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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge The Reveal

 

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Welcome to  Week Five (the reveal!!) of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry!  If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two , the new paint was debuted in Week Three and the organized desk was revealed in Week Four.

Let’s remember what the room looked like before. Filthy, disorganized and general chaos. I really don’t know how he managed living in that mess. It stressed me out just looking at it!

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And now here is the after!!! I am happy to say that I checked off every goal! Here is a reminder of what I had hoped to accomplish from week one.

  1. Replace the bedding. His old set has seen better days.
  2. Display shelving for all of his creations.
  3. New art work
  4. Lighten the walls with a fresh coat of paint. I do love the paint color but the dark color is too much for this room.
  5. New storage options for both the closet and bedroom itself.
  6. A functional organized desk area that is conducive to completing homework.

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Ahhh!!! It’s clean, bright and organized! I am no longer having anxiety when I have to go in! My son is much happier now too!

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The new wall color made a huge difference in how the room feels. While it’s never going to be filled with natural light due to having only one window it is much better with the new wall colors.

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I shopped the house and found some new decor that was a bit masculine for his bedroom. While he still has Legos displayed it feels more grown up now.

I was also able to knock off the last item of my initial goal list this week: storage. This bookcase was found at Goodwill for $20.25. From donating frequently I was able to buy it for $16.20 using my 20% discount card. Every time you donate you receive a stamp on your card. Once it’s full they allow you to use it towards 20% off of a $20 or more purchase.  Luckily I found out that tip from a fellow blogger and it has saved me quite a bit of money.

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All of his “creations” can be displayed properly now instead of taking over his desk and anywhere else he could squeeze them in. I also purchased another storage piece for the room, these awesome old lockers. They were purchased from the store where I have my vendor booth for $25. I knew it put me over budget buying them but for the coolness factor it was totally worth it. He keeps his massive book collection inside.  His friend had him over to his house one afternoon and they painted this piece of art together. Perfect for my budget!!!

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Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Lockers $25

Bookshelf $16.20

Money spent: $117.67

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money spent total $102.67

Overspent by $2.67

I think it was worth going over budget for this room! What do you think? This challenge has been so much fun and I can’t wait until the next one!

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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Four

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Welcome to week four of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! Next week is reveal week! Woohoo! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One , the closet makeover can be found in Week Two and the new paint was debuted in Week Three.

This week we worked on item #6 on my list, a functional desk area. Having a quiet and organized place to study is very important! Before I started the makeover the desk the desk was not being used at all. Instead it was covered in Lego builds and trash. Not exactly conducive to studying… Here is a horrifying before photo.

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His desk was an afterthought and he never used it except to “clean up” by picking up stuff off of the floor to put on the desk. I don’t consider that cleaning… Plus the lamp was way too big and better suited for an end table instead of a desk. He had two of these lamps in his room so in order to purchase some new items I listed them on a Facebook Yard Sale Group selling them for $15. I am adding that sale to my budget.

And now for the finished result! The new lamp is from Target (from the inexpensive Room Essentials line) and is only $5.99. I was expecting to spend much more! The only other item that was purchased was the metal organizer from Dollar Tree. The desk was also relocated to a different corner of the room from where it has previously been.

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Shopping the house really saved my budget this week! The letter board used to be in my vendor booth before I had a banner made. The letter J and Lego Architecture were buried among the previous disaster and the cork board was also reused from our old playroom. No, he has not seen the message on the letter board yet but I know he agrees. 😉 I’m sure he will have fun changing up the sayings.

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Now he has no more excuses not to complete his homework with his new study space.

Let’s talk budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Lamp $5.99

Desk Organizer $1

Money spent: $76.47

Sale of Lamps +$15

Money Left to Spend $38.53

We still have a lot left to buy for storage and display shelves and not much money! Come back next week to see the full room reveal!

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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Three

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Welcome to week three of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry!  If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One and the closet makeover can be found in Week Two.

This week we decided to tackle painting! Although I am in love with the navy blue paint the bedroom originally had, Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, it was just too dark for this space. Light and bright is what is needed! Here is a reminder of the before photo in all of its disgusting glory.

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Three walls have been painted Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore that I had color matched at Lowes. I do love Benjamin Moore’s line of paints and have used them many times but it is pricey. On a $100 budget it just wasn’t possible to use for this project. I was very impressed with the coverage of the Valspar Signature paint. Even though it took two coats of paint the navy was almost completely covered in one coat.

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As I was rolling paint I realized there was no way that 1 gallon of paint was going to cover the entire room. Luckily I keep my leftover paint from other projects! I painted the wall behind my son’s bed with the leftover paint from the boy’s bathroom makeover. The color is Mark Twain Ombra Gray by Valspar and I think it compliments the Revere Pewter well.

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Even after a fresh coat of paint it’s still pretty disgusting in here but at least it’s brighter now! Instead of actually cleaning up like a normal person my son decided to push all of his furniture and junk into the center of the room when I told him to prep his room to be painted. I was not happy at all when I saw that but let it go since I had a warm day and needed to paint.

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He was told to clean up for the past day and half so that I could take my after pictures. Instead he has sat and reminisced over all of the junk he has found and discovered new things to tinker with. Watch for him on Hoarders in 2030. Being the mean mom that I am I took pictures anyway. Unfortunately it is snowing and so gray outside that the lighting proved challenging as well. Instead of using artificial light I wanted to show you how much brighter a room can be by just changing the wall color. It also looks so much bigger now even with the clutter and mess!

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New bedding was purchased this fall in anticipation of the makeover on 70% off clearance from Target. Instead of putting on the old bedding until the reveal he opened the new package. At least there are actually sheets on the bed now so I can’t complain too much!

I’m happy to have marked two items off our checklist from week one. Paint and new bedding. Let’s take a look at the budget.

Budget $100

Money Spent

Closet Lights $23.99

Paint and Supplies $32

Bedding set $13.49

Money Left to Spend $30.52

We still have a lot left to conquer and not much money!

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Hot Cocoa Bar Farmhouse Style

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Brrr! It’s been so cold in Virginia lately with record low temperatures. We’ve gotten significant snow twice already resulting in many snow days. Not that my kids are complaining… Their friends love coming to our house and they have fun playing together outside. As soon as they come in everyone is begging for hot cocoa! I can’t even tell you how much we have gone through this year! My boys love it!

I set up a hot cocoa station for them in my family room as I have limited available counter space in my kitchen. Having the supplies ready to go is important! Today I’m sharing some tips to set one up in your own home.

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The first thing I did was lay down a blanket scarf to protect the top of my dresser from any spills. With 3 boys plus their friends it’s bound to happen!

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Tiered trays are perfect for holding extra mugs and some fun accessories. They can be found at most home stores like Target, Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx.  The paper straws are from Walmart and are very inexpensive. I used some new tinted mason jars to hold mini marshmallows and caramels for hot cocoa mix ins. The jars fit perfectly on the tray. My kids love peppermints so I used the top tier to place them in. Of course they will want a snack too since they are always hungry. Powdered sugar cannoli chips are a yummy treat!

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I like having the hot cocoa ingredients in the center of the bar. The wooden tray helps to keep it contained. Jars with a good seal will keep everything nice and fresh. One jar is filled with hot cocoa mix and the other has chocolate chips. Too much chocolate is never a bad thing!

 

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Of course the best part is the hot cocoa with a ton of marshamallows!

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Finish your hot cocoa bar with some fun decorative winter touches and you’re done! In my house I like mixing the new pieces like my Rae Dunn collection with vintage pieces like my antique crock and the Radio Flyer sled. Use your imagination and whatever you have on hand! Making a hot cocoa bar does not need to be expensive. The only new thing I purchased was the kettle. I couldn’t resist!


 

I hope you were able to get some decorating ideas for your home from my post! If you are looking for additional design inspiration I love the online resources at Havenly.com. You can see projects sorted by style or room on virtual mood boards. They also offer a service where online interior designers customize a project for you! Take a look for yourself!

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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Two

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Welcome to week two of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry!  If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. For this month I am making over my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s in need of some major help, mostly of the cleaning variety! The before pictures can be seen in Week One.

So when we left off last week my son’s room was a total disaster. I’m ashamed to say it got worse before it got better. He was told to empty his closet and then I would come up and help. I was not prepared for this!!!

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I told him get some garbage bags and start cleaning! Well 6 kitchen garbage bags full of trash later I could actually walk into the room again. In his hoard he found binders from 4th grade, old school projects, boxes from Legos, broken hangers and clothes that were two sizes too small that he swore he didn’t have when I was looking for them to hand down to his brother. It’s amazing what you can find when you actually clean!!

Anyway, the closet was emptied and swept. I was dying from the dust but determined to get this done in one day. The closet is long and it is hard to see anything in the back. We decided some good lighting would really help but there are no fixtures in there. Instead of hiring an electrician we had to get creative. Amazon had these wireless lights with a remote that runs on batteries. Perfect!

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They are nice and bright LED lights. He will have a much easier time finding his clothing now. What a difference! The remote mounted with double sided adhesive so no drilling was a big plus too! It took us all of 30 seconds to install them.

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After we sorted through what actually needs to go into the closet we loaded everything in. Do you see what I see? Empty space!!! He can actually walk into the closet and reach what is in the back! We did not spend any other money this week. The shoe bin was already in the closet. His suitcase and sleeping bag fit perfectly on the shelf too and he had extra room in the back to store some of his robotics sets.

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Please don’t mind the trim that obviously needs another coat of paint. The trim in this room was previously the brown that is in the rest of my house and it takes 3 coats of white to cover it. I only managed to have enough paint left when I did the navy to do two coats. Eventually it will get done. Probably years from now when he leaves for college but I am ok with that!

I saved the best part for last. The door can actually close now without a fight! It’s a miracle!

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So let’s do a budget recap:

Budget $100

Money Spent $23.99

Money Left to Spend $76.01

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We are supposed to get some warmer weather later this week and I’m hoping to get some painting done! Check back next Wednesday for more progress pictures. Please visit the other $100 room challenge participants below!


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Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week One

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I have signed on for my third $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here.  So far I have redone my laundry room and my younger boy’s bedroom. If you would like to see my previous makeovers they can be found here 

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For this month I have chosen to makeover my teenage son’s bedroom. It’s going to be quite a challenge. Ready to see why???

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Basically because I can’t stand this disaster!!! The door stays closed most of the time because just looking at it gives me anxiety! Clothes on the floor while the laundry basket is empty, garbage just hanging around, Legos and other projects everywhere. It’s what mom nightmares are made of! Does your teen have a messy room too? My brother’s room growing up got out of control at times but mine was never like this!

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The blanket and sheets have been washed but not put back on the bed! Sleeping on the mattress cover is not ok!!

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What is going on with the closet? He can’t even close the door because stuff is just falling out everywhere! And the corner? Who knows what is under that crate!

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Not sure how you can do homework on a desk that’s piled full of Legos…

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I’m kind of scared to see what’s lurking in that corner! And yes those are Legos taped to the wall. He had some massive Rube Goldberg machine going on that he disassembled (but did not put away obviously). My son is very creative and while I appreciate that we need to come up with a balance we can both live with.

If you’re still reading thank you. I hope these before photos didn’t scare you away! Here are the goals I would like to accomplish in his bedroom.

  1. Replace the bedding. His old set has seen better days.
  2. Display shelving for all of his creations.
  3. New art work
  4. Lighten the walls with a fresh coat of paint. I do love the paint color but the dark color is too much for this room.
  5. New storage options for both the closet and bedroom itself.
  6. A functional organized desk area that is conducive to completing homework.

I have to get creative with my $100 budget! Check back next week to see my progress. Please visit the other bloggers below that are also participating in the challenge. It’s so much fun to see everyone’s plans!


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