Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pulling It All Together - Don't Disturb This Groove

I am so thrilled to have Brandi at Don't Disturb This Groove share with us today.  You are going to love this room makeover.  She shares just how creative she is by using unusual wall treatments and accessories in new ways.  The before was wonderful, but he after is fabulous.

Hello, A Stroll Thru Life readers!  I'm Brandi… Wife, Mother of 2, Blogger behind Don't Disturb This Groove.  My family and I reside in the Atlanta area along with our 3 dogs.  I love to create pretty things and decorate my home on a budget.  I can often be found in my kitchen trying a delicious new recipe.  

I am so honored to be a part of the "Pulling it All Together" series.  Thank you again Marty! I am excited to be here.  Today I am happy to share with you the details that went into finishing my 12 year old son's room.  

My son's room used to be perfect for the dragon lover he once was.  He had dragon curtains, dragon artwork, and even a stuffed one on the curtain rod!  However, as he grew older, he spent less and less time in his dragon cave and on his 11th birthday, he said the dragons had to go!  So I made plans to make his room over completely.  

Before pictures of his room...

The biggest obstacle was breaking up the blue, so I came up with the idea of putting laminate wood flooring on one of his walls. Best.idea.EVER!  No staining required!  The panels have different shades of brown which brought the right amount of darkness and dimension to his small room.  *We hired out to have his room painted and the plank wall installed.

After pictures pictures of Caleb's room...

Adding a cork board was a great addition because my son needed a place for messages or cards.  Behind his door was a good place for him, and an even better place for his books that I put in a metal crate.  I attached a drawer cup pull with glue to keep all his push pins off the floor! 

His closet doors were the biggest nuisance because they got dirty very easily!  No extra coat of paint fixed the constant staining, but a finish of black chalkboard paint did.  Not only does it give texture, but my son can write down important dates or reminders without hassle.

I decided to add a few quotes to his doors by using a chalk pen. I was able to stencil in words without erasing over and over again.

I added a set of decorative pulls to his closet doors.

He needed a spot for his friends to sit.  I added this chair purchased from the thrift store.  I stained it darker then added a small pillow.

Inexpensive artwork from Etsy.

The older my son has gotten, the more involved he became with gaming.  So, I killed 2 birds with 1 stone by using his dresser that I painted over with Annie Sloan chalk paint as an entertainment center as well.

The light-bulb shaped lamp is one of his favorite additions.

A small wooden box to hold a few of his personal items.

Meet Myrtle the Turtle!

I wanted to add some fun to his room.  I painted his small side table a cheerful color; Rainforest Green by Glidden Paints.  I also changed out the knob for nicer look.  I love the addition of this accent color.

A spot for his loose change

Painting his surfaces over gave his room more color without anything clashing.  His room is dark and rustic, yet light and airy.  It's the perfect combination for my son!  Adding eclectic art pieces brought life to his walls and changing his bedding brought the whole room together.

I played with texture by adding baskets and a tasseled rug.  The banana fiber stool provides an extra seat.

I made the pom pom fringe pillow for him, but purchased the other from?  You guessed it...Etsy!

His gallery wall is filled with a few pieces of meaningful art.

I kept the old school desk and made it more mature by adding rustic colored pencils and a globe. The details really make a difference!

Re-doing my son's room was more emotional than expected because I realized he won't be my little baby anymore and his toes won't be so cute after a few years!  Donating his old stuff and painting over the things he's had since he was a small child made me tear up, but I know it's for the better.  He needed a more mature room.  It took me almost a year to finish his room, but I decided to take my time decorating and put together a room I knew my son would love.

Thank you so much, Marty for inviting me to be part of this series!  Should you have any questions about my son's room or just like to stop over and say hi, you can visit my blog here!

Aren't you totally impressed?  I love the flooring on the wall, and the cup handle for push pins, and how about the closet doors.  Everything is so perfect for a grown boy.  This is a room that will grow with him for many years.  Thanks so much Brandi, I loved having you as our feature.  If you don't know her or follow her blog, be sure to run over and click that follow button.  She always has something fabulous to share.

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  1. What a fabulous room redo! I love the old match box holder as a chalk holder. This room will grow with her son for many years - the wood flooring wall is wow!

  2. An amazing re-do! That flooring on the wall is just totally eye catching and amazing! Love every detail, how perfect for a young man!

  3. Love your son's room and I bet he loves it too. Love the chalk board paint on the closet door. Very clever and perfect for him. I too have to say the flooring on the wall is awesome. The room looks so great. Marty thanks for inviting Brandi over to share her son's room makeover.

  4. Perfect featured guest, Marty. I thoroughly enjoyed this post of hers and heading over there to say the same. TY for the good reading. Hugs.

  5. What a clever idea to use laminate flooring on the walls!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway! Crossing my fingers. Love the details of your sons room and the chalk pen...I had no idea!! ;)

  7. The flooring on the wall is such a great idea. It adds so much to the room. Kathy

  8. I can only imagine how thrilled Caleb is with his mature room. What you did with the walls is amazing! My grandsons would love this.

  9. Hey pretty girl, I came running to see what you been up to and I see now! Your dear son's transition to teen room is gorgeous, wow, all the details are amazing, you are a wonderful mother and your son is lucky to have you! The laminate flooring on the Wall is awesome, Brandy, you are so clever, talented and creative!
    Thank you Marty for sharing.

  10. Thank you so much, Cecilia! I found the holder on Ebay.

  11. Thank you all so much for your thoughtful comments on my son's room. I tried replying individually, but I seem to be having some issues with that.

    Thank you again, Marty for having me over. It's been such a pleasure getting to know your through your blog over the years. You are always so sweet!

  12. Awesome room Brandi! I love all the details and special touches! My boys would just love a room like that. I understand about feeling emotional.,,whenever I do anything in my kids' rooms, I get sad!

  13. This was a great makeover and who would have thought to put flooring on the wall!! Looks great. Blessings, Catherine

  14. Wow…such great attention to detail. Just love all of her choices and the bedding and pillows are adorable. Who would ever think to use laminate on the walls…love it!!

  15. Wow what a great space. I love that you have the old pics of his room. What a treasure.

  16. Brandi did a great job. How nice to see her talents featured on your lovely blog my friend xo

  17. She had some great idea's for a little boy's room. Since I have long ago stopped decorating for a was not of great interest to me..but there are going to be some Mom's out there that are going to be delighted! Great job she has done.

  18. Absolutely LOVE the laminate on the wall! Great Idea!!!

  19. Wonderful detail in this room! Love it! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  20. Love all the extras put into this space! Thanks for sharing.