He resisted, so I dropped the issue. Boys can get very attached to rocks and sticks and pieces of tools... grin. Fast forward a little and he was finally ready to make some changes. We'd been chatting about things we (aka I) wanted to do for a while. We pondered the whole industrial pipe shelf idea but it felt like a lot of work and was more expensive that it seemed at first. Then we talked about Ikea options, but that wasn't really my son's style. My husband came up with the idea of lockers but we couldn't ever find any that weren't hundreds of dollars! But then last weekend we stumbled upon a great locker set up... the right price... and so we jumped. (I am blown away by the level of storage they offer. I didn't think we'd have enough room for all Joe's books- from an entire bookshelf- or his personal items but he has tons of empty lockers, and room at the bottom for his actual shoes and sports equipment!)
It, of course, spiraled into an entire room refresh, as these things often do. Some much needed sorting, weeding out and trash bag filling was accomplished and with some paint, new hardware and a lot less clutter, my son now has a room that is a reflection of his own style and personality- with maybe a few Mama tweaks and influences. (I'd been showing him photos of Restoration Hardware teen boy rooms all year and he would always roll his eyes, ask where all their stuff was and assure me that it wasn't real. He makes me laugh.)
real life... you can't always change everything at once but with a little creativity, a lot can be done in a weekend. Change is hard for my son. My daughter loves to redo things but Joe gets a bit attached to the way things are and I try to be understanding. Ah, motherhood. We worked together and it was a sweet little bonding time for us as I helped him and talked him through it.
We touched up all his wall paint and I painted his desk with leftover paint from my recent coffee table refresh. Joe chose these cool drawer pulls to finish his desk look, and I installed them. We tossed his tired duvet cover and went with his existing cozy blankets, rather than matchy bedding and I actually liked this look way better. It's very clean and tidy. (Of course I'm sure it will stay just like this too.) I sewed his Euro pillow cover from an old camp blanket that had a hole in it a couple years ago, and it worked perfectly in his room. I'm so glad I never got rid of it!
This shelf set up was so easy. We bought four inexpensive metal brackets at Lowes and spray painted them with hammered metal spray paint. My sweet husband installed them in studs and we had a six foot board cut in half for the shelf boards. I stained them gray with leftover stain and loved the way they tied in with things. The shelf materials cost under $25.
special meaning to Joe on his shelves and I think they turned out great! He was a big Lego lover as a little boy and would spend hours creating things. I love that a few of those creations have a place to be displayed as a reminder of his childhood.
sign above his bed is something he's had in his room for years. Its from sweet Tara, at Between You and Me sign shop.
guitar, and we found this print on Etsy last Christmas as a present for him (I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the shop). It's a guitar blueprint.
metal garbage can with lid. (He didn't need a hamper but it would sure look cool. As for the men's room sign on his door... I have no words. He thinks it's hilarious. I just go with it. Boys.)
wall space as much as possible for kid rooms and these wall-mount guitar hangers are a great way to keep instruments off floors.
barn lights from Lowe's leftover. I wasn't sure what to do with them but when this makeover began, I decided to use one of them in Joe's room. I spray painted it with more of that hammered metal paint. Joe chose an edison bulb and that's getting installed for him tonight.
I'm so glad it turned out this well. I won't lie, I so wanted to quit at about the half way mark but nothing great ever happens when you put things off or quit... so in light of my commitment post I shared the other day... I persevered. Whoo!