Sooo, last weekend we moved our oldest son back to college. You may have followed along on snapchat. If not, don't worry. The room isn't styled to perfection and the developing story in no way compared to jaw dropping before & afters we are used to seeing every day online. No, this was more of a "use what we have, clean, paint, move him in". It had been a while since I had been in the house (last fall) & like I mentioned before, I had never seen the actual room our son would be living in. Without measurements of the space, my plan was to go with the "best case scenario" furniture for storage and take home what wouldn't fit in the room. We knew the room had two windows (one in a dormer) and wood floors and that was all.
Let me start by saying the house was filthy. The guys who moved out left a huge mess and the cleaners had not been to clean yet so, just wow. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. Not even on hoarders. We came armed with paint & lots of cleaning supplies and went to work. The walls were blue. The window in the dormer was black and the other windows were white. Who does that? Paint had been dripped all over the floor.
the flag is backwards :(
The bed and night stands we used were actually mine from my childhood, a cherry set that needed an update. We had the bed painted glossy back several years ago. I wanted to change the night stands to contrast with the bed while still being masculine.
I painted the pair with a coat of Annie Sloan (white), then roughly brushed on walnut stain wiping it off as I went. The hardware came from Home Depot, ordered online and shipped to the store.
I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I also resorted to the oldest trick in the DIY book, black & white abstract art. We purchased one of the lamps two years ago when T was moving into the dorm. I wasn't sure where we bought it, but luckily we found it's match at Target. Even though I would normally go with larger lamps, these worked just fine.
We found this chest of drawers at IKEA for under $150 and the mirror came from our house.
I also printed a couple of photos from T's travels to hang in a little corner of the room. I'm sure he will be adding to the walls with posters, etc.
I'm also pretty sure the room will never be this clean again ;).