + decals in gold that I ordered online, but they didn’t arrive in time 🙁

Of course, I had to improvise. I ran out to Michael’s to find something similar, but nothing! I did find gold alphabet stickers for $7.99 per pack, so I picked up three packs and decided to make crossword puzzles in each shelf. If you look closely you will see actual words just like a cross word puzzle! I actually love that idea better than the + decals! It is amazing how drama can turn into something wonderful! Josh loves that one of his favorite word is spelt out “X-Box” 🙂


The map of America was the inspiration for the room’s color scheme and it also set the tone and mood for the room. You will notice the DIY agate slice art that I created displayed alongside the map of America, plus some art postcards that I already owned. The ram head was also a DIY project – spray painted gold from the original white color.


The “sticks” sculpture on the wall next to the desk was also another DIY piece in the room. That piece was created using wooden dowels and hot glue: Fast and easy!


I decided not to use the area rug that I purchased for the room. It was going to take away from the finish of the floor, and I am happy I made that decision

The sunburst mirror came in the nick of time…..literally hours before I put the room together. The brushstroke lamp pictured was purchased months ago at HomeGoods and I had no idea where I was going to use it, but don’t you agree that it works perfectly in the room?

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Here is the valance made to look like a roman shade, and a glimpse of the sputnik. That thing is soooo bright! It takes 16 bulbs!!!


Another shot of the art wall with the DIY agate slice art that I did. The plan is to keep adding to this wall with Joshua’s artwork. Unfortunately, the frames that I got were too small for his art and I didn’t want to cut them down and lose parts of them.


Six weeks is just not enough time to get a project like this done, so some sacrifices have to be made sometimes, but overall I am very happy with the way this room turned out

So there is Joshua’s teen bedroom. I think he loves it. The hugs I got was a good indication 🙂 What do you think? Hopefully the wait was worth it 🙂


Thanks to all of you guys who have followed the progress of Josh’s teen bedroom!

Thanks to my kids and the dog for putting up with the uproar and lack of a good home cooked meal in the last six weeks 🙂

I also want to give a big shout out to a few of my peeps. You guys stepped up and helped out in a timely manner. It really does take a village 🙂

  1.  My seamstress Mary who got all the custom soft furnishings done so quickly even though we were busy with projects.

  2. My painter Ricardo

  3. My finish carpenter Getze

  4. My handymen Rodolfo and Felipe

  5. My faux painter Stephanie Graham

I will post new pictures with him using the room soon. He was at school during the shoot, and my regular photographer was out of town, so I had to use another young lady (Sheryl) for some quick shots for the big reveal.

I will be posting sources for the furnishings and accessories soon, so please subscribe so you will not miss that

You can check out the main participants’ big reveals below

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!


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