Hello friends and welcome back for Week THREE of this crazy One Room Challenge.

I can’t believe I’m typing this but we are HALFWAY done!  And, I’m happy to report that I think we are sort of right on schedule.  Or, maybe we just aren’t too far behind??  Or, maybe I keep coming up with more things I want to do…..

Week One was really just cleaning out the bedroom.  And you guys that was a project in itself!  These boys have WAY too many toys.

For Week Two we came up with a plan for the remainder of the challenge like what we wanted to get done each week, and took a look at what inspired us for the room.  We also built the frame for the play/reading tent and installed shelves in the smaller closet for storage.

We actually made a lot of progress this week!

I can halfway cross out “build under bed train table” because all the wood has been cut, stained and sealed and just needs assembled.  Almost done there.

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

The dresser is repainted and the hardware is arriving tomorrow.  Can’t wait to finished that up!

I don’t want to give too much away with the dresser – I’m really excited about it!  Here’s the drawers though (chalk paint!!!)

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

I started organizing the closet until I realized we have to store most of their stuff in there until more of the room is finished.  So, it’s half organized, half a dumping ground right now 😉

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Though the other closet is looking MUCH better.

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

I picked out the fabrics this week for both the tent and the floor pillows for inside the tent.  My amazing friend already sewed both floor pillows!!  Here’s a sneak peak at some of that (the white fabric is for the tent!)

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

I made most of the gallery wall for above the dresser.  I’m going for a monochromatic look.  My friend Lora from Craftivity Designs has the most amazing prints in her Etsy shop.  I used two of her prints and made my own for the rest.  Can’t wait to see how that looks above the dresser.


I painted and made a custom design on letters to designate spaces throughout the room (“play”, “read”, and “make”).  They were a serious pain  but I love how colorful and fun they are.

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

We assembled the bunk beds over 2 LONG hours with 2 tired and impatient children.  They loved to army crawl under the slats of the beds or try their superhero moves to scale the side of the beds, before it was sturdy.  So glad that is over!

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

The best part of this week?  The MOST comfortable rug ever came from KAS Rugs.  I almost don’t want the rug in their room because I want it for my own room!

One Room Challenge Week 3: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Lastly for this week, I bought chairs for the craft table.  I am in LOVE with these chairs.


So, let’s check back on that list. 

  • clean out room (toys,clothes, old books, etc)
  • build under-bed train table
  • build shelves for closet
  • add storage and functional design to closet – sort of can cross off??
  • repaint dresser and add new hardware
  • build reading nook tent frame
  • sew reading nook tent
  • sew reading nook floor pillows
  • make gallery wall for above dresser
  • design reading nook area (where books go, etc)
  • add lights to inside of reading nook
  • build magnet board
  • install buckets to hold magnets
  • make or buy curtain rod
  • hang curtains
  • install fireplace tile
  • finish interior of fireplace
  • make space felt board
  • make name art for each boy
  • pick sentimental pillows/decor for each of their spaces
  • paint/design letters to designate spaces
  • build craft table
  • add craft table storage
  • buy craft table chairs
  • install wire hanging to display art work
  • disassemble old bed and assemble bunk beds

So, what do ya think?  Not so bad.

On the agenda for this week is to finish the inside of the fireplace and put that gorgeous cement tile in.  We also want to make the magnet board.  Basically, everything but the craft table.  Leaving the hardest project for last!

We are so lucky to have teamed up with some amazing companies.  A HUGE thank you to our sponsors for this challenge!

Remember to stop by Calling it Home to check out all the One Room Challenge Makeovers – there’s a lot to see!

Wishing you a joyful day!




  1. Maria Brittis

    Thats funny that you have to stuff everything back in the closet, Love the pillow fabric and its nice to have friends who help.

  2. Amanda

    I love everything you’ve chosen so far!

  3. Ariel

    Looking good! That tent is going to be so cool once it’s up!

  4. Tee @ Beauteeful Living

    The rug does look so cushy and plush! Love the fabric for the tent. Look forward to next week’s progress!

  5. Colette @ restyle it wright

    Looking good! Still can’t wait to see that tile! The blue metal chairs will look so great with all the wood tones!

    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      The tile should be installed this weekend so *fingers crossed* I’ll be able to show that on next week’s progress. I am obsessed with the blue metal chairs! I wish they made adult sizes!

  6. Jillian

    I love the chairs too! This is going to be an amazing room for your boys! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

  7. Tara @ Lehman lane

    The room is really coming along Sarah! Love the bunk beds!

  8. zan

    So glad you are making a lot of progress. Not sure how you do with with the littles plus your joby!! But I am already loving how it is coming together. All your DIY’s and the prints from Lora look awesome!!

    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Honestly I have to really thank my father-in-law or my personal blog assistant haha. He’s been helping SO SO much because you’re right having the 2 boys and both my husband and I working we don’t have very much free time. Without him it couldn’t happen! Lora’s prints are awesome – they’ll look so perfect in the gallery wall!

  9. Jen @ Noting Grace

    Your boys are going to LOVE this room. You are making amazing progress and I can’t wait to see the final reveal!!

    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks Jen! We are slowly getting there. They already love what we have so far – especially those bunk beds. Even without mattresses on them it’s their new hangout haha.

  10. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl – your getting there! Can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  11. heather

    So MUCH CUTENESS happening here!! Looking great!!

  12. Sabrina

    Wow Sarah, this all looks so amazing. You guys are making so much progress. Can’t wait to see what the final room will look like!

  13. Lindi

    You have SOOO many of the details covered already! I LOVE it! Your fabrics are beautiful. So excited for this reveal!

  14. Lora

    Thanks for including my prints 🙂 I can’t wait to see your gallery wall come together, I love the neutral color palette of it!! Love your handmade letters, the chairs and pillow fabric!

  15. Crystal Fox

    It’s all coming together nicely! Can’t wait to see it all done!

  16. Cristy @ W. Collective Interiors

    Progress is looking good! That under the bed train table is going to be genius! Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

  17. Emily

    You are making great progress! I can’t wait to see how the train table turns out (such a cool idea). I adore the fabric you chose, and *those letters*!! They are going to look amazing!

  18. Roxanne

    I love the fabric you chose for the tent and I can’t wait to see more of this room!

  19. Kati

    I’m impressed with how much you’ve done. Cant wait to see it all done!

  20. Amanda @ Old House to New Home

    I can understand how it took an entire week to clean out the room! We have two girls now and I think I could spend a month packing up and organizing toys!! I can’t wait to see your finished room!

    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      I’m glad I’m not the only one haha!! I knew there had to be others drowning in kids toys and clothes!! Can’t wait to have it finally finished!

  21. Amy @ My Life From Home

    You are making great progress! I can’t wait to see how the train table turns out and I love the fabric you picked out!

  22. Emily

    Love the wall art! This room is going to be great once done!

  23. April R - Uncookie Cutter

    It’s looking so good! I can’t believe the progress and can’t wait to see the train table! PInning :).

  24. Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    I cannot believe how much you got done this week!!! I’m jealous. Can’t wait to see how the dress turns out. Everything is looking awesome!

  25. Katy {ashadeofteal}

    I can’t wait to see the tent finished, the fabric is adorable. Also love those blue chairs you picked out, I would love to get those for my daughter!

    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Aren’t the chairs the cutest? They actually came in this week and they are the perfect size for my 4 year old and my 18 month old…how does that happen?? The tent won’t be revealed until week 6 (probably because it won’t be done until then haha)!!

  26. Angela, Blue i Style

    Yay! The tent is going to be great! And I love all the patterns you have going on!

  27. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    Everything is coming together! I think that getting closets organized is one of the most rewarding things. But then again, I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to pretty closets… I’m excited to see what you have done next week!

  28. Ruthie

    I love how the room is coming together!! It looks so great! Love the fabrics and your letters!


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