Teen Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Reveal
Every couple years I change the kid’s bedroom decor around. Just like when I did my daughter’s room a couple years ago. This is bittersweet as this may be last time I get to do this for him. Preston just turned 17. Our house has a Modern Farmhouse theme and I wanted to incorporate that into this makeover without being too feminine. So here is the Boys Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Reveal!!
Let’s take a look at what it looked like before. For many years this was my daughter’s room before we converted the formal dining room into her new room. I never got around to taking the chandelier down. Take notice of the generic window trim as you will see it updated below. Our house is small and this bedroom is no exception. I would guess is 14’x16′.
The first order of business was painting his bed and dresser. I love this cottage sytle bed and was lucky enough to find a steal on Craigslist. I used General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint. This paint so incredibly easy to use and dries to a beautiful matte finish.
Replacing the closet doors
The builder grade doors are so very sad. They were never installed correctly and always rubbed against each other. I LOVE Barn doors and there are not many places in our home we can have them, but for a closet we can. These doors were made for about $70 each. You can see the tutorial here. Once they were installed I stood there for 5 minutes sliding them back and forth amazed at how smooth they rolled.
I REALLY wanted to shiplap the main wall in his room. I would have all the interior walls in my home ship-lapped if my husband would let me. However, I felt it would be too feminine. So I started searching Pinterest and found this technique that is being referred to as “Reverse Shiplap”.
Basically, it’s just using 2″ wide strips across the wall. I ripped 1″ thick x 3″ wide pieces of wood I already had, however some of the tutorials I read used 1″x2″ MDF Strips. In order to do this, I cut two pieces that were 8″ in length and used that as my spacer. Once it was all secured with a nail gun I applied two coats of primer.
Since I got rid of one of the dressers I need a space for him to still be able to display pictures and trophies. I made this Wall Ladder for $20 that you can see here. I also updated the trim around his door which has been painted since this picture was taken. However, I still need to get the transition strip installed from the hallway to his room. In fact, we still have 4 transition strips to install if I’m being completely honest. I keep holding out hope we would be replacing the carpets but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. You know how it is, never-ending projects!
New Light Fixture
Initially, the room had a recessed light. When it was my daughter’s room we installed small chandelier with a plug-in adapter. Now it was time to install a flush mount. I found this fixture on Amazon. In order to convert the recessed light into a Flush Mount, I purchased this Converter Kit. It took me about an hour to make the change and it provides so much light now!
I recently learned how to do window and door trim (DIY coming soon). It is so incredibly easy to do and the best part is there are no angled cuts! The cost is about $20 a window for this size.
And just for fun, the boys used to share a room when they were younger. When it got to the point they were outgrowing their twin beds it was time to separate them. Here is the room they used to share which is across the hall. It’s now my son Parker’s room and even smaller than Preston’s room. Furniture placement is tricky, to say the least.
Now Parker’s room
I’m very happy with the way it turned out and love how much brighter it is now. The only thing left to do is replace the base molding, but that will have to wait until the new carpet is laid.
Sources are provided below.
I think this rug is my favorite. It ties in the gray from his bedding along with the brown from the bamboo window shade, desk and closet doors.
Wall Color: BM Revere Pewter
Reverse Shiplap Color: SW Alabaster
Interior Door Color: SW Tricorn Black
Window Shade: Home Decorators Bamboo in Driftwood
Desk: Campaign Desk
Dresser: Ikea Hemnes painted in General Finishes Lamp Black
Desk Lamp: Amazon
Paper Mache Letter: Joanne’s
Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture: Amazon
Recessed Light Converter Kit: Amazon