One Room Challenge {Week One}: A Shared Boys Bedroom

I guess this post makes it official

We have signed up for our first One Room Challenge (ORC)!!


What is the ORC, you may ask?  It’s a room renovation competition of sorts where home decor and DIY bloggers makeover ONE room in 6 weeks.  Yes, 6 weeks.  Am I crazy to do this??

I am feeling all the emotions about the ORC beginning right now.  Excited to get started.  Nervous everything won’t get done in time!  Unsure if we even HAVE enough time for all the DIYs I’ve planned.  Wishing I knew how to use power tools so I didn’t have to rely on others for that part.

Really though, just thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in the challenge.

Now, what room are we redoing?

I could really take my pick.  Redo the kitchen?  Our master bedroom?  Master bathroom (or current room of plywood)?   Basement bathroom (or spider web hub)?

Nope!  We picked our little boy’s room.

It’s going to be a shared boys bedroom!!!

Don’t worry, just because we aren’t doing plumbing or installing a sink doesn’t mean we haven’t taken on quite a bit of work.

But, before we get started … we have to show you what we are starting with:

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Welcome to Liam’s room!  At first glance, it’s not too bad 😉

(though, if I’m being honest, I did clean for a few hours before taking pictures.  shhhhh….)

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

The room is HUGE.  In fact, it used to be the master bedroom until we turned the attic space into our master bedroom.

It has lovely high ceilings, TWO closets, new bamboo floors (though don’t get me started on those), framed in windows and my favorite: crown moulding!

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

So, at first glance, not too shabby, right?

Well, if you’re like us, you have collected SO many toys, SO much clothes, and SO many books that you’re practically drowning!

This room has turned into a dumping ground for anything we don’t know what to do with.

It HAS the space, just not being used in the most functional way.

There are baby rattles mixed in with go fish cards.  A Thomas the Tank Engine table that takes up half of the room.  A closet that looks like this:

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

The other closet looks like this:

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

It’s a hot mess.

These bookshelves gotta go.

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

The fireplace needs a facelift.

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Goodbye toddler bed and hello bunks beds!

So long scratchy, uncomfortable rug!

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Are you in the same boat as me?  Are you drowning in toys, clothes,  and books?  Nowhere to store them?

THAT, my friends, is my motivation for turning this room with so much potential into a shared boys bedroom.

It needs to be functional.  It needs to be safe.  It needs to be FUN, a place where they can come to fight play together.  It needs to be kid-style (no farmhouse style here unfortunately 🙁 )

So what exactly do we have planned for the space?

Well, you’ll have to wait until next week for the to do list and inspiration photos.  But, I couldn’t completely leave you hanging, so here’s a little mood board to show you a general idea of what we’ve dreamed up!

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys BedroomRemember to stop back next Wednesday for an update on the boys bedroom and tons more plans/inspiration for a shared  boys bedroom.

Hop over to Calling It Home to check out what all the other talented bloggers are doing for the One Room Challenge!!

Wishing you a joyful day!



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This Post Has 66 Comments

  1. Brittany Goldwyn

    Okay, your boys have a brick fireplace in their room, I am officially jealous of children. <3

  2. Maria Brittis

    Wow I love the brick fireplace, its gong to look so handsome for the boys bedroom. I am looking forward to the future posts.

  3. Ariel

    I can’t wait to see what you do with that fireplace though! I’ve always wanted one in my bedroom

  4. BonBon

    So exciting. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  5. Amanda

    Love your inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  6. heather

    Oh my gosh! The fireplace! What an awesome palette on which to draw!! The teepee is adorable. Your boys are two lucky little men 🙂

  7. Such a cute board you created! You’re going to be so proud once this space gets redone. I still love walking into my daughters’ shared bedroom. Look forward to following along your makeover!

  8. Kristi

    Sarah, what a great room to start with! I cannot wait to follow along!

  9. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  10. Iris Nacole

    I love your mood board, and the bones of the space you have to work with is AMAZING! Following along with your progress for sure!

  11. I hear ya on the collection of toys and books. I almost want to tell people not to buy anymore birthday or Christmas presents because it’s already out of control. (No worries. I would never break my children’s hearts like that.) Excited to see what you do with this room so I can copy all your organizational ideas 🙂

    1. Ditto, Erin!! Please don’t give us any more toys! (but, yes, the children wouldn’t make it without more toys, right?!) I am excited to share!!! Thanks for stopping by !

  12. Love the fireplace – man, that room has great bones! Your mood board is super cute – can’t wait to see it all come together. 🙂

  13. Kendra @

    So excited to follow along, Sarah! It really is a huge room and the high ceilings are awesome! We have those same bunk beds and can’t wait to see what you do this week!

    1. Thanks so much Kendra! The room is a perfect blank canvas so it’s all about the details. I hope the kids like the bunk beds! They’re clean and simple which is why I picked them. Thanks for stopping by!!

  14. A first timer for the ORC. Yay! You’ll have the best time. The bones of this space are so great!

  15. Lauren

    That is an amazing room!! Such a great canvas to work with and that teaser I can not wait to see what you do now!!

  16. Sam

    Love the vibe – it’s inspiring for my little man’s room update! Excited to follow along.

  17. Lora

    I love shared rooms for kids! The fireplace and crown molding are awesome details full of character!! Great to start with 🙂 Can’t wait to see more!

  18. This is going to be an amazing space! Can’t wait to see the transformation. The teepee is adorable!

  19. Roxanne

    This room has great bones! I can’t wait to follow along with this one!!

  20. Emily

    Love your mood board and love the fireplace & crown in their room! What a cool space to get to transform!

  21. Emily

    That room has such great elements to it already! I understand the need fr better toy storage ideas, and I am loving the colors and additions you are going to make.

  22. Kati

    Wow that is an amazing room. What lucky little boys. I’m excited to see it all done.

  23. Sara Syrett

    I am dying over that fireplace! I cant wait to see this room done. SO much potential!

  24. Ruthie

    What a fun room to start with! I can’t wait to see what you do with the room and I love your mood board!

  25. Rachel

    How fun! I love the fireplace and can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  26. Sarah, This room has such great bones. Can’t wait to how you transform this boys shared bedroom. And yes, my kids have way too many toys and clothes and I often feel like we are drowning in them :).

  27. What an awesome space! You really are starting with a pretty blank slate. I’m excited to see how everything turns out! And that teepee is amazing!

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