One Room Challenge {Week Two}: Inspiration and Design Plan

Hello, friends!  I am back for week two of the One Room Challenge to share some inspiration pictures and our full design plan for the shared boys bedroom!  Plus, some progress pictures (but don’t get too excited for those)…

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom

I shared this sneak peak of our design choices last week.  As you can tell, I don’t really have a “theme” for the boys room, though I’m not totally opposed to the idea.

The problem is one kid is 4 years old and the other will be 2 at the end of January.  They don’t really have common interests, other than to bother each other and try to steal toys from the other.  And to whine.  SO much whining.

So, I wanted to just make a “boys” bedroom.  A place they can sleep comfortably but also have room to run around and play, to make-believe, to dress-up, and to create (color, paint, stickers, etc).  A space that is  bright and colorful.  I’m seeing tons of blues and greens and patterns here.

And for ME, a place that is organized and where every toy, animal, creature, crayon, sock and pillow has a place.

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some inspiration!!

One Room Challenge Week 2: A Shared Boys Bedroom

Loving this fun dresser and have a similar idea in mind for our oh-so-plain dresser.  {Source}


A completely organized closet!  Isn’t this one gorgeous?  {Source}


A craft desk for the boys.  A place to color, sticker and paint.  A place to CREATE.  {Source}


Magnet board!  Can’t wait to DIY something like this one!  For the record, I wanted to do a chalkboard and my husband said it was too messy…. {Source}


How cute is this superhero dress up area?! {Source}


Cute and comfy bunks beds!  {Source}


LOVE this room.  It’s bright and and bold and says “boy” but isn’t a specific theme.  {Source}

So, here’s how we are going to create the bright and colorful, yet still functional, shared boys bedroom:

We are adding some bunks beds and some fun bedding for the boys.  I have a few other pillow ideas and special surprises for them, but for now this is the idea!

A warm and cozy rug is a must for this room.  We picked out some bright striped room darkening curtains, too that add such a great pop of color.  The fireplace is getting the most gorgeous cement tile.

For the decor, I have a few items picked out shown here.  But, I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list!

Now, as far as progress goes, I don’t have much to show!  We did a LOT of planning.  And, a  LOT of shopping.

I was able to clear out both closets and get rid of some worn out books.  The baby toys were packed away as well as clothes that don’t fit.  We picked up the tile for the fireplace then realized we needed another piece for installation that won’t be in for 10 DAYS!  Trying not to think about that…

As to what we DID do that I can show in a picture, my amazing husband built the entire structure of the play tent!  It just has to be mounted to the wall.  My equally amazing friend is going to sew the entire tent structure – the boys absolutely cannot wait to see their reading nook tent.


Finally,  let me break down the entire to-do 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
  • 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 reassemble bunk beds

Phew! What a long list!  And such a long post, too!  Thanks for sticking with me 🙂

Last but not least I want to thank these INCREDIBLE sponsors for helping with our shared boys bedroom makeover!

Think we can pull that off in the remaining 5 weeks?!  I sure hope so.  I can tell you I am so excited but also SO nervous to get it all done.

Wish us luck!!

P.S.  Don’t forget to check out the other One Room Challenge Makeovers – so so many different projects from some talented folks!

Wishing you a joyful day!



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This Post Has 64 Comments

  1. Ariel

    This is going to be so cool!

  2. Lindi

    YES to organization! I love your inspiration and decor picks for the space. It’s going to look awesome!

  3. Maria Brittis

    You are so lucky to get the extra help, It must feel great to de-clutter everything. I love the drapes in the mood board its going to make everything pop, I can’t wait to see them along with the other stylish decor accents.

  4. Ruthie

    I love all of your ideas for this room!

  5. MIla @jestcafe

    I used that exact bunk bed for the ORC last spring. I painted it white. Good luck!

  6. Shawnna Griffin

    Hey girl love the ideas! Good luck and have fun!

  7. Amanda

    How exciting! You’ve got an awesome start – that tent is going to be amazing!!

  8. zan

    Looks like you have a lot to do with it still. Hopefully it comes together within the time (you can only do your best). I’m sure the boys will be happy even though you have not necessarily decided on a theme specific. Looks like you already have a great plan.

  9. terri urbash


    We are all so proud of you! You are not only a terrific mom and wife, you are also so talented. To see what you have accomplished is truly inspiring! No doubt mum and dad are smiling in heaven at how beautiful you have made your home! I’m so happy that you and TJ have made such a wonderful home for you your family.

    Aunt Terri

    PS. You are welcome to come redo my house anytime!! 🙂

    1. Aww Thanks Aunt Terri, you’re so sweet! I’m hoping we can pull it all off in time. I would LOVE to redo other peoples’ homes! Apparently I missed my calling in life haha!

  10. Roxanne

    That play tent is going to be amazing-I can’t wait to see it!

  11. This is going to be such a fun & stylish shared bedroom for your boys! I love the play tent! Good luck with your long list of to-dos 🙂

  12. I can’t wait wait to see how this turns out! These accessories are perfect! Shared!

  13. This is going to be FABULOUS, Sarah! And I’m definitely taking notes because we might combine our boys’ rooms someday. Love the direction you’re headed!! – Rachael

  14. Such a cute plan! You picked out some great inspiration photos. You are certainly going to have some happy little boys!

  15. Alina

    So many great ideas. I ve got two boys and I I had so much fun doing their rooms but when they ll get a bit older to be able to share the bedroom sure they ll go together and I ll get another chance to redecorate.Like that maybe I ll get a office out of our current nursery!

    1. Yes – an office out of the old nursery. Whenever that baby is older 🙂 My boys are pretty excited to share a room (well, only the 4 year old, the 1 year old is clueless 😉 )

  16. I love your inspiration pictures. So organized. I am also loving the idea of going theme-less; as your boys’ interests change, their room can stay the same. Brilliant plan.

    1. Thank you Erin! That’s my whole plan … hopefully I can make easy updates as they grow instead of overhauling the entire design. I’m so glad you like it so far.

  17. Sarah

    Love all your inspiration! Can’t wait to see it come together.

  18. Iris Nacole

    I can’t wait to see this come together! I love the plans!!

  19. This is going to be so fun! I love love love that inspiration dresser idea! Can’t wait to see it all come together! Pinning!

    1. Thanks April! I love the dresser, too. Ours is a bit different but will be in the same general idea. Hopefully I can show some more progress in the coming weeks.

  20. Your plan and inspiration looks great. That play tent looks awesome, I can’t wait to see it finished.

  21. Kati

    Great inspiration! I love the bold colors for a boys room. Excited to see it all done.

  22. Emily

    I am so excited to see this room! I love that it is all boy without it being too much.

  23. Lora

    I feel like packing away too-small kids clothes, bringing in new kids clothes and re-organizing for seasons could be my part time job, lol. It’s good you are getting everything tidy/sorted before you start decorating. Can’t wait to see more.

    1. Seriously!!!! It’s never-ending. This was a complete overhaul, though. Donated and threw away toys/clothes. I’m excited to do more decorating now.

  24. I’m catching up on the Week 2 progress before heading over to read Week 3, and I’m loving your inspiration. We love the chalkboard wall in our kitchen, but the chalk dust does get messy. It’s not so bad to wipe up from the wood floor, but I’m not sure I’d want it in a bedroom. Although I did spot some “dustless chalk” at The Container Store last week that I’m curious to try!

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